Denver supports a growing tech community while retaining a diverse history in manufacturing, agriculture and food & beverage.  Its central location serves as a distribution hub for the American West. The region’s rich natural resources have also brought a number of mining and energy companies to headquarter in Denver. In 2015, Denver ranked No. 1 in Forbes’ list of the Best Places for Business and Careers.

WHERE TO STAY

  • RESIDENCE INN – Great rooms at a good value, these are perfect for long stays.
  • HOTEL MONACO DENVER – A fun go-to hotel located 10 minutes from Denver Union Station. We love the complimentary massage chair and the daily wine hour held in the lobby.
  • THE CURTIS – One of Denver’s quirkiest hotels, each of its 13 floors carries a different pop culture theme. The rooms are on the smaller side but still an entertaining Downtown hotel.
  • BROWN PALACE HOTEL (BROWN’S) – Known as the “grand old lady” of Denver’s hotel scene, Brown’s brings old-world style to the 21st century. Expect an ornate lobby, in-house art collection and a killer afternoon tea.
  • TEATRO – Refined historic hotel located near the Colorado Convention Center and the Theatre District light rail station.
  • FOUR SEASONS HOTEL – Amazing views of the Colorado Rockies and the city skyline. The rooftop poolside terrace offers a charming place for drinks and small bites.
  • RITZ-CARLTON DENVER – Often described as one of the best Ritz-Carlton hotels in the US, Denver’s Ritz-Carlton is located in the heart of Downtown.

CO-WORKING

  • Denver has a number of co-working facilities all over the city. Start by engaging with Denver’s CO-WORKING ALLIANCE to identify the best co-working facilities suited to your intended location and specific requirements.
  • The Alliance comprises 12 co-working venues who collaborate and market their collective spaces and services.
  • Every two months, the Alliance runs meetings and information sessions where prospects can meet members, ask questions and learn more about each of its spaces. The meetings are very social, ranging from events like volleyball, barbecues, movie screenings and holiday parties, all of which offer a chance to build relationships within and across different industries.
  • The Alliance was co-founded by Craig Baute, a local first generation start-up entrepreneur and owner of Denver’s co-working space CREATIVE DENSITY.

COFFEE & KAI

FOR COFFEE

  • COMMON GROUND COFFEEHOUSE – A bright, relaxed local chain, these hangouts roast coffee onsite and serve light meals. Try the Lower Downtown “LoDo” location.
  • BOXCAR COFFEE ROASTERS – Self-proclaimed “coffee specialist” Boxcar serves espresso drinks and custom brews situated in The Source artisan food market. We love both the Boulder and Denver venues.
  • TATTERED COVER BOOKSTORE – Amazing coffee served in a bookstore, Tattered Cover is one of the largest independent bookstores in the US. Find Tattered Cover in the heart of historic “LoDo”.
  • THE MARKET AT LARIMER SQUARE  A locally owned and operated deli and bakery, the Market has an extensive menu. Not only are hot meals impressive (stews, hot pots, pastas and fried chicken), huge appetites can be satiated with towering sandwiches and bagels. Fantastic location in Larimer Square.
  • STOWAWAY COFFEE + KITCHEN – Cozy coffeehouse offering a full espresso bar situated in the River North Arts District “RiNo”. A beautiful setting with a vibrant outdoor patio, Stowaway serves excellent food and exceptional coffee.
  • CAFFE SANORA – Large windows create a warm and inviting atmosphere that pair well with traditional coffee and Italian sandwiches. It’s a welcoming place to unwind or spend quality time catching up on work.  
  • DENVER BICYCLE CAFE – Craft beers, gourmet roasted coffee and a daily happy hour are all served in this trendy “LoDo” bike shop. The outdoor patio is always buzzing with activity. Ideal for people watching.

FOR LUNCH AND DINNER

  • PARK BURGER – Casual, family-friendly stop for lunch. Pair a Royale burger (blue cheese and bacon) with an ice cold beer.
  • TAG – Located in Larimer Square, Tag’s specialty is “continental social food”. The menu includes an eclectic mix of Asian and Latin American-inspired dishes. All meals are prepared family style (shared). 
  • RIOJA –  Often described as the best restaurant in Denver, this place is cuisine as artwork. Chef Jennifer Jasinski was a semi-finalist for the James Beard Foundation Outstanding Chef 2016. Our tip: try the seasonal menu with the pork belly appetizer.

NIGHT SPOTS

  • HYATT CONVENTION CENTER HOTEL – Rooftop views of the city and Rocky Mountains are the main draw to this rooftop lounge.
  • GREEN RUSSELL – Similar in style to an old school speakeasy, the entrance to Green Russell is through the back door of a pie shop. The only thing it’s missing is a secret password. It offers adventurous cocktails and delicious small plates.
  • VIEWHOUSE – A vibrant rooftop restaurant and bar, Viewhouse was inspired by Coloradan’s fondness of sports, food and love for the outdoors and all things local. It was voted “America’s Most Popular Bars 2014” and is located in the Ballpark neighborhood, across the street from Coors Field. 
  • ALE HOUSE AT AMATO’S – A bar and grill offering 40+ tap beers and a rooftop patio with sweeping views of the city skyline. Located in central Downtown, Ale House promises to the deliver the best local craft beers and food pairings this side of the Rocky Mountains.
  • LARIMER SQUARE – A historic block where the buildings house a mix of independent shops, restaurants and an eclectic mix of bars and night clubs. If you can’t decide where to spend your time in Denver, head to Larimer Square.

COOL HUNTING

  • Outdoor activities in Denver include skiing, hiking, mountain biking and fishing. Locals live for the outdoors: they eat outdoors and walk everywhere. To truly live like a local, stay outside! Hang out in parks, bike or hike at any given chance. Plan your meals around food trucks, drink at communal tables in breweries, and don’t be shy to ask every bartender you meet for advice on beers. Denver has 35 breweries with over 400 types of beer. Denver brews more beer than any other city in America and most of it can be sampled in “LoDo” where the city’s brewpubs proliferate.
  • 15 miles southwest of town, RED ROCKS PARK AND AMPHITHEATRE is worth the trip. Go for a show or get a workout climbing the stands. It’s a breathtaking experience. The stadium-sized arena opens up to a captivating mountain scene.
  • On sunny days, LITTLE MAN ICE CREAM is a must-do, serving handmade ice cream, sorbet and gelato. Look for the shop’s distinctive giant milk jug edifice.
  • Portland’s famous VOODOO DOUGHNUTS is now in Denver. Get ready to stand in line (it moves quickly) for your very own bacon maple bar doughnut. It is worth the wait. Cash only.
  • DENVER MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE is a fun and interactive learning experience. Check out the gems exhibit which highlights some of the state’s most prized possessions.
  • DENVER BOTANIC GARDENS is an updated greenhouse complex with massive glass structures. Get a behind-the-scenes view of horticulturists hard at work. The Botanic Gardens are very family-friendly. Kids love the Mordecai Children’s Garden where they can build forts and explore plant and insect life.
  • COMMONS PARK is perfect for an idyllic bicycle ride. Pick up a bike-share bicycle from one of Denver’s B-CYCLE stations and then cycle the park and surrounds. Head along the South Platte River trails, then go east where sculptures lead to an elm and cottonwood-lined promenade along the high-rises. A quintessential Denver experience.
  • For more information on local events, activities and experiences, check out DENVER TOURISM.

GETTING AROUND

  • Despite its flat and sprawling landscape, Denver was named the “Mile High City” denoting its one-mile elevation above sea level.
  • Denver has 200 parks and a completely refurbished lower downtown area (“LoDo” to the locals) where blocks of old Victorian buildings have been restored to house restaurants, galleries and shops. Larimer Square is the heart of the dining and nightlife scene.
  • Downtown Denver is walkable so you can get away without a car.
  • Denver International is 45 minutes away and doable via UBERRAIL will also get you from Union Station to the airport in 37 minutes. If you plan to visit nearby Boulder, ranked by Forbes as the No. 1 US town to live well, rent a car for the 45-minute journey. For those on a budget, BUS routes also link the two cities.
  • At 5,280 in elevation, it’s always advisable to wear sunglasses, lip balm and carry water in Denver’s 300+ days of sunshine per year. Be careful how much you drink to avoid “altitude hangover”!
  • It’s a lesser known fact: 25% of Denver residents speak Spanish. This may be the perfect opportunity to put your elementary palabras to use!
  • To get hyper-connected go to BUILT IN COLORADO for a directory of meet-up groups. Ran in partnership by the private sector and local government, this group keeps an up-to-date site of blog posts, job boards and events calendars.

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