Best of Salida

The Best of Salida ~ some of our faves

When Hayden first arrived in the mountains of Colorado in 1990, he described Salida to a friend in New Zealand as the kind of town where he expected to bump into Andy Griffith wearing a sheriff’s uniform.
Little has changed to take the gloss off Salida’s small town charm. For a relatively small Colorado mountain town, Salida supports an incredibly vibrant and diverse community and economy. Award winning restaurants, renowned artists and galleries, specialty stores, outfitters and a local ski area make Salida the best little mountain community in Colorado.

For those seeking a home in the mountains of Colorado, Salida deserves a closer look. The following businesses represent what we feel is the Best of Salida and will give you a taste of all that our little Colorado mountain town has to offer.

Dining and Entertaining

sweetie'sSweetie’s Bakery & Deli
124 F Street. Sweetie’s Bakery & Deli: In the heart of downtown. Fabulous sandwiches and breakfast burritos as well as luscious sweets, baguettes, bagels and croissants.

Laughing Ladies Salida restaurant

Laughing Ladies Restaurant
128 W 1st Street
Laughing Ladies: This is The One. Contemporary creative cuisine, rib eyes and salads, lovely wines and martinis. Local art adorns the walls in an intimate setting. Must have: Polenta salad for lunch. Crème Brule for a decadent dessert.

Boat House Cantina Salida

Boat House Cantina
228 North F St.
BoatHouse Cantina: The perfect spot in the summer. Watch the kayakers, eat fish tacos and drink your favorite local brew -right on the Arkansas River.

Amicas Pizza Salida Colorado

Amica’s Pizza
Wood Oven Pizza, Microbrew, Wine, Salads
136 E 2nd Street
Amica’s: Award-winning micro-brewery and wood oven pizza. Great locals’ atmosphere.

The Twisted Cork
Creative cuisine from around the world
8046 U.S. hwy 50
Twisted Cork Café: Creative cuisine with an Asian influence and home of local Mountain Spirit Winery and Gallery. Lovely Patio area and great service. Must try: Lettuce wraps and Pad Thai. Chocolate Mousse cake To Die For!

Bensons Tavern

128 North F Street
Benson’s Tavern and Beer Garden: Where the locals gather. Very welcoming and comfy outdoor patio…go for a drink, stay for dinner. Nice assortment of drafts and great pub food.

The Fritz

113 E. Sackett
The Fritz has a fabulous and varied tapas menu. The food is fantastic, the atmosphere congenial. Full bar and seating on the patio in summer months. Go for dinner! Brett and Grant will treat you well.



You only live once clothing in salida YOLO: You Only Live Once (YOLO) in downtown Salida offers a modern hip space for women’s and men’s fashions. From work-out wear to work clothes to funky accessories, bags and shoes, YOLO is where it’s at. Hayden knows that a gift certificate from YOLO is always a great gift!

The Mixing Bowl in Salida

The Mixing Bowl: 148 F Street.
An awesome variety of quality and creative kitchenware (some made in Colorado). Great for gifts.

Fattees shirts in salida colorado

Fattees: Salida’s best t-shirt shop. Find your guilt gifts here and take home a little something for yourself. Hayden’s favorite tee: “Mmmmmm…Bacon.”

Salida Mountain Sports: Outdoor clothing, footwear and gear for Salida’s outdoor lifestyle. Nate and Diana have put together an awesome shop for outdoor and fitness enthusiasts.


Art Galleries

Brodeur: Colorful and expressionist, Paulette Brodeur is a huge asset to our art community. Her working studio/gallery offers relatively inexpensive prints to gorgeous one of kind paintings.

cultureclash: One of Salida’s finest galleries and features some of our favorite local artists, including Lynn Van der Water DeCew. Incredible unique jewelry by Michael Boyd is a must-see.

Virtuosity Gallery: This is artist Joshua Been’s phenomenal gallery. Incredible landscapes of the local area are his specialty. On West First St.


Other Salida Favorites

TYT_Logo_0The Yoga Tonic: 1548 G St. Salida’s premier yoga studio. Owner Annie Jacob offers a wide range of classes including workshops and retreats throughout the year. A beautiful studio.

The Pilates Studio: 300 Hwy 291. Owners Steve O’Neill and Sonja Walters are masterful Pilates instructors. They offer equipment, mat and ball classes as well as private instruction. Personal training a must!

Ark Anglers fishing

ArkAnglers: The Valley’s premier guide service and fly shop (Arkansas River Fly Shop) with locations in Salida and Buena Vista.

Home and Design: A beautiful showroom for flooring, cabinets, countertops and more. Diane and Susan have incredible taste and can help you choose colors and styles for your new home or remodel.