As much as I love exploring and trying out new restaurants, I have a tendency to find a couple places I really love and stick with them when I’m out and about. There are no surprises – everything tastes as wonderful as I remember it and it’s a great experience every time. For today’s post, I’m so excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with my fellow Denver blogger and dear friend, Danielle from According To D, as we each share our top 5 favorite places to eat and drink in the city of Denver (yay!).
A few weeks ago we took over the Highlands area of Denver, dolled up in some of the latest outfits from Pinks – Straight from LA and with fresh hair and makeup and shimmering spray tans from Alchemy Beauty. Needless to say, we both felt super cute and were ready for our close-up with the fabulous photographer Emily Sacco. We spent the day exploring the Highlands and of course had to end by indulging in the best ice cream ever from Little Man (see below!). Check out my top 5 restaurant recommendations for the next time you’re visiting the Mile High City below!
…And when you’re done reading head over to According To D to check out her top favorites too!
Favorite Breakfast Spot: Sassafrass American Eatery
This cozy and bright breakfast spot offers the best in comfort foods with a mainly Southern influence. Start off with a spiced chai latte on a cold day, or go big with a Cap’n Crunch or Cinnamon Toast Crunch milkshake! Indulge in classics like beignets, biscuits and gravy, fried green tomato benedict or shrimp and grits. You can’t really go wrong with anything on this menu.
Favorite Coffee Spot: Black Eye Coffee (LoHi)
While there are two great locations for Black Eye Coffee, my go-to is definitely their shop in the LoHi area (right off of I-25). It’s extremely easy to find parking and walk around to other local shops nearby if you’d like, or you can hunker down over multiple almond milk lattes or cortados for a full day’s work. On warm days the store front opens up their “garage door” to let in the fresh air and sunshine, and don’t forget to grab one of their homemade pastries or macarons on your way out! (For more of my favorite coffee shops, click here.)
Favorite Happy Hour Spot: Avanti F&B
With a sprawling rooftop bar that overlooks the city, and comfy furniture to match, Avanti is my favorite place to hang out for an extended happy hour. The cocktails are delicious, and Avanti is a collective eatery space with your pick of seven different markets and food trucks (so pretty much an adult food hall). Enough said!
Favorite Dinner Spot: Pizzeria Locale
Inspired by Naples, Italy, Pizzeria Locale transports you over to Europe with some of the best italian style pizza you’ll find in the states. The waiters look dapper dressed up in their suits and ties, and the enormous wood-fired oven in the center of the restaurant cooks your pizza quickly to perfection. As a Chicagoan with hard-core deep dish roots, Pizzeria Locale brought me over to the thin side.
Favorite Dessert Spot: Little Man Ice Cream
Little Man is one of those spots that you bring all of your friends and family to when they’re visiting from out of town. Seriously – go now if you can!! The ice cream is served out of a 28-foot cream can and there is the cutest patio right next door where you can enjoy your treat, listen to some live music or even watch an outdoor movie on occasion. Don’t be discouraged by the long lines – it’s worth the wait! (Try the Salted Oreo per my recommendation 😉 )
Thank you to the wonderful local collaborators for this shoot. Click the links below to learn more about each of them – I highly recommend them all!
Photography: Emily Sacco Photography
Clothing & Jewelry: Pinks – Straight from LA
Hair, Makeup & Tanning: Alchemy Beauty
Alright, enjoy your weekend friends, and don’t forget to check out Danielle’s Denver favorites at According To D!