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.
One of Denver’s oldest coffee houses, Paris on Platte, located in Lower Highland, is an artsy hangout for sophisticated students cracking the books and prowling the internet, caffeine junkies, philosophers discussing the world’s woes and old-timers wistful for nostalgia. The bohemian space, bedecked with kaleidoscopic artwork, creaky wood floors, weathered wooden booths and tables and a fully equipped barista counter, encourages lingering, and people post up for hours, sipping cappuccinos and snacking on sandwiches, soups, salads, pizzas and a full board of desserts. At night, the adjacent wine bar, located next door, features live music, a chill vibe and a weekday happy hour from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
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.
Nanna's Tea has created a collection of tasty white, green, herbal, and black teas from around the world to marry with its delicate tea sandwiches, soups, and daily-baked pastries. Its picturesque outdoor gardens present a placid locale for visitors decompress while taking formal tea or recharge while chatting over breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The tea-of-the-month club exposes members to a vast array of exotic flavors, and children's tea parties teach tikes how to use the teaspoon to slap the hands of any teddy bear caught hoarding crumpets.
Schooled in a Jamaican jerk joint, award-winning chef Scott Durrah opened 8 Rivers LoDo after his Highland Square location successfully unleashed a relentless Caribbean cuisine craving on Denver's unsuspecting masses. Serving up a delicious array of pastas, seafood, and jerk-spiced grill fare, 8 Rivers LoDo tempts dinner diners starting at 4:30 p.m. seven days a week.