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Experience Denver Like a Local
Experience Denver Like a Local

Victoria Randall

Known as the Mile Sky City, Denver is known for its natural beauty and outdoor activities. It also has tons of cultural attractions and an array of amazing locally owned restaurants shops and more. Check out this guide on tips for how to explore Denver like a local.

Where to Eat and Drink



Snooze: Get up early and chow down on some crazy creations such as blueberry Danish pancakes or breakfast pot pie at this one-of-a-kind breakfast spot.

Little Man Ice Cream: Head down to Little Man Ice Cream on a sunny day to grab some indulgent homemade ice cream, sorbet, or gelato.

Denver Beer Co.: Located in Lower Highlands, Denver Beer Co. is a local favorite place to hang out and grab a beer. Enjoy the huge outdoor patio, good vibes, and abundant beer choices.

Cuba Cuba: Cuba Cuba serves up authentic Cuban food in 2 historic Victorian Cottages. Stop by to get a taste of Miami while you’re in Colorado.

Williams and Graham Speakeasy: Pretend you’re in the Prohibition era at this speakeasy which was ranked among the world’s best 50 bars by Drinks International.

What to Do

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Red Rocks Amphitheater: Hit up this world-famous amphitheater for an epic concert experience right in the middle of the red rock formations.

Denver Botanic Garden: The Denver Botanic Garden is an oasis with tons of beautiful plants from all over the world. Take a guided tour to get the inside scoop on what’s blooming while you’re there.

Cherry Creek Trail: Beginning in downtown Denver, this picturesque trail is perfect for a jog, walk, or bike ride right along the Creekside. Explore a different part of Denver on this paved trail as you discover secret parks, fancy shopping centers, and ritzy country clubs.

Garden of the Gods Colorado Springs: Located an hour outside of Denver, this natural landmark is coined as one of the most beautiful landmarks in the state, if not the country. Come to see magnificent red rock formations that were created millions of years ago.

Where to Shop

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Larimer Square: Larimer Square is oldest and most historic block in Denver and doubles as a great place for shopping. Enjoy a handful of boutique shops, clubs, and restaurants.

Cherry Creek North: This charming neighborhood is 16 blocks full of outdoor shopping, galleries, dining, and more. With over 400 stores, 73% are locally owned making it the largest gathering of independently owned shops in the U.S.

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