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Breakfast tacos at Onefold.
Ruth Tobias

18 Breakfasts in Denver Worth Waking Up For

From scrambles and skillets to Armenian and Japanese pastries

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Breakfast tacos at Onefold.
| Ruth Tobias

Maybe it’s because they’re rising at the crack of dawn to go hiking or hit the slopes; maybe they’re facing rush hour en route to the DTC or navigating the endless construction on I-70 to get to the airport on time. Or maybe it’s just because they’ve got the wake-and-bake munchies. But for whatever reason, Denverites sure do love a hearty breakfast. So bring on the Benedicts, burritos, bagels, and bloodies: These 18 daytime destinations, mapped from north to south, make a meal worth getting out of bed for. (Brunch buffs, meanwhile, should check this space for updates.)

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Sunny's

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2339 W 44th Ave
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 477-0005
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This Sunnyside nook is a bit of an open secret among its neighbors for its warm and friendly vibe as well as its creative takes on morning fare. Roasted-veggie latkes, for instance, are drizzled with scallion sour cream alongside eggs any style; the Aji Benedict comes with homemade chorizo on Peruvian-style potato cakes; and the BELT sandwich substitutes coffee-cured pork belly for bacon while throwing eggs, pickles, and cherry-pepper sauce into the bargain.

Eggs, chorizo, tomato, avocado, and Boursin stuffed between two grilled cheese sandwiches
The Good Night at Sunny’s features eggs, chorizo, tomato, avocado, and Boursin stuffed between two grilled cheese sandwiches.
Ruth Tobias

2. The Bindery

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1817 Central St
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 993-2364
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Tuesday through Friday, this all-day LoHi favorite serves breakfast from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., when staples like flaxseed-blueberry pancakes, stone-cut oatmeal with brûléed pineapple and whiskey butter, and avocado toast with feta and curry oil are supplemented by all manner of baked goods from the market. Weekend brunch, meanwhile, starts relatively early at 9 a.m. to feature a more elaborate menu with dishes from duck confit hash in lime hollandaise to corn-cherry waffles with bacon granola and honey butter.

Veggie hash with a sunny egg and quinoa
Seasonal hash at The Bindery.
Ruth Tobias

3. Stowaway Kitchen

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2528 Walnut St
Denver, CO 80205

This airy, artsy RiNo cafe gathers inspiration from all over the world — Japan, Australia, the Eastern Mediterranean, Colorado farms — to build a menu that’s as eclectic as could be. Think avocado-Vegemite toast; asa-gohan with grilled salmon, toasted nori, rice, and a poached egg; and sourdough waffles made from locally milled heirloom grains and topped with Palisade apricots, plus daily baked goods like cinnamon rolls and walnut-parmesan scones.

Mushroom tartine with a poached egg and beet hummus
A seasonal dish of mushroom tartine with a poached egg and beet hummus at Stowaway Kitchen.
Ruth Tobias

4. Rosenberg's Bagels & Delicatessen

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725 E 26th Ave
Denver, CO 80205
(720) 440-9880
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At this Five Points fixture — which also has branches in Aurora and Boulder — lox, sable, sturgeon, schmears, and all the fixings make the most of bagels that are themselves made with water whose mineral content replicates that of New York; the same goes for sandwich combos like the Jersey Boy with Taylor ham, fried eggs, American cheese, and ketchup or the Heebster with whitefish salad, wasabi-flavored roe, and scallion cream cheese.

Bagel with gravlax, cream cheese, tomato, red onion, and capers
The Standard with gravlax, cream cheese, tomato, red onion, and capers at Rosenberg’s.
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5. Café Miriam

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2217 E 21st Ave
Denver, CO 80205
(720) 325-9027
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Come evening, the family who runs this charming little cafe at the edge of City Park serves up specialties from their native Morocco, but by day they’re known for crêpes both savory and sweet: The Royale with Cheese contains prosciutto, Brie, fig jam, and balsamic vinegar, for instance, while the Dulce de Leche combines its namesake ingredient with Nutella, caramel, and French vanilla ice cream. Pastries, croissant sandwiches, hot chocolate, and a full espresso bar also await.

Crêpe with powdered sugar and a cappuccino
Savory and sweet crêpes dominate the daytime menu at Café Miriam.
Café Miriam

6. Onefold

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1429 E 18th Ave
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 954-0877
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Duck-confit congee and lap cheong–fried rice on one hand, egg-and-potato tacos and huevos rancheros with homemade tortillas on the other, plus Vietnamese coffee and Screwdrivers to wash it all down: That’s Onefold in an East-West nutshell. Long waits have been a given at the tiny Uptown flagship since it opened; in response, the owners opened a Union Station location in July.

Savory rice porridge with egg
Onefold’s signature congee.
Ruth Tobias

7. La Machaca de Mi Amá

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11809 E Colfax Ave
Aurora, CO 80010
(303) 366-1913
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The enormous menu at this all-day Mexican joint in Aurora covers all the basics — burritos, chilaquiles, menudo — but its highlights hail from the owners’ home state of Sinaloa, so start with a plate of huevos scrambled with machaca (dried beef) or chilorio (pork in chile sauce) to get a true feel for the place.

Eggs scrambled with beef on a plate with refried beans and fried potatoes
Se hizo la machaca at La Machaca de Mi Amá.
Ruth Tobias

8. Denver Biscuit Co.

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3237 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 377-7900
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Anything with fried chicken is a sure bet at this homegrown chain — and it’s even better alongside a milk stout–infused bloody mary or breakfast sangria. Waits are inevitable, but the Instagram shots of towering biscuit sandwiches make the time well spent.

Biscuit sandwich with a sausage patty, a fried egg, apple butter, and maple syrup
The Dahlia comes with a sausage patty, a fried egg, apple butter, and maple syrup.
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9. Exile Kitchen

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320 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 831-6233
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Though the name has changed, the Cap Hill kitchen formerly known as Sassafras is still run by Cajun chef Colin Mallet, so the New Orleans–inspired feel and flavor remain the same. In addition to classics like beignets and eggs Sardou, count on signature dishes like the buffalo hash with chicken-fried eggs or the fried green tomato Benedict on toasted cornbread.

Buffalo hash and chicken-fried eggs
Chef Colin Mallet’s signature buffalo hash and chicken-fried eggs.
Rachel Greiman

10. El Taco de México

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714 Santa Fe Dr
Denver, CO 80204
(303) 623-3926
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Three words: chile relleno burritos. They’re the ultimate hangover cure at this beloved taqueria, which also serves up huevos rancheros, chilaquiles, and more from 7 a.m. onward.

Burrito stuffed with rice, beans, and a chile rellno
El Taco de Mexico’s famous chile relleno burrito.
Ruth Tobias

11. Snooze: An A.M. Eatery

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700 Colorado Blvd
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 736-6200
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This local chain has now proliferated around the West, but it remains a hall-of-famer on the Denver daytime-dining scene. The pineapple upside-down pancakes, breakfast pot pie, and Bella! Bella! Benny with prosciutto, cream cheese hollandaise, and balsamic glaze count among the most famous signatures on its extensive menu, but seasonal and daily specials keep regulars’ interest (as does an array of Bloodies and coffee cocktails).

A close-up of a plate of pancakes with butter and syrup next to a cup of coffee at Snooze
Snooze built its regional empire on pancakes.
Snooze: An A.M. Eatery

12. Moxie Eatery

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70 Broadway # 150
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 524-9236
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It’s all about the egg sandwiches at this cheery Baker counter: Served on English muffins, the creative combos range from the Lamb I Am with lamb sausage, feta, red onion, and cumin yogurt to the Breakfast Torta with sharp cheddar, black beans, avocado, and pico de gallo.

Two different egg sandwiches on English muffins
Moxie Eatery’s Breakfast Torta (front) and Lamb I Am sandwiches.
Ruth Tobias

13. Olive & Finch

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3390 E 1st Ave
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 955-0455
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Like its snug Uptown sibling, this sunny, more spacious Cherry Creek cafe has perfected the art of fast-casual breakfast, turning out skillet hashes, tartines, and sandwiches like the Broseph — combining scrambled eggs, pastrami, Swiss, caramelized onions, jalapeños, and horseradish aioli on a brioche bun — with aplomb. The pastry case, meanwhile, is chock-full of muffins, croissants, sticky buns, and more (including tarts and cakes for those who live by the credo “life is short, eat dessert first thing in the morning”).

Skillet hash on a serving board with bread and fruit
Three different types of hash are offered at Olive & Finch.
Olive & Finch

14. El Borrego Negro at Re:Vision

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3800 Morrison Rd
Denver, CO 80219

And now for something completely different: In preparation for his Sunday morning pop-up, chef Jose Avila sources meat from a local sheep ranch and tends overnight to the outdoor pit that yields his extraordinary barbacoa. Then he sells it by the pound with all the fixings — tortillas, onions, cilantro, green and red salsa, lime wedges, and, best of all, bone broth with chickpeas — for a feast unlike any in town. To place an order, DM him on Instagram or show up at 8 a.m. sharp.

Takeout barbacoa accompanied by consommé, tortillas, onions, cilantro, and green and red salsa
El Borrego Negro’s barbacoa by the pound comes with consommé, tortillas, onions, cilantro, green and red salsa, and horchata.
Ruth Tobias

15. Breakfast King

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300 West Mississippi Avenue
Denver, CO 80223
(303) 733-0795

The neon yellow sign outside this all-American institution off Santa Fe Drive has served as a beacon for early birds and night owls alike. Open 24/7, it’s a classic roadside diner in orange vinyl and chrome, complete with uniformed waitresses, bottomless cups of coffee, and hearty portions from a huge menu offering everything from country-fried steak and corned-beef hash to crab omelets and huevos rancheros to antelope or alligator sausage with eggs.

Burrito smothered with bean chili and cheese
The Toro Pot at the Breakfast King.
Jimmy Changa

16. HOJA

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1284 S Pearl St
Denver, CO 80210
(303) 777-5919
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In a picture-perfect space on Old South Pearl, this vegetarian-friendly cafe conjures the modern Southwest through its menu as well as its decor. Among its bestsellers is the giant, slaw-topped farmer’s burrito stuffed with scrambled eggs or tofu, hash browns, green chile; other top hits include the lox-and-egg wrap with spiced, mashed avocado and cashew crema and the jackfruit-chorizo quesadilla. Pair it all with the creamy café de olla.

Enchiladas in bean sauce with coffee drink
Enfrijoladas with café de olla at Hoja.
Ruth Tobias

17. Tokyo Premium Bakery

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1540 S Pearl St
Denver, CO 80210
(720) 531-3784
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Just down the street from Hoja, this Japanese bakery-cafe has earned itself a huge cult following with a delightful selection of treats both sweet and savory accompanied by matcha lattes. Among the latter, popular items include bacon-and-egg tarts, sausage rolls, and beef-curry buns; in the former category are red-bean doughnuts, Earl Grey–flavored croissants, and the prettiest peach tarts around.

Bacon-stuffed French bread with a matcha latte
Bacon pain d’epi and a matcha latte at Tokyo Premium Bakery.
Josie Sexton

18. House of Bread

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2020 S Parker Rd
Denver, CO 80231
(720) 727-0000
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This lovely Armenian bakery-cafe is a must-visit for the ajarski alone: A bread boat filled with eggs, feta, and, optionally, the cured beef called basturma, it’s a bang-up way to start the day. But there’s so much more to try, including pastries like ponchik, custard- or jam-stuffed doughnuts; luscious coffee drinks seal the deal.

Bread boat filled with egg and cheese center
House of Bread’s ajarski.
Ruth Tobias

1. Sunny's

2339 W 44th Ave, Denver, CO 80211
Eggs, chorizo, tomato, avocado, and Boursin stuffed between two grilled cheese sandwiches
The Good Night at Sunny’s features eggs, chorizo, tomato, avocado, and Boursin stuffed between two grilled cheese sandwiches.
Ruth Tobias

This Sunnyside nook is a bit of an open secret among its neighbors for its warm and friendly vibe as well as its creative takes on morning fare. Roasted-veggie latkes, for instance, are drizzled with scallion sour cream alongside eggs any style; the Aji Benedict comes with homemade chorizo on Peruvian-style potato cakes; and the BELT sandwich substitutes coffee-cured pork belly for bacon while throwing eggs, pickles, and cherry-pepper sauce into the bargain.

2339 W 44th Ave
Denver, CO 80211

2. The Bindery

1817 Central St, Denver, CO 80211
Veggie hash with a sunny egg and quinoa
Seasonal hash at The Bindery.
Ruth Tobias

Tuesday through Friday, this all-day LoHi favorite serves breakfast from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., when staples like flaxseed-blueberry pancakes, stone-cut oatmeal with brûléed pineapple and whiskey butter, and avocado toast with feta and curry oil are supplemented by all manner of baked goods from the market. Weekend brunch, meanwhile, starts relatively early at 9 a.m. to feature a more elaborate menu with dishes from duck confit hash in lime hollandaise to corn-cherry waffles with bacon granola and honey butter.

1817 Central St
Denver, CO 80211

3. Stowaway Kitchen

2528 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205
Mushroom tartine with a poached egg and beet hummus
A seasonal dish of mushroom tartine with a poached egg and beet hummus at Stowaway Kitchen.
Ruth Tobias

This airy, artsy RiNo cafe gathers inspiration from all over the world — Japan, Australia, the Eastern Mediterranean, Colorado farms — to build a menu that’s as eclectic as could be. Think avocado-Vegemite toast; asa-gohan with grilled salmon, toasted nori, rice, and a poached egg; and sourdough waffles made from locally milled heirloom grains and topped with Palisade apricots, plus daily baked goods like cinnamon rolls and walnut-parmesan scones.

2528 Walnut St
Denver, CO 80205

4. Rosenberg's Bagels & Delicatessen

725 E 26th Ave, Denver, CO 80205
Bagel with gravlax, cream cheese, tomato, red onion, and capers
The Standard with gravlax, cream cheese, tomato, red onion, and capers at Rosenberg’s.
Ruth Tobias

At this Five Points fixture — which also has branches in Aurora and Boulder — lox, sable, sturgeon, schmears, and all the fixings make the most of bagels that are themselves made with water whose mineral content replicates that of New York; the same goes for sandwich combos like the Jersey Boy with Taylor ham, fried eggs, American cheese, and ketchup or the Heebster with whitefish salad, wasabi-flavored roe, and scallion cream cheese.

725 E 26th Ave
Denver, CO 80205

5. Café Miriam

2217 E 21st Ave, Denver, CO 80205
Crêpe with powdered sugar and a cappuccino
Savory and sweet crêpes dominate the daytime menu at Café Miriam.
Café Miriam

Come evening, the family who runs this charming little cafe at the edge of City Park serves up specialties from their native Morocco, but by day they’re known for crêpes both savory and sweet: The Royale with Cheese contains prosciutto, Brie, fig jam, and balsamic vinegar, for instance, while the Dulce de Leche combines its namesake ingredient with Nutella, caramel, and French vanilla ice cream. Pastries, croissant sandwiches, hot chocolate, and a full espresso bar also await.

2217 E 21st Ave
Denver, CO 80205

6. Onefold

1429 E 18th Ave, Denver, CO 80218
Savory rice porridge with egg
Onefold’s signature congee.
Ruth Tobias

Duck-confit congee and lap cheong–fried rice on one hand, egg-and-potato tacos and huevos rancheros with homemade tortillas on the other, plus Vietnamese coffee and Screwdrivers to wash it all down: That’s Onefold in an East-West nutshell. Long waits have been a given at the tiny Uptown flagship since it opened; in response, the owners opened a Union Station location in July.

1429 E 18th Ave
Denver, CO 80218

7. La Machaca de Mi Amá

11809 E Colfax Ave, Aurora, CO 80010
Eggs scrambled with beef on a plate with refried beans and fried potatoes
Se hizo la machaca at La Machaca de Mi Amá.
Ruth Tobias

The enormous menu at this all-day Mexican joint in Aurora covers all the basics — burritos, chilaquiles, menudo — but its highlights hail from the owners’ home state of Sinaloa, so start with a plate of huevos scrambled with machaca (dried beef) or chilorio (pork in chile sauce) to get a true feel for the place.

11809 E Colfax Ave
Aurora, CO 80010

8. Denver Biscuit Co.

3237 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206
Biscuit sandwich with a sausage patty, a fried egg, apple butter, and maple syrup
The Dahlia comes with a sausage patty, a fried egg, apple butter, and maple syrup.
From The Hip Photo

Anything with fried chicken is a sure bet at this homegrown chain — and it’s even better alongside a milk stout–infused bloody mary or breakfast sangria. Waits are inevitable, but the Instagram shots of towering biscuit sandwiches make the time well spent.

3237 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206

9. Exile Kitchen

320 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203
Buffalo hash and chicken-fried eggs
Chef Colin Mallet’s signature buffalo hash and chicken-fried eggs.
Rachel Greiman

Though the name has changed, the Cap Hill kitchen formerly known as Sassafras is still run by Cajun chef Colin Mallet, so the New Orleans–inspired feel and flavor remain the same. In addition to classics like beignets and eggs Sardou, count on signature dishes like the buffalo hash with chicken-fried eggs or the fried green tomato Benedict on toasted cornbread.

320 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80203

10. El Taco de México

714 Santa Fe Dr, Denver, CO 80204
Burrito stuffed with rice, beans, and a chile rellno
El Taco de Mexico’s famous chile relleno burrito.
Ruth Tobias

Three words: chile relleno burritos. They’re the ultimate hangover cure at this beloved taqueria, which also serves up huevos rancheros, chilaquiles, and more from 7 a.m. onward.

714 Santa Fe Dr
Denver, CO 80204

11. Snooze: An A.M. Eatery

700 Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80206
A close-up of a plate of pancakes with butter and syrup next to a cup of coffee at Snooze
Snooze built its regional empire on pancakes.
Snooze: An A.M. Eatery

This local chain has now proliferated around the West, but it remains a hall-of-famer on the Denver daytime-dining scene. The pineapple upside-down pancakes, breakfast pot pie, and Bella! Bella! Benny with prosciutto, cream cheese hollandaise, and balsamic glaze count among the most famous signatures on its extensive menu, but seasonal and daily specials keep regulars’ interest (as does an array of Bloodies and coffee cocktails).

700 Colorado Blvd
Denver, CO 80206

12. Moxie Eatery

70 Broadway # 150, Denver, CO 80203
Two different egg sandwiches on English muffins
Moxie Eatery’s Breakfast Torta (front) and Lamb I Am sandwiches.
Ruth Tobias

It’s all about the egg sandwiches at this cheery Baker counter: Served on English muffins, the creative combos range from the Lamb I Am with lamb sausage, feta, red onion, and cumin yogurt to the Breakfast Torta with sharp cheddar, black beans, avocado, and pico de gallo.

70 Broadway # 150
Denver, CO 80203

13. Olive & Finch

3390 E 1st Ave, Denver, CO 80206
Skillet hash on a serving board with bread and fruit
Three different types of hash are offered at Olive & Finch.
Olive & Finch

Like its snug Uptown sibling, this sunny, more spacious Cherry Creek cafe has perfected the art of fast-casual breakfast, turning out skillet hashes, tartines, and sandwiches like the Broseph — combining scrambled eggs, pastrami, Swiss, caramelized onions, jalapeños, and horseradish aioli on a brioche bun — with aplomb. The pastry case, meanwhile, is chock-full of muffins, croissants, sticky buns, and more (including tarts and cakes for those who live by the credo “life is short, eat dessert first thing in the morning”).

3390 E 1st Ave
Denver, CO 80206

14. El Borrego Negro at Re:Vision

3800 Morrison Rd, Denver, CO 80219
Takeout barbacoa accompanied by consommé, tortillas, onions, cilantro, and green and red salsa
El Borrego Negro’s barbacoa by the pound comes with consommé, tortillas, onions, cilantro, green and red salsa, and horchata.
Ruth Tobias

And now for something completely different: In preparation for his Sunday morning pop-up, chef Jose Avila sources meat from a local sheep ranch and tends overnight to the outdoor pit that yields his extraordinary barbacoa. Then he sells it by the pound with all the fixings — tortillas, onions, cilantro, green and red salsa, lime wedges, and, best of all, bone broth with chickpeas — for a feast unlike any in town. To place an order, DM him on Instagram or show up at 8 a.m. sharp.

3800 Morrison Rd
Denver, CO 80219

15. Breakfast King

300 West Mississippi Avenue, Denver, CO 80223
Burrito smothered with bean chili and cheese
The Toro Pot at the Breakfast King.
Jimmy Changa

The neon yellow sign outside this all-American institution off Santa Fe Drive has served as a beacon for early birds and night owls alike. Open 24/7, it’s a classic roadside diner in orange vinyl and chrome, complete with uniformed waitresses, bottomless cups of coffee, and hearty portions from a huge menu offering everything from country-fried steak and corned-beef hash to crab omelets and huevos rancheros to antelope or alligator sausage with eggs.

300 West Mississippi Avenue
Denver, CO 80223

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16. HOJA

1284 S Pearl St, Denver, CO 80210
Enchiladas in bean sauce with coffee drink
Enfrijoladas with café de olla at Hoja.
Ruth Tobias

In a picture-perfect space on Old South Pearl, this vegetarian-friendly cafe conjures the modern Southwest through its menu as well as its decor. Among its bestsellers is the giant, slaw-topped farmer’s burrito stuffed with scrambled eggs or tofu, hash browns, green chile; other top hits include the lox-and-egg wrap with spiced, mashed avocado and cashew crema and the jackfruit-chorizo quesadilla. Pair it all with the creamy café de olla.

1284 S Pearl St
Denver, CO 80210

17. Tokyo Premium Bakery

1540 S Pearl St, Denver, CO 80210
Bacon-stuffed French bread with a matcha latte
Bacon pain d’epi and a matcha latte at Tokyo Premium Bakery.
Josie Sexton

Just down the street from Hoja, this Japanese bakery-cafe has earned itself a huge cult following with a delightful selection of treats both sweet and savory accompanied by matcha lattes. Among the latter, popular items include bacon-and-egg tarts, sausage rolls, and beef-curry buns; in the former category are red-bean doughnuts, Earl Grey–flavored croissants, and the prettiest peach tarts around.

1540 S Pearl St
Denver, CO 80210

18. House of Bread

2020 S Parker Rd, Denver, CO 80231
Bread boat filled with egg and cheese center
House of Bread’s ajarski.
Ruth Tobias

This lovely Armenian bakery-cafe is a must-visit for the ajarski alone: A bread boat filled with eggs, feta, and, optionally, the cured beef called basturma, it’s a bang-up way to start the day. But there’s so much more to try, including pastries like ponchik, custard- or jam-stuffed doughnuts; luscious coffee drinks seal the deal.

2020 S Parker Rd
Denver, CO 80231

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