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Top of the Town 2023

We found 116 reasons to fall in love with the Mile High City all over again.

(Clockwise from left): Sarah Banks; Aaron Colussi; Sarah Banks; Lisa Seaman/Tandem Stills + Motion; Kelly Shroads/Courtesy of Modern Nomad

From the tastiest scoop of ice cream to the most inviting patio for summer sips to the hippest new lodging in town, we tracked down the best of the best that the Mile High City has to offer. The result is a curated list of 37 editors’ choices that complement our 79 readers’ choice winners.


How we selected this year’s Top of the Town honorees.

How does 5280 pick Top of the Town winners?
Our reporters and editors spend months exploring the city to choose winners for select categories on the ballot. We try to do our research anonymously and pay for all meals and services, where possible. Our readers also pick their favorites for every category by casting votes via our online ballot. The businesses that receive the most votes win.

Don’t the magazine’s advertisers automatically win?
Nope. Top of the Town recognitions are based only on our research and readers’ votes; there is zero connection between advertisers and winners. The fact that some winners happen to be advertisers does not influence our selections. Sure, we could make some folks happy by “selling” winners, but in the end, we’d lose a lot more than we’d gain—like our integrity and credibility with you.

How can my business get on the ballot?
Our ballot is a write-in format, meaning we don’t provide multiple- choice options. Voters can suggest whatever restaurant, store, person, or service they deem worthy for every category.

I have a business that deserves an award. How can I win?
Reach out to our editors with your story. Encourage your customers to vote for you next year. (The readers’ choice ballot opens in January.)

How do I vote?
Visit and cast your ballot. It’s that simple.

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