Category Archives: Restaurants

Blake Street Restaurant List

Blake Street, that intersects with the 16th Street Mall, has a row of great restaurants. Take the free shuttle bus or walk down to the Blake Street stop and explore the following restaurants (you may want reservations for some).

Marrakesh – “authentic Moroccan cuisine served in a beautiful environment” located at 1530 Blake Street, Denver, phone: 303.623.3133.

ChoLon Bistro – new restaurant with former NY chef. Talk of the town, but not “expensive.” More info in this previous post. Asian-style menu. 1555 Blake Street, Denver, Tel 303.353.5223

Organixx – eco-friendly, local, organic, they serve breakfast, lunch and early dinner. Located at 1520 Blake St, Denver, (303) 825-1550,

Riod Grande – local favorite Mexican restaurant with well-loved margaritas. 1525 Blake Street, Denver, (303) 623-5432

Freshcraft– 20+ beers on tap and 120+ in bottle and the menu is “upscale comfort food” with sandwiches and salads too. Lunch and dinner served. Located at 1530 Blake Street, 303-758-9608.


St Mark’s Coffee Shop

This place is a bit of a walk from the conference hotel, but sounds like a great coffee shop find and would be a fun walk to stretch your legs after conferencing! See this article for the inside scoop on St. Mark’s Coffee Shop in Denver.

St Mark’s Coffee House
2019 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO
Tel 303-322-8484

Click here: RedHeadRanting Article on Denver Coffee Shops


Freshii is a good lunch option near the conference hotel (open till early dinner time) that makes tasty wraps and bowls and has more interesting flavors (and more reasonable prices) than most chains.

Freshii in Republic Plaza
16th Street between Tremont and Court
303 16th Street
Denver, Colorado
Tel: 303 825 3320

Store Hours
Mon – Fri 7:00am to 6:00pm
Sat – Sun 9:00am to 5:00pm

To get to Republic Plaza food court, you access the food court from the 16th Street Mall by walking down a set of stairs to access it (it is near a Starbucks – though that doesn’t tell you much, since there are about 15 Starbucks downtown!).

The Peaks Lounge (great views!)

The Peaks Lounge is at the top of the Denver Hyatt Regency (the conference hotel) has a view not to be missed. The view is recommended by locals and visitors alike is one-of-a-kind.

The views from this perch are stunning and include the Mile High City and the surrounding Rocky Mountains from atop Hyatt Regency Denver at Peaks Lounge.

The lounge offers cocktails, light appetizers and desserts as well large wine and beer selections.

The Peaks Lounge at the Hyatt Regency

Fun Food Downtown

Here are some indulgences for taking a break during the conference (or hanging out with colleagues at midnight – you know you want too!)

Denver now has a Pinkberry – the trendy yogurt place with exotic and interesting flavors. It is very close to the conference hotel, so check it out when you need a little break or “fun food”.

Pinkberry 16th Street Mall
1600 Glenarm Pl 130
Denver, CO 80202
P 303 592 7465
Sun – Thurs 11 AM – 11 PM
Fri + Sat 11 Am – 12 AM on 16th Street

The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory ( has high quality chocolates that you can buy by the pound so you can buy just one for your chocolate craving, or a bunch to take back home. (My weakness is their peanut butter chocolate sticks!)

There are two locations downtown.

Rocky Mt Chocolate Factory – in The Pavillions
500 16th St, Denver, Colorado – (303) 629-5500
(The Pavilions is a big outdoor mall complex on 16th Street that spans several blocks, you can’t miss it!). This is quite near the hotel.

Rocky Mt Chocolate Factory at Writer’s Square
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Writer’s Square, 1512 Larimer St., Denver, CO 80202
Tel: 1-800-322-2854 or (local) 303-623-1887
This location is on the 16th Street Mall, right near the shuttle stop at 16th and Larimer, in Writer’s Square.

Sanfe Fe Cookie Co (aka “The Cookie Lady)
She is open from 10am to 3pm and has been called the “best secret cookie place in Denver.” Check out for more info and to see a photo.

The deal is, 3 great cookies for $1 on the honor system: just stick a buck in the bucket (or change on the counter). My friends say it’s “YUM!” and that the cookies go fast!

To get to the Cookie Lady in the Republic Plaza food court, you access the food court from the 16th Street Mall by walking down a set of stairs to access it (it is near a Starbucks – thought that doesn’t tell you much, since there are about 15 Starbucks downtown!). The Cookoie Lady is next to the card shop AvantCard.

Euclid Hall Bar and Kitchen

Euclid Hall is in an historic building not far from the conference hotel and a favorite of Denver locals . You can walk to Larimer Square where it is located, or take the free 16th Street shuttle and then walk.

Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen
1317 14th Street
Historic Larimer Square
Denver, Colorado 80202
Tel: 303.595.4255

Colt & Gray Restaurant

This restaurant, Colt & Gray, comes highly recommended by Denver locals. You can take the free 16th Shuttle to the end, walk to Platte, and then walk over to 15th (short walk). This is also by REI which is also worth checking out (see related post here).

Colt & Gray
1553 Platte Street
Denver, CO 80202-6103