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Dining in Aspen



Aspen: A Foodie’s Dream Come True

ASPEN, Colo. (Jan. 2019) – With more than 80 eateries in downtown Aspen alone, every block of our town brings old favorites together with fresh menus and new talent to provide enough culinary options to please any palate. And if that doesn’t whet the taste buds, any of the city’s lounges, bars, specialty wine shops, and clubs most certainly will, almost all offering beautiful al fresco dining in summer months.

New Plates: Here’s what’s currently new in the dining scene:

  • NEW. The co-owners of the restaurant Bonito in St. Barth recently opened a new restaurant called Betula in downtown Aspen this winter. The restaurant blends French and Pan American cuisine. (525 E. Cooper Ave.)
  • NEW. Scarlett’s recently opened in downtown Aspen serving brunch, lunch and dinner. The menu includes options such as avocado toast, quinoa and poke bowls, burgers and more. The new restaurant’s outdoor patio boasts great views of Aspen Mountain and is enclosed with plants for a “living wall” concept. (515 E. Hopkins Ave.)
  • NEW. The Winter Market, located inside Grey Lady Aspen’s heated outdoor tent, is open every Saturday throughout the winter season with rotating vendors, many of whom are participants in the summer Aspen Saturday Market. New this year, The Biscuit Food Truck, a popular midvalley eatery, will serve biscuits during the Winter Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the winter season only. In summer, visitors can enjoy the Aspen Saturday Market from mid-June through mid-October every Saturday in downtown Aspen from 8:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. The Aspen Saturday Market offers Colorado grown fruits, vegetables, breads, meats, james, as well as a food court for lunch.
  • NEW. Eleven Madison Park recently opened a pop up restaurant, EMP Park Winter House, over the winter season in Aspen in partnership with American Express. The restaurant space, located within the St. Regis Aspen, includes indoor and outdoor seating. The outdoor space features a yurt village with eight private-dining heated yurts as well as an outdoor seating area for après-ski. The pop up will remain in the space through April.  (315 E. Dean St.)
  • NEW. Hao House: Far East Street Food is located in the Bodega space on the Mill Street pedestrian this winter as a pop-up restaurant. The new concept from chefs David Wang and Kiyong Kim includes a menu with a rotating set of shareable items inspired by Taiwan, Korea, and Japan. The restaurant is open during après hours and dinner. (307 S. Mill St.)
  • NEW. A new supper-club called 7908 opened in downtown Aspen this July. Guests can enjoy fine dining along with live music and entertainment nightly. (415 E. Hyman Ave.)
  • NEW.The Cottage is the newest addition to Rustique Bistro and The Cooking School of Aspen. The new 700-square-foot event space is available to rent for private parties, dinners, cooking or product demos, pop-up stores, art shows, and more. (305 E. Hopkins Ave.)

Plant-Based Menus

  • Spring Café offers a full organic food and juice bar. Aspen’s first all organic eatery serves breakfast and lunch offering salads, hearty vegetarian sandwiches, soups and baked goods.  (632 E. Hopkins Ave., 970.429.8406)
  • Pyramid Bistro, located in Explore Booksellers, leads Aspen’s “nutritarian” movement with its nutrient-rich menu, presenting dishes to fit vegetarian, vegan, macrobiotic, raw-food and gluten-free diets – even the wines are bio-dynamic, organic and sustainably produced. Owner Martin Oswald led Aspen’s adoption of Meatless Mondays, making it the first city to join the national campaign. (221 E. Main St., 970.925.5338)

Go Euro: From Italian to French Bistro, International Cuisine Meets the Rockies

  • L’Hostaria brings authentic Italian fare and ambience to the heart of the Rocky Mountains. It offers an extensive list of light appetizers, carpaccios, homemade pastas and sumptuous main dishes. (620 East Hyman Ave., 970.925.9022)
  • Cache Cache confidently blends Aspen style with classic French country fare. Owned by longtime Aspenites Jodi Larner and Chef Chris Lanter, Cache Cache’s dining room is typically populated by Aspen’s chic locals and jet-setting visitors, but the divine cuisine is unpretentious, modern and deeply satisfying. (205 South Mill St., 970.925.3835)

Not Grandma-Style American Cookin’

  • Pine Creek Cookhouse. Located 12 miles outside of Aspen at the base of the Elk Mountain Range, the Pine Creek Cookhouse provides a gourmet dining experience in an authentic mountain atmosphere, complete with log cabin and wilderness surroundings. It is best known for creatively prepared, naturally raised game specialties. (11399 Castle Creek Rd., 970.925.1044)
  • Jimmy’s American Restaurant & Bar. With a sophisticated, “everybody knows your name” atmosphere and a traditional yet upscale American surf-and-turf menu, Jimmy’s is a consistent crowd pleaser. The restaurant also features more than 70 varieties of tequila and mezcal and a lively bar scene. (205 S. Mill St., 970.925.6020)
  • Woody Creek Tavern. This home-cooked hideaway in Woody Creek serves up steaks, burgers, Mexican food, and mixes a mean margarita.  (2858 Woody Creek Rd., 970.923.4585)

From the Sea

  • Austin-based eatery Clark’s Oyster Bar expanded with a new location in Aspen in June 2018.  Clark’s serves up seafood dishes, burgers, and a daily selection of fresh oysters. (517 E. Hyman Ave.)
  • Matsuhisa serves up mouthwatering sushi and Japanese dishes with fine wines and an extensive sake list. A member of the Nobu restaurant family, this establishment is always in demand. (303 E. Main St., 970.544.6628)
  • Kenichi. A place to see and be seen, this popular sushi den is constantly buzzing. Talented chefs bring global tastes to the extensive sushi menu. (533 E. Hopkins Ave., 970.920.2212)


On the Go

  • Big Wrap. There is always a hungry crowd at this wrap and smoothie shop. Homemade vegan soups and fresh tacos add to the diverse wrap menu and daily specials. (520 E. Durant Ave., 970.925.4977)
  • Victoria’s Espresso & Café is a local favorite with gourmet coffee, housemade breakfast specialties, lunch, après and dinner, including an extensive wine-by-the-glass selection. (510 E. Durant Ave., 970.920.3001)
  • Located in the shadow of Aspen Mountain, CP Burger is Aspen’s version of fast food with everything from kid-friendly burgers to spicy Chicano burgers to healthier Ahi Tuna burgers, kale salad, genuine milkshakes and all the fixings.  CP Burger also operates CP Putt Putt, a favorite for kids, and grownups can sip on wine or beer while the kids play. (433 E. Durant Ave., 970.975.3056)
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4th of July Parade Waiver


PARADE STARTING/STAGING: The parade will begin at 11:00am. Parade positioning is “first come, first serve” and line up begins no earlier than 10:00am. There is no entry fee and the parade is open to the public. All 5 lanes of Main Street, from Aspen Street to 2nd Street, will be closed to all traffic & designated for parade staging only. Power is not provided in staging area and remember generators do need gas.

PARADE ROUTE: The parade will start East on Main Street. It will turn South onto Hunter Street, then West onto Cooper Avenue. The parade will continue West on Cooper Avenue to Galena Street. At Galena it heads North for 2 blocks before turning West onto Hopkins Avenue. The parade will continue South on Mill then West on Hyman Avenue. Parade participants will be directed to disperse at Hyman and Monarch Street.  PARADE JUDGING: Parade judging will take place in front of the Hotel Jerome. Participants will be limited to 1 minute or less for any performances in front of the judges. Security will be onsite monitoring all entries to help prevent gaps in the parade route. Recognition will be awarded to the best entries in the following categories: 

Most Patriotic | Most Humorous | Best Animal | Best Music | Most Outrageous | Best Children’s  


  • Consumption of alcohol is prohibited during the parade.
  • Candy, favors, etc. should not be thrown from your float/vehicle during the parade. This is for the safety of the spectators and to prevent children from running out into the street. 
  • Water balloons will not be permitted. According to city ordinances, those caught throwing balloons will be removed from the parade and could face citations and/or arrests. 
  • All parade entries must be in “good taste” and will be allowed in the parade per the director’s discretion. 
  • Maximum height restriction for any float entry is 13’5”.


The undersigned organization has elected to participate in the Fourth of July parade sponsored by the City of Aspen and Aspen Chamber Resort Association (“ACRA”). In consideration for City of Aspen and ACRA allowing the undersigned to participate in the festivities, the undersigned has read, understood, and willingly agreed to the terms of this INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT (collectively referred to herein as “RELEASE”).


                                    Participants are required to carry insurance adequate to cover any liability for damage, injury, economic loss, or other liability that may be incurred by individuals and/or organizations during the Fourth of July parade. All participants agree to carry such insurance, and also agree not to submit any claim against the insurance of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, or anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade.


                                         The undersigned understands the potential dangers that could be encountered in participating in the Fourth of July parade. The dangers include, among other things, dangers relating to vehicular and pedestrian traffic; crowds of persons in close proximity to such traffic; animals that may react unpredictably in a parade environment; celebration and recreational activities; loud and unexpected noise; items that may be thrown to and from the crowd in connection with the parade; and other dangers traditionally associated with parades.  Understanding those risks, the undersigned for itself and for all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade with the undersigned, does hereby agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and release City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade from any and all liability, claims, demands, actions, or rights of action (including attorneys’ fees and costs) that are related to or are in any way connected with the undersigned’s participation in the parade. By signing this RELEASE, the undersigned intends to extinguish any and all liability and to indemnify against any loss on the part of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade for any injury or damage of any nature (without regard to negligence or fault) to the undersigned and to all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

                                      The undersigned warrants and represents that it will not invite or allow any person to participate in the parade unless such person is bound to the terms of this RELEASE. To that end, the undersigned agrees that it shall take any steps necessary to secure agreement of such persons to the terms of this RELEASE, and that it shall be deemed a responsible person within the meaning of C.R.S. § 13-22-107 and § 19-1103(94) for all children who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.


   I am the official representative of the undersigned organization. On behalf of the organization, I acknowledge our responsibilities as set forth above. I also accept on behalf of the organization all of the terms and conditions of this



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