Denver might be the big draw in Colorado, but Aurora has its own flair to offer both residents and visitors. There are tons of great parks like Sand Creek, Great Plains, Del Mar, and the Jewell Wetlands as well as the Aurora Reservoir and the Plains Conservation Center. Once you’ve seen those places, you’re ready to spend some time in Aurora the way the locals do. Those places include eating at some fantastic restaurants, shopping, and even getting your hair done.
Aurora is home to an eclectic bunch of food cuisines from international flavors to American comfort food. Sam’s No. 3 Diner serves up traditional American diner food, and its neighborhood vibe keeps the locals coming back for more. They have a full breakfast menu, burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, and salads. You can also find some traditional Greek dishes like gyros and pork souvlaki.
If you want to mix things up, you can go to Monsoon for traditional Indian food. All food is cooked in a kitchen tandoor to keep things truly authentic. You can eat Tandoori Chicken, Salmon Tikka, naan, curries, masala, and korma. They also have vegetarian options and dairy free desserts.
Looking for the best breakfast spot? Try Three Little Griddles. You can go for traditional breakfast items like omelets and pancakes or try their famous Ebelskivers, Danish-style pancakes filled with things like fudge and lemon curd.
Shopping is a great way to explore a city while finding fun new things. Aurora has some excellent shopping spots like Town Center. You can find stores like Charlotte Russe, Bath and Body Works, and Dillard’s. In fact, there are over 150 stores and restaurants to peruse and enjoy.
Southlands is an outdoor mall that features some of the best stores in Aurora. You can find old favorites mixed in with local shops like Mainstream Boutique. There are also plenty of restaurants to stop at when you get hungry as well as a theater and live entertainment.
Havana Street offers shopping as well as local culture and entertainment. This strip of stores has stores like Target, T.J. Maxx, and Maurice’s mixed with shops like Nejashi Textile & Gifts and Sunrise Thrift Store. Local events are also hosted here from grocery cart racing to live concerts.
Treating yourself to a spa day or a total makeover is an excellent way to relax, and there are quite a few salons in Aurora to visit. If you’re ready for a whole new look, Bella Luna is a good place to start. This Aveda Salon offers men’s, women’s, and children’s haircuts along with an entire list of coloring services. You can also get massages, facials, or waxing services.
Hair Rx is a full salon and spa experience. You can get a cut and color or add extensions to your hair as well as treat your scalp to some deep conditioning. The spa services include a variety of chemical peels as well as dermaplaning to help your skin look and feel it’s best. If you want makeup services, they can do basic services, special occasions, and lessons. There are also waxing and tinting services.
Aurora may be small, but there is plenty to see, do, and taste once you start looking.
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