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A Coffee Roaster’s Guide to Denver’s Lower Highlands

A Coffee Roaster’s Guide to Denver’s Lower Highlands

The Lower Highlands is home to some of the best food and drink in Denver. LoHi local and Method Coffee Roasters co-founder Alex Rawal shares his favorite neighborhood spots.

For Mile High Views: Avanti

There’s something for everyone at Avanti. It’s a food hall concept with burgers, arepas, and the best views of Denver from the rooftop of their unique shipping container building.

3200 N Pecos St.

The food hall concept at the industrial-style Avanti.

For Small-Batch Coffee: Method Collective

I started Method Collective as a community-driven concept. It’s a cafe (where you can get Method coffee, which is brewed right here in LoHi) as well as a corner grocery store, meeting space, and more. In the neighborhood, I also like Black Eye, PinWheel, and Sapro Coffee. Each is different, and all are worth trying for their unique roasts, origins, and approaches to hospitality.

2011 W 32nd Ave.

There's plenty of space to hang at Method Collective.

For Classic Italian: Spuntino

LoHi has a strong Italian presence with many authentic, family-owned red sauce restaurants. Spuntino opened nearly ten years ago as a daytime cafe and gelato shop and has since become a full restaurant. Their homemade pasta is top-notch in Denver, and their happy hour is one of the best.

2639 W 32nd Ave.

For Laid-Back Drinks: The High Lonesome

It looks like a dive bar on the outside, but this dimly-lit bar is sleek and modern on the inside. Still, it has all the classic dive bar requisites: easy beer, Miller High Life, and pool.

3360 Navajo St.

For a Cool Brewery: Prost Brewing Company

They do excellent German beers, and you can enjoy them outside with skyline views. My go-to is the Altbier, a not-too-sweet, not-too-bitter, German-style amber ale. I prefer smaller glasses (8–10oz), so they stay cold the whole time.

2540 19th St.

The outdoor patio at Prost Brewing Company, a brewery specializing in German beers.

For a Local Dispensary: Simply Pure

Simply Pure is the only black-owned dispensary in Denver. They are wonderful people, and they know their stuff.

2000 W 32nd Ave.

For Outdoor Relaxation: Confluence Park

Cherry Creek and the South Platte River meet at this waterfront park. Snag an ice cream and walk the river trails taking in the views and the 19th-century brick warehouses. It’s the best way to spend an afternoon outdoors.

2250 15th St.

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