Healthy Living Guide: Denver
Denver, the Mile High City, has no shortage of healthy people and healthy activities! From hiking and biking in mountain parks like Red Rocks to playing chess at the 16th Street Mall, Denver offers a wide array of outdoor activities. But if the outdoors isn’t for you, no need to fear! The city also has an incredibly rich culture including the beautiful Ellie Caulkins Opera House, the Denver Art Museum, and the Santa Fe Arts District. The restaurant scene in Denver is thriving, and with so many healthy, organic choices, we had a hard time narrowing down the selection!
Here are a few of our favorite places in Denver. Be sure to check out our other Healthy Living Guides for options in your town!
837 East 17th Avenue
This internationally acclaimed restaurant is definitely a favorite among locals. All dishes are vegetarian or vegan versions of traditional comfort foods. This is one spot that you don’t want to miss in Denver!
1600 West 33rd Avenue
This trendy restaurant uses only natural, organic ingredients in their dishes with the belief that there should be a “seamless bond between the elements and the (dining) experience, which stimulates the senses and draws people in.” The atmosphere is exciting and relaxed, perfect for dinner with friends!
2124 Larimer Street
This new restaurant in the Ballpark Neighborhood is already popular. The seasonal menu features fire-grilled meals using local, organic ingredients. Ignite! is the perfect place for a pre-game burger or wood-fired pizza!
2023 East Colfax Avenue
SAME café, an acronym for So All May Eat, offers a very unique dining experience. The chefs do not have a set menu and instead prepare something different each day with the fresh produce that they receive. They want to provide good food for everyone, so customers are only asked to pay what they can afford for their meal.
This popular salad spot has several locations in the Denver area. We love the variety of salad toppings that Mad Greens has to offer, including grilled Portobello, mango, and snow peas. This will definitely be your new go-to lunch spot!
Old Blinking Light
9344 Dorchester Street
Old Blinking Light is another local favorite, and for good reason. They specialize in seasonal American food with Southwestern soul. The menu has so many good options that it’s hard to choose just one, but we recommend the Hatch Green Chili Cheeseburger and the New Mexico Red Chile Crusted Wild Salmon.
This sushi restaurant has a fun, young vibe and is perfect for a quick dinner or lunch. The menu has several sushi options to choose from as well as noodle and rice bowls. Several of the sauces are available gluten-free or sugar-free.
Garbanzo has multiple locations throughout all of Colorado and several in Denver. This fun, fresh “fast food” joint serves healthy Mediterranean food. All sauces and bread are made from scratch daily. It’s the perfect place for a healthy lunch during the workweek.
1551 South Pearl Street
This bistro and rustic bakery is a crepe lover’s dream come true! They have a variety of savory and sweet crepes, all made with organic ingredients. If you would rather have something else, they also have a large selection of very affordable, organic lunch and dinner items.
2199 California Street
This 100% organic café has a funky and exotic vibe. It’s a great place for lunch or tea with friends. Though everything is delicious, we particularly love the No More War Burrito and the Hot and Spicy Tofu with Vegetables.
1313 East 6th Street
This New American restaurant has a strong emphasis on using fresh, local ingredients – so much so that the chef opened his own farm to grow all of his own produce and raise chickens for fresh eggs. In the future, the farm plans to grow orchards and raise sheep for cheese. This is sustainability at its best!
2030 West 30th Street
Sister restaurant to Root Down, Linger is a fun spot that serves street food from around the world with a healthy spin. The atmosphere is very exciting and features a beautiful view of the Denver skyline. The menu conveniently points out which dishes are vegan, gluten-free and nut-free. We love the African Peanut Soup and the Seasonal Ceviche!
1530 Blake Street Suite A
This laid-back brewery aims to provide good food at a great value. The menu features classic comfort foods with a unique twist. Many of the options are vegan or gluten-free as well!
2339 West 44th Avenue
Hash is a delicious breakfast spot located in Denver’s Sunnyside neighborhood. The menu has several breakfast favorites, and, not surprisingly, different varieties of hash! They promote sustainability and use local ingredients whenever possible. Next up for Hash? An on-site garden!
2262 Larimer Street
This breakfast joint aims to change the way we think about breakfast. The chefs use natural ingredients from local farms to create delicious egg dishes, pancakes, oatmeal, and just about anything else that you might be craving for breakfast!
701 South Franklin
This park is right in the city and offers a wide range of activities including tennis, basketball, a bike path, paddleboat rentals, and fishing.
This national park is just a short drive from Denver. It’s a great place for hiking and camping in the summer, and cross-country skiing and sledding in the winter!
Red Rocks Park
16351 County Road 93
This famous large park is just outside of Denver and has several hiking trails and a large amphitheater for outdoor concerts.
For more restaurant options around the country, have a look at all of Integrative Nutrition's Healthy Living Guides, or explore all our recommendations on the map below!
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