In the past five years, Denver has welcomed an astonishing six market halls that offer dining, drinking and shopping bliss under one respective roof. Before the market hall craze commenced, several locally owned gourmet food markets set the stage as places to purchase top-notch meats, seafood, produce, baked goods, specialty foods and ingredients, and quick meals to eat there or take away.
Take a look at our list and create your own market tour!
The Source in Denver’s hip River North Art District (RiNo) neighborhood has grown by leaps and, well, lodging since launching in 2013 with the addition of a 100-room hotel and a second market space in 2018. The two market halls (a total of 45,000 square feet) make up the foundation of The Source Hotel’s culinary complex, with a collection of 25 artisans including a bakery, taqueria, wood-fired restaurant, barber, art gallery, kitchen goods store, apparel shop, florist and more. Also, check out the connecting patios and New Belgium Brewing Company’s first Denver small-batch brewery only steps away from the hotel check-in desk and head to the rooftop to quaff beers made on-site.
Opened in 2016 and housed in a 14,000-square-foot 1920s-era building, Denver Central Market in RiNo is a one-stop culinary adventure. Look for a bodega selling milk, eggs, butter, yogurt and bulk coffee; a meat and cheese shop; a bakery; a full-service fish market; a butcher; a restaurant focused on fruits and veggies; and a chocolate shop. There’s also a bar, an ice cream shop and a pizzeria in case shopping whets your appetite.
Denver’s newest market hall, Zeppelin Station opened at the 38th and Blake Station of RTD’s commuter rail line in March 2018. Also located in RiNo, Zeppelin Station features eight food stalls and two bars on the main floor, with a full-service anchor restaurant soon to join the tasty mix. The market hall also features retail tenants focused on design goods and apparel, and there are three floors of office suites with roll-up garage doors and green roof terraces above.
Stepping into Stanley Marketplace means getting a sneak peek into Denver’s rich history. The former headquarters of Stanley Aviation, once located alongside the main runway of Denver’s original international airport, has been thoughtfully transformed into a community-focused marketplace with more than 50 independently owned Colorado businesses. Eat, drink, shop, exercise, play, explore and attend cool events at this Aurora marketplace, which was fully unveiled in 2017.
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.
At this sophisticated newcomer in the hip Capitol Hill neighborhood, you can feast on pizza, sushi and empanadas from some of Denver's best chefs and drink from a central bar. You can also shop at the boutiques for gifts, jewelry and apparel. Broadway Market is open early and late every day.
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 or satisfy both your hunger pangs and shopping list at the Littleton and Centennial stores.