Mind-melting baked goods, lavender lemonade, and a wealth of satisfying sandwiches are dished out daily at these two family-run cafés.“Cookie happy hour.” It's an enchanting idea and just one of the many temptations on offer at La Belle Rosette's two Denver locations. In addition to rewarding you with a free sweet for buying pretty much anything between 3:00 p.m. and closing time, the café boasts a range of dangerously delectable baked goods, which they make from scratch (including options for the gluten-free set). Of particular menace is the diablo brownie, whose creeks of gooey caramel run ashore against banks of soft chocolate chips. Schedule your time in the confessional now because this is some seriously sinful indulgence. ¡El diablo!
In addition to satisfying your sweet tooth, La Belle Rosette will slake your thirst with a huge selection of loose leaf teas, coffee drinks and fresh smoothies. Their secret weapon is the herbaceous infused lemonade, which is a crisp, refreshing choice even in winter. For those savory moods, their menu presents over twenty sandwich and panini options, as well as their hit breakfast burritos. The DU location grills their sammies on scrumptious focaccia while their original South Pearl Street spot pairs cozy, European café-style indoor seating with a spacious open-air back patio. Both are run by the Gilsdorf family, who clearly deserve a special award for inventing our new favorite breed of happy hour.
Two-egg Breakfast Panini, $6.99
Breakfast Burrito, $2.99
Turkey Tango Sandwich, $7.99
Diablo Brownie (chocolate and caramel), $2.49
Hours: Mon. - Fri., 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sat., 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sun., 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.