Denver, Colorado, is a standout culinary city with eclectic cuisine sure to satisfy just about any craving.
After a day out exploring Denver’s legendary nature and cool urban sights, have a taste of these Denver foodie favorites and discover all the top culinary trends taking over the city.
1. Denver Beer Trail
Craft beer is part of Denver's culture. Top-rate brewers and creative small-batch flavors means you won’t taste the same beer twice. Established in 1859, Tivoli Brewing Company is Colorado's oldest. Taste the original recipe at the Tivoli Tap House, housed in the original brewery building in Downtown Denver’s east side. Or check out Ratio Beerworks in the artsy-meets-industrial RiNo (River North) neighborhood, popular for its outdoor patio and a rotating schedule of food trucks. Explore any of the other breweries on the Denver Beer Trail, most in the walkable downtown area.
Local hotspot Prost Brewing Company uses exclusively German equipment and ingredients for its brews. Try one of their popular lagers. Prost is the only German-style lager brewery in the state.
Industrial aesthetics meet modern design at Ratio Beerworks in Denver
2. Farm-to-Table Dining
Denver’s restaurants have been in the farm-to-table scene for years. The emphasis is on locally sourced produce, meats and dairy. TAG Restaurant in historic Larimer Square mingles Asian flavors and Latin inspirations. Try the OG Taco Sushi or the Colorado hanger steak.
Locals and visitors are flocking to Mercantile dining & provision in Denver Union Station. Beyond the seasonally inspired fare served in a casual atmosphere and the marketplace offering artisanal goods, Mercantile helps bridge the information gap between farmer and consumer.
Inside the popular Mercantile at Denver Union Station
3. Taste of the Old West
Denver may be a hipster’s paradise, but the food still embraces its pioneer past. Hearty Western food should be on your Denver dining itinerary. Try sweet buffalo meat or farm-raised elk at the Buckhorn Exchange. Founded in 1893, it’s the city’s oldest restaurant. The ornate interior adorned with antique guns and mounted game heads adds to the “Wild West” experience.
Mounted game decor at the historic Buckhorn Exchange in Denver
4. Markets and Food Halls
No gastronomic jaunt through Denver is complete without exploring some of the city’s fantastic food markets. In RiNo, The Source is reminiscent of a neighborhood farmers market. Along with baked goods, meats and flowers, this market features a full bar, beer and spirit vendors, and an art gallery. Denver Central Market boasts a small, intimate venue with friendly communal seating, a central bar, high-quality vendors and an ice cream shop that can’t be missed. Or, experience the collective eatery concept at Avanti F & B (Food & Beverage), a two-story food court that serves as an incubator for up-and-coming restaurants. There are two full bars and great outdoor seating as well.
You can always get back to basics at Denver Union Station, where a traditional farmers market offers a bounty of colorful produce and fresh meats, sometimes sold by the farmers themselves (Saturdays only; seasonal).
Visiting one of Denver’s popular food halls, Denver Central Market
Denver International Airport (DEN) is one of the busiest airports in the USA, with nonstop and connecting flights from around the world. Direct rail service connects the airport to Denver Union Station in the heart of downtown Denver.