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Coffee Break and Studying Sanctuaries


When spending several hours on campus, listening to lectures all day, being around other human beings, and writing down notes until your hand-cramps become unbearable, it is essential to know where the prime off-campus study spots are for an escape from the sometimes dim and dreary Auraria Campus.

First and foremost is the illustrious The Market, which isn’t actually on Market Street but on Larimer, a mere five minute walk from campus.

The Market is generally bustling at lunch hour, but the expanse of tables and coffee make this a prime location to study at a mere stone’s throw away from campus. The Market also offers a deli and hot meals in complement to their renowned pastries and bakery. Inside can be loud and overcrowded, but get there at the right time with a good pair of headphones, and it is a painless place to study and get a cup of coffee.

The Tattered Cover Book Store, though known to many students, is also a vital place to study off campus. Treated almost as if it was a library, the Tattered Cover, located right on 16th Street, is seamlessly silent and offers seating for those who want to sit down with a book or work on their laptop. Not only is this branch historic in its own right, but it is also obviously brimming with potential resources for that paper due at the end of the week.

On 15th Street is Leela European Cafe, a generally mild coffee shop during its daylight hours and its peak being at around 7 p.m. It is a nonchalant 24-hour coffee shop that offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner for any time of the day and for any occasion. This spot has become a local favorite and an occasional hangout for those who linger around the area and groups of friends who need a gathering spot.

The best thing about Leela is that it is open 24 hours a day. Nearly on the same street as the Auraria Student Lofts, it is one of the most accessible study spots for anyone who needs to liberate themselves from the drone and the lull that back-to-back classes can drive one into.

If familiarity and routine is more suitable, there is a Starbucks right across the street from The Market, offering the same old coffee and the same old pastries that society has grown to know and adore. Though the space is smaller than most Starbucks, and it gets cramped during the height of foot traffic, during its off hours it can be a pleasant and conducive study spot.

When spending long hours on campus, in studio classes or lectures, it becomes essential to find at least one place away from Auraria to elude the influx of students and the often-overwhelming nature of it all: The first semester of college, the first semester away from home, and the first semester in a different bed. It can be advantageous to acquire a place that can be one’s own.

The Market

1445 Larimer St.

(303) 534-5140


Sun.–Thurs.: 6 a.m.–10 p.m.

Fri.–Sat.: 6 a.m.–11 p.m.

Tattered Cover Book Store

1628 16th St.

(303) 436-1070


Mon.–Fri.: 6:30 a.m.–9 p.m.

Sat.: 9 a.m.–9 p.m.

Sun.: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Leela European Cafe

820 15th St.

(303) 534-2255


open 24 hours

—Sarai Nissan

Above: The Market offers tasty treats and study space just blocks from campus.

photo: Sarai Nissan • CU Denver Sentry

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