Summer in Denver by Catherine Shyu in Denver, Colorado, USA

The stunning skies of Colorado are the perfect backdrop to the summer outdoor exploring that the culture inspires. From mountain hikes to rooftop bars to morning lattes, the people of Denver never miss a chance to seize the day. This is one of the only places where you can go from the crowded city into the quiet wilderness within half an hour. The city is so grand and vast that one can experience things with others around but still retain an intimate relationship with their favorite places.

Name:Catherine Shyu



Learning everything about coffee brewing methods on the road towards someday roasting my own beans.

Tell us about the place you live:

Mile-Highers pursue a meaningful life. The city is quickly becoming a haven for the clean energy industry, local musicians, fitness gurus, foodies, artisan beer brewers and more. With majestic mountains rising in the distance, cinematic sunsets and a wide variety of outdoor activities, Denver is a place for the passionate to achieve excellence in their craft.

A perfect day?

A perfect day would be a latte and a good book at Crema in Five Points, a stroll down South Broadway stopping for a salted butterscotch cone at Sweet Action, taking an afternoon nap next to the Platt River at Confluence Park, followed by drinking some of your neighbors’ home-brewed beers at Jazz in the Park.

What is the best thing about your spot?

Access to nature, snowfall that melts within 2 days, local beer and entrepreneurial-minded people.

What is the worst?

The lack of good Asian food. I moved here from San Francisco, where I was spoiled with some of the best food in America across ethnicities.

What would be surprising about this place to an outsider?

How entrepreneurial everyone is. The guy who walked past you just now roasts his own coffee. That woman at the bus stop owns her own clothing line. Your neighbors are brewing their own beer and just opened a bar over in Five Points. Everyone has a passion that they pursue.

Before I die I want to visit:

Iceland. People say the landscape there is like being on another planet.

Who are three of your favorite artists?

Walt Whitman is my favorite writer, Kanye West is my favorite misunderstood musician, and Salvador Dali is still by far my favorite artist.


Name:Catherine Shyu


Favorite place to eat:

US Thai over in Edgewater. I’m a sucker for a good pad kee mao.

Favorite place to drink:

Happy Coffee on South Broadway. They brew Four Barrel coffee!

Favorite shop:

Sprouts – organic and healthy grocery shopping.

Local Tip:

RiNo (short for River North) is an up-and-coming neighborhood – spend a day there visiting small art galleries, grabbing a coffee at Crema, a cocktail at Mile High Spirits and a beer at Our Mutual Friend.

Must Do:

Spend a day hiking in the mountains. There are some good hikes in Golden, CO (30 min away) as well as the Flatirons in Boulder (1 hr away). It’s the perfect way to gain an appreciation for Denver’s natural beauty.