Tucked amidst an historic block of downtown Denver is the family-owned Market at Larimer Square. This former grocery store has been replaced with a gem of an espresso shop, complete with deli and bakery touches. The European-style market starts with the enticing smell of brewed coffee at the entrance, and customers can continue up the stairs to an open square space topped with plenty of casual seating. The deli and bakery offers more tempting scents, and customers tend to fall for the hot French dip, a staked Cuban sandwich or the New Orealns-leaning Muffuletta. Of course, the perfect finisher is the Market’s signature dessert: the Spring Fling, a delightfully layered concoction of zucchini bread, cream cheese and fresh fruit.
Not much at Corvus Coffee Roasters is automated. Here, the coffee beans are roasted in small batches using a Geisen cast-iron roaster, which must be operated by hand. This device results in a carefully attended roast calibrated to the nuances of each batch of beans. Beans are thus roasted several times a week, so customers get a bag in their hands within mere days of this process taking place. In the shop, coffee is brewed by hand as well, using an aeropress brewer or squeezing it between the barista's fists. Guests perch at the steel-and-oak bar or find a spot at community tables??crafted from salvaged Broadway trolley rails??inside or on the patio.
After years spent working in other restaurants and bakeries, Jyll Tuggle had a dream to open her own neighborhood eatery where folks could gather to enjoy quality cuisine and hearty conversation. That dream became Under The Umbrella Cafe and Bakery, a cozy brick-walled eatery that quickly won the Denver Post’s endorsement for its light, homemade fare and friendly, local vibe. Families can frequently be found filling seats in the kid-friendly confines, drawn in by a menu peppered with house-baked cinnamon rolls, filled croissants, breakfast burritos, and grilled sandwiches served with a choice of side such as homemade potato salad. Denver-based Pablo's Coffee fills cups with heady brews as laptops luxuriate in the waves of free WiFi and area psychics flock to read their futures in the loose leaves used to steep steaming cups of Sterling tea.
Proudly displaying the English flag at the entrance, the House of Commons serves lunch and afternoon tea daily, providing lower downtown Denver with a little bit of England. The menu is full of fanciful English named salads and double-decker sandwiches, including Wimbledon, Kensington and Balmoral. The tradition of afternoon tea at the House of Commons includes time-honored finger sandwiches (including vegetarian options), miniature English scones lathered with Devonshire cream served with unlimited choice of tea, sourced from all over the world. House of Commons also hosts private events and special occasion, which make a perfect afternoon for a bunch of girlfriends.
Conceived as a business model to support a single-mom owner, The Coffee Nook brews coffees and espresso from IMACK Coffee, a local, family-operated roaster. Nestled in a storefront in the courtyard of the Glendale Workshops building, The Coffee Nook serves classic coffee drinks and blended espresso beverages, many infused with flavors such as gingerbread, mocha, or sea-salt caramel. To pair with the caffeinated treats, guests can enjoy quesadillas or customized sandwiches in a picturesque outdoor seating area or within the WiFi-equipped café.
An "experience that is thoroughly unique—insane, even." That's how the Denver Post describes navigating the gaming options inside Punch Bowl Social's 24,000-square-foot home. Besides classic bar games such as billiards, pinball, and darts, the emporium encompasses skeeball, board games, and a 1980s-style arcade. If that's not enough, a full-floor shuffleboard court and an eight-lane bowling alley add to the mix with comfortable leather seating framing play areas.
To match Punch Bowl Social's eclectic entertainment, its culinary team crafts equally fun and varied diner bites. On the weekends cooks focus on breakfast options such as mixed berry waffles, cast-iron skillets, and biscuits and gravy served with cage-free eggs. Lunch and dinner options include chicken and waffles, street tacos, a patty melt, and a catfish sandwich with jalapeno slaw. A special menu of pickled foods includes okra and jalapenos and helps game players make just the right puckered face to distract competitors from scoring. To complement all the eating and playing, bartenders serve local drafts, canned beers, adult milkshakes, and signature boozy punches until 2 a.m. every night.