Fun fact: the idea for National Pie Day originated right here in Colorado. Really (Boulder, if you’re wondering)! So as you might expect, pie is a pretty big deal here.
Nowhere is that more true than the Mile High City, home to dozens of bakeries whipping up pies of all types. From savory hand pies to slices made with innovative and even “out there” ingredients, there are plenty of places claiming to have the best pies in Denver. But who really does?
We’ve done the (delicious) legwork for you, but we highly recommend you go out and run some A/B taste tests on your own. Plus, Colorado small businesses need our support more than ever before, so you have a great excuse!
Speaking of supporting Colorado small businesses, please do it – but do it safely. We encourage you to take advantage of services like curbside pickup and grab-and-go, especially as many bakeries are making extra pies this year specifically for this reason.
8 places where you can find the best pies in Denver
No matter which corner of the Mile High City you live in or what type of pie you like, you’ll find dozens of places whipping up scrumptious varieties. Although it was a tough decision, here are our top eight picks for the best pies in Denver.
This humble bakery is a Denver institution. It’s been making homemade, from-scratch pies for over 25 years and offers a few dozen varieties – at least 25 on any given day. Although there’s no official source for this sort of thing, we’re pretty confident that’s the biggest selection in the Denver area. The New England Blueberry Cheese and Grasshopper, a chocolate and mint cream concoction, are must-tries. Granny’s even offers several sugar-free pies.
You probably don’t associate a brewery with churning out the best pies in Denver, but you’re going to have to trust us on this one. What’s better than finishing off a meal with pie and a beer? Literally nothing. The Post offers both mini pies and pies by the slice, with knockout flavors including key lime and double cherry. Don’t miss the legendary chocolate whoopie pies, either.
Teeny, tiny Wednesday’s Pie is barely big enough for the pie cooler, register, coffee station, and a few bar rail tables. Don’t judge this proverbial book by its cover, though – Wednesday’s pies are phenomenal. There are typically three house-made varieties each day and they rotate constantly. The Pecan salted caramel is a local legend. Order whole pies ahead of time or pop in for a slice and a cup of coffee. Be warned that it will likely be standing room only.
Wednesday’s Pie also serves as the “face” of Green Russell, an underground speakeasy. Enter through the swinging stainless-steel door.
A newcomer on the Denver bakery scene, the owners of Bubby Goober’s (aptly nicknamed Bubby and Goober) launched their pie business in their kitchen earlier this year. They started by selling exclusively personal-sized mini pies, but their hand pies are so good that they very quickly and very literally outgrew their home kitchen.
Shortly after launching, Bubby Goober’s expanded into a commercial facility in Montclair. Amazingly, all pies can be made gluten-free and the company offers delivery within a 10-mile radius. Unique flavors include Black & Bluebarb and Pear with Chai Glaze.
By the time Wooden Spoon opens its doors at 8:00 AM Wednesday through Sunday, there’s a line. Most people walk away with a made-in-house pastry and by noon, they’ll be sold out. The selection of baked goods is extensive, but the pies are standouts. Locals love the Boston Cream in particular, so order online ahead of time if you have your heart set on one.
Trompeau is as authentically French as it gets in Denver, and that’s really saying something. The Mile High City is a melting pot of every type of food imaginable, from Mexican food trucks to 5-star steakhouses and literally everything in between. In the case of Trompeau, the obvious stars are the croissants but skip over them in favor of pie. They’re not offered every day, but the French Almond is widely considered one of the best pies in Denver.
With locations in both Uptown Denver and Arvada, Steuben’s is committed to traditional American fare with modern, memorable twists. Take the Boston Cream Pie that’s made with a banana cake foundation or the Fried Apple, which is easily among the best pies in Denver. This is no ordinary apple pie; it’s topped with Frosted Flakes and served a la mode.
Shamane’s is technically in Boulder, but take our word for it: it’s worth the trip. The tiny bakery earned a spot on Thrillist’s 2019 list of The Best Pie Shops in America, and in fact, was the only Colorado business to do so. The pies are mostly classics with a distinctly Southern flair, such as chocolate walnut bourbon espresso, sweet potato bourbon chocolate pecan, and apple cranberry. Several varieties are offered in gluten-free options, and you can even get a sample of a few mini-tarts.
From the River Beats Colorado team: 2020 has been a very challenging time for travel, adventure, and events around our state. While we’re aware these uncertain times may limit many aspects of life, we hope our editorials provide helpful tips while ensuring safe social and physical distancing.