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We're a new take on a digital city guide. We believe that the best way to learn about new places is by getting off the beaten path and taking suggestions from local chefs, brewers, musicians and entrepreneurs, and learning the story about how those founders got their start.
So we create mobile-first city guides, filled with photos, videos, audio and stories, all to bring faraway places and people to life.
24 Hours in Denver, Colorado
Denver, Colorado is the best city in the country for beer, mountains and the outdoors. If you're visiting for the day, here's your perfect list of things to do.
Start the Day with Coffee at Lula Rose General Store
Neyla Pekarek of The Lumineers says, 'You can find a delicious, cannot-be-missed cortado at Lula Rose!' We think it's a great way to start your day too.
Grab Breakfast at The Universal on Federal
Denver's famous author Brendan Leonard says, 'The Cornbread Rancheros at The Universal is the best breakfast in Denver.' We've got to be honest...he's not wrong. The Universal's a true gem, just a bit off-the-beaten-path and it's 1,000% worth the short trip from the city-center.
Colorado's Governor John Hickenlooper on his Favorite Hikes, Meals and Beers in Denver Gregory Alan Isakov on his 'Perfect Day in Boulder'
Bike around Wash Park
Time for a mid-morning walk, run, bike ride or volleyball game in what the locals call Wash Park. Denver knows how to connect the city life with the outdoors and Wash Park is the perfect place to do it.
Late Lunch at Onefold
One of Denver's coolest exports is a jar of artisan pickles, made by The Real Dill. Justin Park is the co-founder of The Real Dill and he recommends eating breakfast or lunch at Onefold. We agree! If you're in town, don't miss this charming spot.
You Can't Go to Denver Without a Brewery Crawl in RiNo
Black Shirt Brewing, Bierstadt Lagerhaus, Spangalang and Ratio
The RiNo Arts District is the new heart of Denver. With great coffee shops, art galleries, breweries, concert venues and bars not far from downtown, it's easy to understand why. So get back on your bike and wander around the area, and be sure to check out our favorite breweries Black Shirt, Bierstadt Lagerhaus, Spangalang, and Ratio.
Black Shirt and the incredible story about how a family built a brewery with their bare hands is the reason we got into this whole thing, so if their Red Evelyn is on tap, don't miss it. Read the Story Behind Black Shirt Brewing.
We can say without a doubt that Bierstadt Lagerhaus was the most consistently recommended brewery in town by other brewers, with some saying you won't find a more perfectly executed beer in the country. More about Bierstadt Lagerhaus
As for Spangalang, it's just such a gem, with jazz music on blast and good beers on tap. You can read more about The Birth of Cool at Spangalang here.
After Spangalang, swing around the corner for your last pint of the day at Ratio Beerworks. It's hands down, the locals' favorite brewery. We get it. The patio's awesome and the beer is delicious.
Dinner at Uncle Ramen
One of Denver's coolest companies is Vinyl Me, Please and it's co-founder Matt Fiedler swears by Uncle. With an open kitchen, you can be mesmerized by the quick precision of the cooks while they prepare your food. Make sure to get there early as it is a local favorite and the lines can get long!
Dessert at Little Man Ice Cream
Treat yourself to some ice cream - we really like the Salted Oreo - and experience the magic of owner Paul Tamburello's lifelong dream. Paul took his hobby of making ice cream at home with his mom and dad (whose nickname was Little Man) and turned it into a gem we can all enjoy!
End the Ultimate Day with Drinks at Finn's Manor
A hodge-podge of food trucks and drinks, Finn's Manor has everything you could need. With a new collection of trucks, beers and liquors each time you go, it's hard to have the same experience twice, which means it's always a good time!
Denver's just too cool to experience in a day. If you're in town for the weekend, there are tons of other spots to check out so check out our full Denver, Colorado city guide here for gems like coffee at Crema or The Denver Bicycle Cafe, beers at Baere Brewing, Hogshead and Call to Arms, lunch at Devil's Food or Vert Kitchen, dinner at Cart-Driver or Vine Street and shows at Red Rocks or the Bluebird Theater. Also, weed's legal. Enjoy!