The 5 Best Brunch Spots in Aspen

By Sarah Wolak | April 21, 2021 |

Brunch is the ultimate comfort meal, especially after an eventful weekend, or at the end of a hectic workweek. From mimosas to buttery pancakes or creamy eggs benedict, plentiful brunch options await at these five eateries.

White House Tavern
Residing in the historic A.G. Sheppard House, White House Tavern serves up shareable sandwiches and brunch staples in an intimate setting. Enjoy house-smoked salmon and southern-style brussels sprouts with lemon aioli and grated Reggiano in the tavern’s ambient, gothic dining room. Pair your savory breakfast with the tavern’s signature “kickstart” bloody mary, which is made with a choice of vodka or tequila. 302 E. Hopkins Ave., 970.925.1007,

Bear Den Aspen
There’s no shortage of hearty, decadent brunch foods at this Aspen hot spot. Organic teas and homemade cafe latte flavors, such as lavender and cardamom, can be found on the extensive barista menu. An assortment of sweet and savory breakfast options covers the menu, like the house-made granola made with yogurt, fresh fruit, honey and berry coulis. Boozy breakfast cocktails, like Bear Den’s french toast in a glass, are well fit to accompany a fresh cranberry scone or pain au chocolat. 301 E. Hopkins Ave., 970.922.9218,

Poppycock's Cafe
Breakfast is served all day, making this place a brunch connoisseur’s dream. Elevated comfort foods, like oatmeal buttermilk pancakes, smoked salmon benedicts and Belgian waffles, are familiar favorites. Fresh fruit, homestyle egg dishes and protein-packed breakfast smoothies add to the wholesome and healthy ambiance of Poppycock’s. 665 E. Cooper Ave., 970.925.1245,

Tatanka Aspen
Known for being Aspen’s modern-day saloon, Tatanka serves up weekend brunch with a Western-inspired flair. Brioche french toast made with vanilla bean batter, berries, honey butter and maple syrup is a confectioner’s dream. For a more tangy brunch entree, opt for the avocado tostada—think mashed avocado paired with a drizzled watercress endive salad, chile tomato vinaigrette and a fried egg to boot. 308 E. Hopkins Ave., 970.452.2961,

Mawa's Kitchen Aspen
Mawa’s, a black, women-owned Aspen eatery, serves up an extensive weekend brunch menu brimming with fresh eggs benedicts, old-fashioned buttermilk pancakes and huevos rancheros. The bourbon rustic french toast combines tart flavors with bursts of sweetness: picture gluten-free granola and fruit compote contrasted with warm Vermont maple syrup and hints of bourbon. 305 Aspen Airport Business Center Suite F., 970.710.7096,


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