Opened midsummer 2010 amid the mammoth movieplex at Westminster Promenade, Higgy's Ice Cream Shoppe provides a sweet way to cool down after scorching summer blockbusters. The locally produced ice creams mingle with other delectable dairy-mades, letting guests express their confectionary style by wrapping treats in fruit, candy, nuts, or fashion-magazine cutouts. Single-serve ice cream comes in 5-ounce ($3), 8-ounce ($4), and 12-ounce ($5) denominations (each mixed-in candy, fruit, or nut costs an additional $0.50), or patrons can tote home on-the-go pints ($7) and quarts ($9). Parents can perk up for marathon cartoon adaptations of The Iliad by ordering an espresso, latte, cappuccino, or other coffee product ($2.50 small, $3.25 large), and tincture it with a hint of flavoring ($.25 per addition). Besides caffeines and vanilla beans, Higgy's Ice Cream Shoppe also hawks sorbet, fro-yo, malts, smoothies, baked goods, and ice-cream cakes.
Voted 5280 magazine Readers' Choice for Top Gelato, The Red Trolley was founded by Julie and Patrick Shaw, who wanted to take their kids out for ice cream that didn't give off an unnatural glow. Ice creams and sorbettos at The Red Trolley are made in-house without the deal-breaking lineup of high fructose corn syrup, trans fat, and artificial colors and flavors. Denver Magazine named the banana chocolate peanut butter gelato one of the 100 must eats in Denver ($3.50 for a single scoop), and the charming counter stools are well-suited for sealing truces with root beer floats ($4.99). Mix and match flavors such as the cupcake junky without neglecting a favorite such as the sea-salt chocolate-covered caramel gelato.
Paris on the Platte, a coffeehouse with a rich 25-year history, doubles as a café and bar with specialty cocktails, brunch fare, pizzas, and delicate desserts. Visitors can wake up in an Austrian concert hall with the Café Viennese’s trio of espresso, steamed milk, and whipped cream ($3.50 for an 8 oz.) or hit a Big Easy speakeasy with the Café Marquis—a cappuccino with french roast, chicory, foamed milk, and a pinch of cinnamon and cocoa ($2.95 for a single). Brunch eats—including crepes ($5.95), omelettes ($5.95), and four types of eggs benedict ($6.95–$7.95)—start the day, and lunch, dinner, or linner guests can enjoy edibles such as the french dip sandwich ($7.95), bacon- and cheddar-bedecked Paris pizza ($11.95), and the Waldo salad with fresh spinach, strawberries, blue cheese, and candied bobble hats ($7.95).