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

Best of the best

237 local Airbnb hosts recommend

"A mortuary converted into a trendy bar and restaurant. The rooftop bar/patio overlooks Denver. " "Linger, which sits in the refabbed Olinger parking garage—a jam-packed, multilevel space with a bo... read more

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

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

Red Rocks Amphitheatre is located in Red Rocks Park near Morrison, Colorado, 15 miles west of Denver. From Downtown, take I-70 west to exit 259, turn left at the bottom of the Morrison exit ramp, c... read more

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


Root Down

Food SceneRestaurants
$$$· 1600 W 33rd Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

164 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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.

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

164 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

One of the coolest ice cream shops in town. It is built in the shape of a giant milk can. They always have new flavors of ice cream. There is a family friendly park across the street as well (Hirsh... read more

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.

150 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of my favorite places in Denver. W&G is a historical speak easy and is still operated that way today. Call ahead and expect a wait but its worth it. You will put your name on a list then come b... read more

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

This is a new concept. It's been described as a modern, fancier food hall or food court. There are two levels, the top overlooking downtown Denver and the mountains. The cool this about this spot i... 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

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

129 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

Denver establishment. Started as a food truck serving distinctly American fare and expanded to a restaurant several years ago on 17th Ave (Restaurant Row). Awesome cocktails, boozy shakes, and ever... read more

Part of the 17th Avenue Restaurant Row in Uptown, Steuben's offers gourmet comfort food in a fun retro environment! Open late.

120 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

Atmosphere is eclectic, sleek, and young. The food is unforgettable, the coffee and desserts, to die for. Always filled with patrons. Full bar. Cap Hill, downtown, walking distance to Record Shops,... read more

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.

113 local Airbnb hosts recommend

*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

Punchbowl Social is the place to go if you don't just want to sit at a table drinking. They have 6 bowling lanes on top of full size Bocce Ball, Cornhole, Shuffleboard, Pool, and multiple Arcade ga... read more

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

106 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

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.

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 bars close around 11 or midnight, tho... read more


Denver Art Museum

Arts & CultureMuseums
$$$· 100 W 14th Ave Pkwy·Map·Hours·Website·

316 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

The DAM (Denver Art Museum) is located in our 5280 capitol city's Civic Center. If you can’t carve out time to visit the museum, at least drive by the latest DAM extension. Or better yet, walk aro... read more

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

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.

Breakfast is always a good thing, and Snooze does a great job of whipping it up! You might hit a line, but it's worth the wait. Multiple locations you can find online. This one is just closest t... read more

108 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

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 have great murals ... read more

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

101 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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.

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.

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

If you are wondering what the steady parade of people walking with pink boxes past the condo it is because this zany donut shop draws crowds all day long. It's a thing to do; eat a Voodoo Donut. Fo... 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

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

A 23-acre oasis in the middle of the city, has 45 different gardens (some 33,000 plants), as well as one of the nation's top 10 conservatories. Relax in the Japanese Garden, climb through the Rock ... read more

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.


The Populist

Food SceneRestaurants
$$$· 3163 Larimer St·Map·Hours·Website·

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

A little on the fancy side, but still a pretty laid back environment. Expensive, small plates, the food is delicious! Great for a special date or romantic dinner. This is the RiNo district, close ... 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

This place is really cool. It's got a little of everything. From their website: The Source - (sôrs, srs) , n -an artisan food market that occupies a former 1880‘s brick foundry building in Denver’s... read 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

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.

96 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Ogden Theatre is a music venue and former movie theater in Denver, Colorado, United States. Located at 935 E. Colfax Avenue in the neighborhood of Capitol Hill,[citation needed] it was built in... read more

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

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 fresh... read more

A top Denver restaurant. The restaurant is built out of shipping containers in Denvers main arts district, RiNo. Great ala cart options and cocktails.

Be aware, this place is usually busy, which means you will have to wait for a seat. But they have shared seating and bar seating availability. Brilliant food and knowledgeable staff and bartender... read more

89 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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.

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.


Sushi Den

Food SceneRestaurants
$$$· 1487 S Pearl St·Map·Hours·Website·

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

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.

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

87 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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)!

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.

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.

82 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Just about every time people come to town they want to go here. No purses or backpacks are allowed, but you can bring your camera or cell phone to take pictures. The tour is self guided using hea... read more

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

Considered to be one of the more progressive zoos in the country, the Denver Zoo's breeding programs have created a baby boom across the last decade, producing large numbers of infants, who are now... read more

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 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

Named as one of the Best Clubs in America by Rolling Stone, the Bluebird's capacity of 500 offers an intimate event venue w/ a vintage vibe. It was originally a vaudeville theater, turned movie the... read more

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

83 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

There are 4 Lanmark theaters in Denver. They typically show the more art related movies. Mose have beer and wine available. Most are in older theaters. The Mayan is definitely an old theater wi... read more

Cool historic movie house, trends toward Indie films. Fully restored to it's original glory. Historic landmark.

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

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

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.

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

Weirdest, albeit coolest, bar in Denver. Hipster to the highest degree. The owner once told me the bar's purpose is to celebrate the beauty of nature in the city. I can get behind that! There are c... read more

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.