Denver's Best Neighborhood - Capitol Hill!

Check out some of our favorite spots around Capitol Hill, all within walking distance of the hostel!

Ember Hostel is situated right in the heart of Capitol Hill, and as the densest neighborhood in Denver, there’s almost always something to do. Whether you’re into food, art, or are just looking to explore, we’ve got you covered.

For the Artsy Type


Denver Art Museum

15 min walk

Gorgeous both inside and out, the Denver Art Museum is one of the largest art museums between the west coast and Chicago. It’s a must-visit for art enthusiasts visiting the Denver area, and with a cool $10 admission for students ($13 otherwise), you can’t go wrong.

Capitol Hill Books

10-15 min walk

Capitol Hill Books is the cutest local business with the most random assortment of books you’ll probably ever find under one roof. And that’s the beauty of it. Stop in to browse their hodgepodge of genres and pick up a postcard or two to send to your family back home.

Pro tip: Walk all the way to the back left corner of the shop to find their clearance section of $1 books! You might just discover your new favorite book. You never know!

Public Murals & Street Art Around the City


While the RiNo Art District is the most widely known spot for public art in Denver, the entire city is filled with colorful murals and graffiti at what seems like just about every corner. Checking out the public art scene in the Capitol Hill neighborhood is a fun (and free!) way to explore the city and snap some cute pictures that are sure to get you ALL the likes on Instagram.

For the History Buff

Colorado State Capitol Building

15 min walk

If you don’t do anything else in the Capitol Hill neighborhood during your time in the city, definitely visit the Colorado State Capitol Building to check out the famous “Mile High Steps.” The 15th step up from the ground is exactly one mile above sea level (hence Denver’s nickname “The Mile High City”). Be sure to take a free tour, every weekday on the hour between 10 am and 3 pm. It’s the only way to make it to the top of the dome which offers a 360 degree view of the city skyline and Rocky Mountains.

History Colorado Center

15 min walk

With rotating exhibits and special events of all kinds, there’s always something going on at the Colorado History Center. Kick around for a few hours or spend the entire day learning about some of the history and culture that shaped the state of Colorado into what it is today. It’s also only $10 for students ($14 regularly)! Be sure to check out their summer Happy Hours where they partner with local breweries to provide yummy tastings along with history!

The Mint

15 min walk

The Denver Mint is a branch of the United States Mint that struck its first coins on February 1, 1906. The mint is still operating and producing coins for circulation, as well as mint sets and commemorative coins. Coins produced at the Denver Mint bear a D mint mark. In order to take a tour, you have to visit the tour desk as soon as they open to secure one of the limited spots.

For the Hungry

Tom’s Diner

15 min walk

Tom’s Diner is a super chill, hole in the wall type of diner that gives off major retro-y vibes. They’re cheap (we’re talking an entire breakfast spread for $8), and they’re open 24 hours a day for all of your early morning breakfast or late night drunk food needs. Be sure to try the “crunchy” french toast that’s coated in a mixture of cornflakes and a hint of cinnamon!

City O’ City

10 min walk

Plant based but you’ll never know it! Try the Chik’n and Waffles. It’s a hopping spot no matter breakfast, lunch or dinner. They have a bar, coffee bar and also offer vegan desserts. They serve food from 7 am until 2 am. You are going to hear us recommend this place a lot!!


10 min walk

A local breakfast spot complete with fresh, handmade donut holes (get the flight and try them all), coffee bar and traditional American breakfast fare. The space is uniquely decorated with vintage cereal boxes and other 80’s nostalgia. Did we mention Funfetti Pancakes?!

Broadway Market

10 min walk

Denver loves it’s food halls. This new addition to Capitol Hill includes six different food vendors to satisfy anyone’s hunger. The market offers a posh gathering space and a self-serve beer wall. That’s right - self serve beer! To round out the fun, the market also boasts an old school arcade with a couple of skee ball machines, a Ms. Pac Man serving up classic arcade games and they even have a Pong machine!

Far too many amazing restaurants to list…also check out our Is Denver Vegan Friendly musing for more food options. Our concierge area is also stacked with suggestions for Brunch, Food Trucks and Happy Hours. And of course, our staff love giving their own recommendations, so just ask!


For the Tourist type

Mile High Green Cross Dispensary

5 min walk (or less!)

If you visited Colorado but didn’t go to a dispensary, did you really go to Colorado? Especially if you’re not from the area, be sure to take full advantage of the 420-friendly laws here. Just be sure to enjoy responsibly! Also, check out our 420 in Denver musing for more information on cannabis tourism.

16th Street Mall

Free Mall Ride from Civic Center Station

While the 16th Street Mall isn’t technically in the capitol hill neighborhood, it’s very easily accessible via the Free Mall Ride that runs every few minutes from Civic Center Station, which is just across the street from the Capitol building (and a 15-ish minute walk from the hostel). Hop on and off as you please while you cruise down 16th street and enjoy all of the touristy shopping, restaurants, bars, and attractions.

Molly Brown House Museum

10 min walk

The self proclaimed “daughter of adventure”, Molly Brown made her home in Denver in the late 1890’s and continued to defy convention with her philanthropy and community service. She became known as the Unsinkable Mrs. Brown, when she famously survived the sinking of the Titanic. Tours of her Denver home are available Tues-Sun. If you don’t want to join the tour, at least walk by, the exterior of the historical home is gregarious and stunning - alot like Molly, they say.

Free Tours

10 min walk

Check out these other free tours, most within walking distance of the hostel. You’ll need to take a car to Hammond’s Candy Factory - but that’s totally worth it!

After you’re done exploring all that Capitol Hill has to offer, head back to the hostel to hang out in our 12-person hot tub, roast s’mores by the fire, and meet some awesome fellow travelers. Have fun out there!

Andy Ward