There’s the art of a leisurely brunch in Aspen, and then there’s the necessity to fuel up before an activity-filled day. Here are the stops to keep you going all day long.
1 Peach's Corner Cafe
As the name implies, this ideally located cafe has striking views of Aspen Mountain and great people-watching of the Saturday market during the summer. But, if power breakfast is what you're after, that's what you'll get; their quinoa, fresh veggies and egg bowl packs a punch. For something more sinful, scan the deli case for dozens of pastry options, including a "kitchen sink" muffin and chocolate chip scones.
2 Jour de Fete
Since 1988, this Aspen hangout has been serving delicious breakfast and lunch, made fresh daily. Croissants are clearly king here, but the omelettes, bagel menu and grab-and-go burritos are quite a popular option too. If you're not in a hurry, linger over an Americano and espresso and take in the local crowd.
3 Victoria's Espresso & Wine
Australian-owned Victoria's does "brekkie" in these parts. That translates to traditional breakfasts like three-egg omelettes, lox scrambles and wraps, but when in Rome, adventurous eaters will try the Vegemite on toast or sausage roll, which is fresh-cooked vea, beef, pork or buffalo. Fine espresso and specialty coffees make it a complete morning meal.
On the Snowmass Village Mall, you'll find coffee house which aims to help people start their day. Options such as the bagel with spicy chickpea spread, spinach and tomato or the southwestern breakfast burrito put a little pep in that step. And if that doesn't work, drinks like the tres leches latte or the Mexican mocha will.
5 Honeybee Juice Bar
This juice stand doesn't open until 10 a.m., but that's because proprietor Kate Linehan has to prepare that day's fresh-pressed cold drinks. Don't expect a lot of fluff with these beverages, they're 100 percent pressed from ingredients like cucumber, celery, ginger and kale. Liver Love and Skin Glow are two popular choices, and patrons swear their loyalty to this juice stand to jumpstart their day.