Colorado: Where Dairy-Free Food is Essential Fuel

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Last Update in July 2021! In a state where mountain climbing is a weekly activity, cross fit is typical daily exercise, and becoming a yoga instructor is a top career, you can bet nutrition takes center stage. Consequently, there are numerous restaurants in Colorado that cater to paleo, keto, whole30, gluten-free, plant-based, and of course, dairy-free diets.

Consequently, we are continuously populating this guide to restaurants, bakeries, cafes, ice cream shops, and stores in Colorado that are friendly to dairy-free diners. It’s a collection based on research and reader recommendations (send yours!) that’s divided into restaurants & shops by city (first) and major chains found throughout the state (second). And we’ve started a section for specialty dairy-free foods produced in this state.

We Update Continuously! You can ignore the original date on this post going forward. We update the information below whenever we’re alerted to a new recommendation, change, or closure.

Dairy-Free Colorado: Recommended Restaurants & Shops with vegan and gluten-free optionsPhoto from Fresh Thymes Eatery in Boulder

Dairy-Free Colorado: Recommended Restaurants & Shops

The Colorado landscape is populated with mountains, plateaus, and rivers. Consequently, free range lamb, bison, and trout are popular local foods that can be found on many menus. Elk is also gaining popularity, and chili verde is a local specialty that can easily be ordered dairy-free. These dishes can often be found at local microbreweries – Colorado has hundreds of them!

The Centennial State is also no stranger to plant-heavy cuisine, and dairy-free options seem to come standard on many menus. The restaurants listed below are ones that we’ve discovered with a solid dairy-free selection. We’ve listed these recommendations alphabetically by city and then by the restaurant or shop name. For large chains with locations throughout the state, see the Major Restaurant & Grocery Chains section below. We have dedicated posts with dairy-free details for many of the big guys.

⭐️ = Restaurant is either dairy-free, has a dairy-free menu, has dairy-free labels on their menu(s), or lists top allergens with menu items. (At the time of our last review.)

Arvada

  • Gluten Free Things ⭐️ – Everything is gluten-free and vegan at this bakery. They make breads, crusts, cupcakes, cakes, and more.
  • Rheinlander Bakery ⭐️ – This European-style bakery offers a dairy-free/gluten-free selection of cupcakes, tortes, coffee cakes, pastries, cookies, and more. They also have a vegan/gluten-free line, and take custom cake orders. And they have some imported items on hand, like marzipan.

Aurora

  • Stanley Beer Hall – Their pub-style menu does contain quite a bit of cheese, but they have dozens of items they can easily make dairy-free on request. That includes pretzel bites, tacos, tots, salads, burgers, chili, and more.

Boulder

  • Bartaco – Their allergen menu is so detailed, that it states exactly what in the item contains the allergen. And their dairy-free options are abundant. Most of their tacos, rice bowls, other entrees, and sides are, or can be ordered, dairy-free. But the dessert and kids menus are heavy in dairy.
  • Ben & Jerry’s – See our Ben & Jerry’s Dairy-Free Guide for full details.
  • Boss Lady Pizza – They offer a mini menu of vegan pizza pies, and have build-your-own pizza options with a few sauce choices, various toppings, and house-made garlic herb vegan ricotta. They run a nut-free facility, and source a local gluten-free crust, as an option, that is dairy-free and vegan.
  • Flower Child – This healthy restaurant chain serves salads, bowls, and plates with choose your own protein and side options. Their modern “hippie” menu is loaded with organic produce, whole grains (gluten-free, too), and house dressings. Their menu is littered with vegan and paleo options, and most items either are, or can be made dairy-free on request.
  • Fresh Thymes Eatery ⭐️ – Stephanie P. recommended this restaurant to us. “Fresh Thymes Eatery is very focused on allergen-friendly eating.  All the staff members are knowledgeable about what ingredients are in what, and they have very clearly marked menu items, with soy and nuts specifically mentioned and no hidden dairy.  It’s a fancy casual dining environment with alcohol available.” In fact, this is a gluten-free and peanut-free establishment with many vegan, vegetarian, paleo, and keto menu options. When I sent an inquiry, they reaffirmed their “no HIDDEN dairy” claim. They merely use cheese on top of some dishes. “None of our sauces, dressings, breads, or desserts contain any dairy products.”
  • Fresh Thymes Marketplace ⭐️ – This sister shop to their eatery contains a gluten-free bakery, specialty meals and bento boxes, a bone broth bar, and small batch provisions to go. Most of their menu is dairy-free, and includes some surprises like almond milk ricotta and their signature cashew cream sauce.
  • Gelato Boy ⭐️ – Formerly known as Fior di Latte, this gelato shop has expanded to two locations in Boulder, two in Denver, and pint shipping throughout the U.S. And their dairy-free gelato selection is big! It includes creamy flavors like Cookies & Cream and Caramel Apple Butter, made with a base of coconut milk, cashew milk, and/or oat milk. You can order in a cup or cone (two are dairy-free, one of those is gluten-free). They also offer almond milk and oat milk for their tea, espresso, and coffee drinks. And they can make you a dairy-free milkshake, ice cream sandwich, or brownie à la mode.
  • Good Clean Food ⭐️ – This is a plant-based, dairy-free, gluten-free, organic local meal delivery service.
  • Kim & Jake’s Cakes – This purely gluten-free bake shop makes stunning cakes and cupcakes. They take custom orders for other special diet needs, including dairy-free, egg-free, vegan, soy-free, and more. But they also have many dairy-free items on hand, including fresh baked breads, paleo cookies, and usually some other sweet treats.
  • Native Foods Cafe ⭐️ – This is a plant-based, dairy-free restaurant chain with extensive collection of burgers, bowls, salads, wraps, and more with regional flavor influences from the U.S., Mexico, and Asia. They also have a sizable dessert menu.
  • Shine Restaurant & Potion Bar ⭐️ – Stephanie P. emailed this dairy-free recommendation to us. “Shine is a little bit hit or miss – sometimes the food is amazing and sometimes it’s not. But the service is always great and the environment is good for a super fancy night out.  The menu items are very clearly marked, and people who are both gluten and dairy free can eat nearly everything on the menu!” This whimsical eatery is actually 100% gluten-free, and menu items are clearly labeled for dairy-free, vegan, and paleo-friendly. According to the staff, they also have allergen protocols to help prevent cross contamination. They serve dinner, healthy drinks, and even several dairy-free desserts.
  • Snooze A.M. Eatery – They serve some plant-powered, dairy-free menu items, like vegan pancakes, tofu scramble, porridge, and buddha bowls. Some additional dishes can be custom ordered dairy free.
  • Sugar & Aspens ⭐️ – This is a vegan bakery without a storefront. They operate on order and delivery only. They are most known for their pie-tarts (like homemade poptarts), which come in an array of flavors.
  • The Bumbling Bee ⭐️ – Thanks to Jenny for recommending this “Vegan Junk Food Bar.” They serve burgers, poutine, and other savory favorites, and have milkshakes, cookie sandwiches, and more for dessert.
  • The Corner – This neighborhood restaurant serves breakfast all day, and also offers full lunch and dinner menus. They have many dairy-free options, in addition to vegan and gluten-free choices, and the staff is reportedly well versed.
  • Thrive ⭐️ – Thanks to Jenny for this recommendation, too! This plant-based drive-thru serves smoothies, salads, soups, and whole food desserts.
  • Whole Sol Blend Bar ⭐️ – This purely dairy-free and gluten-free shop is health-forward with smoothies, smoothie bowls, savory bowls, and toasts. They also offer some treat-worthy snacks like edible cookie dough, chia pudding, and protein bites. Their menu is also heavily plant-based and vegan-friendly, but they do have items with eggs and honey.
  • Wonder Press – Liquid nutrition is big at this cafe. They serve an array of cold-pressed juices, blend dairy-free smoothies with coconut milk (and have various protein and adaptogen add-ins), and make a range of fresh-pressed nut milks, which you can purchase by the bottle or sub into your functional latte. They also make their own raw vegan chocolate ganache for hot chocolate. For food, they have some light bites, and offer some vegan treats.

Breckenridge

  • Clint’s Bakery & Coffeehouse – This is a classic bakery, but they don’t forget about special diet guests. They offer vegan banana bread, biscottis, cookies, cupcakes, and more. And of course they have house bagels that you can order slathered with “vegan butter” or “vegan cream cheese.” They also serve sandwiches on Rudi’s Organic Bread, and have vegan tofu scramble burritos for breakfast.
  • Piante Pizzeria ⭐️ – Enjoy the ultimate dairy-free, après ski cuisine at this purely plant-based restaurant. They wood fire your vegan New York-style pizza as you relax in their cozy vintage farm dining room. Their creations are topped with housemade sauces and their own cashew cheeses – not to mention some very intriguing vegetables and “meats.” They also serve a range of healthy salads, and cheesecake, tiramisu, and sweet knots for dessert. Go ahead, you earned it!

Broomfield

  • Back to Basics Kitchen ⭐️ – This is a meal prep kitchen – with delivery and a store – and paleo bakery. Their menu is gluten-free, mostly dairy-free, and clearly labeled.

Buena Vista

  • House Rock Kitchen ⭐️ –  Their menu is filled with clearly labeled dairy-free options. They source local and organic when possible, and offer an array of bowls, burgers, salads, sandwiches, and more. They also label gluten-free and vegan menu items.

Canon City

  • Nirvana Culinary Paradise – They do use a fair bit of dairy on the menu at this local Indian restaurant. But they are very friendly toward special diet guests, and have labeled their menu for dairy-free and gluten-free guests. Most of their appetizers are dairy-free, and they have a good handful of dairy-free entrees.  Much of their menu is gluten-free.

Castle Rock

  • No Cow Bakery ⭐️ – This small cafe is dairy-free and gluten-free, with many vegan options. They bake muffins, donuts, cakes, and more.

Centennial

  • Gluten Escape ⭐️ – “We are a dedicated gluten, dairy, soy protein, fish/shellfish, tree nut, and peanut free facility. Most of our products are vegan.” They offer bakery-style breakfast and lunch, breads, all types of pastries, take ‘n bake items, and more.
  • Snooze A.M. Eatery – They serve some plant-powered, dairy-free menu items, like vegan pancakes, tofu scramble, porridge, and buddha bowls. Some additional dishes can be custom ordered dairy free.
  • Wave the Grain – This is a gluten-free bakery with many dairy-free options (labeled) and some vegan ones, too. They offer vegan cupcakes and pastries, and savories like dairy-free pigs in a blanket and burritos.

Colorado Springs

  • Bambino’s Urban Pizza – The “vegan cheese” on their menu is more unique and impressive than you might expect. They make their own cashew-based vegan cheese. Most of their pizzas and some of their salads can be made dairy-free, and they offer vegan options like “sausage.”
  • Bean Sprouts Cafe – Bean Sprouts plants cafés inside family destinations across the country. This one is inside the Garden of the Gods Visitors Center. Their playful yet healthy menu is allergy-friendly, and boasts a few different dairy-free breakfast and lunch options for kids and adults.
  • Ben & Jerry’s – See our Ben & Jerry’s Dairy-Free Guide for full details.
  • Burrowing Owl ⭐️ – Everything is vegan at this restaurant and lounge. They serve a big menu of Mexican and American cuisine, complete with various mac and cheeses, sloppy joe sandwiches, burgers, and nachos.
  • Cafe Red Point – Most of the menu can be ordered dairy-free at this local and organic restaurant. They offer grain-free wraps, power egg bowls, paleo waffles, acai bowls, hot breakfast bowls, salads, and they do have vegan options.
  • Mountain Mama Natural Foods – This local grocery store also has a full bakery and deli with lots of dairy-free and vegan options. They blend dairy-free smoothies, have a range of dairy-free and vegan sandwiches and salads, bake some vegan breads, have daily wheat-free and dairy-free muffins, and bake custom order cakes.
  • Nekter Juice Bar – See our Nekter Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Ola Juice Bar – This plant-based juice bar blends dairy-free smoothies and acai bowls, and has a savory menu with breakfast burritos and bowls.
  • Saladworks – Pretty much their entire menu contains dairy, but they offer an interactive allergen menu that tells you how to custom order most items without dairy (or other special diet needs). You can choose between salads, warm grain bowls, wraps, and a few other items. They offer a good handful of dairy-free dressings, and do have gluten-free and vegan options.
  • Santana’s Vegan Grill ⭐️ – For classic American fast food without meat or cheese, visit this quick-serve vegan spot. They have burgers, chicken strips, and more.
  • Slice420 – They don’t have dairy-free cheese, but offer a cheese-less vegan pizza on the menu – complete with flavorful toppings. And they won’t look at you funny when you order any of their other creations without cheese.
  • Snooze A.M. Eatery – They serve some plant-powered, dairy-free menu items, like vegan pancakes, tofu scramble, porridge, and buddha bowls. Some additional dishes can be custom ordered dairy free.
  • The Cupcake Doctor – Their special diet flavors are by order only (6 cupcake minimum), but they offer several flavors of vegan cupcakes, basic gluten-free and vegan cupcakes, and “the allergyproof cupcake.”
  • Zaika Indian Cuisine – Their menu is labeled for dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan guests. They actually have quite a few vegan menu options, and even note their roti (instead of naan) and basmati rice as vegan. And they have some additional “just dairy-free” or dairy-free and gluten-free starters and entrees.
  • Zoup – See our Zoup Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.

Denver

  • Baked by Bros. ⭐️ – They do not have a storefront, but bake gluten-free, vegan cookies and ship / deliver to customers in the local area.
  • Ba-Nom-a-Nom ⭐️ – Track the schedule of this food truck to find out when and where you can get their banana soft serve. It’s naturally dairy-free, vegan, and swirled in several flavors.
  • Bartaco – Their allergen menu is so detailed, that it states exactly what in the item contains the allergen. And their dairy-free options are abundant. Most of their tacos, rice bowls, other entrees, and sides are, or can be ordered, dairy-free. But the dessert and kids menus are heavy in dairy.
  • BD’s Mongolian Grill – They offer a very complete allergen chart with many milk-free options. In fact, at last check, their entire stir fry menu was dairy-free, aside from one of the sauces (and they have many sauces). They do serve other types of food, some of which does contain milk.
  • Ben & Jerry’s – See our Ben & Jerry’s Dairy-Free Guide for full details.
  • Blue Sushi & Sake Grill – This sustainable Japanese restaurant makes innovative maki and nigiri. They have a full vegan menu, complete with tempura maki, and of course most of their menu is naturally dairy free.
  • Bubu – This build-your-own bowl spot offers cooked and raw proteins, and a worldly range of toppings and sauces. Vegan and gluten-free options are available.
  • City, O’ City – This hip vegetarian hub covers all the bases with brunch, coffee, a vegan bakery, lunch, dinner, late night snacks, cocktails, and happy hour. Their broad, comfort food menu is generously labeled with vegan and gluten-free options, including vegan yogurt, cashew ricotta, and Daiya cheese alternative for many items.
  • Deby’s Gluten Free ⭐️ – This is a completely gluten free grocery store and bakery, offering hundreds of house-made products, many of which are also dairy-free. They offer breads, buns, cinnamon rolls, muffins, cookies, crusts, and more.
  • East Side Kosher Deli – Pop into this kosher supervised bakery, market, and deli, and you will discover so many dairy-free surprises.
  • El Five – Their menu is divided into mezze, paella, tapas, and dessert tapas, and there is at least one vegan option in each section. There are a couple additional “just” dairy-free options.
  • Flower Child – This healthy restaurant chain serves salads, bowls, and plates with choose your own protein and side options. Their modern “hippie” menu is loaded with organic produce, whole grains (gluten-free, too), and house dressings. Their menu is littered with vegan and paleo options, and most items either are, or can be made dairy-free on request.
  • Gelato Boy ⭐️ – As mentioned in our Boulder section above, this ice cream shop has two Denver locations, and several dairy-free gelato flavors to choose from. And we aren’t just talking sorbetto. These are creamy, decadent, dairy-free flavors that you can order in a cup or one of their dairy-free (gluten-free optional) cones. They also serve dairy-free coffee drinks, milkshakes, ice cream sandwiches, and brownies!
  • Good Clean Food ⭐️ – This is a plant-based, dairy-free, gluten-free, organic local meal delivery service.
  • Happy Bakeshop – They offer a vegan cupcake and a vegan, gluten-free cupcake daily, and the flavor rotates during the week.
  • Happy Cones – This ice cream truck makes “New Zealand style” ice cream. It’s blended with 2/3 sweet creamy based and 1/3 fruit. They use milk alternative to make a creamy vegan option.
  • Ian’s Pizza – They have a full menu of vegan pizzas (and daily vegan pizza by the slice), and pretty much all of their pizzas can be made dairy-free. They offer Good Planet cheese alternatives, house-made ranch, creme, and pesto sauces, and much more. They also have unique array of vegan faux meats.
  • Jinya Ramen Bar – Unlike many ramen places, all of their ramens and soups are dairy-free. Almost all of their rice bowls and most of their small plates are made without dairy too. They also offer vegan menu items in every savory category (all of their desserts contain dairy).
  • Just BE Kitchen ⭐️ – This fast casual restaurant is 100% free of gluten, grains, refined sugar, soy, corn, peanuts, and legumes; 99% dairy free; and committed to accommodating special diet needs. They actually offer a Whole30 menu (which is big!), and have protocols for handling food allergy orders. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, have a coffee bar and bone broth bar, and even craft some healthy desserts.
  • Kaffe Landskap – This Swedish-inspired coffee shop makes plant-based protein bites, granola bars, and overnight oats with lingonberry. They also blend dairy-free smoothies and smoothie bowls, zucchini bread, and some other bites for breakfast and lunch.
  • Konjo Ethiopian Food ⭐️ – Most of the menu at this restaurant and food truck is dairy-free, gluten-free, and nut-free, and the bulk of their menu is also vegan-friendly.
  • Little Man Ice Cream – They always offer some creamy vegan ice cream flavors, like Chocolate Salted Oreo, Horchata, Pina Colada, and The Munchies. The base is usually coconut and almond, but sometimes it’s rice. And they have a unique selection of naturally dairy-free sorbets, ranging from Raspberry Peach to seasonal Candied Ginger Grapefruit.
  • Linger – Their menu is a fusion of global cuisine, with some naturally dairy-free options. But they also label which items can be made vegan (or even “just dairy free), and it includes a good selection.
  • Make Believe Bakery – This is a vegan bakery that also strives to be allergy-friendly. They offer breads, take ‘n bake, various pastries, and soft serve daily, with many gluten-free and soy-free options. They also bake custom order layer cakes, cheesecakes, pies, and more.
  • MidiCi Pizza – Their signature Neapolitan dough is light, thin, soft, and chewy, with a high crust, and it’s dairy-free. It’s made purely with a special Neapolitan flour, water, sea salt, and yeast. They also offer dairy-free cheese alternative and vegan sausage, and have several custom order salad options.
  • Milkbox Ice Creamery – They mix things up, using soy, almond, or coconut milk to make vegan flavors. They usually have a couple on hand, in flavors like chocolate, almond joy, or chocolate salted oreo.
  • Nekter Juice Bar – See our Nekter Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Parsley – This healthy sandwich shop offers a few vegan sandwiches and salads on the menu, along with dairy-free tuna and turkey options. They also offer vegan smoothies and soups.
  • Root Down – This local gathering spot accommodates special diet guests with many custom order vegan, dairy-free, and/or gluten-free dinner and brunch options. They even offer a vegan and gluten-free mixed berry cobbler with coconut whip for dessert.
  • Root Down Dia – Their from-scratch menu focuses on local and organic ingredients, but with globally-influenced flavors. Several items can be made dairy-free and/or vegan on request.
  • Rosenberg’s Kosher – All of their bagels, bialys, breads, and buns are kosher pareve and dairy-free. They also offer tofu cream cheese, lox, and deli salads (egg and tuna).
  • Serene Cuisine of India ⭐️ – They clearly label their menu for dairy-free and gluten-free guests. It includes dairy-free pakoras and entrees like curry, vindaloo, bhuna, and some vegan dishes.
  • Somebody People ⭐️ – This is a plant-based eatery with a heavily Italian menu, which includes risotto, pastas with house-made dairy-free cheeses, and focaccia. They also make sweets, like cookies, cinnamon rolls, and tiramisu.
  • Snooze A.M. Eatery – They serve some plant-powered, dairy-free menu items, like vegan pancakes, tofu scramble, porridge, and buddha bowls. Some additional dishes can be custom ordered dairy free.
  • Spice Room ⭐️ – Most of the items on their menu are gluten free, and they use coconut or soymilk with dairy-free requests. That said, they label which items contain dairy, gluten, and/or nuts, and the majority of their menu is dairy-free. They also have a handful of vegan options.
  • Steuben’s ⭐️ – This retro diner labels all items that can be made dairy-free, gluten-free, and / or soy-free. The dairy-free options include salads, sandwiches, burgers, sides and select breakfast, lunch, and dinner entrees.
  • Stowaway Kitchen – Their all-day breakfast and lunch menu includes some casual dairy-free and vegan options, like forbidden rice porridge and a mushroom toast with egg or avocado (for vegan). They often have a vegan baked good on hand, and also carry gluten-free options. For coffee drinks, they offer house cashew milk, oat milk, and soy milk.
  • Sugar Bakeshop – They bake a range of vegan popsters (house-made pop tarts), vegan cookies, and additional dairy-free and gluten-free items.
  • Superfood Bar ⭐️ – This is a vegan, gluten-free cafe serving smoothies and shakes, salads, wraps, and other bowls.
  • Superfruit Republic – They blend a whole menu of dairy-free acai, pitaya, and other smoothie bowls, and they also serve vegan toasts, house-made gluten-free vegan waffles, and other dairy-free snacks. In fact, their whole menu is dairy-free with the exception of the yogurt parfait, which is made with Greek yogurt.
  • Sweet Action Ice Cream – In addition to dairy ice cream, Sweet Action makes dairy-free and vegan ice cream in a variety of creamy, unique flavors (like Coffee + Donuts, Thai Iced Tea, Cinnamon Roll, and Salted Butterscotch). The flavors do change often, but they have at least 2 vegan options at each location on any given day. The vegan ice cream can be enjoyed in a cup, by the cone, or packed into pints to enjoy at home.
  • Sweet Cooie’s – This was the second location of Little Man Ice Cream, but every location has a different name. They always offer some hand-crafted vegan flavors made from coconut and almond milk or rice, like Peanut Butter Oreo, Horchata, Chocolate, or Lemon Lavender Poppy. Their pineapple, strawberry, and blueberry sauces are reportedly vegan, and many of their toppings, including the sprinkles, are dairy free. They also offer a vegan ice cream pie.
  • The Veggie Whisperer – Jenny emailed to say this is her favorite food truck for dairy-free eats. They do serve cheese on some items, but much of their menu is vegan. They serve Middle Eastern-inspired fare.
  • True Food Kitchen – See our True Food Kitchen Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Uno Pizzeria & Grill – This popular chain restaurant has one location in Colorado. See our Uno Dairy-Free Menu Guide for details.
  • Vegan Van ⭐️ – This roaming food truck serves warm breakfasts, burgers, and more. Thanks to Jenny for the recommendation!
  • Vert Kitchen ⭐️ – Their menu is labeled with top allergens and for vegan options. They serve a few creative dairy-free sandwiches with chicken, pork, and vegan options. They also have dairy-free salads and soup, vegan cashew truffle mac, and some cold sides to choose from.
  • Vital Root – Thanks to Jenny for recommending her “favorite” Denver restaurant. This hip, fast casual, vegetarian restaurant is mostly dairy-free and heavily vegan (some dishes do contain dairy and/or eggs). Their breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus have varied options with a global range of flavors.
  • Voodoo Doughnut – This unique doughnut chain out of Oregon offers several vegan doughnut flavors daily, which can include maple bars, cream filled, apple fritters, and other creative raised and iced varieties. They also bake a vegan cake doughnut, and can make almost any donut vegan if you order ahead. They don’t offer any gluten-free donuts. There are two locations in Denver.
  • Walia Creamery – They offer several creamy vegan ice cream flavors, with classics like chocolate, mint chip, and Oreo that you can order in a gluten-free vegan waffle cone. But they also have some unique flavors, like sweet potato and lavender, and sorbets. On the savory side they serve vegan Ethiopian injera combo plates.
  • Watercourse Foods – They have always been vegetarian, but in 2012, this cafe went completely vegan and hasn’t looked back. They have a bakery on site, blend creamy dairy-free shakes, and offer a full menu of sandwiches and salads made with plant-based meats and cheeses.
  • Whole Sol Blend Bar ⭐️ – This purely dairy-free and gluten-free shop is health-forward with smoothies, smoothie bowls, savory bowls, and toasts. They also offer some treat-worthy snacks like edible cookie dough, chia pudding, and protein bites. Their menu is also heavily plant-based and vegan-friendly, but they do have items with eggs and honey.
  • Wonder Press – Liquid nutrition is big at this cafe. They serve an array of cold-pressed juices, blend dairy-free smoothies with coconut milk (and have various protein and adaptogen add-ins), and make a range of fresh-pressed nut milks, which you can purchase by the bottle or sub into your functional latte. They also make their own raw vegan chocolate ganache for hot chocolate. For food, they have some light bites, and offer some vegan treats.
  • WrongWayVeg ⭐️ – This is a vegan food truck that focuses on comfort food dishes, like burgers and donuts.
  • Zoup – See our Zoup Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.

Durango

  • Grassburger – This recommendation was originally sent to us by Molly L. “They offer dairy free, gluten free, and even vegan options. They even have dairy free cookies and dairy-free milkshakes!!!” This fast casual burger joint serves grass-fed beef, turkey, and vegan burgers in both sandwich and bowl formats. According to their allergen menu, everything is dairy-free, except for the cheese, ranch dressing, and dairy milkshakes. They use Earth Balance for buttering needs, and appear to only make fries (regular and sweet potato) in their fryer. Everything but their potato bun is gluten-free (they have a gluten-free bun), and they don’t use any fish, peanuts, tree nuts, or sesame seeds.

Edgewater

  • Happy Cones Co – This ice creamery is located at the Edgewater Public Market. They typically have a fruity and a chocolate dairy-free gelato flavor on hand, usually made with coconut milk. They also have real fruit smoothies.

Firestone

Fort Collins

Frederick

  • Georgia Boys BBQ – The flavors might be from down south, but this restaurant has two location in Colorado. Their signature smoked chicken wings are dairy-free and gluten-free, and so are most of their sides.

Fruita

  • Mountain Berry Bowls ⭐️ – This is a dairy-free acai bowl spot with a selection of simple, healthy toppings. Vegan and gluten-free options available.

Glendale

  • Native Foods Cafe ⭐️ – This is a plant-based, dairy-free restaurant chain with extensive collection of burgers, bowls, salads, wraps, and more with regional flavor influences from the U.S., Mexico, and Asia. They also have a sizable dessert menu.

Glenwood Springs

  • Sunshine & Moons – Almost everything is organic at this natural bakery. They bake a range of dairy-free/gluten-free sweet breads, and offer other vegan treats, like cookies, brownies, and briggles.

Grand Junction

Greeley

Greenwood Village

Highlands Ranch

Lakewood

  • Magill’s World of Ice Cream – They have a full dairy-free menu with water-based sorbets and creamy oat milk ice creams. They churn flavors like vanilla, chocolate, and cookie dough.
  • Our Daily Bread ⭐️ – This is a vegan bakery and cafe that serves breakfast burritos, bagels, sandwiches, and soups, and offers a classic menu of sweet and savory baked goods. They also bake custom cakes.
  • Paciugo Gelato Caffè – They’re based in Texas, but have one outpost in this city, with lots of dairy-free options. See our Paciugo Gelato Dairy-Free Guide for more details.

Lone Tree

  • Snooze A.M. Eatery – They serve some plant-powered, dairy-free menu items, like vegan pancakes, tofu scramble, porridge, and buddha bowls. Some additional dishes can be custom ordered dairy free.
  • Yogurtini – They swirl a variety of dairy-free sorbets along with Silk plant-based chocolate and vanilla frozen yogurts. Keep in mind that available flavors can rotate often.

Longmont

  • Georgia Boys BBQ – The flavors might be from down south, but this restaurant has two location in Colorado. Their signature smoked chicken wings are dairy-free and gluten-free, and so are most of their sides.

Loveland

  • Arte Pizzeria – This local pizzeria offers Daiya dairy-free cheese alternative at no extra charge. Their house-made tomato sauce and pizza dough are also vegan, so you can custom order a pizza or calzone.
  • Jimbeaux’s Cajun Cuisine – This is a pop-up food truck with all the classic Louisiana dishes. They say each dish can be made dairy-free and gluten-free.
  • Paciugo Gelato Caffè – They’re based in Texas, but have one outpost in this city, with lots of dairy-free options. See our Paciugo Gelato Dairy-Free Guide for more details.

Morrison

  • Allergy Free Baking Company – This is a gluten-free, nut-free bakery that’s almost completely dairy-free. Aside from baked goods containing white chocolate chips and their cheese pizza, the menu is wide open. They state that they practice diligent protocols to help prevent cross contamination. This bakery operates more like a  pop-up, so check online for ordering and hours before heading there.

Parker

  • Indochine Cuisine ⭐️ – Their Thai-heavy menu is labeled for dairy, gluten, and other top allergens. And yes, most of the menu is dairy-free!

Telluride

  • Mountain Gate Teahouse & Art Gallery – The focus is on tea, but they also have sweet and savory bites with vegan and dairy-free options. You can sip on your tea while enjoying dairy-free tea truffles, macaroons, or plant-based cheeses.

Thornton

  • TCBY – See our TCBY Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Your Pie – This is a build-your-own pizza chain that offers dairy-free options for crusts (also gluten-free), sauces, and toppings (all but meatballs), and they have vegan cheese. At last check, they had dairy-free sorbets and brownies for dessert, too.

Vail

  • Good Clean Food ⭐️ – This is a plant-based, dairy-free, gluten-free, organic local meal delivery service.
  • Yeti’s Grind – This local coffeehouse offers vegan burritos and cookies, and serves gluten-free, dairy-free sweet breads. They also have bagels, which you can order topped with almond butter or peanut butter, or as avocado toast. For lattes, they offer almond, oat, and soymilk alternatives.

Westminster

  • Snooze A.M. Eatery – They serve some plant-powered, dairy-free menu items, like vegan pancakes, tofu scramble, porridge, and buddha bowls. Some additional dishes can be custom ordered dairy free.

Dairy-Free Colorado: Recommended Restaurants & Shops with vegan and gluten-free options Photo from Whole Sol Blend Bar in Denver

Restaurant & Grocery Chains found throughout Colorado

Some recommended restaurant and store chains are getting too big for our city listing britches. They have many locations, or are rapidly growing, and you might stumble across them in a number of towns in this state. Click on them for more dairy-free details.

Dairy-Free Colorado: Recommended Restaurants & Shops with vegan and gluten-free optionsPhoto from City, O’ City in Denver

Local Dairy-Free Food & Drink Producers in Colorado

These dairy-free friendly companies don’t have their own retail location, but are in Colorado. So you have a good chance of finding their products at grocery stores, restaurants, and/or other shops in this state. Keep an eye out!

  • Good Karma – They make flaxmilk and other allergy-friendly dairy alternatives, like sour cream and dips.
  • Outrageous Baking – They make dairy-free, gluten-free sweet bread loaves, and have a vegan option. They’re sold at retailers locally.
  • Outside the Bread Box – This is a gluten-free bakery that makes many dairy-free items, and some vegan ones, too. they sell through natural food stores.
  • Rudi’s Bakery – Their organic breads were the first dairy-free breads available in my local small town many years ago. Both their organic and gluten-free production bakeries are located in Boulder.

Dairy-Free Colorado: Recommended Restaurants & Shops with vegan and gluten-free optionsPhoto from Make Believe Bakery in Denver

This Guide is Continuously Updated with Recommendations

We welcome you to recommend other dairy-free friendly restaurants. Leave a comment or contact us and tell us why you like a certain restaurant. Restaurant owners and employees are also invited to reach out and let us know how you welcome dairy-free customers.

Please kindly let us know in the comments if any of these restaurants close. We want to keep this list current for you, but aren’t always notified when a restaurant closes. Let us know and we will quickly update!

This Guide is for Informational Purposes Only

Menus, ingredients, kitchen procedures, management, and restaurants are subject to change at any time. Always read the menu and discuss your dietary needs with the staff before ordering. Make sure that they can accommodate your situation.

There is always a risk for potential cross-contamination of allergens in any commercial kitchen. If cross-contamination is an issue for you, always speak with the manager to ensure that your meal can be safely prepared. Listings here do not guarantee that a restaurant is safe enough for your individual needs. Only you can make that decision.

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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