Nothing sounds better in the early hours than Crema's aromatic espresso and a sweet potato waffle with candied walnuts and hazelnut whipped cream.
On any given morning, this comfy Civic Center hangout buzzes with business professionals in suits, hipsters engrossed in their laptops at community tables, and couples chatting over lattes at the window bar seats. Local microbrew insignias and an aspen-grove mural on the wall afford the space a Colorado vibe, and the barista's intuitive recommendation for a spicier version of our chai was spot-on. Next time, we'll stay past daylight for the live music…or maybe for a gourmet sandwich and some banana pudding from the surprisingly enticing menu.
1476 S. Pearl St., 303-777-1031, stellascoffee.com