[Sculpture at Stanley Marketplace in Aurora.] With the opening of The Source back in 2013 the somewhat new concept of modern food halls was brought to Denver. Craft beer, coffee, spirits, wine, and food all in one place. That’s exactly what The Source brought to Denver and ever since then, food halls around the mile-high have been popping up all over town.
And while the concept of a modern food hall has almost become commonplace and no longer considered innovative, it’s still a trend that doesn’t show signs of stopping anytime soon. So, we’ve shared below the top food halls and marketplaces in Denver
to eat, drink, and be seen.
Denver Central Market
With two locations, one in LoDo and its latest concept at the Denver International Airport, the Denver Central Market is making a name for itself as “the” food hall to visit. Located in the middle of the River North Neighborhood, the space offers a classic food hall feel with not a lot of frills. Its open space concept houses a bakery, coffee shop, fish market, rotisserie, ice cream, chocolate shop, pizza, sandwiches, and more – basically something for everyone.
From breakfast until dinner, this community gathering place is perfect for hanging with friends and family. Or shop their retail selections including fresh bread, oils, and full-service butcher shop.
Location: 2669 Larimer St, Denver
The Source Hotel & Market Hall
As the first food hall to open in Denver, and one of the first to open in Colorado, The Source sets the standard for Denver Food Halls. Over the years it has expanded to include a hotel, market hall, and even a rooftop bar. As a staple to the industrial neighborhood of the RiNo district, its large building houses two market halls that span 45,000 square feet, offering a collection of 25 artisans including some house-hold names in the culinary scene including acorn, Grabowski’s Pizzeria, Safta, the Proper Pour, and many others.
Take in the views of Denver from their rooftop bar and restaurant, The Woods Restaurant, all complete with a New Belgium Beer Garden. Serving up breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, and a mighty fine happy hour, this is the place to enjoy those summer evenings or cool fall days. And if you don’t feel like leaving, book a room at their hotel. Rooms offer a modern twist with local touches with design work from Winter Session in Denver.
Location: 3330 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO
Avanti Food and Beverage
The launchpad for several Denver eateries, Avanti Food and Beverage in LoHi is also soon to establish another location in Boulder, spring 2020. Spread throughout two levels, the collective eatery houses a smattering of food stalls complete with two bars. Food options include a pizza joint, poke bowls and arepas. But perhaps one of its biggest draws is its stunning rooftop patio with plenty of room to take in beautiful views of downtown Denver.
Location: 3200 N. Pecos St, Denver
Denver Union Station
With its much-anticipated makeover in 2014, the Denver Union Station is much more than a place to catch a train, plane, or automobile it is now a hub for social gatherings, late-night cocktails, and is home to one of the best Christmas tree displays every holiday season. The historic station was first established in 1881 as Denver’s main train station, it is now also home to several restaurants, bars, a bookstore, a creamery, and the swanky Crawford Hotel. Local favorites include Snooze an A.M. Eatery and Stoic and Genuine. After-work crowds and late-night socials gather at the Terminal Bar for some beers and crafty cocktails, in the historic ticketing office, patrons can line up to the window and order a beer, where travelers used to purchase their train tickets.
Be sure to also stop by their farmers market, May through October and shop local vendors and artisans.
1701 Wynkoop St, Denver
Denver Milk Market
Found in Denver’s Ballpark Neighborhood, one block from Union Station, the Denver Milk Market provides a unique array of restaurants options, bars, and retail food vendors where you can pick up and take home meat from Ruth’s Butchery or find something to start your day off right at Morning Jones. The Denver Milk Market has a true sense of a marketplace, a place where you can not only grab a drink with friends, like at the Moo Bar but also grab a few of your groceries for the week. Food options include everything from poke bowls to pizza and even ice cream.
Perhaps one of the things that makes this food hall unique is its location within the historic Dairy Block. Here, visitors will find a plethora of shops, restaurants, a few bars (seven, but who’s counting), a coworking space, and a boutique hotel, so you don’t ever have to leave the fun.
Location: 1800 Wazee St, Suite 100, Denver
A place where you can eat, drink, shop, exercise, play, and even work (but who wants to do that?), all reside in a large building that houses a community of 50+ independently owned Colorado businesses. Originally home to the Stanley Aviation, on-site where planes used to be tested, this huge market has grown in size over the years to include a brewery, restaurants, a gym, retail shops, and even a place to get your nails done at the Denver-based Base Coat Nail Salon. Their massive outdoor area also provides places to sit and play games.
Location: 2501 Dallas Street in Northwest Aurora
Broadway Market Denver
As one of the newest additions to the family of Denver food halls, the Broadway Market is a Denver spin on cuisines from all over the world. A layout reminiscent of a food court, this marketplace offers a bit more of a modern touch, with comfortable seating and much better food. The food list includes everything from empanadas from Maria Empanada to Ottoman-inspired street food from Mother Tongue. For libations, the main line-up includes the Broadway Bar, Logan House Coffee, and the “Bottoms-Up beer wall.”
One of its more unique features is its utilization of a fob system that allows guests to keep their entire purchase all on one tab with a credit or debit card, which also activates the self-serve beer wall. By Pour My Beer, it is the first of its kind in North America where patrons, at their leisure, can sample different beers from a variety of different breweries. Tables are always open seating or pull up a spot at any one of the available counters or bars.
950 Broadway, Denver