Fresh Exchange, I have to be honest, is the one place in Union Station that I’m not really excited about. It’s an average sandwich shop. I get that they want a range of offerings in the station, it shouldn’t all be “high end”, that makes sense. And I get that they want non-chain places. But the other “basic” offerings – the burger place, the coffee shop, the ice cream parlor, all have something a little bit special and cool about them. To me this doesn’t, sorry :(. But if you want a quick sandwich in Union Station, you can get it here!
Many Denverites probably know Snooze, who have been serving great breakfasts in a fun environment in the Ballpark neighborhood since 2006. They’ve expanded to six locations in Colorado, and three outside, with Union Station being their latest one. You should plan on a wait, but they will text you when your table is ready, so check in as soon as you get there and plan on exploring the area while you wait.
I love the Kitchen Next Door “Community Pub” for its down to earth atmosphere and reasonable prices for gourmet comfort food. It’s part of The Kitchen family of restaurants started in Boulder by well known entrepreneur Kimball Musk. Its fancier cousin The Kitchen is just two blocks away up 16th Street, and is also well worth a visit.
The Terminal Bar is one of my favorite spots in the station, there are lots of well done aspects to it. The huge eye-catching sign in the Great Hall is one of the first things you will notice when you walk into the station. They serve 30 different beers from Colorado, which you can drink in the bar area, inside or outside, or in the Great Hall.
Pigtrain Coffee serves great coffee from local company Novo, as well as delicious pastries from Babette’s bakery, based in the Source market nearby. They take advantage of the building’s liquor license to offer a few alcoholic coffee drinks too! They also have outdoor seating overlooking the fountains.
The Milkbox Ice Creamery serves sixteen flavors of ice cream daily, made locally by Little Man Ice Cream in Highlands. They do shakes, malts, sundaes, cones and cups. It’s a great option for dessert after dining elsewhere in the neighborhood, and you can sit and eat them in the great hall. Or of course you can just take them with you, or sit outside. They also take advantage of the building’s liquor license to offer some alcoholic shakes!