Hungry for adventure? Aspen’s the place for you. With a plethora of outdoor pursuits on offer in the summer months, you’ll work up an appetite in no time. Here are ten of the best places to fuel up in Aspen.
1. Spring Cafe – 119 S. Spring Street
Trendy and minimal, Spring Cafe is the brunch spot of the moment in Aspen, offering healthy smoothies and vegetarian dishes from 7am til 5pm seven days a week. Try the avocado on toast with a chilli kick for a simple yet tasty start to the day.
2. Paradise Bakery – 320 S. Galena Street
On the corner of S Galena street and E Cooper Avenue, this dinky crossroads outlet offers on-the-go choc-chip and banana muffins, fresh juices and flaky pastries that will lure you back again and again.
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3. Victoria’s – 510 E. Durant Avenue
If you can’t face the morning without a cup of joe, get your caffeine hit at this espresso bar. Aussie-owned Victoria’s serves top-notch coffees and delights from down under such as vegemite on toast and the ‘big Aussie brekkie’.
4. Peach’s Corner Cafe – 121 S. Galena Street
Peach’s is the place for people watching in this town. Grab a freshly-pressed juice, organic salad or cheesy panini and take it to the on-street patio to enjoy your snacks in the sunshine.
5. Ajax Tavern – 685 E. Durant Avenue
Found at the base of its namesake mountain (officially named Aspen Mountain), Ajax Tavern is an ideal spot for a lazy lunch. In the winter, its impeccable location makes it the obvious choice for a spot of apres-ski indulgence, but the large outdoor patio comes into its own in the summer when you can dine al-fresco and savor the restaurant’s delicious offerings (try the famous truffle fries!) in the sunshine.
6. Justice Snow’s – 328 E. Hyman Avenue
With the most extensive cocktail menu west of Mississippi (think classics, fusions and locally-sourced spirits), you’ll need a decent meal to go with your drinks – luckily this popular joint provides. The glazed duck breast with black lentils is divine, as is the red beet risotto.
7. Meat and Cheese – 317 E. Hopkins Avenue
Owned by the same mastermind behind the local Avalanche Cheese Company, Meat and Cheese does what it says on the tin. And it does it well; think charcuterie boards, cheese selections and salads. Try the bread with chicken vinaigrette – delicious.
8. Pyramid Bistro – 221 E. Main Street
Nestled in the eaves of a cozy bookshop, Pyramid Bistro serves up uber healthy ‘nutritarian’ cuisine with an Asian twist – try to nab a spot on the sun-dappled deck.
9. The Red Onion – 420 E. Cooper Avenue
This historic saloon is smack in the center of town, making it a great spot to chow down on some reasonably-priced pub food in a casual setting before an evening of bar hopping.
10. Snowmass Rodeo – Bush Creek Road
Just nine miles out of Aspen proper, Snowmass Rodeo runs every Wednesday from June 10 – August 19, and it is amongst the dust and denim-clad crowds of this oh-so-American event that you’ll find a quintessential American meal: BBQ, complete with red-checkered table cloths and homemade lemonade. Line up for a sticky set of ribs and slaw for the ultimate in finger-licking satisfaction.