With food allergies on the rise, restaurants are working to create offerings that accommodate a variety of dietary challenges. Consider the classic bakery, a staple to any sugar-loving family, it’s hard to imagine having a gluten or dairy intolerance and not being able to enjoy a delicious cupcake or cookie. Luckily Denver is not at a loss for some of the best allergy-friendly bake shops. From cookies to cupcakes and bars to tarts, these local spots have a little something for everyone.
Make, Believe Bakery
Neighborhood: Capital Hill
Make, Believe is 100 percent vegan (which means no dairy or eggs) but they also pride themselves on being allergy friendly. Gluten-free products are mixed and prepared in an entirely separate room.
Must Try: Scout Cookies—a chocolate coconut treat—are egg, dairy, and gluten-free. Another fan favorite is the sweet potato cinnamon roll and although this delicious bite does have gluten, it is egg and dairy-free and partially sweetened with sweet potatoes.
214 E.13th Ave., Denver, 303-318-9843. makebelievebakery.com
This Highlands Square bakery is known for crafting beautiful gourmet cupcakes. NBC Today ranked Happy Bakeshop as one of the best cupcake shops in the United States.
Must Try: Every day Happy Bakeshop offers a rotating vegan cupcake and gluten-free treat. On $2 Tuesdays stop in for a gluten-free red velvet cupcake with soft cream cheese icing.
3434 W. 32nd Ave., Denver, 303-477-3556 happybakeshopcolorado.com
Olive and Finch
Neighborhood: Cherry Creek and Uptown
This Denver eatery serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner but what some may not know is they also have a bakery that does exceptional gluten-free treats.
Must Try: High on the list of the beautiful and delicious is the coconut cake (shown) which is gluten-free, nut-free, and covered in sweet vanilla frosting and coconut shreds.
1552 E. 17th Ave., Denver, 303-832-8663 3390 E. 1st Ave., Denver, 303-955-0455 oliveandfincheatery.com/bakery
Devil’s Food Bakery
Neighborhood: Wash Park
After much success with their eatery just four storefronts down, Devil’s Food decided to open their very own bakery and coffee shop location. Everything is still very much small-batch and scratch-made at this quick stop.
Must Try: The Buckaroos are rice cereal, caramel, and chocolate treats that are not only gluten-free but also nut, dairy, and egg-free as well. These perfect little squares are the best bite for anyone struggling with more than one food allergy.
1004 S. Gaylord St., Denver. devilsfoodbakerydenver.com
Black Eye Coffee
Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
Not only is the Capital Hill location known for its coffee and cocktail program, but in the evenings this Black Eye location turns into White Lies, a spot to savor dinner and cocktails.
Must Try: The word is they have the best gluten-free salted chocolate chunk cookie (shown). This favorite is crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside with every bite revealing a melty chunk of chocolate. The perfect place to grab a coffee and treat with the kids.
800 Sherman St., Denver. drinkblackeye.com