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Souffle pancakes. Poached eggs. Crispy bacon. Fresh coffee. All these culminate to the stellar dining experience that is Breakfast.

Breakfast should energize you, recenter you, and prepare you for the day ahead, especially when vacationing at a high altitude, calorie-burning ski town . This is why being named the best breakfast in Aspen is an honor, and we are excited to share our favorites with you.

Here are the spots to get the best breakfast in Aspen, from casual cafes to fine dining.

Jour de Fête

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Stumble into Jour de Fête for freshly baked croissants, scones, and french toast. Jour de Fête also has breakfast sandwiches, ranging from healthy (whole wheat with olive oil, salmon, and lentils) to not-so-healthy (open faced with veggies and melted cheese). Owned by a local family (he’s French – Olivier, she’s American – Amy, and their cheerful, grown children can often be found working behind the counter), the relaxed atmosphere is perfect for a quick breakfast. You can also pick up a lunch sandwich for your afternoon adventures.

Opens at 7 AM daily.

Spring Cafe

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Spring Cafe’s smoothies, scrambles, and breakfast bowls are widely considered the healthiest breakfast in Aspen. Spring Cafe is organic and vegan and gluten-free friendly with a big enough menu to satisfy any breakfast enthusiast. If you had a late night, we recommend their Power Greens Juice paired with a Western Scramble. Owner Sabrina’s selection of favorite dishes are staples, created and prepared by the talented chef Blanca.

Open at 7 AM daily.

Aspen Over Easy

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If healthy breakfast doesn’t entice you, Aspen Over Easy may. This classic and casual breakfast joint serves up 13 different versions of Eggs Benedict, including one with filet minion. Other must-have menu items include French toast (made with Texas-style bread) and Bananutella Crepes.

Opens at 8 AM daily.

Justice Snows

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Justice Snows only serves true breakfast on the weekends, so if you’re in town, it’s a must. Justice is one of the only restaurants in town that offers bottomless mimosas during breakfast, perfect for those enjoying a day off or needing a little liquid courage before hitting the slopes. Some local favorites include the JS Breakfast Burrito and the Duck Confit Hash. Bon Appetit.

Open at 9 AM on weekends.

Peach’s Corner Cafe

2018 Update: Peach’s Corner Cafe has unfortunately closed.

Sitting on Peach’s patio during the summer is pure bliss. The signature dish, The Open Face, is toast with eggs, peach butter, bacon, and fresh vegetables. They also serve up a nontraditional peach mimosa which we can’t recommend enough. Finally, order a specialty coffee drink. Their baristas are always adding new creations to the menu, like the Red Velvet Latte we saw this past winter. You can also pick up coffee beans to take home with you.

Open at 7 AM Tuesday-Friday, 8 AM Saturday

Element 47

If you’d like to sit down and have a true Aspen experience, we invite you to element 47, one of the best breakfasts in Aspen. Serving scratch-made entrees and offering a breakfast buffet almost every day, The Nell’s chefs take traditional breakfast items and spin them fresh. Some of the most popular dishes are the Lemon Souffle Pancakes with raspberry syrup and pine nuts and the Huevos Rancheros, made with farm to table eggs. The view of The Little Nell’s pool and courtyard isn’t bad either – particularly when the gardens are in full bloom in summer.

Open 7 AM daily.

Any of the above restaurants serve up delightful entrees with fresh coffee and juice. Each offers unique specialities and atmosphere, for whatever mood you’re in.

When it comes down to it, the best breakfast is one enjoyed with family after a good night’s sleep! Book a room with The Little Nell and experience the best breakfast in Aspen– right outside your door.

Where to Eat the Most Important Meal of the Day in Aspen

This year saw the closing of several favorite breakfast joints. R.I.P. Main Street Bakery, Peach’s, even Starbucks. All of a sudden, the grab-and-go muffin and cappuccino was in limited supply; the ritual of an all-morning hang with coffee and the paper in a public space was scarcely an option.

Fortunately, enterprising restaurateurs took note and a variety of tasty, bedhead-friendly options have cropped up. “What am I supposed to do here?” lamented Ryan Chadwick, owner of the Grey Lady and Escobar, and a self-described morning person, at the slim pickings. The answer, he found, was to open Grey Lady (305 S. Mill St.) for weekend brunch. The limited menu riffs off of the restaurant’s New England theme with Maine blueberry pancakes and crab eggs Benedict. Local Coffee House (614 E. Cooper Ave.) debuted with cozy couches and a democratically priced $4 latte. It serves a small breakfast menu with items like black rice porridge and avocado toast. According to many, the best breakfast place in the valley is not in Aspen at all, but in an industrial park in Carbondale. Three-year-old Silo (1909 Delores Way) is the stuff of breakfast dreams—serving the meal all day with items like duck-egg ricotta toast with crispy kale and shaved Parmesan. Rumor has it: This summer will bring us more morning joe with the opening of a serious coffee bar in a location TBA. Stay tuned…

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New Aspen Restaurants 2019

It’s always great to see the new offerings of places to eat in Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley. This is a list of all restaurants that are new in 2019.

Opening a restaurant? Contact us here to add a free listing

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Planned Openings Winter 2019/20

  • Sam’s on Snowmass Mountain restaurant transforms from the Smokehouse to Italian cuisine
  • Conca del Sogno will take up winter residency at the Chefs Club
  • Mix6 will open in Snowmass Base Village
  • The Ranch Room plans to open in the former Syzygy space on restaurant row.
  • Duemani plans to open in the former Rustique space.

Opened Fall 2019

  • 39° at the W Aspen serves dinner.
  • The Living Room at the W Aspen serves breakfast, lunch & dinner.
  • The Wet Deck at the W Aspen plans to offer refreshments poolside.

Opened Summer 2019

  • Mr. Grey offers a classic seafood shack full dining experience.
  • Kirby Ice House opened in the former Bodega space and transforms nightly to the Bumble Lounge. (Closed)
  • Park90 + Chef Tom Coohill summer residence at the Chefs Club (Closed)
  • Big Munchies opens in the Popcorn Wagon.
  • Tatanka Western Bistro opened in the former Ute City Restaurant space on Aspen’s restaurant row.
  • Francesca’s Pasta Market & Empanadas is operating at the AABC
  • Oni Aspen opened in shared space of Scarlett’s

Opened Spring 2019

  • Union Kitchen Meat & Fish opens in Willits. (Closed Fall 2019)
  • 450 Teppanyaki & Sushi opens in Carbondale.
  • The Whole Empanada opens in Basalt.

Opened Winter 2018/19

  • The Crepe Shack opened in Snowmass Base Village.
  • Betula serves French & Pan American cuisine in the former bb’s space.
  • The Limelight Lounge debuted in Snowmass at the new Limelight Hotel.
  • The Tipsy Trout opened in the Riverside Grill location in Basalt.
  • Scarlett’s opened in the former Aspen Kitchen space.
  • Sweet Coloradough opens a location in Snowmass Base Village.
  • The Village Tavern opens in Snowmass Center
  • Grub Thai opened in the former Rocky Mt. Chocolate space in Snowmass.

Opened Fall 2018

  • CC’s Cafe opened in Basalt’s old Saxy’s Cafe space.
  • Starbucks rises again in Aspen on the mall in the Rocky Mt. Chocolate’s vacated space.
  • Casa Tequila’s Mexican Restaurant opened an El Jebel location in the former Downvalley Tavern space.
  • Franck Thirion Cafe now run by it’s former chef as French Pastry Cafe & More.

Coming Soon!

  • Almresi plans to open in the Dancing Bear as a traditional European Alpine style restaurant.
  • The Gandy Dancer plans to open in historic downtown Glenwood Springs.
  • Zane’s Tavern will open a location in Willits

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Where to Eat in Aspen

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The Food & Wine Classic in Aspen is at the top of every gourmand’s to-do list. But even if you’re not in town during the annual summer extravaganza, Aspen provides plenty for every palate, year-round. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find a town of similar size that can compete with the abundance of flavors showcased here—more than 80 Aspen restaurants and bars serving everything from Spanish to sushi; charcuterie to Chinese; craft beer to mezcal.

If you can eat or drink it, Aspen will plate or pour it. How should you make the most out of every meal? Consider these fantastic Aspen food options, sorted by time of day.

Breakfast restaurants

Poppycock’s

A local staple steps from the gondola, Poppycock’s slings one of the best breakfasts in Aspen all day—and possibly the heartiest. Specialties include an oversized breakfast burrito, made with homemade pork chili verde, and a decadent macadamia nut pancake griddled with the eatery’s own oatmeal batter.

665 E Cooper Ave, 970-925-1245

Mawa’s Kitchen Aspen

This French-inspired Aspen bistro excels at croissants, croque madames and poached eggs under hollandaise sauce. Mawa’s Benedict riffs on the classic, propping a series of proteins or vegetables atop a perfectly crisped latke base. And don’t snooze on the smoked salmon.

305 Aspen Airport Business Ctr, Suite F, 970-710-7096

Shlomo’s Deli and Grill

Shlomo’s repositions the classic Jewish deli from metropolis to mountain. Top dishes at the local Aspen favorite include Challah French Toast, white fish on a bagel, and matzo ball soup—all are dependably delicious. But you can also explore lesser known Mediterranean delicacies, too, including the wonderful shakshuka—poached eggs in a skillet under a sauce of tomato and spices.

501 E Dean St, 970-315-4055

Coffee Shops and cafés

Local Coffee House

Living up to its name, Local works exclusively with Rocky Mountain-based coffee roasters. The cozy café also promotes fair trade and sustainability on a menu that never goes north of $10 per item. You want matcha, rooibos, or turmeric in that latte, instead? Not a problem. Dairy free? A total of five cow milk substitutes are available.

614 E Cooper Ave, 970-429-4026

Paradise Bakery & Cafe

Paradise has been Aspen’s source for fresh confection for over 40 years. But their oft-overlooked hot beverages are equally praiseworthy. Espresso and chai latte are standouts, as is the house coffee—a blend of light and dark roast, well-balanced and brewed throughout the day.

320 S Galena St, 970-925-7585

Lunch restaurants

HOPS Culture

When you’re craving lunch in Aspen, this gastropub is certain to satisfy. In addition to gourmet-ified pub grub (nachos topped in wild boar, mac n’ cheese studded with applewood-smoked bacon, the sandwiches here are quite possibly the best in town. Nashvill- style hot chicken on brioche and a Cubano with braised pork and gruyère are just two of many can’t-miss menu items.

414 E Hyman Ave, 970-925-4677

Meat & Cheese

Part-restaurant, part-delicatessen, Meat & Cheese is more than its name implies. At lunchtime elaborate sandwiches are served on house-made ciabatta. But the soups and salads are equally significant. A cup of Thai coconut or a plate of arugula, snow peas, and black-eyed peas are savory ways to keep things light and easy mid-day.

319 E Hopkins Ave, 970-710-7120

White House Tavern

Take a bite out of the Honor Burger, ground in-house under melted white cheddar. Many locals consider this to be Aspen’s best burger. But if fried chicken is more to your liking, you won’t be disappointed at this American-themed eatery built out into a refurbished 19th-century miner’s cottage.

302 E Hopkins Ave, 970-925-1007

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Après ski

Chair 9 at The Little Nell

Aspen Mountain holds 8 chairlifts. This legendary lounge counts itself as the 9th. And for most folks that ski here, Chair 9 is as indispensable an experience as any you’ll find on the slopes. Open from early December thru early April, it’s something of a scene. The venue offers daily DJs, ‘private chair’ bottle service, and a bevy of cocktails, wines, and craft beer to unwind in fashion.

675 E Durant Ave, 970-920-6330

Mountain Social at The St. Regis Aspen Resort

For a more formal après engagement, pull up a stool at Mountain Social. The backbar features a collection of top shelf spirits placed in front of a stunning, hand-painted mural. It evokes the Native American mythos of the Aspen Tree, setting a tone of wonder. Next to the bar, a jazz duo performs nightly while a roaring fire welcomes skiers in from the wild.

315 E Dean Street , 970-920-3300

Dinner restaurants

French Alpine Bistro

A rustic, dimly-lit dining den offering French fare with a side of Swiss charm. Roasted chicken under mushroom cream, escargots in brioche, seared foie gras, all sensibly paired along elegant wines in a cozy setting.

400 E Hopkins Ave, 970-925-1566

Steak House No. 316

Aspen steakhouses aren’t many. But what they lack in number they make up for in stature. This one tops the list. Prime cuts of beef, seared simply, and served alongside emboldened wines. Choose from eight options in the “butcher shop” section of menu and pair any of it with a hearty array of sides —like miso-glazed shishito peppers, or wild mushroom risotto.

316 E Hopkins Ave, 970-920-1893

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Matsuhisa

The best restaurant in Aspen? That’s a contentious subject, of course. But it’s hardly a question for the elated diners walking out of this basement sushi den. The well-trained staff have mastered their eponymous mentor’s classic nikkei offerings: mixed seafood ceviche, miso-glazed cod. Slices of salmon and fatty tuna that defy reason, delivering fresh ocean flavors in the middle of the mountains.

303 E Main St, 303-362-4678

element 47: Fine dining at the little nell

Element 47 is Aspen’s finest spot to wine, dine and unwind. Tucked inside The Little Nell, element 47 serves Colorado Contemporary cuisine emphasizing local wagyu beef, house-made pastas and seasonal produce. The dining experience is complemented by the hotel’s award-winning wine program and genuine hospitality. The name element 47 pays tribute to silver, the precious metal that first put Aspen on the map.

Award-Winning Culinary Excellence

Serving breakfast, lunch, après and dinner, seven days a week. Our team of culinary and wine professionalsis one very good reason our hotel has enjoyed the rare Five-Star, Five-Diamond ranking for so long. In 2015, element 47 received its first Five-Star Restaurant Award, the only one among Aspen restaurants. We are pleased to accommodate diners with any food allergies, intolerances, and dietary restrictions. You’ll find the ambiance – ceiling-height glass cases with some of our rarest wines, original artwork by Michelle Grabner, Cameron Martin, Angel Otero, Scott Reeder, Philip Vanderhyden, José Lerma – as fine as the dining. See this season’s menu.

Redefining Fine Dining

Whether you ski in for lunch, drop in at the bar for a more casual rendezvous, or join us for the most special of occasions and private events, you’ll be greeted with warmth, not formality, There is no dress code – “Aspen casual” is ideal attire.
Hungry for more? Explore all The Little Nell’s dining options.

A New Way to Experience Wine

Enjoy a private cellar tasting, catered to your every need and hosted by one of our sommeliers. For a more elevated experience, reserve a private cellar dinner with a customized menu and hand-selected wine pairings, including a consultation with our Wine Director and Executive Chef. Please contact element 47 for details.

ELEMENT 47 GIFT CARDS

Gift cards for wining and dining at element 47 and the bar are available in any denomination. Learn more about The Little Nell Gift Cards.

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