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Fort Collins in Colorado has an incredible foodie scene full of restaurants, bars and cafes. In this article I’m going to take you through some of my favourite places to eat in Fort Collins and show you lots of photos that will make your mouth water.

I hope you have some snacks and your passport nearby because this post is going to make you hungry, thirsty and ready to hop on a plane to Colorado to visit Fort Collins!

My Favourite Bar and Restaurants in Fort Collins, CO

The Exchange

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The Churn in the centre of The Exchange.

This modern food market made of shipping containers surrounding a creative green space is PERFECTION, especially if you’re dining in a group where everyone fancies something different. As a vegetarian I always appreciate a food hall (indoor or outdoor) with lots of options.

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Great variety at The Exchange.

Churn ice cream in the centre of The Exchange serves DELICIOUS ice cream in all flavours (vegan and dairy). They even do a doggy scoop, for your four-legged friends!

The frozen margaritas at Vatos Tacos & Tequila are perfect on a hot day in Fort Collins.

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Frozen margarita from Vatos.

If you have a sweet tooth then Fort Collins Donut Co. (or FoCo DoCo is Colorado native slang) is the place for you. I recommend the salted honey.

Honestly, there are endless options at The Exchange. You won’t go hungry!

The Reserve by Old Elk Distillery

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Bourbon tasting at Old Elk.

This cosy whiskey/bourbon bar on Linden Street is perfect for a creative whiskey cocktail or a warming glass of Old Elk.

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Nooku Bourbon Cream

They’ve won awards for their Old Elk bourbon. They also have a delicious bourbon cream called Nooku which tastes a little like Baileys. Of course, I loved it.

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Super Bloom cocktail at Old Elk.

The staff are great and will create/recommend a cocktail to your taste. I highly recommend the Super Bloom which has a giant ice cube full of wild flowers floating in it; Instagrammable and delicious.

Nuance Chocolate Shop

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Nuance Chocolate Shop

This bean to bar chocolate shop is a chocoholic’s dream. They make all their own chocolate using ethical ingredients.

They have chocolate from all around the world, from Ghana to Madagascar. They know everything there is to know about the flavour, texture and all things chocolate.

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Truffles at Nuance.

I bought a bar of chilli chocolate, sea salt chocolate and Ecuadorian chocolate. They were all delicious. If you can’t decide what you’d like they offer chocolate tasting flights (DREAM!).

It’s not just chocolate bars they sell, it’s also truffles, hot chocolate, syrups and more. No matter what you choose, you’re guaranteed a treat for your taste buds.

The Elizabeth Hotel

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The Elizabeth Hotel

It seems strange to mention a hotel on this list but they have so many great dining options in the Elizabeth Hotel that I couldn’t leave it out.

The Emporium Kitchen and Wine Market is a stunning open space with a coffee shop, local craft market and wine bar/restaurant. There’s something about the abundance of natural light, the beautiful tiled floor and the open plan style of the place that makes you want to spend the day there on your laptop sipping coffee and/or wine.

Mugs Coffee Lounge

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My breakfast burrito.

This coffee shop is right next to the Armstrong Hotel. They also have a second location at the Oval. They serve everything from avocado on toast to buddha bowls and more. All the ingredients are fresh and as local as possible.

I had their veggie breakfast burrito and it was HUGE (it was a struggle to finish it) and the perfect amount of spicy. You order at the counter and they give you a number (if you ordered food). There’s outdoor seating which is great when the sun is shining.

Mugs is a great spot for a casual brunch/coffee with friends on a lazy morning.

Jessup Farm

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Jessup Farm Farmhouse.

I was absolutely amazed by Jessup Farm. It’s this stunning farmhouse restaurant, allotment, and craft shopping area that sits right in the middle of a suburban neighbourhood of Fort Collins.

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Coffee at Bindle.

They call it an “Artisan Village”, which I kind of love. Bindle Coffee makes a great iced latte and has all sorts of unusual syrups (honey lavender latte anyone?). I recommend picking up a coffee before wandering around the local artisan shops.

I bought so many gifts and souvenirs in Knapsack. Hey Day has stunning, clean, well-made clothes with pops of colour. The artisan village is great for a bit of casual shopping.

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buying everything at Knapsack

There’s also the actual Farmhouse at Jessup Farm, which is a restaurant serving rustic farm fare with a twist as well as hand crafted cocktails. You’ll need a brunch reservation on weekends but it’s worth it. Try the artichoke and feta hushpuppies and the truffle parm fries.

Ginger and Baker

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Ginger and Baker

OH MY GOD. If you can only eat one place in Fort Collins, this is probably the place. Dinner at The Cache is an experience, in the best way.

I had the smoked cauliflower, which was such a wonderful, creative veggie dish. I couldn’t finish it because it was essentially a full head of cauliflower.

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Roasted cauliflower.

Their pies are legendary. Trust me, you’ve never seen a pie slice as big as the ones they serve at The Cache in Ginger and Baker. They have flavours that change every day. I had a coffee one, but none of us could finish them.

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Giant slice of pie

Ginger and Baker also has a few casual dining options. They have a cafe and a market and bakery area. The market, coffee shop and bakery are in the old grain mill building which is a visual treat. They also have a popsicle window, which is quaint and perfect for summer.

Ginger and Baker is like a mini foodie village and you will love it!

Tasty Harmony

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Nachos de Ynez

For all my vegans and veggies out there, you’ll LOVE Tasty Harmony. With cute booths, high ceilings and airy, almost industrial vibe it’s a pretty place to spend an hour or two. But it backs up its looks with delicious food too.

Try the Nachos De Ynez or the Kentucky Fried Freedom (both veggie). They have all sorts of delicious smoothies and juices too. It’s essentially the perfect spot for tasty food with none of the guilt.

Coopersmith’s Pub and Brewing

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If it’s craft beer and pub fare you’re after then Coopersmith’s is the place for you. From pickle fries to buffalo burger, they have something to suit your craving. They also have a Poolside menu for smaller, more casual bites.

It’s not all about the craft beers. If you’re into Scotch, they have a whole menu dedicated to it too. You’re spoiled for choice!

Coopersmith’s is a great spot for a drink and a bite to eat on a warm summer’s evening in Fort Collins.

DISCLAIMER – My trip to Colorado was hosted by Visit Colorado. However, all opinions are my own and this article was not paid for.

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  1. Suzyq

    It’s all sooo yummm. Another mouth watering article Tara. I would just love to go on an American food road trip.😃


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