The Absolute “Best” of Aspen 

In our humble opinion


Food + Drink

Breakfast

Best Sit-Down Breakfast:

Hotel Jerome 

Best On-Mountain Breakfast:

Bonnie’s

Best Breakfast Burrito:

Gorsuch Café or Jour du Fête. (P.S. Jour du Fête’s building is for sale. View listing here.)

Seafood Tower at Monarch Steakhouse

Seafood Tower at Monarch Steakhouse

Lunch

Best Power Lunch:

SO Café at the Aspen Art Museum 

Best On-Mountain Lunch:

The noon seating at Cloud 9  

Best “Secret” Lunch Spot:

Pyramid Bistro

Après

Best Snack After a Powder Day:

Best $10 Burger:

Clark’s Aspen (restaurant, not the grocery store.) From 3-5pm the burger is $10,

Dinner

Best Bar Menu:

L’Hostaria (Some argue it’s better than the regular menu.)

Best French:

Cache Cache 

Best Steak:

Steakhouse 316 

J Bar, circa 1890’ … Looks pretty much the same today.

J Bar, circa 1890’ … Looks pretty much the same today.

Best Japanese:

Matsuhisa (Honorable mention, Kenichi) 

Best “See and Be Seen”

City Market

Best Fondue by Candlelight:

Crêperie du Village

Best Meal Accessible by Sleigh Ride:

Pine Creek Cookhouse 

Cocktails

Best Historical Drinking:

J-Bar 

Best Cocktails:

Monarch 




 
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Activities

Best Place to Ponder Life:

John Denver Sanctuary 

Don’t Miss Charity Event:

The Buddy Bash (Summer) and Snow Polo (Winter)

Best Secret Powder Stash:

Tiehack (Shhhhh)

Best Workout:

Hiking the Bowl 

Best Tennis Courts:

Aspen Meadows

Cultural:

Best Book (History):

The Romance of Commerce and Culture: Capitalism, Modernism, and the Chicago-Aspen Crusade for Cultural Reform by James Sloan Allen

Best Book (Coffee Table):

Dick Durrance: The Man on the Medal  

Breakfast on Red Mountain, Aspen Extreme

Breakfast on Red Mountain, Aspen Extreme

Best Movie:

Aspen Extreme (1993)


Best Magazine Articles:

• Vanity Fair: For The Love of Aspen by Mark Seal

The History of Skiing in Aspen by Aspen Journalism