guide to the best cafés in denver
I may have only lived in Denver for about 1.5 years but don't underestimate my ability to seek out the coziest places to find a good almond milk latte!
Now, I know what you're thinking..."Uh is Denver really a mecca for coffee lovers?" YES!
Denver may not be a New York City or Los Angeles when it comes to the AMOUNT of offerings, but it is full of awesome, cozy places to hide out. Before you bee-line it to the nearest Starbucks or Ink! take a risk and step off the beaten path to these cool atmosphere-focused cafés in Denver right now.
BLACK EYE COFFEE
Black Eye is easily one of the most PERFECT spots for your instagram athletics . With neon signs and neutral elements, you'll feel an eclectic vibe and at ease within walking in. One of the best things about Black Eye isn't just their well executed coffee offerings, but there elevated foodie breakfasts. I'm just dying to try their avocado toast!
One step into Amethyst and you'll think you just walked into your new best friends house. This little cafe tucked into an industrial plaza doesn't look much like a coffee shop on the outside but the inside greets you with bright white walls and a kind barista. Everytime. A must try there? Their house-made milks of course! With freshly made cashew milk or honey + cinnamon how could you go wrong?!
THUMP COFEE ROASTERS
If we took a poll and asked Denverites where they would go to get a great cup o' joe while grinding out that workload, it would be Thump. Aside from the abundant amounts of community style seating, they do very well with their coffee and espresso, house-made pastries, sandwiches, and salads. They even have local beer and kombucha on tap if coffee isn't your jam! (or if you need a little buzz to get those creative juices flowing)
Thank goodness Summer is upon us because Aviano is the local favorite for enjoying your favorite morning beverage while relaxing on the patio. The menu at Aviano may be limited but the patio seating is most definitely not. And don't let the limited menu scare you away, it's for good reason. With a "farm-to-cup" mission behind their beans, each cup tastes like coffee heaven. Smooth and flavorful from the first sip to the last.
Pinwheel is new to the Denver coffee scene having only opened in August of 2017. What I love about this cafe is its mix of vintage decor with modern bright pops of color. If the coffee here doesn't put you in a better mood, the decor will! And maybe the coolest part, it's run by STUDENTS, Junior & Senior High School students actually. They supply much of the pastries through their culinary programs. As well as selling fresh eggs and other farm stand produce that comes from their urban and rural farms, greenhouse, and aquaponics system.