Believe it or not, people base a lot of decisions on food. Sometimes, people desire to live within a certain proximity to the best food scenes a city has to offer – even better if there is easy access by walking or by a quick car ride.
Denver in particular happens to be known for its food with some areas being even more well-known in this regard than others. For instance, some areas offer more variety while other areas are denser when it comes to a particular food. If you’re a foodie, the DaVinci Realty team has pulled together a list of some of the best areas to move in Denver.
Note, this list is not ranked from best to worst, just simply what and where we think the food is good in Denver! If you’re picking an area to move to, why not follow the food? Good food is also good for the soul and we understand that for some, it’s best to be near the best food scenes!
The highlight of the Platt Park food scene is centered around Pearl Street. On this street, you will find a range of restaurants and cuisine. You can find anything from sushi to tacos to pizza. This means you wouldn’t even need to leave your neighborhood to find something different or good – it’s right in your backyard. You can satisfy any and all of your cravings in this neighborhood. It might lack in sheer numbers of restaurants compared to other neighborhoods, but not in quality.
Some good spots to hit: Sushi Den, Uno Mas, Kaos Pizzeria, Adelitas Cocina y Cantina.
Colfax Avenue used to not be the place you would head to for fine dining or good food. Think of it as it used to be, which was typically a place for dive bar hopping. Now, the City Park neighborhood is packed with plenty of options, a big one being Denver Biscuit Company. The area still comes with the Colfax Avenue charm, such as panhandlers and dive bars. But, it’s working on fixing up its food scene and has already done the job enough to earn a spot on the list! This area is good to walk around and try new stuff here and there.
Some good spots to hit: The Long I Pie Shop, Denver Biscuit Company, To The Wind, Trattoria Stella.
Washington Park West
The dining options in Washington Park West are a bit spread out in regards to getting around to different places, so you’ll want to think about driving. This area has quite a range from affordable hangover cures to fine dining. Here you will find plenty of old-school favorites to some new additions.
Some good spots to hit: Chowder Room, Pete’s Central One, Bittersweet, Blackbird Public House
Cherry Creek has always been famous for upscale shopping but was never really known to be a dining destination. Since mid-2010, the area has seen an increase in newer restaurants opening. This makes dealing with parking situations more worth the trouble. The new food destinations have created a renewed energy in the area and have some of the best spots to hit. There will be more of a driving destination in regards to getting around to some of the best food.
Some good spots to hit: Departure, Matsuhisa, The Cherry Cricket, and Barolo Grill (one of Denver’s best spots for Italian food!).
The main food action in the Speer neighborhood is based around a few blocks of South Broadway, a great spot to get around by walking. This area is heavily dense with many different food options to meet your cravings. This area has great energy and is paired with even better food.
Some places to hit: Table 6, Cho77, Beatrice & Woodsley, Leña.
Classic Denver to the future of the Mile High city collides in this area, making it one of Denver’s oldest neighborhoods. The centerpiece of the area, the State Capitol Building, went up in the 1890s, and plenty has been hanging around the building ever since. You can check out famous restaurateur Frank Bonanno’s mini dining empire close to Governor’s Park. You could also try something newer in the area with a healthy mix of old and new in the area. It’s been stepping up its game as of late.
Some places to hit: Black Eye Coffee, Potager, Sassafras American Eatery, and Mizuna.
North Capitol Hill
This area is more commonly called Uptown. This neighborhood is some to 17th Avenue or better called “restaurant row”. A very fitting name for a street that has well over a dozen different eateries and restaurants in just a few blocks. If you’re starving here and don’t feel like waiting, you just need to take a quick stroll and you will find something else you want. You can’t go wrong eating at any of these restaurants as they are all quite tasty.
Some places to hit: Vine Street Pub, Olive & Finch, Beast + Bottle, and Steuben’s.
Those that live around Berkeley already know that it’s a great place to head out to eat. Although, there has been an onslaught of new restaurants and additions causing more people to discover this area. There are old favorites alongside newly opened favorites. There’s a bit of something for everyone here and it is getting very popular quickly.
Some places to hit: Vital Root, Billy’s Inn, Mas Kaos, il porcellino salumi.
- Federal Blvd
This boulevard is technically not a neighborhood, but it’s home to Denver’s own four corners. In other words, an area where four neighborhoods, Westwood, Mar Lee, Ruby Hill, and Athmar Park, all meet together. This area is known for their restaurants serving up dishes from around the world. You can get a dim sum brunch to amazing soup dumplings to banh mis. This area is about authentic cuisine and has absolutely zero concern for what is trendy. When food is this good in this area does anything else really matter?
Some places to hit: New Saigon, Lao Wang Noodle House, Star Kitchen, Suvipa Thai Food.
The Highlands area is still evolving and adding new restaurants, which seems like every day! There are also some long-standing go-to’s in this area. Highland continues to churn out new and exciting additions to its restaurant list and never ceases to amaze us.
Some places to hit: Sushi Ronin, Avanti F&B, Old Major, Bar Dough
This area is called many different things: RiNo, Five Points, or North of Downtown. It doesn’t matter what you call this area because we are in awe of the revitalization of this neighborhood. This area used to be a place to avoid and definitely not a dining destination. RiNo has had nonstop new additions to it’s dining scene since it got popular. This area has an arsenal of different options and is constantly changing, you can find any type of food you want here and be amazed by the quality!
Some places to hit: Acorn, Hop Alley, Work & Class, The Source, High Point Creamery, The Denver Central Market.
Are you ready to invest in a home in one of these foodie-friendly areas around Denver, CO? The realtors at DaVinci Realty are ready to find you the home of your dreams right by the food of your dreams! Contact us today to get started!