Discover the best — and sometimes most hard-to-find — foods in Colorado at these local gourmet markets.
Cook’s Fresh Market
If you’re based in downtown Denver, Cook’s Fresh Market, located at 16th and Glenarm, offers breakfast, lunch and dinner-prepped feasts, as well as meats and fresh seafood, pastries and breads, a salad bar and much more. Try a vegetarian crustless quiche or twice-baked banana bread for breakfast, or, for lunch, the hot roast pork shoulder BLT toaster with Applewood-smoked bacon, avocado aioli, cheddar cheese, lettuce and tomato.
Marczyk Fine Foods
At Marczyk Fine Foods, you’ll find cheeses from around the world — including a cheese cave to keep the selections fresh — along with produce, wine, meats, seafood and dry goods. Don’t miss the fresh mozzarella, which is folded and rolled in-house daily. Marczyk’s also features local Haystack Mountain goat cheese, including Chile Jack and Aspen Ash.
Denver Central Market
This new addition to Denver’s RiNo neighborhood is a “one-stop culinary adventure.” Housed in a 14,000-square-foot 1920s-era building, Denver Central Market includes a bodega selling milk, eggs, butter, yogurt and bulk coffee; a meat and cheese shop; a bakery; a full-service fish market; a butcher; and a chocolate shop. There’s also a bar, an ice cream shop and a pizzeria in case shopping whets your appetite.
Whether you’re shopping for just-baked breads, artisan cheese, organic wine, small-batch spirits, fresh-cut flowers or locally raised meat, The Source has everything you’re looking for and more. While you’re there, grab a couple of street tacos at Comida or try a Belgian sour beer from Crooked Stave.
Founder Tony Rosacci opened this local chain of gourmet markets in 1978, and, now helmed by his children, the grocer continues to offer local and imported foods, deli fare and catering with an Italian flair. The downtown location also includes a dine-in eatery, Tony’s Burgers, where you can fuel your shopping with a grass-fed beef burger and a pint of Colorado ale.