Ever since my stint as a digital nomad in Asia, acclimating back to my home office has been a challenge. For three weeks following my return I didn’t even sit at my desk, preferring instead to grab my laptop and practically bolt to the nearest cafe. I was longing for alternative scenery and new faces. Each workday abroad had been different and I was desperate to keep up the trend.
That plan was going great until I realized it wasn’t in my wallet’s best interest to buy $6 lattes on a daily basis. Unfortunately for my caffeine addiction, I had to curb the excursions to about once a week. While I’m definitely going less crazy during the time I spend at home, the days I get to venture somewhere unfamiliar are still the ones I look forward to the most.
During my search to find unique places to set up shop, I discovered that Denver boasts quite a few beautiful, work-friendly food collectives that are perfect for boosting productivity while keeping those tastebuds happy. These locations are great for solo work, but are even more ideal for co-working with colleagues due to the ample amount of space and varying food options. There’s something for everyone!
Denver Central Market
Local food vendors occupy this chic open space in Denver’s trendy River North (RiNo) district, serving up everything from gourmet ice cream to fresh, cured meats.
There are plenty of tables but outlets are sporadic, so it’s best to arrive early and stake a claim. The Wi-Fi was fast and reliable and I especially loved the huge windows that provided abundant natural light. Free and plentiful street parking is available. Bonus: the outside of the building and most of the surrounding area features some of the coolest street art in the city! Check the Denver Central Market out at 2669 Larimer Street, Denver, CO.
Looking for a breathtaking urban market built inside of a machine hall from the 1880’s? Look no further.
The Source features two of my favorite restaurants in the city (Acorn and Comida)
in addition to the popular Boxcar Coffee Roasters, a flower shop, a brewery, an art gallery and more. I adore the atmosphere of creativity here – the decor is so inspiring! The floorplan is airy and spacious with plenty of communal tables and booths that have outlets. There is a free parking garage onsite. Find them at 3350 Brighton Boulevard, Denver, CO.
Avanti Food and Beverage
Avanti is a gorgeous food collective with two massive floors of seating, including an outdoor rooftop that would be best described as a summer night’s dream.
Located in the popular LoHi (Lower Highlands) neighborhood, the space’s unique concept features quick-service restaurants housed in modified shipping containers that are made to resemble food trucks. Outlets are oddly placed but you can still find one easily and Wi-Fi is gloriously fast. Street parking is free but can get packed fairly quickly. The only downside is that the building opens at 11am, so don’t come here if you’re hoping for an early start. They’re located at 3200 Pecos Street, Denver, CO.