Denver's ten top coffee shops for conversation
As a follow-up to our list of productivity-inducing coffee shops, we wanted to highlight a few of the many Denver coffee shops that celebrate the exchange of ideas as well as the simple pleasure of sitting down, enjoying the atmosphere, and sipping on a cup of coffee.
Here, in no particular order, are some of our favorite spots to meet, chat, and linger.
10) Little Owl
1555 Blake Street
Pint-sized Little Owl is an unexpected respite from the midday LoDo bustle. Tucked into the bottom floor of a high rise, the space manages to be both immaculately designed and inviting. Although there's not enough room to spread out and work, it's perfect for conversation that feels protected from the noise and distraction of downtown Denver. Enjoy a hand-crafted cup of Corvus Coffee and try their house-made almond milk.
9) Common Grounds
2139 West 44th Avenue
The new Sunnyside outpost of Common Grounds continues this institution's tradition as a community gathering place, with a sprawling outdoor patio and a signature coffee blend -- called "The Radiator Blend" -- named after the buildings initial incarnation. Common Grounds is conducive to work or play, but its versatility makes it a great place to settle in for a meeting or to hang out with a friend.
8) Denver Bicycle Cafe
1308 East 17th Avenue
We featured Denver Bicycle Cafe on our work-productivity list for providing a comfortable space to tackle tasks -- but it also has a relaxing side. The side patio offers shaded tranquility for kicking back with a well-curated multitude of draft and canned beers, as well as coffee, tea, and local pastries. Patrons get also get a bike tune-up while they chill out.
7) Stella's Coffehaus
1476 South Pearl Street
Stella's, a neighborhood anchor, breathes life in to the term "coffee house," since it is actually located in an old Victorian. With a porch, gracious patio seating, and a library-mimicking lounge filled with books, you could easily rotate from zone to zone for hours, morning or night. Converse, grab a book, or people-watch. And as a bonus, the fire pit is a great place to linger as the chill starts to set in.