When visiting a new city, you’ll most likely have some ideas of what to do, where to go, places to eat and more. Of course, when visiting somewhere new, you always look for what the locals do: where to hang out, recommendations for the tastiest pizza or the best place to grab a drink on a patio bar. So when visiting a city like Denver, the possibilities can seem extensive and overwhelming. Luckily, we here at Luxury Concierge Co. will help narrow down this list to only the necessities (at least for this trip). Below is a list of some not-to-miss places during your trip out here – straight from the brain of a native.
Social Scene: Avanti Food & Beverage, A Collective Eatery
Avanti Food & Beverage has only been around for only two years, and it’s already recognized as one of the best rooftop bars in the city – and with good reason. Not only is this a bar but it’s also a food court. The first floor has a cafeteria food court layout: the food “options” line the walls while seating is spaced out in cafeteria-bench style tables in the middle. The food options are among some of Denver’s favorite restaurants. Sushi, pizza, tacos, burgers and fries and so much more; there’s definitely something for everyone. And while the first floor has a bar, its the upstairs bar that’s more noteable. The upstairs a provides a photo-worthy view of downtown Denver. There’s plenty of places to sit, but it’s also an extremely popular bar so getting there early is advised.
Neighborhood to Explore: River North Art District
River North – or RiNo – has only been recently developed into what it is today. Gone are the run down roads and abandoned buildings. The neighborhood is now home to some of Denver locals favorite bars and restaurants. Providing more of a laid back atmosphere, there’s something for everyone to do. Ratio Beerworks, Stem Ciders, and Infinite Monkey Theorem are some bars worth stopping in for a drink or two. Los Chingones has one of the best chicken quesadillas ever, and Crema Coffeehouse is every coffee lovers dream. Aside from the food and booze scene, there are also local clothing boutiques and art galleries to check out. RiNo also has some of the city’s best murals. Painted on the buildings walls, a walk down the neighborhood will show some creative and abstract murals that you’ll definitely want to snap a picture of.
Sports: Rockies Game at Coors Field
The Rockies are our pride and joy and we truly are some of the most loyal fans in the country. On game day, the color purple fills the streets of downtown Denver. Coors Field is one of the best stadiums to be in, not only for the view of the Rocky Mountains, but also for the social atmosphere. There’s plenty of places to chat, drink, and watch a game on a Friday night. The Rockpile are bleacher seats located in center field, and for $5, the bleachers are the best place to be for the game.
A Must See: Red Rocks Amphitheater
It wouldn’t be a trip to Colorado without seeing Red Rocks. Red Rocks offers more than just concerts, though. This outdoor venue is open all day, allowing a lot of locals to sneak in a morning workout on the stairs of the amphitheatre or hike around the park. There’s also Film on the Rocks, where movies are played Monday nights in the venue. Get tickets early though, the movie tends to sell out the day-of.
Outdoor Hike: Garden of the Gods
Unless you can get off the plane and immediately adjust to the altitude – chances are you can’t hike a mountain your first trip here. Being in shape and being in mountain shape are two very different things. But a lot of people come to Colorado to explore the great outdoors and go on an adventure. Garden of the Gods is perfect for that. It offers a great scenic view, a good workout, and doesn’t come with the steep increase in elevation.
Ice Cream: Little Man Ice Cream
Local ice cream is always a must. And Colorado knows how to do it. We shouldn’t have to convince you to do this. Doesn’t matter the time of year – ice cream is always a yes. Even better, the ice cream shops have year round events. Little Man Ice Cream hosts an annual Christmas party with seasonal flavor ice cream (and pictures with Santa). Other shops to check out are Bonnie Brae Ice Cream, Sweet Action, Sweet Cooie’s and High Point Creamery. (Pssst.. The Whiskey Pistachio ice cream at High Point Creamery is a personal favorite.)
Best Pizza: Anthony’s Pizza & Pasta
Everyone likes pizza. And while Denver has some amazing places to eat with different cuisines – everyone likes pizza. It’s universal. And Anthony’s Pizza & Pasta has been a favorite of since childhood. These slices are the size of your face. And they’re amazing. You can custom make the pizza or opt for one their classics. Either way, you’ll be eating a pizza that tastes like it came straight from NYC.
It’s impossible to see all this city has to offer in one trip. Luckily, we’ll help make it easy for you to keep coming back. With each trip, there’s new places to be explored. Book with us today and come enjoy your stay!