This area, just west and northwest of downtown, is a trendy area with restaurants, bars and shops attracting a younger crowd. Our recommendations include:
Root Down: Had Brunch at this great restaurant just west of downtown. It was referred to me by a friend. It was frequented by a very young, hip crowd that gave it a fun energy. Make sure to make reservations ahead of time. It is located at 1600 W. 33rd Ave.
Linger: Located at 2030 W. 30th Avenue in the hip Highlands neighborhood just west of LoDo or Lower Downtown in downtown Denver, this is a great spot featuring around-the-world street food. They have a roof top bar with views of Denver.
Little Man Ice Cream: After a great meal at Linger, don’t miss having hand-made ice cream at Little Man Ice Cream next door at 2620 16th St.
Exploring Tennyson St. Cultural District: One of the Highland’s neighborhoods is the Tennyson St. Cultural District. This is a fun multi-block area featuring coffee houses like Downpours Coffee, bars like the West End Tap House and restaurants including Axios Greek restaurant and Hops & Pie for beer and pizza. There are also other stores like Tea for Ewe featuring teas, yarns and soaps.
Bookbar, a fun bookstore with wine bar was my favorite spot. At 4280 Tennyson St., west of downtown, this is a cozy, new bookstore that features a wine and coffee bar. It also features house-made hors d’oeuvres using local and organic ingredients.
A great new restaurant on our list is Old Major, Seafood, Swine and Wine located at 3316 Tejon St. in the Lower Highlands (LoHi) neighborhood. It is a great spot for brunch on Saturday and Sunday. They focus on heritage-raised meats from Colorado farms. They have a butchery program with a focus on pork. They butcher and prepare two pigs each week and even cure in-house. I thought their smoked ham served on cheddar chive biscuits with a red pepper jam was really excellent.
On the southern part of the Highlands is Platt Street where you will find a number of restaurants, bars and shops between 16th St. and 19th. St. Make sure to stop in at the Denver Beer Co.Taproom at 1695 Platt St. to sample their porters, ales, IPAs and seasonal offerings.
Across the street is Brider Rotisserie + Kitchen at 1644 Platt. It is the newest offering by the owners of Oak at Fourteenth in Boulder and Acorn in Denver. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this sleek, contemporary space offers coffee, pastries, rotisserie items, soups, salads and sandwiches. It is a fast casual spot, where you order at the counter. No reservations are taken.