Denver is a vibrant destination that is consistently growing, adapting, and evolving around current trends – one of the most notable being the concept of Food Halls! When the city began expanding around 2013, Food Halls completely took over Denver’s scene. What are they exactly? Whereas typical food courts include only restaurant chains, Food Halls are unique to local artisan restaurants, butchers, delis, and boutiques. With sustainably sourced goods, gourmet groceries, and specialized shopping all situated under one roof, what’s not to love? Although there are plenty more popular markets on Denver’s local radar, today we celebrate two of our favorite diverse hubs that will satisfy even the pickiest of pallets.
If public transportation is your preferred method of travel when you head into the city, then Zeppelin Station may be the best location for you to grab your next meal. Avoid the traffic and public parking altogether, hop off the light rail at the 38th and Blake stop and you’ll find yourself conveniently standing right in front of this Food Hall. Zeppelin Station features a wide selection of cuisine from globally themed food vendors, all centered around Kiss + Ride – a bar whose name and image is geared towards commuters and public transportation. The diverse, internationally motivated vendors include Aloha Poke, Norm’s Deli, Vinh Xuong Bakery, Dandy Lion Coffee, and even, a fried chicken stall called The Bundlong. While you’re there, don’t forget to head to the upstairs bar for a cocktail at Big Trouble!
Unique and historical, The Source is one of Denver’s OG Food Halls whose doors opened in 2013 after being renovated from a 19th-century foundry! This market has the best of both worlds, combining restaurants and retail for the ultimate marketplace experience. The Source recently upgraded its restaurant selection, now also featuring Chicago Style pizza at Grabowski’s Pizza, popular wood-fired cuisine at Acorn, a wide selection of beer from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, and an espresso bar at Caffe Figurati! On top of these newer selections, you can still fulfill whatever cravings you’re having at The Source’s other versatile vendors ranging from Israeli cuisine at Safta, BBQ at Smok, and two other places to grab cocktails and beer at Woods and the New Belgium Brewery. Perfect for the holiday season, The Source also features local retailers where you may find the unique, perfectly curated gifts you’ve been seeking for your loved ones.
Although Food Halls are no longer a new trend in 2019, they’re still trending! From diverse food selection to local retail vendors, there is still so much to be excited about while exploring your local market. Head over to Zeppelin Station, The Source Hotel + Market, or Denver’s plethora of other options to see for yourself why Food Halls are all the buzz around the Mile High City.
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