The Market is one of the places in Denver, where you can stop in anytime of day and settle right in. If you go often enough you see the regulars, you will see tourists, business people, neighborhood people and people like me. We aren’t the regulars, but we have been going there for so many years, we stop in for the coffee, the food, the energy and the people watching.
It is definitely a place where you can sit by yourself and not feel uncomfortable. There are always great people watching opportunities whether you are inside or on the patio.
If you find yourself downtown without a laptop/ipad/nook, or a book, and you have read everying on your phone (not that that could every happen) know that at the front of the store the coffee bar is filled with papers and there are usually a few magazines hanging around. There have been times that I sat with a cup of coffee and just watched what was happening on the sidewalk and on the street. One lazy Saturday morning I remember sitting there for hours. I took my laptop and thought I’d do a little writing, have coffee and a muffin, but I never opened the computer. I watched several people try to parallel park (always a funny site), I checked out the Harley men and women come-eat-go, the dogs who hurriedly walked their people down the sidewalk trying to get to grass as quickly as possible, and then there were a few families, the mom’s and dad’s walking out with giant coffees and little one’s with giant cookies in hand.
If you think I sat there and just watched you would be mistaken, of course, I almost always strike up a conversation. But if talking isn’t your thing, don’t worry, people like me won’t always chat your heads off. We can usually tell that you don’t want to talk, sometimes it’s the headphones you are wearing, other times it’s the conversation you are having on the phone. I have met several people here who I still keep in touch with and have run into them here many times later.
This is definitely one of my favorite places in Denver, it is a fabulous place to take a break and re-energize.