Location: Aurora/Stapleton, CO
Distance from Denver: 12miles (~20min) ♡ ♡ ♡
Where We Ate: Annette | Miette et Chocolat | Logan House Coffee
Parking Situation: Large, wraparound lot ♡ ♡ ♡
Parking Fee: N/A
We've heard a lot about Stanley Market when we both moved back to Colorado, but had never been (it opened while we were away). When we spent a rare Sunday apart (him: studying, me: catching up with friends), I thought where better than to grab brunch at Stanley Market!
The Marketplace was apparently built in an old aviation building - waaaayyy before we had DIA, we had Stanley. WUT?! Yes makes sense, but comparing the size of Stanley to the size of DIA is kind of mindboggling and humbling to see how our city has grown and become popular!
Stanley itself is a hodgepodge of store fronts and restaurants - think a modern mall in an industrial setting. The storeoweners we spoke with loved the lax rules of Stanley & the fact that small business owners could open here (whereas in a traditional mall the rent might have been much more expensive and thus they were priced out). One of the owners thought that concepts such as this would become the new normal for a "mall" - we are interested to see if this is true!
My friend and I started out our day brunching at Annette. It has raveee reviews online and for good reason! The food was out of this world amazing and something I felt like I could not replicate at home. Be sure to make reservations because we squeeked by with two seats at the bar. All of the tables were taken or reserved. I ordered the breakfast sandwich while my friend ordered the smoked trout rillette. We paid ~$16 each after tax and tip, which I felt was a tad excessive for ordering only one thing...but again the food was crazy good. Like literally, I have never had a better breakfast sandwich - it's ingredients are simple enough: romesco, aioli, sunny-side egg, arugula all on a house made English muffin. The flavors worked incredibly well together and the side of potatoes it was served with were perfectly crisp and seasoned. Definitely a flavor party in my mouth ♡ ♡ ♡
We then walked around the market itself. The stores are all boutiques and have really cute/unique things. It was a hodgepodge of stores and price ranges, which we liked. One of my favorite stores was Miette et Chocolat because of how delicious the sweets were! The homemade snickers, friends, is the way to go. Their desserts also looked amazing; if you want a pick me up or a special something, this is the place to come! I liked that Stanley has random seating areas mixed around where people could collaborate / work. There were a ton of pets and kids inside also! & we might have accidently been in a scene of the next season of Bachelor. So there's that LOL Before we knew it, 5 hours had passed! What a fun way to spend the day :)
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