Ayla’s guidebook

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Ayla’s guidebook

Food scene

There are multiple locations in Denver, but if you can make it to the one in Union Station it’s a bonus. Great for breakfast and brunch!
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Snooze, an A.M. Eatery
1701 Wynkoop Street
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There are multiple locations in Denver, but if you can make it to the one in Union Station it’s a bonus. Great for breakfast and brunch!
Great brunch spot in the Highlands. Try to make a reservation.
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Root Down
1600 West 33rd Avenue
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Great brunch spot in the Highlands. Try to make a reservation.
Multi-level food hall with multiple restaurants to choose from.
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Avanti Food and Beverage
3200 North Pecos Street
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Multi-level food hall with multiple restaurants to choose from.
Edgy taco joint. Two locations in Denver, one in the Highlands and one by City Park. I prefer the one by City Park.
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Tacos Tequila Whiskey
1514 York Street
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Edgy taco joint. Two locations in Denver, one in the Highlands and one by City Park. I prefer the one by City Park.
They also have multiple locations, but I prefer the one in RiNo. If you’re a blue cheese fan, the blue cheese kettle chips are a must.
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Park Burger - RiNo
2615 Walnut St
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They also have multiple locations, but I prefer the one in RiNo. If you’re a blue cheese fan, the blue cheese kettle chips are a must.
Cash only, no frills local spot with great burgers and daily specials. Multiple brews on tap as well.
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Vine Street Pub & Brewery
1700 Vine Street
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Cash only, no frills local spot with great burgers and daily specials. Multiple brews on tap as well.
Looking for a quick sub or sandwich? Snarf’s is a great choice. Started in Boulder and not has nearly 20 locations in Denver.
Snarf's Sandwiches
2527 Federal Boulevard
Looking for a quick sub or sandwich? Snarf’s is a great choice. Started in Boulder and not has nearly 20 locations in Denver.
This is a great collaboration of local restaurants, delis, a bakery, and coffee shop. Great lunch spot!
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The Denver Central Market
2669 Larimer St
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This is a great collaboration of local restaurants, delis, a bakery, and coffee shop. Great lunch spot!
The best bagels in Denver. Located in the five points neighborhood. There is always a line, but they are worth the wait.
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Rosenberg's Bagels & Delicatessen (Five Points)
725 East 26th Avenue
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The best bagels in Denver. Located in the five points neighborhood. There is always a line, but they are worth the wait.
One of the best Mexican spots in Denver. Love their Micheladas! Off of South Broadway.
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Adelitas Cocina Y Cantina
1294 South Broadway
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One of the best Mexican spots in Denver. Love their Micheladas! Off of South Broadway.
Modern Israeli cuisine from chef Alon Shaya and Pomegranate Hospitality. Located in the Source Hotel.
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Safta Restaurant
3330 Brighton Blvd
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Modern Israeli cuisine from chef Alon Shaya and Pomegranate Hospitality. Located in the Source Hotel.
Translated from Japanese means “house,” was first opened in Austin, Texas by James Beard Award winner Chef Tyson Cole. Since then, Cole’s signature non-traditional take on Japanese cuisine has been warmly received by visitors from across the country and around the globe.
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Uchi Denver
2500 Lawrence St
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Translated from Japanese means “house,” was first opened in Austin, Texas by James Beard Award winner Chef Tyson Cole. Since then, Cole’s signature non-traditional take on Japanese cuisine has been warmly received by visitors from across the country and around the globe.
Neighborhood bistro, farm to table, seasonal menu. Awesome food. In the Whittier neighborhood.
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The Plimoth
2335 East 28th Avenue
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Neighborhood bistro, farm to table, seasonal menu. Awesome food. In the Whittier neighborhood.
Located in Larimer Square, Rioja is a Mediterranean restaurant featuring a menu influenced by local and seasonal products.
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Rioja
1431 Larimer Street
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Located in Larimer Square, Rioja is a Mediterranean restaurant featuring a menu influenced by local and seasonal products.
Not really upscale, but business casual. This is a great happy hour spot. Located in a converted mortuary, you must try the devils on horseback.
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Linger
2030 West 30th Avenue
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Not really upscale, but business casual. This is a great happy hour spot. Located in a converted mortuary, you must try the devils on horseback.
Inspired by the food, wine, and culture of Italy, Tavernetta brings la dolce vita style to Denver's bustling Union Station neighborhood with fresh handmade pastas, an Italian directed wine & spirits list and world-class hospitality.
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Tavernetta
1889 16th St Mall
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Inspired by the food, wine, and culture of Italy, Tavernetta brings la dolce vita style to Denver's bustling Union Station neighborhood with fresh handmade pastas, an Italian directed wine & spirits list and world-class hospitality.

Hiking

This is a hidden gem! South of Denver, this area has fantastic geological sights, and even features a waterfall. It’s different than the high elevation mountain hikes but is truly one of my favorites.
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Castlewood Canyon State Park
2989 South State Highway 83
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This is a hidden gem! South of Denver, this area has fantastic geological sights, and even features a waterfall. It’s different than the high elevation mountain hikes but is truly one of my favorites.
Great easy, but heart-pumping day hike 40 minutes outside of Denver. Typically heavily trafficked, so get there early to get a parking spot.
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Beaver Brook Trailhead
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Great easy, but heart-pumping day hike 40 minutes outside of Denver. Typically heavily trafficked, so get there early to get a parking spot.
This about 7-mile hike is on the east side of Eisenhower Tunnel and a great one if you want a tough hike, but not technical. It also has amazing views, and you finish at an artic lake. Great for snowshoeing in the winter too!
Herman Gulch
This about 7-mile hike is on the east side of Eisenhower Tunnel and a great one if you want a tough hike, but not technical. It also has amazing views, and you finish at an artic lake. Great for snowshoeing in the winter too!
This state park is a little more than an hour outside of Denver and has a ton of hikes to offer its visitors. There is a day parking pass required that you could pick up at the visitor center. They can give you great advice too on what to check out. Fall hikes in the park are fantastic!
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Golden Gate Canyon State Park Visitor Center
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This state park is a little more than an hour outside of Denver and has a ton of hikes to offer its visitors. There is a day parking pass required that you could pick up at the visitor center. They can give you great advice too on what to check out. Fall hikes in the park are fantastic!
This is located in the Mt. Evans wilderness is about a 8 mile hike to the lakes. This is also a fantastic hike with great views, but is a bit longer at high elevation, so make sure to bring water and snacks.
Chicago Lakes
This is located in the Mt. Evans wilderness is about a 8 mile hike to the lakes. This is also a fantastic hike with great views, but is a bit longer at high elevation, so make sure to bring water and snacks.
Great for a summer hike, or snowshoeing! Just outside of Nederland, about a 1.5-hour drive from Denver. The hike is 4 miles roundtrip.
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Lost Lake Trail
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Great for a summer hike, or snowshoeing! Just outside of Nederland, about a 1.5-hour drive from Denver. The hike is 4 miles roundtrip.
This one is also outside of Mt. Evans, near Echo Mountain. A little more than 4 miles roundtrip, it offers beautiful views and is great in the summer or winter for a snowshoe!
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Chief Mountain Trailhead
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This one is also outside of Mt. Evans, near Echo Mountain. A little more than 4 miles roundtrip, it offers beautiful views and is great in the summer or winter for a snowshoe!
Are you up for a 14er? This is not for the weary or late starters. You’ll need to be on the mountain before sunrise. This is also a summer hike; best months are July – September.
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Mount Bierstadt
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Are you up for a 14er? This is not for the weary or late starters. You’ll need to be on the mountain before sunrise. This is also a summer hike; best months are July – September.

My Favorite Breweries and Cideries

A Salted Cucumber is my fav!
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Stem Ciders
2811 Walnut Street
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A Salted Cucumber is my fav!
The Pretzel Assassin Amber Lager is my fav!
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Denver Beer Co
1695 Platte Street
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The Pretzel Assassin Amber Lager is my fav!
Apricot Blonde is my fav!
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Dry Dock Brewing Co - South Dock
15120 East Hampden Avenue
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Apricot Blonde is my fav!