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Things to do in Aspen

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Rock Club
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“Belly up, Aspen is the home to many a find band coming through. From Dave Mason to the hottest new DJ’s, their is always someone playing at the Belly Up.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Aspen stores strongly encourage recyclable bags. The unit is stocked with such bags (at front door), and most bags include City Market discount cards attached to the strap.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Beautifully designed Museum with perfect Lunch Spot or Tea/Coffee on the light filled top level with views of Ajax”
  • 27 locals recommend
Office
“We go to Aspen/Snowmass every January for Aspen Gay Ski Week. AJAX (Aspen Mountain) for blue and black runs, Highlights for blue and green, Buttermilk especially for boarders. Best Cafe: The White House”
  • 25 locals recommend
Bar
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“Sister restaurant to the famous Nobu. Beware this place is always busy. My favorite is the crispy spicy tuna roll. But everything is great.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Pharmacy
“This store has everything you could possibly need and more! Upstairs has craft supplies, toys/games, costumes, souvenirs and more. Makeup, toiletries, pharmacy, snacks,magazines and liquor stores on main level.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“You always need a backup plan (Meat & Cheese and Tatanka are right next door), as the wait can be obnoxious. But the chicken sandwich is the best! Small menu that is the same for lunch and dinner. French dip is also really popular.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
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“this is the old opera house in Aspen and is stunning acoustically, for it's beauty and charm, elegance from a bygone era and amazing quality entertainment. Check out what is playing during your stay, it's always good, worthwhile with a full bar, centrally located in Aspen, just a must if you like live entertainment, theatre, comedy, movies.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Bakery
“Live music outside in the summer! and here is an insiders tip - after 12:30 they put there $6 pastries (and my fav egg quiches) on sale for 1.40 ea.. stock up!”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bar
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“Lively upscale but casual with a great bar and sometimes salsa and tango dancing. Jimmy the proprietor keeps a selection of tequila which will blow your mind and always stunning food. It's been around for a very long time and it's always reliably excellent! ”
  • 13 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“High end, special night out. I prefer sitting at the bar if you have 2 to 3 people in your group. French food, but also have amazing pasta. The bar later in the night is a definite scene”
  • 16 locals recommend
Ski Area
“Of the four mountains, Aspen Highlands avoids the spotlight, which is perfectly fine with the locals and in-the-know skiers and riders who tackle its uncrowded slopes. Hike the ridge to Highland Bowl for the sweetest run of your life, or simply cruise along the mid-mountain groomers off the Cloud Nine chairlift. Views over the valley to the snow-covered Maroon Bells constantly will remind you: this is Colorado at its best.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Bar
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“Housemade pasta, an extensive wine list & patio seating draw crowds to this warm Italian restaurant. Sit at the bar and eat the same menu for a more affordable option.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“It's one of the last old school Aspen restaurants and has amazing barbeque and greasy spoon breakfasts. It's been known and visited since it opened way back in the 60's (I think)”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Good coffee and casual breakfast and lunch food. Located close to base of mountain”
  • 13 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“In addition to a great place when you're craving steak, I love the decor and vibe of the intimate dining room. Lulu's Kale Salad is a personal favorite. ”
  • 11 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Sister restaurant to the famous Nobu. Beware this place is always busy. My favorite is the crispy spicy tuna roll. But everything is great.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Restaurant
“You always need a backup plan (Meat & Cheese and Tatanka are right next door), as the wait can be obnoxious. But the chicken sandwich is the best! Small menu that is the same for lunch and dinner. French dip is also really popular.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Bakery
“Live music outside in the summer! and here is an insiders tip - after 12:30 they put there $6 pastries (and my fav egg quiches) on sale for 1.40 ea.. stock up!”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bar
“Lively upscale but casual with a great bar and sometimes salsa and tango dancing. Jimmy the proprietor keeps a selection of tequila which will blow your mind and always stunning food. It's been around for a very long time and it's always reliably excellent! ”
  • 13 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“High end, special night out. I prefer sitting at the bar if you have 2 to 3 people in your group. French food, but also have amazing pasta. The bar later in the night is a definite scene”
  • 16 locals recommend
Bar
“Housemade pasta, an extensive wine list & patio seating draw crowds to this warm Italian restaurant. Sit at the bar and eat the same menu for a more affordable option.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Bakery
“Good coffee and casual breakfast and lunch food. Located close to base of mountain”
  • 13 locals recommend
Restaurant
“In addition to a great place when you're craving steak, I love the decor and vibe of the intimate dining room. Lulu's Kale Salad is a personal favorite. ”
  • 11 locals recommend

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