Where To Go in Denver if You’re Homesick…

Everyone is a little homesick when traveling…whether it’s for your native food, culture, or music.  Denver is a great place to travel to, since we can offer you a little culture from around the world to relieve your itch to be back home.  Here are the top 10 options to make you feel at home while in Denver, no matter where you’re from:

  1. Le Central (French): The best French restaurant in town!  Le Central offers authentic French cuisine, wine and dessert.  Reasonably priced, this small taste of France will make any Parisian feel like they are back home.  (www.lecentral.com)
  2. El Centro Su Teatro (Mexican): A cultural base in Denver since 1971, this local theater is nationally-known as culturally diverse and caters to families who live in the US now after moving from Mexico.  A great place to go if you want some history and culture in theater form! (www.martinezled.com)
  3. Jerusalem International Market (Middle Eastern): Another market to satisfy your cravings for Arabic food and ingredients.  There are several small markets around Denver with imported products, but this is one of the best.  In southeast Denver, it’s a close drive from Bridge.  Now that Ramadan is done, go shopping so you can bring in a taste of home for your classmates.
  4. Japon Sushi (Japanese): Local Japanese Denverites eat at this sushi restaurant all the time, so you know it’s genuine.  Monthly specials and friendly, knowledgable staff, along with the funky block of other restaurants and art galleries on South Gaylord, attract all the sushi lovers in Denver.  Just minutes from Bridge, this is an easy place to get to and bring your fellow students to!  (www.japonsushi.com, www.southgaylordstreet.com)
  5. Oktoberfest (German): Located in the heart of downtown Denver at Larimer Square, our annual Oktoberfest is full of fun, music, games and of course, beer.  This celebration of German heritage is in late September, so come see us soon so you can experience this spectacular festival.  (www.oktoberfestdenver.com)
  6. Thai Pan (Thai): One of the staff and students’ favorite restaurants to order lunch from, this authentic Thai restaurant even delivers to Bridge!  They offer a full menu of appetizers (the Crab Rangoons are the best!), salads, entrees, curries, desserts, and more.  Once you order, you’ll keep coming back for more…just ask the teachers and staff! (thaipandenver.eat24hour.com)
  7. Rodizio (Brazilian): In historic LoDo Denver, this classic Brazilian steakhouse will quench any Brazilian’s thirst for “real meat”.  They offer over a dozen grilled, seasoned meat and carved tableside, just like they do in Brazil.  Even if you’re not Brazilian, you really should check out how they eat meat…it’s the only way to do it!  (www.rodiziogrill.com)
  8. Pete’s Restaurants (Greek and others): Originally from Greece, this multi-restaurant owner has embraced different styles of food and will take care of whatever style of food you’re in the mood for.  His restaurants include Greek, ice cream, breakfast, gyros and a few others.  (www.petesrestaurants.com)
  9. Har Mart (East Asian): This market has a great selection of Korean, Japanese and Chinese food and ingredients.  If you want to make a native dish for your host family while in Denver, this is the place to shop!  It’s in Aurora, so it’s a short drive from Denver, but well worth it.
  10. Patsy’s (Italian): The oldest Italian restaurant, and originally an inn, located in the northern, historic section of Denver known as the Highlands, they offer handmade Italian cuisine along with original artwork in and around the building.  Patsy’s opened in the early 1920’s, and although having experienced many changes in ownership, has stuck to it’s roots regarding food and service.  (www.patsysinn.com)