Brunching is a favorite activity in Denver. Sure, locals love to fuel up on a hearty meal before heading west to embark on intrepid mountain adventures. But a lazy weekend brunch — involving sun-soaked patios and pancakes galore — is also worthy of a spot on the weekend agenda.
Here are the best places to brunch in and around Denver.
1. Morning Collective
The chefs and bartenders at Morning Collective put a good deal of thought into their menu. The restaurant’s Bloody Mary, for example, has special ice cubes made with tomato juice and spices so that the drinks don’t get watered down by melting ice. Genius, right? Also, the seasonal menu at this retro-chic café has rotating dishes that showcase Colorado’s best ingredients. Morning Collective partners with local farmers, tortilla makers, orchards, and liquor companies to curate the uniquely Colorado menu.
Address: 2160 South Broadway in Denver, CO, 80210
2. Snooze an A.M. Eatery
Giving a nod to 70s-style diners, this cheerful brunch spot is the perfect place to kick off a Sunday Funday. If you can’t choose between pineapple-upside down pancakes, sweet potato pancakes, or the peanut butter cup ones, don’t fret — you can order a pancake flight. Snooze is definitely a favorite among locals and commands a long wait (sometimes up to two hours!). But the over-the-top Bloody Marys and breakfast dishes made with local ingredients are worth it. Plus, yard games like bean toss outside of the restaurant make the wait bearable.
Address: Multiple locations throughout Colorado, including locations in Union Station, the Ballpark neighborhood, Streets of Southglenn, 7th and Colorado, the Denver Tech Center, Lone Tree and Westminster.
3. Denver Biscuit Company
Each one of the inventive breakfast sandwiches at this beloved Denver brunch spot starts with fluffy, buttery biscuits. Diners here have choices. Go savory with The Franklin, which is a buttermilk fried chicken biscuit sandwich, topped with bacon and cheddar cheese and smothered with gravy. Or, go the sweet route with a biscuit French Toast with a fruit compote. Either way, you’re in for an indulgent brunch. The Denver Biscuit Company has several sit-down brunch spots. They also have a “biscuit bus” that makes appearances at events and festivals around town.
Address: Multiple locations throughout Colorado, with locations on Colfax, Tennyson, South Broadway and in the Stanley Marketplace.
While Syrup is the name of the restaurant, the house-made butters are bidding for attention too. They include traditional, peanut butter, pecan butter and honey cinnamon butter. Other sinful items on the breakfast menu include the sweet-and-salty “crack bacon.” It’s made with brown sugar and pepper and Nutella-stuffed French toast.
Address: Multiple locations throughout Colorado, including Cherry Creek, downtown Denver and City Park
5. Beatrice and Woodsley
Step inside to this unassuming South Broadway spot, and it feels as though you’ve been transported to a fairytale forest, complete with Aspen trees decorating the interior and warm lighting. The menu at Beatrice & Woodsley is just as dreamy as its cozy spot. This spot features brunch items like crawfish beignets, shrimp and grits, and asparagus egg benedict. Brunch happens from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the weekends.
Address: 38 S. Broadway in Denver, CO, 80209
For more amazing things to do in the Mile High City, check out Eave’s Insider’s Guide to Denver, written by our neighborhood experts.