Food & Drink

Work the Day Away at Denver’s Best Coffee Shops

In Denver there are literally hundreds of shops where you can grab everything from a simple cup of joe to handcrafted lattes with house made syrups and everything in between. Everyone has a go-to spot for a different reason. But this isn’t just about quality coffee. This is for the side hustlers and the I-just-need-to-get-out-of-my-cubicle escapists. When it comes to working from a coffee shop, there are some non-negotiables: WiFi, outlets, comfy chairs, and yes, quality coffee. So whether you’re looking for an eclectic neighborhood joint with cozy vibes or a minimalist joint with few distractions, you’ll find your perfect spot (and cup) right here.

Best for night owls in need of a caffeine fix: The Bardo Coffee House

Baker & Wheat Ridge
Both locations of Bardo offer homey vibes, tasty lattes of both the coffee and tea variety, and tables and couches where you can settle in for a work sesh. The Baker location has free lot parking so you don’t need to mess with meters, and along with WiFi, you also get access to a color printer at both locations. The big bonus: they are open daily until midnight for anyone who’s productivity really kicks in after dark. 

Best for boozy breaks: Hudson Hill

Capitol Hill
From the plants growing on the walls to the geometric designs on the bar, this coffee house has modern decor down. Come for the bright, welcoming atmosphere, stay for the craft coffee and -- bonus -- some amazing cocktails. Pair your caffeinated or boozy beverage with a cheese plate and some smoked bacon pate, and you'll likely start finding a lot more excuses to spend time here.

Best for socially conscious sippers: Allegro

This spot’s been all about sustainable practices since before that term was commonplace. For over 40 years, they’ve been committed to partnering with farmers that are environmentally conscious and their approach just keeps on evolving. On top of that, the space is open and bright with communal tables perfect for posting up solo or with a group, the Internet is strong, the music’s kept at a work-friendly volume, and the parking is free.

Best for Instagram photo ops: Black Eye Coffee

On nice days, the garage door front of Black Eye is opened, giving the shop a spacious and welcoming feeling, and the coffee is sourced from single-origin suppliers from all around the country. They’ve got a full food menu which goes way beyond just pastries (although they’ve got those too). Avocado toast, an açaí bowl, hummus and more are made in house so you can munch away any mid-morning cravings. The decor is great too, for all you Insta storytellers out there.

Best for selective snackers: Stowaway Kitchen

Five Points
Whether you’re meeting with a person or just need some QT with your laptop over some seriously craveable eats, this is the go-to. The coffee is from local roaster Boxcar, but the real draw here remains the fact that you can get a solid cup and super satisfying eats any day of the week. Pick from small or large plates like the citrus and saffron french toast, dukkah eggs and trout, or the amped up breakfast sandwich with ham (or avocado), sriracha mayo, eggs, local arugula, and house made tomato chutney on a brioche bun.

Best for dog parents: Blue Sparrow

There are two locations of Blue Sparrow, but full disclosure: The RiNo outpost is ideal for popping in for a quick caffeine fix or catching up with a friend, but its small tables and tight spaces are not super work friendly. Over on Platte Street, though, Blue Sparrow’s got a unique advantage. It’s space spills out into the lobby of the the Circa Building, so you can settle in at a seat in the lobby (with your pooch, too). Pair that with Blue Sparrow’s CBD coffee and other speciality items like Japanese iced coffee, local kombucha on tap, and eats from community partners like La Fillette and Rebel Bread and you’ve got a new neighborhood favorite on your hands. Bonus: the same owners just opened cocktail bar Room for Milly right next door, making the transition from work to play pretty flawless.

Best for offsite meetings: Prodigy

Elyria Swansea
This is more than a coffee shop. It’s also a nonprofit that provides youth access to apprenticeships, giving them the chance to develop business and leadership skills to help them make boss moves as they take on adulting. The space is a former Jiffy Lube, so they’ve got that repurposed look down. Prodigy also houses a bike library where you can become a member and then gain access to some wheels. But the best part pertaining to productivity is that there’s a free-to-rent meeting room that fits 5-14 people. Just call it collaboration central. 

Best for coffee bean connoisseurs: Huckleberry Roasters

Dairy Block & Sunnyside
What started in 2011 as a backyard garage roasting operation is now a U.S. Roaster Championship winner with two cafe locations in Denver. Whether you go for an oat milk latte or drip coffee, you can be assured that you’re going to get the best quality around. Want to really push your coffee expertise to a new level (or just get one hell of a caffeine fix)? Opt for a flight with different varieties prepared in different ways. Pair that with avocado, their bright and clean decor, and fast WiFi, and it’ll quickly become clear why this is a Mile High favorite.

Best for home-away-from-home comfort: Whittier Cafe

Located in (and named after) one of Denver’s lesser-known neighborhoods, this cafe is all about bringing together the community that surrounds it. A diverse crowd, local art, and a completely unpretentious ambiance make this a place that’s perfect for relaxing any day at their ample tables or in a sunny spot on the patio. It’s also worth a day-off-from-work visit too for their Sunday afternoon Ethiopian coffee ceremony.

Best for multitaskers: Logan House

The flagship location of Logan House (which originally started as a home delivery coffee service) is located in the Stanley Marketplace. That means working from this spot not only gives you access to the essentials -- aka coffee, WiFi, and plenty of seating -- it also lands you in a community hub where you can pop over to a restaurant for a lunch meeting, do some shopping, grab a bottle of wine for later, and maybe even sneak in a haircut, manicure, or workout without ever having to leave the building. 

Best for peaceful vibes: Method Collective

Sometimes you need a calm place to get away and really concentrate on your tasks at hand. Enter Method Collective. With a simple clean design with plenty of natural light, high quality coffee, and a selection of grocery essentials (read: snacks), Method is an ideal escape. It also has a dedicated space for events and meetings for non-solo work sessions.

Best for laid-back locals: Wash Perk

Washington Park West
This is not your shiny new, sleek, photo ready coffee shop. Which is a really great thing if your speed is more cozy, neighborhood go-to. This is a shop made for regulars, where you can settle into your favorite chair or patio spot with your favorite mismatched mug and have a chat with a barista or another regular that knows your name. Plus, you’ve got easy access to Wash Park if you need a quick break in the sunshine. And if you happen to catch the lavender marshmallow maté latte on special, order it. 

Best for patio dwellers: Rivers and Roads

It’s no secret that Coloradans love being outside, even when we’re working. If the sun is shining, you should find ways to soak up those rays while you can. You can do just that on the patio here, coffee (or smoothie) in hand. And if you get hungry, dig into the menu -- everything is made in-house, from the bread for the truffled egg salad toast to the granola. They also host a monthly family dinner where you can stop in and get to know the staff and your neighbors even better. The meal is free, just donate what you can afford and bring a smile.

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Molly Martin is a freelance writer in Denver, Colorado who likes her green tea hot, her wifi signal strong, and her chair cozy. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram for more of her Mile High favorites.