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Why It’s Amazing: Even if you didn’t know that this stylish, light-filled spot on Old South Pearl was once a photographer’s studio, you might guess by a glance at the framed prints on the walls. The remnants of an old airplane gracing the spacious backyard patio may come as a bit more of a surprise, vs. proper cortados, macchiatos and mochas that are par for the course, paired with pastries from Trompeau Bakery.
Signature Drink: Mocha
Perfect Pairing: A legit French croissant
Know Before You Go: This place is always jam-packed, so swing by during off-hours if you can.
Booze-heavy patios aren’t the only outdoor alternatives. Consider Steam Espresso Bar, a near-perfect coffee shop with a sprawling, inviting patio as well as a “back yard” that feels more like a scene out of The Secret Garden than a place to step out and take phone calls.
After months of careful renovation, Steam opened this past April on South Pearl, one of the beautiful, tree-lined streets of Platt Park. From the start, it’s attracted families and designer types alike. From 7 a.m. to 4 p.m daily, the suspender-clad baristas will pour you a cup to enjoy out on the patio, at the wraparound indoor/outdoor coffee bar, or at one of the well-appointed reclaimed tables. If you decide to settle outside, even on days like today when the sky threatens to break open over your head, you can take over a table or find a comfortable spot under an aspen tree in the back yard.
And did we mention the patio comes with its very own aviation relic? The last owner of the property left a mint condition Beechcraft jet part, and it still resides where it was left.
Steam serves up Boxcar coffee (prepare to geek out over the pouring technique), along with pastries from the coveted Trompeau Bakery, including raspberry jam-stuffed croissants and almond cake.
So if beans are more your speed than beer, head over to Platt Park and get your fill of outdoor coffee culture.
The restaurant of the week used to be an old photography studio, and has been transformed into Steam Espresso Bar in Denver.
It’s the hot new coffee hangout located on Pearl Street. Move over Starbucks, this coffee spot is on a whole other level.
If you spend a lot of time in coffee shops and if you appreciate the art of a perfectly pulled shot, you will love Steam Espresso Bar. And I do mean love. The month-old spot, which took over an old photography studio on South Pearl Street, is a stunner. The sun-filled space pulls together a careful mix of the industrial (poured concrete and metal) and the reclaimed (wood and brick) for a breezy, arty effect. And the windows…sigh…they’re huge, they’re open, and they allow sunlight to flood the two rooms. Wait until you see the patio.
The shop serves Boulder-based Box Car Coffee Roasters (which just opened an outpost at TAXI) and Steam owners Hani and Zahi Yaafouri do the exquisite beans justice. Order a cortado—if only for the latte art that holds up to the very last sip.