(While the COVID-19 pandemic has altered operations in many of Denver coffee shops, you can still enjoy a fresh brew. Some of the shops have modified operating hours, and may be offering curb-side pickup. Check the respective websites to make sure the locations are open and if there is seating available, inside or outside).
If you spend any time walking around Denver, it becomes apparent the city is powered by two very distinct but disparate beverages -- coffee and craft beer.
While craft beer may get the headlines, coffee shops fuel the populace with chain stores as well as cozy, independent neighborhood cafes. Serving up everything from dark roast to lattes, Denver’s brewing scene is dominated, not by the hops, but by the beans.
At last count, Google maps identified over 100 coffee shops in Denver that focus on not only the perfect cup of coffee but ambiance, food and barista charm. Whether it’s in a to-go container or a soup-size mug, nothing beats starting the day with a hot beverage in the morning with friends or family. Many of the coffee shops feature local coffee roasters like Kabod, Novo, Corvus, Allegro, Coda and Sweet Bloom.
From Highlands to Washington Park, Stapleton to Ruby Hill, you’ll find an amazing array of coffee shops that are sure to fire up your day. Here is a list of some of the best coffee shops in Denver, in no particular order, according to members of the Usaj Realty staff.
Embracing the working-class history and character of the LoHi Denver neighborhood, this cafe has classic good looks with an exposed brick wall, throwback cooler and interior touches that make your visit one to remember. Featuring breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch, everything is fresh and made in-house.
3408 Navajo St. (LoHi neighborhood)
With three locations, Berkeley, Congress Park and South Pearl, this purveyor offers several local coffee roasters, Ritual chocolate, yummy breakfast burritos and pastries. The Congress Park location has a fabulous patio.
3937 Tennyson St. (Berkeley neighborhood)
1200 Clayton St. (Congress Park neighborhood)
Experience Denver's only African espresso bar. All of their coffee comes from various African Nations including Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee! If you're not in the mood for coffee, enjoy beer and wine from Africa. Whitter Cafe believes in social justice and supports related causes.
1710 East 25th Ave. (Whittier neighborhood)
This is Allegro’s flagship roasting house and café in the Berkeley neighborhood. Its location in a historic hardware store is a classic one as many of the original adornments have been preserved. There are large windows in the facility that let in the Colorado sunshine, and garage doors open up on all those wonderful warm days. Be sure to try Allegro's specialty waffles, garnished with an assortment of yummy toppings. All the food is locally sourced or made on the premises.
4040 Tennyson St. (Berkeley neighborhood)
Coffee at The Point (The Point) is located in the heart of the historic Five Points neighborhood. The Point provides quality products and excellent customer service. Providing unparalleled customer service, this coffee and wine lounge features 3,000 square feet of space, free WiFi, the luxury of free covered parking, an experienced staff, a large shaded patio, and a broad menu that includes beer, wine, gelato, sandwiches, and more. The Point is community inspired and community driven as it donates 95% of space to nonprofits and other meeting groups.
710 East 26th Ave. (Five Points neighborhood)
Buzz Cafe is conveniently located in Alamo Placita and near the historic Country Club district and Cheeseman Park. Great coffee brews and exceptional breakfast, lunch and snack items. Free wifi is available with purchase, and enjoy the outdoor patio seating that is dog-friendly. Lots of nearby parking.
1229 E 6th Ave. (Alamo Placita neighborhood)
This hip, modern venue exudes great vibes, excellent coffee and artisan tea selections. The shop is included in a fun strip with other boutique shops and eateries, and is only one mile from downtown in Jefferson Park.
2914 W. 25th Ave. (Jefferson Park neighborhood)
Huckleberry graciously has two Denver locations to visit: one in the Sunnyside neighborhood and one at the Dairy Block in downtown Denver. As a sustainable company with some darn good coffee, either of their locations are full of charm and worth a visit.
4301 N. Pecos St. (Sunnyside neighborhood)
1800 Wazee St. (LoDo neighborhood)
This cozy coffee shop featuring Coda Coffee sits on the main street of Edgewater, nestled next to some great bars and a brewery. You’ll find easy parking with the free lot next door, tasty coffee and comforting teas. Replete with contemporary decor, customers have many seating options. Best of all, you’ll love the views of Sloan’s Lake and the breath-taking Denver skyline.
5224 W 25th Ave. (Edgewater)
Located in Virginia Vale, Sojourners concentrates on providing great coffee and tea to the Denver community. That means brewing espressos on the beloved Synesso Cyncra, offering French Press coffee, and individually brewing teas by the cup or pot using loose leaf teas. Sojourners uses mostly locally roasted coffee (Coda Coffee and Novo Coffee), but occasionally Sojourners brings in guest roasts from outside the Denver area. Our single leaf teas are from Teatulia, a Denver-based company and The Tea Spot, a company from Boulder. Pastries come from Laurent Gava’s Figaro Bakery and The Last Crumb Bakery, a gluten free baked goods provider.
1501 S. Holly St. (Virginia Vale neighborhood)
To many, a great coffee shop is one where you can snuggle up into a corner and get some serious work knocked out, but is equally conducive to meeting clients or sitting down with a good friend to talk. Tucked away in the East Colfax neighborhood of Denver, this hidden gem checks all those boxes and is well worth the trek. Housed in a converted old home with all the quaint charm you can imagine, enjoy the porch or backyard on a nice day or, if the weather isn't cooperating, there are three small rooms with an eclectic variety of chairs, sofas and high top tables from which to work. Offering all the basics from great coffee and local eats to free wifi, you’ll be greeted by friendly staff and will leave a happy customer.
1447 Quince St. (East Colfax neighborhood)
Devil's Food Bakery opened on Old South Gaylord Street in 1999 serving pastries, coffee and tea. Now with an expanded facility, it serves breakfast, lunch, supper brunch and pastries from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is a favorite stop in this popular Denver neighborhood. From chicken and waffles to quinoa cakes and eggs, this cafe is bound to have an offering that satisfies your cravings.
1004 S. Gaylord St. (Old South Gaylord Street neighborhood)
Don't be fooled by their unusual website; the coffee is fabulous as is the art adorning the walls. This spacious shop in City Park West is right next door to Thin Man, and the two businesses share a patio. Featuring garage-style windows and eclectic murals on the walls, the cafe actively promotes local artists and musicians. In addition to coffee drinks, St. Mark’s is known for its bakery items and other food offerings that change with the season. If you bring your own cup, you'll receive 20 cents off the purchase price.
2019 E. 17th Ave. (City Park West neighborhood)
OK, it serves a mean cup of coffee but also boasts a bookstore and wine bar. What’s not to like? Guided by owner Nicole Sullivan’s principle of developing community through books and beverages, during "normal" times BookBar offers recurring events including happier hour (which includes half-priced wine and story time for the kiddos), poetry sessions and a book club. For now, they have been replaced with virtual events. Keep checking the events calendar to learn when live activities will resume.
4280 Tennyson St. (Berkeley neighborhood)
This hidden gem, located in the Oxford Hotel Annex in LoDo, has a great selection of teas and coffees. Amante gets double word score for having a low-key, cost effective happy hour. Its proximity to Union Station and being on 17th Street keeps this place hopping. Amante is perfect for an espresso and breakfast pastry. In the afternoon, enjoy a glass of wine while people-watching from the patio or window seats.
1612 17th St. (LoDo neighborhood)
(Editor's note: This blog was originally published in November of 2017. It has been updated and revised to reflect new information).
Posted by Pat O'Connor
Pat O’Connor has dual citizenship in both Wisconsin and Colorado, having been born and raised in Wisconsin Dells, but later adopted by the Centennial State. A graduate of the University of Colorado (B.S. Journalism, 1980), O’Connor began her career as a sportswriter at the Boulder Daily Camera under the tutelage of the venerable Dan Creedon. Her experience also includes stints in public relations at Aspen Highlands Ski Area, the Colorado Trial Lawyers and the Colorado Division of Wildlife. When she isn’t piecing together sentences, the self-proclaimed “Cheesehead” enjoys hanging out with her three kids and assortment of family pets, running, playing golf, hiking 14ers, horseback riding and skiing. As a mother to two (at one time three) competitive swimmers, her favorite fragrance is eau de chlorine. During football season, she can be found cheering for the Buffs on Saturdays and screaming when the Packers score on Sundays. She loves talking sports and giving recommendations on cheese curds.Facebook LinkedIn Twitter