Things to do in Denver
Here’s your key to the city. A definitive guide of the best local spots, as told by local Airbnb hosts
Experiences you might enjoy
Here are some activities by locals that would help you explore the city.
Best of the best
237 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Used to be Olingers Mortuary Building and the decor utilizes some of the original architecture. Super cool atmosphere! Is Although they advertise a small kids menu, I would keep this place at the t... read more
Linger was originally the Olinger Mortuary. Props in the bar include gurneys and morgue tags as menus. In addition to the restaurant, Linger has a rooftop bar area that overlooks downtown Denver. G... read more
388 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Not just a music venue, Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre offers a variety of recreation options for everyone – from drive-through sightseers, family picnickers, nature lovers, and outdoor exercise e... read more
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre offers a variety of recreation options for everyone – from drive-through sightseers, family picnickers, nature lovers, and outdoor exercise enthusiasts. Around you a... read more
164 local Airbnb hosts recommend
This has been a staple in the neighborhood for years, and is always a lively scene. The bartenders are renowned in Denver and the menu is consistently great, and wide ranging from Lamb sliders to b... read more
Their brunch is the best. The fried chicken with goat cheese biscuits is our favorite. Bottomless blood orange mimosa's are always a good idea! The restaurant is very farm to table with a multi... read more
Great brunch spot. Many people recommend the fried chicken with goat cheese biscuits and bottomless blood orange mimosa. The restaurant is very farm to table with many gluten free and vegan options.
164 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Identifiable by the 28-foot tall milk can, this Denver classic rotates a great mix of classic ice cream flavors, as well as few you wouldn't expect, like salted Oreo. They even have vegan ice cream.
One of the coolest places to hang out. It is built in the shape of a giant milk can. They always have new flavors of ice cream. Aside from the family-friendly Hirshorn Park across the street, this ... read more
150 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Top 50 bar in the U.S. This speakeasy is sure to impress with hand crafted cocktails and a prohibition era theme. You enter the bar through what looks like a bookstore to an underground cocktail ... read more
Famous local speakeasy voted the best cocktail bar in the nation by Tails magazine in 2015. Unassuming secret entrance on the corner--looks like a tiny bookstore. It opens up into a gorgeous old sc... read more
149 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Imagine a food court as designed for hipsters. Avanti is a fantastic place to dine and drink with a group of friends. There are multiple food truck-like concepts, so everyone can choose what they w... read more
The modern food hall hosts culinary options inspired by the tastes and style of European markets and food truck roundups. Seven different restaurants, including the new Chow Morso and American Grin... read more
129 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Part of the 17th Avenue Restaurant Row in Uptown, Steuben's offers gourmet comfort food in a fun retro environment! Open late.
Steuben's is a great, moderately priced restaurant and bar with a fun ambiance and consistently great food! Many people bring their children, because the children's menu is wonderfully healthy and ... read more
120 local Airbnb hosts recommend
This quaint little vegan restaurant offers a variety of delicious vegan options and is also a cool place to chill at night to get acquainted with the locals.
City O City is a vegetarian restaurant with lots of vegan options. They also bake their own pastries, have a coffee bar, and a full bar. It's good for a meal, a breakfast, a coffee, happy hour, or ... read more
113 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Bowling, ping pong, arcade games, shuffle board, pool tables, food, and drinks. You can order a large punch bowl of something boozy to share. Try to check out the upstairs, it's hard to find. Way ... read more
*eating, drinking, bowling, games, and a social atmosphere From award winning restaurateur, Robert Thompson, comes a new concept that focuses on food and beverage first and foremost, with a compl... read more
106 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Coolest looking coffee shop in Denver for sure AND great coffee/espresso, great simple food items - brûléed grapefruit, quiche, and bahn mi - art and design everywhere for the eyeballs.
Hipster place with great coffee. This is the RiNo district, close to downtown and full of trendy bars and restaurants, as well as cool street murals. Definitely a fun part of town. Most of the bar... read more
316 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Noted as one of the most culturally significant and original art venues in the country, the DAM (as we call it) is not to be missed. Located in downtown Denver, this striking dual building will tak... read more
The Denver Art Museum — DAM is an art museum located in the Civic Center of Denver, Colorado. The museum is one of the largest art museums between the West Coast and Chicago. It is known for its co... read more
108 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Snooze is known for their unique take on breakfast staples. The lines are typically long but efficiently managed; enjoy free coffee and juice while you wait. Must Try: Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes
Be prepared for a line - any day of the week, almost anytime. The sweet potatoe pancake is worth the wait - trust me. They have free coffee while you wait, and sidewalk chalk.
108 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Vine Street is close to our house and one of our favorites. The atmosphere is casual and fun and the burgers are scrumptious. You'll find a plethora of games in the corner for your amusement and m... read more
A Denver staple! Vine Street is a brewery with great food, not just pub food by any means. Its walking distance from the house, not SUPER close but doable, about a mile. They make great beers and h... read more
101 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Several guests in town to attend a convention stay at the Square. It is a 15-20 minute walk to the convention center through Civic Center Park.
Various national-level shows, conventions, and conferences happen weekly at the convention center. Huge parking lot for all of your downtown Denver's activities.
The Colorado Convention Center is a multi-purpose convention center located in Downtown Denver. The center opened in June 1990; the first event being the NBA Draft for the Denver Nuggets.
100 local Airbnb hosts recommend
If you've been to Portland, you may have been to the original Voodoo Doughnut. Denver is one of the few locations outside Oregon. Everyone should try it at least once. Satisfy your sweet tooth with... read more
Famous Doughnut Shop from Oregon. This counter-serve, cash-only bakeshop serves creative donuts in a colorful, quirky environment. OPEN 24hrs
249 local Airbnb hosts recommend
The Denver Botanic Gardens have an extensive collection of plants from around the world and feature a multitude of different displays. Nice cafe options, as well, and a beautiful gift shop.
Really cute and relaxing botanic park. Great place to visit anytime of the year. Spring: I recommend relaxing among the blooming lilacs! Summer: The entire place is blooming and magical ;-) Fall: T... read more
97 local Airbnb hosts recommend
At The Populist we firmly believe that dining is a communal act. Owners Jonathan Power, Noah Price, and Cliff White strive to emphasize this philosophy at every turn. From the numerous community ta... read more
The Populist does a great happy hour 5-7. They have a good gin and tonic with house-made tonic and light snacks. Their dinner tasting menu is pricey but awesome if you are going for a special occas... read more
121 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Artisan market in an 1880‘s foundry building in the RiNo District. A collective of food artisans & retailers offering visitors freshly baked bread, craft cocktails, street tacos, flowers and more.
An artisan food market that occupies a former 1880's brick foundry building in Denvers RHINO district. A collection of food artisans and retailers offer everything from fresh bread, craft cocktai... read more
96 local Airbnb hosts recommend
The Ogden is just about the right size to catch a show with good space and visibility. It is definitely bigger than the intimate Bluebird Theatre, but not poorly situated inside like the nearby Fil... read more
Great place for live concerts. Some of the smaller, lesser known bands play here. In the heart of the Colfax area, great for people watching and late night entertainment.
91 local Airbnb hosts recommend
A top Denver restaurant. The restaurant is built out of shipping containers in Denvers main arts district, RiNo. Great ala cart options and cocktails.
Work & Class is a casual restaurant and bar with the concept of a square meal, a stiff drink, and a fair price. The menu includes roasted, braised, and rotisserie meats, specialty sides, and fres... read more
89 local Airbnb hosts recommend
This is one of Denver's hottest brunch places. On the weekends you're looking at a 60-90 minute wait, so if you're here on the weekdays, just think of all the time you're saving when you eat here.
Amazing breakfast and lunch. Expect a wait pretty much every day. Usually around 30-40 minutes. Great tip is to order fresh donut holes while you wait. You can also get coffee, mimosa, or bloodies
Best brunch in town. Be prepared for an hour wait- it's worth it. Don't pass up the homemade biscuits and gourmet donut holes. The Boulder Scramble is my favorite thing on the menu. 12 min drive.
83 local Airbnb hosts recommend
This is hands down the best sushi that I have ever had. They have fresh fish flown in every day. I have had sushi next to the ocean that hasn't been this good. They also make the best banana cream... read more
Simply the best sushi in town. I've been going there for 20 years+. Always busy. Always. Fortunately, if you don't have time to wait, go to their sister restaurant next door which has spectacular j... read more
Best Sushi in Denver- Sushi Den is the most highly-regarded Sushi & Japanese restaurant in Denver. Fresh fish is flown in daily from Japan for an award-winning dining experience.
87 local Airbnb hosts recommend
All Vegan, Vegitarian and probably some other twist of non-meat eating dining. Look I eat a steak now and then but if I would go vegan/veggie this would be the spot.
Seems like this place is world famous in the vegetarian community. Recently went vegan and it seems more affordable, too. Great food, all day long.
Vegan restaurant-love it. Many GF options as well. I'm addicted to the cauliflower wings. Baked goods are fab, bar..great people watching too(hipster alert)!
82 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Bus tour of Golden, a self paced walking tour of the brewery, highlighting the malting, brewing and packaging processes, and free beer sampling in the Coors Brewery hospitality room.
3 free beers everyday. It's a great tour if you want to learn how Coors beer is made. There's a secret elevator for locals if you want to skip the tour and have 3 free beers (ask for the "short tour")
207 local Airbnb hosts recommend
The Denver Zoo started the shift toward keeping endangered animals in normal habitats. I like this zoo because you don't feel guilty or sorry for the animals. Cool Lion and Elephant exhibit. The ne... read more
Many animals. It's a good idea to go in the early morning hours to see the animals during feeding time. Also during winter months, Thanksgiving through New Year's Day, make sure to go to the Zoo ... read more
84 local Airbnb hosts recommend
The Bluebird Theater in Denver, Colorado was designed by Harry W.J. Edbrooke and built during 1913–1914 as Thompson Theater. It was renamed to Blue Bird Theater or Bluebird Theater in 1922. It is c... read more
The Bluebird Theater started hosting live music in 1994, and it didn't take long for the theater, built in 1913, to become one of the city's best midsized venues. With sculpted capitals, restored V... read more
83 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Cool historic movie house, trends toward Indie films. Fully restored to it's original glory. Historic landmark.
Built in 1930, saved from demolition in the 80s, the Mayan is the heart of the neighborhood - take a step into the past, admire the beautiful Art Deco features , then grab a cocktail at the bar and... read more
80 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Tasty beer, dogs allowed, board games available, and outdoor seating - what more could you want? Parking can be annoying though. Make sure you pay if you park in the lot or you'll get a $75 ticket.
This brewery has great local brews! And they have a nice patio for warm summer days. I recommend trying the Graham Cracker Porter.
Awesome local brewery with great space. Games inside. Dog-friendly patio. Great vibes! Try the Graham Cracker Porter.
80 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Belly up to the bar at this small, narrow neighborhood place with rotating themed art. House-made infused vodka make for great martinis. Bridget recommends a dirty jalapeno martini.
This classic Denver establishment is not to miss if you're looking for bars near the house. It's a tiny bar with eclectic decor. It's known for the infused vodkas made in house. Best for smaller gr... read more
Quaint pub atmosphere with a happening vibrant crowd. Just a great spot to meet up with friends and grab a couple drinks. Choose from the house "infused" drinks or the great beer & wine selection.
86 local Airbnb hosts recommend
You could blink and miss this really intimate artsy bar that boasts year-round outdoor fire pits, low lights and forest inspired art in every crevice inside the two story building and outside on th... read more
Cool, bizarre little bar down the street. Make sure to check out their unique little outdoor world...filled with fire pits, outdoor wood stump seating, and a drinking teepee.