This was a strong recommendation from a close foodie friend of mine, and she was NOT wrong. All she had to say was “Farm to Table” and I was there! I love being able to feel the TLC that went into creating my plate. Dinner was excellent, and dessert was even better. Plenty of veggie options, and they had zero issues with accommodating my gluten-free request.
CorePower, Capitol Hill
Mike’s class was so great! His words and style of teaching are inspirational and keep you motivated. You could tell that it’s a very tight-knit community, and everyone was so excited to have Yoga Journal there with the Live Be Yoga team. We got to hang out with the students after class and have tea, and they recommended their favorite places in Denver for us to visit. Bonus: This is where CorePower was actually born.
The Egg Shell
You must try the breakfast burrito with the salsa verde! I went back and had the open-faced avocado toast on gluten-free bread, and it was just as tasty. This was my first breakfast experience in Denver, and it did not disappoint. Everything is organic and locally sourced, and they serve the most delicious organic coffee and have treats you can take “to go,” like deviled eggs with bacon.
16th St. Mall
This was the most pedestrian-friendly mall I’ve ever been to. Aside from being lined with beautiful artwork and trees, it has a bus you can ride for free with a train terminal that connects to the airport at one end, and the State Capitol at the other. It also has some great shops and restaurants, and some cool coffeehouses. You can either walk the entire stretch, ride a bike, or hire a pedicab to drive you around.
Samadhi Center for Yoga
One of the oldest yoga studios in Denver, Samadhi has been around for almost 20 years, and it’s the most incredible sanctuary. The studio was stunning, and the Shakti that lives there is palpable. It was our first class after driving for 20-plus hours, and it was just the remedy we needed. We had such a great time and felt so taken care of by everyone. If you want real yoga, this is the studio for you.
This breakfast was well worth the wait (but don’t go if you’re starving, because chances are there will be a line). I had the Chilaquiles Benedict, and it was to die for. Here’s a tip: If you order your food to go, you can take it to the outdoor seating area, and if it’s nice out you can people watch the passersby at Union Station. You can also opt to sit at the bar with less of a wait. Snooze is also friendly to those who are gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian.
Union Station Farmers Market
The market is open Saturdays from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and conveniently located right in the middle of downtown. There’s probably 20-plus vendors outside with farm-fresh eggs, flowers, and the prettiest veggies you’ve ever seen. There are also plenty of not-so-healthy treats if you are into that kind of thing, which I can be, occasionally. I bought some locally made turmeric honey that I can’t wait to try in my tea.
Onefold Breakfast & Coffee
Onefold Breakfast & Coffee prides itself on quality. They don’t have a lot on their menu, but what they do have lives up to the highest standards of taste and quality. I got tacos for breakfast with hash browns and went back two days later for the same experience. The orange juice was fresh and the service was excellent.
Little Owl Coffee
Little Owl Coffee has an ultra-modern vibe, and the coffee is really good. I set up my office for an afternoon here and didn’t want to leave! I had an Almond Milk Latte and an Almond Milk Mocha, and made friends with a local yoga teacher who happened to be working next to me. She was having the Almond Croissant and said it was the best (it wasn’t gluten-free, but if you don’t have an allergy I hear it’s the way to go).
The ZenDen is YogiApproved.com’s headquarters. We had a great class and enjoyed a wonderful event hosted by YJ Influencer Denelle Numis in this beautiful, yogi-friendly special events space. It has a loft feel with beautiful chandeliers, tall ceilings, and two sweet puppy mascots. They also host classes once a week.
Thank You, Hugger Mugger!
Blocks are very important in my yoga practice. I’ve been practicing for over 15 years, and I’ve seen my body change and rely more and more on the use of quality props. I spent years trying to find the best blocks, meditation cushions, and blankets, and I knew I could always count on Hugger Mugger even prior to the Live Be Yoga Tour. I am so grateful that they are a sponsor and have taken great care of us during this journey. Thank you, Hugger Mugger, for making products that are the highest quality and made with love.