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Denver was a very deserved weekend trip for mostly one reason. After more than a month apart, I was thrilled to visit my sweet boyfriend, Steve. The trip was timed perfectly. Any time spent together would have filled my heart, but he made sure to show me some of the highlights in his new city. All credit to him, here are a few of the funky places we went. 

Happy Leaf Kombucha
3519 Brighton Boulevard
For just a minute, we stopped in to fill up a growler with ginger kombucha. Inside, it's clean, brewery-esque and decorated with local art and chalkboard menus. The taproom is tucked in with other warehouses in the RiNo Art District so keep an eye out for the leaf label. Bottles and taps of the effervescent, probiotic tea can be found across Colorado in grocery stores, farmer's markets, brewhouses and coffee bars.

Cafe Europa
76 S. Pennsylvania Street
Untamed plants, brick and weird art caught my attention at this coffee shop. Seating ranged from booths to a community table to a cozy couch. Steve ordered a latte and I sipped a vanilla cold press, and we got in the groove of reading and writing in a nook nearby a window.

Proto's Pizza 
2401 15th Street
Patio seating made dinner here even more picturesque. A large Goombah (prosciutto, capers and mozzarella) kept us occupied. Thin but sturdy crust held heavier toppings of pies with other unique names. Down the street is Denver Brewing Company, so save room for a few pints.

REI Denver Flagship
1416 Platte Street
Gear heads like Steve and I (mostly Steve) could spend hours in this outfitter wonderland. We exceeded an hour, at least, browsing favorite brands. The setting is a three-story warehouse complete with bike services and rentals and even a 47-foot monolith to climb. At the entrance, be sure to step inside the canvas yurt.

Wash Perk
853 E. Ohio Avenue
The neighborhood coffee shop was packed with Sunday-morning appreciators. With ample seating in the garden and inside, it was easy to find a spot to cozy-up over caffeinated drinks. The walls are painted with bright colors, offering a cheery environment for reading, chatting or people watching.

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