Aurora is on the rise.
Stanley Marketplace is the cool new place for Aurora residents to shop and dine.
Similar to a shopping mall, Stanley Marketplace gives the visitor tons of options in an easily walkable space. Unlike a shopping mall, Stanley Marketplace is filled with more than 50 independently owned gift shops, gyms, full-sized restaurants, breweries and open sitting throughout. It’s like a way cooler, more trendy shopping mall.
I’m especially looking forward to visiting the Stanley Marketplace in the summer. Almost every restaurant has an outdoor seating area – perfect for warm summer nights. It looks like they’ll also have several events, I’ll be keeping an eye on their calendar.
Food & Drink at Stanley Marketplace
If you’re looking for a place for brunch, look no further than Denver Biscuit Company! If you’ve been following my blog, you know I’m a fan of their incredible biscuits and gravy. The restaurant is laid back, and is likely packed on weekend mornings – trust me, it’s worth the wait! Another beautiful restaurant that I’d recommend for brunch is Annette. This place is seriously stunning and ideal for a girls day out. They also serve lunch and dinner.
My colleagues and I stopped at Comida Cantina for lunch and I was blown away by their tacos. Their mushroom taco was to die for, and is a great alternative for a vegetarian.
One of my friends recently referred to Sazza as sexy pizza – I got a kick out of that! Sazza features locally grown organic ingredients on their delicious pizza, which totally makes it healthy, right? This is another great lunch option because the kitchen moves fairly quickly, giving you more time to shop!
Open from 11 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., with a break in the afternoon, Misaki at Stanley offers great sushi at a reasonable price. Oh and Rolling Smoke BBQ, you guys, this place has ribs, brisket, sausage, pulled pork and all of the fixin’s. YUM.
I haven’t been to Cheluna Brewing Co., but it’s on my list! The warm atmosphere is what people often rave about, and you can’t beat a nice cold Mexican beer after a day of shopping! Alternatively, you can opt for Infinite Monkey Theorem, if wine is more your style. Infinite Monkey Theorem has other locations in Colorado, but this one is cozy and has great mountain views.
If beer and wine isn’t your scene, consider Logan House Coffee Company. This chill coffee shop is perfect for a relaxed get-together or an afternoon of reading. Plus, their coffee smells divine!
On The Go
Okay, this one still has me scratching my head…a healthy vending machine? How is that possible!? Front Forty Foods offers high-end healthy meals with gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, and paleo options. Sometimes you just don’t want to cook, or deal with people, but you still want to eat healthy. Well, THIS IS THE PLACE FOR YOU. Another great option for a quick bite is Maria Empanada, last time we were at Stanley Marketplace we snagged a few empanadas and kept walking, just to get a taste, and boy, these are incredible.
Colorado famous Glazed and Confused offers some of the best doughnuts in the city. I mean, it doesn’t get much better than a girl scout themed doughnut, right? This place is only open until the goods sell out for the day, so get here early! If you’re looking for the cutest dang dessert you’ll ever eat in your life, check out Miette et Chocolat. Their desserts are works of art (see photo below), and they taste great too!
I’m lucky – Stanley Marketplace is just 10 minutes from my house, but I would definitely say it’s worth a drive across Denver to check it out.
I am so excited to see what Stanley Marketplace does for this community. The area is definitely up-and-coming, and I have a feeling we’ll be seeing more pop-up in and around Aurora.
Have you been to Stanley Marketplace? What shops would you recommend to your friends?
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