Inspired by European markets and food truck roundups, the visionaries behind Avanti F and B converted a building that previously housed a printer in the Lower Highlands into Denver’s very first food hall, which launched in 2015. Seven different restaurant concepts are housed in modified shipping containers and share comfy and attractive common space, including dining areas, two bars and a terrific rooftop with views.
Brand new in June 2018, Denver Milk Market is the city’s next food hall but with a unique twist. All the takeout and dine-in restaurants and bars are run by one entity: Colorado chef Frank Bonanno and his restaurant group. The market is a cornerstone of downtown’s historic Dairy Block redevelopment in the Ballpark neighborhood surrounding Coors Field. The 16 concepts within the hall each have their own style and theme, presenting food lovers with a huge range of choices such as crepes, pizza, pasta, salads and seafood, plus there is a meat emporium, coffee house and wine shop to boot! Access four of the venues from handy walk-up windows along the Dairy Block’s activated alleyway.
GOURMET FOOD MARKETS
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, homemade nibbles, European specialty foods and spices, and more. Try a vegetarian crustless quiche or twice-baked banana bread for breakfast or the hot roast pork shoulder BLT toaster with Applewood-smoked bacon, avocado aioli, cheddar cheese, lettuce and tomato for lunch. Don’t forget dessert!
Marczyk Fine Foods
At Marczyk Fine Foods’ two Denver locations, you’ll find a deli and cheeses from around the world — including a cheese cave to keep the selections fresh — along with produce, wine, meats, seafood, baked goods, homemade ice cream, the staples (including milk in glass bottles and bring-your-own-carton eggs), and unique and hard-to-find ingredients. Don’t miss the fresh mozzarella, which is folded and rolled in-house daily.
Tony’s Meats & Market
Founder Tony Rosacci opened this local chain of four gourmet markets in 1978. Now helmed by his children, each Tony’s Meats & Market is known for the butcher shop, fish and seafood, bakery, fresh produce, local and imported specialty foods, cheese, deli fare, and catering with an Italian flair. The downtown location is relocating to East Hampden Avenue with a grand opening in fall 2018 or satisfy both your hunger pangs and shopping list at the Littleton and Centennial stores.