10 Best Coffee Shops in Denver for Your Caffeine Fix

Denver is definitely a coffee town, with great coffee shops on just about every corner.

With so many choices, it can be hard to pick where to grab your morning coffee.

For us, the vibe is just as important as the coffee, and all of our top picks nail both.

Here are the ten best coffee shops in metro Denver.

10. Queen City Collective Coffee

Queen City Collective Coffee Denver

Queen City Collective Coffee, founded by brothers Eric, Luke, and Scott Byington, started in the Baker neighborhood in 2018. Since then, it has grown to four locations, most of which are shared spaces.

The Byington brothers merged their love for coffee, community, and collaboration to offer unique coffee blends to Denver. They directly source their coffee through partnerships built while living in Africa, as well as through relationships with farmers around the world.

This new location offers ample seating in a 7,700 square foot area, plenty of parking, a great patio, and food options from Easy Vegan. You can also visit their outpost in Gold’s Marketplace in Wheat Ridge or their shop inside Dardano’s in Broomfield, which features a drive-thru.

9. The Weathervane Cafe

The Weathervane Cafe in Denver

Walking into The Weathervane Cafe feels like stepping into your grandmother’s house – cozy, welcoming, and filled with delightful aromas, lively conversation, and charming knickknacks. Open since 2012, this cafe is housed in a historic two-story carriage house built in 1896.

Though compact, the menu is impressive, offering a variety of breakfast and lunch options like fig-ginger or carrot cake oats, curry chicken and chickpea wraps, and a selection of pastries.

The upper level, once a small secondhand clothing store, now provides extra seating. There’s also a gift shop featuring an eclectic mix of local and small-batch products, including chocolates, jams, apparel, pins, stickers, zines, drinkware, and candles. The Weathervane maximizes its small space with unique seating arrangements and a handmade coffee bar.

8. Convivio Cafe

Convivio Cafe, inspired by Guatemalan culture, opened in November 2022 with strong community support and funds raised through markets and pop-ups. The cafe, adorned with hanging herbs and mosaic-tiled walls, evokes the charm of a Latin American cafe.

The name “Convivio” reflects the Guatemalan tradition of welcoming gatherings, and the cafe lives up to this by fostering a friendly and familiar atmosphere.

As Denver’s first woman-owned, Guatemalan-inspired bilingual cafe, Convivio offers farmer-roasted coffee and tea, along with simple yet inventive food prepared by self-taught chef and co-owner Vivi Lemus. Don’t miss the antojitos (street food snacks) like tostadas and pan con aguacate, or the champurradas — tasty scones perfect for dunking in your coffee.

7. Rivers and Roads

Rivers and Roads in Denver

Rivers and Roads’ original location in the Clayton neighborhood always feels bright and sunny. Housed in a former mechanic shop, the cafe retains the garage door, flooding the space with natural light. Owners Michael and Desiree Keen, a husband-and-wife team, opened the cafe after overcoming significant health challenges, guided by their mission of “love above all else.”

Michael handles the roasting, while Desiree, who is gluten-intolerant, leads the baking efforts. Pastry flavors change almost daily, but you can always count on staples like the breakfast sammie and hash, both available with vegetarian options.

They also sell take-home baking mixes for favorites like cheddar biscuits, waffles, and banana bread in-store and online. A second location opened in Curtis Park in 2022, followed by a food truck in 2023.

6. Subjective Coffee

Subjective Coffee in Denver

Jeff Bebout, the owner of Roostercat Coffee House, launched a new cafe in early 2023 called Subjective Coffee. This spot is chic and cool, reminiscent of Roostercat’s stylish older sibling, despite being newer.

Located in the former Joyful Ballroom Event Center, the space is expansive, offering plenty of seating for working, lounging with friends, or playing board games at the large tables.

The interior is thoughtfully designed with retro-inspired decor, including vintage seating, a wood-paneled television, and a record player. Bebout’s talent as a neon artist is evident in the exterior sign.

The coffee is roasted in-house by Glass Arrow Collective, an employee-owned group that also includes Roostercat, ensuring a fresh and unique coffee experience.

5. Lula Rose General Store


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Don’t let the name fool you; Lula Rose General Store is a charming coffee shop that’s been serving delicious brews on East Colfax since 2016. For the past eight years, it has been a go-to spot for quality drinks, friendly service, and excellent people-watching.

Enjoy your coffee with a tasty pastry or doughnut from Good Bread, the bakery across the street at Colfax and Madison. Good Bread’s sourdough bagels also make the perfect base for their stacked breakfast sandwiches.

With more windows than walls, Lula Rose is always filled with natural light. The cozy and colorful atmosphere is enhanced by flower arrangements from its sister store, Little Lula Plant Market, and newer additions like a green velvet bench that runs the length of the shop.

4. The Molecule Effect

The Molecule Effect in Denver

A decade ago, Megyn Rodgers and her husband, Mark Landman, launched The Molecule Effect, a unique blend of coffeehouse, bar, and gallery in the Art District on Santa Fe. They added a second location in Wash Park in 2020.

Although they had to close their original spot in March 2023, the South Logan Street location continues to support local artists and serves as a community hub for book clubs, events, and more.

The Molecule Effect offers a diverse menu, featuring standard coffee drinks, bulletproof coffee, kombucha, beer and wine on tap, the signature Venetian cream nitro cold brew, and house-made light bites. In February, they opened a new location with a drive-thru and walk-up window in a former Dairy Queen on South Broadway.

The owners still hope to reopen on Santa Fe Drive in the future.

3. Jubilee Roasting Co.

Jubilee Roasting Co. in Denver

Jubilee Roasting Co. started in 2015, bringing craft coffee to a part of the city that needed it.

Owner Peter Wanberg transformed an old warehouse into a cafe, roastery, and artist space, creating a hub for coffee lovers and creatives.

Despite two renovations, the spacious cafe still maintains its industrial warehouse charm with a modern twist.

Their slogan, “Be a good neighbor,” shines through in every $2 drip coffee and homemade pastry.

The knowledgeable staff are always ready to share their coffee expertise. Wanberg and his wife, Margot, also manage the City Park Farmers Market and sell Jubilee beans there in the summer.

If you can’t make it to Aurora, check out their second location in Five Points, which opened in 2020. It’s a bit cozier but carries the same welcoming vibe as the original

2. Huckleberry Roasters

Huckleberry Roasters Coffee Shop in Denver

Since opening in 2013, Huckleberry Roasters has grown, but their original Sunnyside location on Pecos Street remains a favorite.

The shop feels cozy and lived-in, yet bright and cheerful, thanks to vibrant, hand-painted murals, colorful signature “HUCK” mugs, and friendly baristas.

Whether you prefer the classic Blue Orchid blend, the fruit-forward Phantom Limb, or one of their rotating blends, Huckleberry has something to satisfy every coffee lover’s palate.

1. Little Owl

Little Owl Coffee Shop in Denver

Tucked away in an unassuming storefront, the original Little Owl in LoDo offers a specialty coffee escape amidst a sea of chains. With limited indoor seating and a small, shrub-shrouded outdoor patio, it provides a bright, green oasis in the concrete jungle.

The sleek, upscale, and trendy cafe maintains a relaxed vibe, making it an ideal spot to enjoy a thoughtfully crafted latte from friendly staff who love coffee without the pretension.

A second, lesser-known Little Owl location can be found inside a hotel lobby at 17th and Tremont, providing another downtown Denver caffeine oasis. In 2023, Little Owl celebrated a decade in business by opening a third shop in LoHi, creating a trio of Little Owl cafes within a two-mile radius.