Seeking the best cuisine and finest wine that Denver has to offer? Check out these five top food and wine tours to get started.
Denver, CO, like all good US cities, offers a cornucopia of unique food experiences that cannot be found anywhere else in the country. Among the local favorites are the Denver omelet, a filling meal smothered in green chili, or for meat eaters a Denver bison steak is a rare cut of meat you’ll struggle to find so easily elsewhere. You’ll find plenty of good food or wine tours around the Coloradan capital, here are five of the best, based on values such as quality for your money, number of tastings and reviews from past guests.
RiNo Art District Food Tour
Among the best-rated tours in all of Denver is this three-hour exploration of the RiNo Art District on the northeastern edge of Downtown. The tour starts at the Denver Central Market, then heads around the neighborhood, experiencing the best eateries. Five food tastings later, you’ll loop back to the market. Try tacos, pizzas and get personalized recommendations from your guide. Vegetarian options are also available with advanced notice. Please note that this tour only operates on Saturday lunchtimes at around 1:30pm. Due to its popularity, it’s best to book in advance where possible. From $75 per person.
Haunted Denver Walking Food Tour
Although you may not instinctively pair fear with a healthy appetite, this haunted walking tour packs two great tours of the Downtown area into one. Hear ghost stories from the annals of Denver’s past in central locations such as Larimer Square and Denver Union Station, stopping at historic restaurants along the way. Here, you’ll be able to sample bar snacks that illustrate the city’s Irish and German roots. This tour is available from Tue to Sat. From $74 per person.
Wine Tasting with Cheese, Charcuterie and Dessert
Colorado may not be a crucial wine producing region of the United States, but there’s a thriving winery scene in Denver that brings in some of the best bottles from around the world. This hour-long tour is great for anybody wanting a short introduction to the best of the city’s wine scene. There are three tours a day, from mid afternoon to late evening, making this activity a perfect thing to combine into your itinerary. Sample four different wines, paired with cheeses, a charcuterie board and finished off with dessert. From $79 per person.
Denver Downtown Small-group Food Tasting Tour
Another top Downtown food tour of Denver combines history and sightseeing, whilst never losing its main focus: the food. During the three-hour trip you will benefit from the expertise of a local foodie, who leads guests to some of the best restaurants in Denver, trying Colorado green chili, baked empanadas, Neapolitan pizza and even introducing guests to the chefs responsible for these dishes for a deeper appreciation of the food here. From $73 per person.
Cocktails and Tastes Tour
Balancing alcohol with a meal is always a good idea and this cocktails and food pairings tour is a great way to do that. The tour includes a visit to some excellent bars and eateries in Denver’s historic Downtown areas, including around Denver Union Station and the hip Dairy Block. You’ll visit at least four different spots, trying cocktails along with at least three food pairings, while learning about Denver’s history along the way. This two-hour tour runs from Weds to Fri. From $85 per person.