Here, try four of Aspen’s best breakfast spots for skiers, hikers and foodies alike.
Element 47’s lemon ricotta pancakes.
As one of Aspen’s liveliest go-to spots for a hearty breakfast or lunch, Poppycock’s Cafe offers an array of traditional menu items, mixed with unique bites and a collection of homemade sauces and specialties. To do Poppycock’s Cafe right, patrons should make sure not to miss out on the decadent oatmeal butter pancakes, famous for their gooey, oatmeal-like insides. For the diner who wants something a little less sweet, try the unforgettable huevos rancheros, a savory dish smothered in homemade pork chile verde or vegetable salsa. 665 E. Cooper Ave., 970.925.1245
If you can’t bear to tear yourself away from the slopes for a midmorning power-up, look no further than Bonnie’s. Located midmountain off North American and Tourtelotte park—ideal for the ski bum on the go—this long-standing breakfast spot has been serving classics like its nourishing white bean chili and breakfast plates for decades. An unmissable menu item is the warm, cinnamon-filled apple strudel, perfect for indulging après-ski. Bonnie’s is only open during the winter ski season, so high-tail it down the mountain while you can. Aspen Mountain, midmountain off Tourtelotte Park, 970.544.6252
Founded on the principle that an organic and (as the name might suggest) juice-filled diet can be the key to a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle, JÜS Aspen offers just what you need to kick-start your day. Come for the variety of juices, milks and health shots, stay for the impressive selection of all-day breakfast sandwiches and wraps. Dig into fan favorites like the Saumon, featuring wild-caught smoked salmon accentuated by savory caper relish, homemade red onion marmalade and herbed cream cheese, all complemented by wild baby arugula on a lightly toasted bagel. 501 E. Hyman Ave., 970.710.7063
Element 47 at The Little Nell
Located at the foot of Aspen Mountain—inside The Little Nell—Element 47 proves breakfast can be nourishing and delicious. Effortlessly elevating classic Colorado contemporary cuisine to its peak, its menu emphasizes local wagyu beef and seasonal produce. Nosh on eye-catching and delicious items such as the Emma Farms waygu enchiladas, a testament to the quality of the ingredients that Element 47 touts on its menu. Looking for something to fuel your day? Try the Warrior Pudding, a healthy combination of creamy chia with supercharging hemp and quinoa. 675 E. Durant Ave., 970.920.6330
Photography by: PHOTO BY JAMIE JAYE FLETCHER/COURTESY OF THE LITTLE NELL