A bartender preparing a drink in Steam Espresso Bar, one of the best coffee shops in Denver

24 Best Coffee Shops in Denver (By a Local)

Denver boasts a coffee culture that few cities can rival. In part, Denverites’ values are to thank, as we love to support small businesses. But whether you’re a local or a tourist, these Denver coffee shops are community hubs that will welcome you with open arms and exceptional coffee. 

I’m a local who’s frequented countless coffee shops in Denver. In fact, before becoming a writer, I worked behind espresso machines for six years. So, sure — I’m a bit of a coffee snob. But thankfully, this city has no shortage of incredible cafes.

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25 Best Denver Coffee Shops

Blue Sparrow Coffee

Top-notch espresso drinks featuring beans from some of the world’s best roasters.

The counter inside the Blue Sparrow Coffee
Blue Sparrow Coffee’s location in RiNo

📍 Google Maps | ☕ Website | 📞 (720) 615-1516

The baristas at Blue Sparrow Coffee sure know how to dial in their espresso. Single-origin flavor notes shine in their classic beverages, each poured with beautiful latte art. Featured roasters from around the world rotate, providing new flavor experiences with each visit. 

Blue Sparrow Coffee has locations in RiNo and LoHi, both celebrated as some of the best Denver neighborhoods

Dandy Lion Coffee Co. 

A new coffee and boutique plant shop by some of Denver’s favorite chefs.

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Dandy Lion Coffee Co. is a new hidden gem, tucked away in an industrial part of Northeast Park Hill. The coffee and boutique plant shop concept comes from the creative minds of Duc and Dominique Huynh. They opened the charming cafe in 2022, and quickly, locals have fallen in love with their Instagrammable aesthetic. 

Snap a pic while swinging and sipping a lavender latte, and for lunch, stop by their sister establishment, Vinh Xuong Bakery. It’s one of the top rated restaurants in Denver, serving banh mi sandwiches and Thai iced tea. 

Aviano Coffee

The Cherry Creek community gathers here for delicious coffee drinks and warm ambiance.

View of people inside the Aviano Coffee
The trendy industrial interior at the Cherry Creek North location

📍 Google Maps | ☕ Website | 📞 (303) 399-8347

When wandering the streets of Cherry Creek, you may come across not one, but two Aviano Coffee cafes. Less than a quarter-mile apart, these coffee shops are known for their ambiance as much as their beverages. 

Spacious patios and warm bistro lights make them welcoming gathering places from morning to afternoon. Stop here the next time you visit Cherry Creek Shopping Center, one of Denver’s biggest malls.

Queen City Collective Coffee

Both commuters and remote workers can appreciate these convenient cafes.

View of the entrance to Queen City Collective Coffee
Queen City Collective Coffee in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood

📍 Google Maps | ☕ Website | 📞 (303) 728-9209

With ethical sourcing and quality roasts, Queen City Collective Coffee is a favorite among locals. Commuters appreciate that their Five Points cafe is just steps from the light rail station, one of the best ways to get around Denver

Meanwhile, their Baker location shares a space with Novel Strand Brewing Co. It’s one of the Denver’s tastiest breweries, and makes for an easy transition into happy hour. 

Corvus Coffee Roasters

Exotic flavors from single-origin beans and more creative combinations.

A hand holding a glass of cold brew in Corvus Coffee Roasters
Swirls of sweet cream and Japanese-style cold brew

📍 Google Maps | ☕ Website | 📞 (303) 715-1740

City locals and suburbanites rave about Corvus Coffee, an award-winning establishment founded in 2010. Their four coffee shops are located on South Broadway, in the Denver Tech Center (DTC), Arvada, and Littleton

Connoisseurs are drawn to their small-batch reserve coffees, packaged with vibrant, artistic labels. Though in my opinion, there’s nothing more decadent on their menu than the Kyoto cold brew infused with cream and vanilla bean. 

Thump Coffee

Modern digs with coffee classics and a tasty food menu.

Busy people inside the Thump Coffee

📍 Google Maps | ☕ Website | 📞 (720) 456-6648

Originally hailing from Bend, Oregon, Thump Coffee has a singular location in downtown Denver, CO. You’ll find their modern, spacious cafe in the Cheesman Park neighborhood. 

Remote workers hang out on their laptops, sipping beverages and noshing on items from their lengthy food menu. Grab a breakfast sandwich or an in-house baked good when you stop by. They may be a bit pricey but are well worth the splurge. 

Prodigy Coffee House

A social enterprise with a mission to train and mentor marginalized youths.

The Prodigy Coffee House from the outside
Garage doors and bistro lights add ambiance to this modern cafe

📍 Google Maps | ☕ Website | 📞 (720) 441-3187

A registered non-profit, Prodigy Coffee House is one the most unique coffee shops in Denver, CO. Through an apprenticeship program, this cafe supports marginalized youths in their local communities. 

At their Globeville and Elyria Swansea shops, baristas learn skills and adopt mindsets that forward their potential. Good coffee and an even greater mission — what’s not to love? 

Sweet Bloom Coffee Roasters 

Pour-over coffees featuring beans from around the world.

A pastry on a plate and a cup of drink in Sweet Bloom Coffee Roasters
Don Teó pour over from Nueva Segovia, Nicaragua — plus a roasted tomato-pesto pastry

📍 Google Maps | ☕ Website | 📞 (303) 261-5954

The artisan roasters and expert baristas at Sweet Bloom Coffee Roasters are truly some of the best in Denver, CO. Part of what makes their product impeccable is the fact that here, you won’t find drip coffee. Rather, all beans are brewed by hand, pour-over style. 

The good news: you’ll experience bold aromas and flavor nuances that will elevate your whole perception of coffee. The bad news: this isn’t the spot to hit if you’re rushing to work, as quality like this takes a bit more time than the drive-thru lane. More good news: their pastries are top-notch, so enjoy one of those while you wait. 

Copper Door Coffee Roasters

Lovely locations and lattes featuring house-made syrups.

View of the entrance to Copper Door Coffee Roasters

📍 Google Maps | ☕ Website | 📞 (720) 432-1891

Copper Door Coffee Roasters has three locations throughout the city, found in Lowry Field, Baker, and Cheesman Park. The last mentioned is pictured above and happens to reside right outside the Denver Botanic Gardens, one of the top things to do in Colorado

Aside from lovely surroundings, these shops feature equally charming interiors. The food and beverage menus impress, too. Whether ordered hot or iced, their house-made syrups create especially delicious lattes. 

The Molecule Effect

Trendy digs and even trendier beverages, plus fun community events.

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📍 Google Maps | ☕ Website | 📞 (720) 350-4065

Trendy and fun, The Molecule Effect is a favorite among Wash Park and Lincoln Park locals. Both of their coffee shops serve classic and contemporary coffee beverages. One of the most unique options is a flavorful nitro cold brew featuring bourbon-aged beans. 

Later in the day, patrons enjoy coffee cocktails, along with local beer and wine. Frequently, the Denver cafes host live music, First Friday art events, and comedy nights. 

Rivers and Roads Coffee

Fresh bread, pastries, coffee, and more are lovingly crafted in-house.

A colorful art wall in the Rivers and Roads Coffee establishment
A large mural outside River and Roads’ Five Points cafe

📍 Google Maps | ☕ Website | 📞 (303) 343-3084

Rivers and Roads’ two locations are some of the best coffee shops in northern Denver. Menus at their Five Points and Clayton cafes rotate, featuring house-made pastries, flavored syrups, and more. They pride themselves as a Colorado coffee roastery centered on community. You’re sure to be warmly welcomed here, too. 

Steam Espresso Bar 

Exceptional baristas and unique settings — including a renovated firehouse.

A bartender preparing a drink in Steam Espresso Bar
Steam Espresso Bar in the Highlands neighborhood

📍 Google Maps | ☕ Website | 📞 (303) 455-4595

Steam Espresso Bar first appeared in the Platt Park neighborhood and recently opened its second coffee shop in the Highlands. The latter is set in a renovated, historic firehouse. Certain elements of the original building have been preserved, creating a unique ambiance. 

Along with that, the service is stellar. Expect rich, complex espresso, lovely latte art, and a wide selection of delicious, locally-made pastries. 

The Weathervane Cafe 

Great coffee and hearty meals in a fun, quirky atmosphere.

View of the entrance to The Weathervane Cafe

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Set in a historic carriage house in Denver’s Uptown neighborhood, The Weathervane Cafe offers a funky and fun ambiance. Vintage decor and artisan goods line the walls and shelves. Behind the counter, baristas whip up great coffee beverages and hearty meals. Try the pumpkin chia pudding, breakfast sandwiches, and other tasty options featuring local ingredients.

The Bardo Coffee House

Where families, students, and coffee connoisseurs gather from morning to night.

Pastry and drinks displayed at the counter of The Bardo Coffee House
An abundance of food and beverage options at their Wheat Ridge cafe

📍 Google Maps | ☕ Website | 📞 (720) 485-3508

The Bardo Coffee House is a loved gathering place for Wheat Ridge and Denver residents in the Speer neighborhood. Cozy couches and board games keep families entertained, while their late-night hours make it a popular spot among students. Open from 6 am – 12 am, these busy cafes have extensive menus with espresso beverages, Italian sodas, beer, wine, and more. 

Crema Coffee House

Two cafes with different atmospheres but similar city surroundings.

View of the entrance to Crema Coffee House
The “OG” Crema Coffee House location in RiNo

📍 Google Maps | ☕ Website | 📞 +52 985 102 9047

The “OG” Crema Coffee House is small and laid back, bustling with hipster regulars in the morning hours. Down the road, their Bodega location is one of many eateries inside Denver Central Market. The vibe here is exciting, but loud and maybe not the best atmosphere for remote workers. 

One commonality between the two coffee shops, though, is their city surroundings. Less than a quarter-mile apart, these RiNo establishments are surrounded by vibrant street art. Walking these colorful alleys is fun — even better with a coffee in hand. 

Pigtrain Coffee Co. 

Set inside Union Station, this coffee shop offers a variety of nearby activities.

The Pigtrain Coffee Co. signage at the entrance

📍 Google Maps | ☕ Website | 📞 (720) 460-3708

Patrons to Pigtrain Coffee Company have not one, but two lovely locations to sip their tasty beverages. In the renovated Great Hall at Union Station, you’ll find lounge seating, shuffleboard, and other local businesses. Outside in the Wynkoop Plaza lies a spacious patio, fountains, and on summer Saturday mornings, a bustling farmers market. 

With so much to do in and near Union Station, this neighborhood ranks as one of the best areas to stay in Denver. Start your morning at Pigtrain Coffee Co. and perhaps spend the entire day here, too. 

Hudson Hill 

A staff and selection that is well above par.

People enjoying their drinks inside Hudson Hill

📍 Google Maps | ☕ Website | 📞 (303) 832-0776

When you walk into Hudson Hill, it may surprise you to see a “please wait to be seated” sign. Table service, at a coffee shop? Oh, yes — and you’re in for a treat. The staff here exceeds expectations, bringing your order to your table, refilling your water glass, and taking a moment to learn (and remember) your name. 

The trendy lounge is bustling with locals. Seating may be tight, but it adds to the feeling of community. Enjoy seasonal lattes, elevated snacks, and a daily cocktail bar happy hour. It’s one of those coffee joints you’ll never tire of revisiting. 

Whittier Cafe

This black-owned coffee shop celebrates African culture in all its aspects.

The Whittier Cafe from the outside

📍 Google Maps | 📞 (720) 550-7440

Named “the activists’ coffee shop,” Whittier Cafe is a black-owned business that celebrates coffee’s African origins. They educate the community on social justice causes, along with ancestral coffee rituals. 

Each Sunday, patrons are invited to join an Ethiopian ceremony where coffee is shared from a jebena, or traditional clay pot. Come happy hour, enjoy unique beers and wines originating from African nations.

Little Owl Coffee

Craft coffee and stellar service inside dazzling city skyrises.

The author holding a cream cold brew from Little Owl Coffee
Sipping a pretty peaches and cream cold brew at their Tremont coffee shop

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Both Little Owl Coffee locations are in the heart of downtown Denver, CO. Their Union Station cafe is on the first floor of the SugarCube Building, a luxurious skyrise apartment. 

In the Central Business District, you’ll find their Tremont location in a dazzling office lobby. If you’re staying in one of the many nearby downtown Denver hotels, head here for wonderful craft coffee, Reunion Bread Co. pastries, and stellar service.

Logan House

Locally-roasted beans, housemade syrups, and yummy breakfast items.

View of the Logan House from the outside
Their RiNo cafe, conveniently located near the 38th & Blake light rail station

📍 Google Maps | ☕ Website | 📞 (720) 515-7752

Logan House Coffee Company has three locations found in RiNo, Lowry, and The Stanley Marketplace in Aurora. Locally-roasted beans and house-made syrups come together to create delicious lattes. Among non-coffee drinkers, their spicy chai tea and decadent hot chocolate are popular choices. Pastries, breakfast burritos, and a welcoming ambiance add to the experience.

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Huckleberry Roasters

A sustainable shop loved by locals and visitors alike.

A lounge space inside the Huckleberry Roasters
A cozy lounge space in their Union Station cafe

📍 Google Maps | ☕ Website | 📞 (866) 558-2201

Affectionately known as “Huck” by regulars, Huckleberry Roasters is a sustainable coffee business with a focus on community. In 2013, locals in the Sunny Side neighborhood welcomed this craft coffee shop’s flagship location. 

Shortly following, their Union Station cafe opened in the bustling Dairy Block micro-district. Specifically, it resides in the lobby of one of the best hotels in the Mile High City. Out-of-towners staying at The Maven will quickly fall in love with Huck, too.   

Lekker Coffee & Watering Hole

A RiNo cafe set on saving the rhinos.

📍 Google Maps | ☕ Website | 📞 (720) 833-1423

Run by a mother-daughter duo, Lekker Coffee & Watering Hole has a mission even greater than serving great coffee — though they do that very well, too. This RiNo neighborhood cafe donates 10% of its profits to Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary. It’s the largest rescue facility of its kind in the world, and every order from Lekker makes a difference. 

Enjoy coffee beverages, locally-crafted teas, beer, wine, and even craft cocktails. The “Please Tell Me There’s A Cold Brew Cocktail” checks two boxes for those that can’t decide! 

Kaladi Coffee Roasters

A long-time Denver favorite that works with coffee co-ops around the world.

Cars parked in front of Kaladi Coffee Roasters
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📍 Google Maps | ☕ Website | 📞 (720) 570-2166

A staple in the Mile High City, Kaladi Coffee sits on the shelves of many local coffee shops. Their own cafes are found in Englewood and Denver’s University neighborhood. Since 2000, they’ve highlighted the delicious, nuanced flavors found in organic coffees from around the world. Enjoy a cup and maybe take a bag home, too. 

MiddleState Coffee 

Espresso milkshakes — need I say more? 

The MiddleState Coffee signage at the entrance

📍 Google Maps | ☕ Website | 📞 (720) 287-1401

Unassuming on the outside and vibrant on the inside, MiddleState Coffee is another hidden gem. Both their Baker and Highlands locations are filled with art, lush greenery, and the sounds of a lively playlist. They feature specialty coffees from globally-found roasters, along with unique, flavorful beverages. Coffee fanatic or not, who could say no to an espresso milkshake? 


Now more knowledgeable, enjoy exploring the best coffee shops in Denver! But don’t stop now, foodies. There are so many more tasty eats to be found in the Mile High City. Read our best Denver restaurants guide next! 

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One Comment

  1. Love the insight, thank you for all the work you put into it! I like a lot of the ones on the list, and love some too!

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