Paris on the Platte
1553 Platte St, Denver, CO 80202
Paris on the Platte has been around for decades. It earned its spot on the list of the locals’ favorite coffee spots. Cool, ever-changing art on red walls and good music choices make for a very intimate atmosphere. They also often host live music shows and open mic nights. It’s a great spot to imagine yourself in an underground Paris spot.
112 E 8th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
Approaching Le Central, you will definitely know you came to the right place. Outdoor French-themed decorations and wall paintings prepare you for the decorative interior. Little tables, surrounded by real greenery and French art, and improvised patio make this French-food mecca a complete experience. Le Central’s food is widely talked-about for its true French taste and affordable prices.
2199 California St, Denver, CO 80205
Mercury Café is a genuine bohemian spot in downtown Denver. The café completely runs on solar and wind power. The staff is also very involved with the community and sustainable business operations. A lot of food items on the menu are vegan and vegetarian, as well as, gluten-free. Mercury Café always has something going on – whether it’s tarot and poetry readings or dance classes and live performances – everyone will find something to their taste.
Leela European Café
820 15th St, Denver, Colorado 80202
Located in a close proximity to Auraria campus, Leela’s keeps the doors open 24/7. As a result, it is very popular café among student population -- particularly, those who are into grungy and artsy things. Tasteful rock’n’roll, full bookshelves and a variety of tabletop games will ensure a nice casual hangout with friends.
1476 S Pearl St, Denver, CO 80210
Stella’s is another coffee shop that every local should know of. Located in Historic Pearl District, Stella’s has a great location for all things art and education. It’s very popular hangout spot among DU crowds, as well as, art enthusiasts who visit local art galleries. A nice outdoors patio with imitated firecamps will make fall evenings very cozy, while the abundance of little rooms inside will ensure a comfortable intimate place for conversations.
It’s also a great place to study or read a book with a cup of freshly-brewed coffee. If you didn’t take your reading with you, Stella’s has plenty of bookshelves, full of books on a variety of topics.