A fresh-brewed cup of coffee in a stunning location is an ideal way for me to get my caffeine fix. Here are my favorite neighborhood coffee shops in denver.

Coffee is an essential in my morning routine. Hello, I have 2 little babes at home + our sleeping routines lack on a regular basis. Every morning a brew a pot of coffee at home to help get me out of bed + ready to take on the day. However, I often find myself craving some additional caffeine mid-morning or in need of a little energy boost in the afternoon.

I have shared some of my favorite coffee shops in the past but the landscape has changed in the last couple of years. Additionally, I have found some new-to-me coffee shops in denver’s charming neighborhoods. Their authentic environments, friendly staff + of course, delicious coffee have made quite the impression on me + my coffee routine. On a warm summer afternoon, I have been craving iced lattes or a bold cold-brew. However, I will never turn down a pour over or frothy latte.

I have rounded up my favorite neighborhood coffee shops to help you navigate the expansive coffee scene in denver. While there is practically a coffee shop on every corner, they are not all stand out options. So, if you are looking for a great place to work, meet a friend to catch up, people watch or just pick up a stellar cup of joe on your way to the office, I have you covered.

Platt Park + Washington Park

steam espresso bar: delicious craft-coffee drinks made with micro-roasted + ethically sourced beans. I love the staff here, especially the owner hani. Also, their expansive patio has live music on the weekends + is the perfect place to catch up with friends or have a business meeting.

overt coffee: this narrow coffee shop packs a punch with its beautiful + chic back patio. I am obsessed with their creamy + rich vanilla almond milk lattes (pictured here). They also have great grab-and-go options from their sister restaurant, vert kitchen which is next door.

stella’s coffee house: pearl street’s hipster coffee shop that has been around since the early 90’s. I love that stella’s has tons of quiet corners for working + a lot of outdoor seating options with fire pits for cooler nights.

corvus coffee: rare + fine coffee offerings for serious coffee aficionados. I love trying their seasonal drinks and various cold-brew options on tap. Corvus also has a 2nd location in the denver tech center.

Cherry Creek

aviano: superior coffee, super delicious pastries + tons of people watching. Regardless if you grab a seat on the large patio or inside with the sun pouring through the floor-to-ceiling windows, there is great energy + so much to take in.

olive + finch: a coffee shop with a strong food program is a 2-for-1 in my book. If you are meeting friends for breakfast or lunch, this is a great option. I love that there is a huge emphasis on quality products and seasonal ingredients.

pablo’s on 6th: one of denver’s 1st craft coffee houses with house-made beans. This no-fuss location is nice for a casual work day or a business get together.

Uptown + Capitol Hill + Congress Park

onefold: this boutique shop has killer eats to pair with their coffee which is sourced from some of denver’s best roasters like boxcar, thump + commonwealth. The design details (especially their lighting + typography) make onefold an ideal location for photo-ops or a chic breakfast with friends.

thump coffee: a community-based coffee shop + roaster that cares about the unique story of a bean’s origin. The open layout has tons of high-top seating, lending its location to a diverse customer-base or working types.

black eye coffee: the design of this coffee shop is almost as perfect as their craft-coffees; every corner is instagram-worthy. However, it’s hard to score a table in this busy + eclectic coffee shop. However, the energy, avocado toast + perfect pour-overs make it worth the trip.

hudson hill: mid-century modern design is complimented with commonweath coffee, a perfect combination in my book. I love all the beautiful greenery + plants in the space, giving it an open + airy feel.


the wooden spoon: this tiny spot in lower highlands is charming on every level + their dessert case is hard to pass up. A perfect compliment to their caffeinated beverages. Wooden spoon is small, great for a quiet lunch or a quick meet-up but don’t plan on setting up shop to work, their signs clearly state they are screen-free.

allegro: this berkley coffee shop is massive. If it’s a nice day, try to grab a spot by the large garage doors + relax as you people watch. This artisan coffee shop has deep roots in colorado but you can buy their coffee beans across the country.

novo coffee: my favorite place to stop into for an afternoon caffeine fix + sweet treat. Try one of their homemade pop tarts if they are available! The staff is super friendly + the customers are treated like family.

black eye coffee: this 2nd location is hipster in all the right ways. Tons of vintage elements give some soul to the atmosphere, amongst all the laptops + electronics. Most people here are working or popping in to grab-and-go.


little owl: chic, simple, delicious, carefully sourced beans + tons of modern lines. I doubt this place is bigger than my closet but every inch is perfectly designed. Little owl is my favorite after lunch stop when I am downtown to grab a coffee.

pigtrain coffee: perfectly located in union station, this coffee shop is full of energy, a bustling crowd + strong coffee. Grab your favorite caffeinated beverage + grab a spot on their patio overlooking the fountain/splash pad outside.

RiNo + Ballpark

crema coffee house: hipster vibes with a serious knowledge on coffee + their aromatic elements. They brew from a ton of denver-based roasters and their location is perfect for people watching, gabbing with friends or plugging in and focusing on your laptop.

portside: this casual + quaint spot has perfected a great cup of coffee, a simple but approachable environment + tasty eats. I could spend an afternoon on their patio watching people stroll by or pick up a delicious latte to bring into the office.

boxcar coffee roasters: some of the best beans I have tried are from boxcar but their location inside the source is where you can go for a freshly brewed cup. They have another location in boulder but I love the mixed clientele of their denver outpost + how you can grab a cup while strolling through the other stores next door.

hutch + spoon: I have loved this place for years; the staff is so kind, the coffee never disappoints, the house-made sodas are heavenly + I love their collection of vintage spoons. On a rainy day, this is the place to warm you up and a wonderful location for lunch with a girlfriend.

Where is your favorite coffee shop in denver? Is there a place around town that I need to try? What is your go-to coffee order?


Photos by Jenna Sparks. Follow her on Instagram @jenna.sparks.photography.


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