Establishment neighborhood
525 E Cooper Ave., Aspen
According to several goop staffers, Betula is where you want to post up après ski. The interior exudes Parisian glamour, the DJ rages all weekend, and the food is as refined as it is delicious. We strongly recommend the hearty lomo saltado, and warm apple Napoleon for dessert. If you’re dining elsewhere, stop by Betula’s outrageously chic (and cozy) Living Room afterward for a fireside French Coupe (gin, bergamot liquor, lemon juice, and bubbles with a hint of thyme). Images courtesy of Romeo Balancourt.
Bear Den Aspen
301 E Hopkins Ave., Aspen
So you want to lunch at the White Tavern but there’s not a free seat in sight. Instead, you end up at Bear Den across the street, and after an order of spicy Thai noodle salad, you realize the fates were on your side after all. This chalet-style spot is an all-day dining gem. Breakfast skews hearty and traditional with French toast boards, cheesy burritos, and eggs every way. The coffee menu is extensive, with the full slew of alt milks. Dinner leans into decadence: Fondue, onion dip, and bison Bolognese dolloped with burrata pair exceptionally well with a glass of Burgundy Pinot Noir.
W Aspen
550 S Spring St., Aspen
Situated at the base of Ajax mountain, the new W Aspen’s ski-in, ski-out premise is not novel for this sliver of Colorado. Its rooftop bar, the Wet Deck, however—with its firepits, hot tubs, expert mixologists, and exquisite views—is special. The décor is all ’70s retro with a nod to Aspen’s mining history. It’s loud, yes, but all the details are there: thoughtful outdoor areas with an abundance of heating, well-spaced interiors, and plenty of comforts that feel both informal and decadent. For families or groups looking to travel together, the Sky Residences (effectively high-end condos) at the top of the W make a lot of sense. Sprawling with their own private rooftop, the residences have huge kitchens, multiple bedrooms, and panoramic views of the mountains.
Mi Chola
411 E Main St., Aspen
Crisscrossing down runs all day builds a serious appetite. Mi Chola is the first spot that springs to mind when a feast is in order. The vibe is warm, welcoming, and informal, and the whole space hums with chatter. Deep bowls of crunchy chips, chunky guac, and queso fundido with a spicy margarita is a solid way to end a long day on the slopes. Mi Chola is also the kind of happy hour spot that allows you to relax and decompress before heading to dinner elsewhere. Cash only.
Mawa’s Kitchen
305 Aspen Airport Business Center F, Aspen
Mawa’s is off the beaten track, and locals would love to keep it that way. A stone’s throw from the airport, this low-key, unfussy spot is helmed by Mawa McQueen, who cut her cooking teeth around the world—in the Ivory Coast, France, and finally, Colorado. Expect dishes infused with international flavor, like chipotle butternut squash hash, muhammara with homemade pita, Cubano sandwiches, and pork carnitas. We’re partial to picking up Mawa’s handy “plane menu” before takeoff, which runs the gamut from sandwiches to full shrimp and caviar spreads. (A complete catered dining experience is available for those traveling privately.) And finally, if you find yourself jonesing for a gooey Gruyère-and-ham crepe after a day in the snow, Mawa’s sister business in Snowmass, the Crepe Shack, never disappoints.
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