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Top of the Town 2024

We uncovered 119 reasons to love Denver.

Clockwise from top left: Stay Tuned (photo by Memorandum Media); Cake Bar (photo by Sarah Banks); Alma Fonda Fina (photo by Sarah Banks); Denver Orbital Trail (photo by Sarah Banks); Desert Social (photo courtesy of Desert Social)

From the hippest new restaurant to the coolest bookstore, we tracked down the best of the Mile High City. Here, our curated list of editors’ picks, complemented by our 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. Whether or not businesses advertise 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 annual 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 typically opens in late January.)

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

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