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Meredith & Iouri's Denver Picks

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Meredith & Iouri's Denver Picks

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Their classic Italian dishes are made better only by the retro ambiance and historic vibes of Denver's former mob headquarters. Iouri and I have only ordered to go because of COVID, but it's pretty close to our AirBNB if you want to visit
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Gaetano's
3760 Tejon Street
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Their classic Italian dishes are made better only by the retro ambiance and historic vibes of Denver's former mob headquarters. Iouri and I have only ordered to go because of COVID, but it's pretty close to our AirBNB if you want to visit
Illegal Pete's is a Denver-based chain of burritos and bowls. There's one pretty close to us (38th & Shoshone), but my personal favorite is on Colfax. It has a bunch of outdoor seating, which is pretty ideal these days.
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Illegal Pete's LoDo
1530 16th Street
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Illegal Pete's is a Denver-based chain of burritos and bowls. There's one pretty close to us (38th & Shoshone), but my personal favorite is on Colfax. It has a bunch of outdoor seating, which is pretty ideal these days.
Super tasty brunch place with three locations around Denver. They have a bunch of sweet and savory options, but you'd be remiss to skip one of the sweet treats.
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Syrup City Park
1875 York St
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Super tasty brunch place with three locations around Denver. They have a bunch of sweet and savory options, but you'd be remiss to skip one of the sweet treats.
Whatever your breakfast vibe, Snooze makes it and makes it well. There are plenty of veggie/vegan options, and seven different Bennys. Plus, you can get a single pancake as a side, which is delightful if you can't choose between sweet & savory.
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Snooze an A.M. Eatery
2262 Larimer Street
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Whatever your breakfast vibe, Snooze makes it and makes it well. There are plenty of veggie/vegan options, and seven different Bennys. Plus, you can get a single pancake as a side, which is delightful if you can't choose between sweet & savory.
This modern Mexican spot has a open kitchen/pantry and a bunch of tasty plates, both regularly and as specials. And if you're not in the mood for Mexican, it's right next to a Bacon Social House and a cheese shop. It's a cute little strip.
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El Jefe Denver
2450 W 44th Ave
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This modern Mexican spot has a open kitchen/pantry and a bunch of tasty plates, both regularly and as specials. And if you're not in the mood for Mexican, it's right next to a Bacon Social House and a cheese shop. It's a cute little strip.
Located right behind Our Mutual Friend, Owlbear is one of the best BBQ spots in town. Beware—they sell out daily, so I've yet to try all the sides.
Owlbear Barbecue
2927 Larimer St
Located right behind Our Mutual Friend, Owlbear is one of the best BBQ spots in town. Beware—they sell out daily, so I've yet to try all the sides.
Probably my favorite pulled pork and creamed corn in Denver. Plus, it's in the same building as Safta, a delicious Middle Eastern restaurant.
Smok Barbecue - Denver
3330 Brighton Boulevard
Probably my favorite pulled pork and creamed corn in Denver. Plus, it's in the same building as Safta, a delicious Middle Eastern restaurant.
This drive-thru coffeeshop serves more than just coffee. All of the baristas are bikini-clad, and it's an absolute trip.
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Hot Chick A Latte Coffee House
4736 East Colfax Avenue
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This drive-thru coffeeshop serves more than just coffee. All of the baristas are bikini-clad, and it's an absolute trip.
If you're looking for a nice sit-down meal while in town, Potager has a rotating menu based on what's seasonal and available, and I've never had a bad meal.
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Potager
1109 N Ogden St
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If you're looking for a nice sit-down meal while in town, Potager has a rotating menu based on what's seasonal and available, and I've never had a bad meal.
Avanti is a collection of vendors in a bi-level shipping container, so it has something for everyone. Plus, the rooftop has a great view of Denver.
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Avanti Food and Beverage
3200 North Pecos Street
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Avanti is a collection of vendors in a bi-level shipping container, so it has something for everyone. Plus, the rooftop has a great view of Denver.
I know what you're thinking—landlocked sushi. But Sushi Den flies in fish daily from Japan and is one of the best spots in Denver.
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Sushi Den
1487 South Pearl Street
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I know what you're thinking—landlocked sushi. But Sushi Den flies in fish daily from Japan and is one of the best spots in Denver.
This is one of the closest shops to us, and it doubles as a local roastery. There's plenty of outdoor seating on their patio, and you can order ahead of time here: https://huckleberryroasters.square.site/
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Huckleberry Roasters
4301 North Pecos Street
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This is one of the closest shops to us, and it doubles as a local roastery. There's plenty of outdoor seating on their patio, and you can order ahead of time here: https://huckleberryroasters.square.site/
Activities
Whether you're into bouldering or top roping, Earth Treks has plenty of routes, yoga classes and a full gym.
Earth Treks Englewood
1050 W Hampden Ave
Whether you're into bouldering or top roping, Earth Treks has plenty of routes, yoga classes and a full gym.
The River has two locations and is one of my favorite studios in Denver. Their teachers lead Yoga on the Rocks at Red Rocks almost exclusively. If you feel like dropping in for a class, let me know and I can recommend some teachers.
The River Yoga - Five Points
2590 Welton St
The River has two locations and is one of my favorite studios in Denver. Their teachers lead Yoga on the Rocks at Red Rocks almost exclusively. If you feel like dropping in for a class, let me know and I can recommend some teachers.
Katrina's Saturday morning flow is more than a yoga class—it's a spiritual experience. It fills up, so book beforehand and go early if you're interested.
Karma Yoga Center
1705 South Pearl Street
Katrina's Saturday morning flow is more than a yoga class—it's a spiritual experience. It fills up, so book beforehand and go early if you're interested.
Sightseeing
Even when there isn't a concert, Red Rocks is full of hiking trails in Denver views. Look out for seasonal activities, such as Yoga on the Rocks.
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Red Rocks Amphitheatre
18300 W Alameda Pkwy
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Even when there isn't a concert, Red Rocks is full of hiking trails in Denver views. Look out for seasonal activities, such as Yoga on the Rocks.
This beautiful botanic garden showcases both native and international plants in varying exhibits. They play host to seasonal events, such as summer concerts and Blossoms of Light, and it's attached to Cheeseman park if you want to picnic under a big tree after.
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Denver Botanic Gardens: Helen Fowler Library
1007 York Street
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This beautiful botanic garden showcases both native and international plants in varying exhibits. They play host to seasonal events, such as summer concerts and Blossoms of Light, and it's attached to Cheeseman park if you want to picnic under a big tree after.
Complete with a golf course, zoo and planetarium, City Park is a gem within Denver proper. From the front of Denver Museum of Nature & Science, you can get a good view of the mountains, and it's great for strolling and picnicking. Plus, there are loads of restaurants and cafes along E Colfax for before or after.
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City Park
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Complete with a golf course, zoo and planetarium, City Park is a gem within Denver proper. From the front of Denver Museum of Nature & Science, you can get a good view of the mountains, and it's great for strolling and picnicking. Plus, there are loads of restaurants and cafes along E Colfax for before or after.
This is the park closest to our AirBNB and is the easiest way to walk downtown. You can walk/bike/scoot for miles on the pedestrian paths or can quickly cut through to LoDo.
City of Cuernavaca Park
3500 Rockmont Dr
This is the park closest to our AirBNB and is the easiest way to walk downtown. You can walk/bike/scoot for miles on the pedestrian paths or can quickly cut through to LoDo.
This is one of the closest hikes to our AirBNB (~30 min drive), and it's mostly shaded. Park near the Gregory Canyon Trailhead and you'll have multiple routes to access the three Flatirons. Plus, you can climb the first flatiron. If you're into hiking, let us know and we can tell you some of our favorite routes.
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Flatirons
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This is one of the closest hikes to our AirBNB (~30 min drive), and it's mostly shaded. Park near the Gregory Canyon Trailhead and you'll have multiple routes to access the three Flatirons. Plus, you can climb the first flatiron. If you're into hiking, let us know and we can tell you some of our favorite routes.

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Prepare for anything
Denver's weather can be pretty unpredictable, especially in the winter—snow one day, 70 & sunny the next. Definitely check the weather when you pack and bring layers, especially if you're planning to hike. In the summer it can be 80+ in the city and 40 in the mountains.
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Walk, bike or scoot—no problem
We have all the scooter brands and Jump bikes littered throughout town, so it's super easy to get around locally. From our AirBNB, you can walk to the downtown/Union Station area in about 30 min through the park. There's also a train line across the pedestrian path on 40th that'll take you there. In fact, that's typically how I get to and from the airport.
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The best part of town is out of town
Iouri and I always say we're here for the amenities, because hiking, climbing, mountain biking, skiing, etc. are all super accessible. If you don't have/rent a car, it's a little trickier, but there are trains and shuttles during ski season.
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Lift Tickets
If you're coming out to ski/snowboard, definitely look into tickets/packages beforehand. Depending on how many days you're doing, it might even make more sense to get a season pass.