Reader: Gypsy House Cafe Is the Best Cafe in Denver

Doniece and Dena Derani talk about plans for Gypsy House Cafe's new location.EXPAND
Doniece and Dena Derani talk about plans for Gypsy House Cafe's new location.
Sarah Anne Farley
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Denver's Gypsy House Cafe, a gathering spot for artists, musicians and arts enthusiasts, stood for years at the corner of East13th Avenue and Marion Street. When the building was sold in 2016 and the coffee shop was forced to close, the owners, twin sisters Doniece and Dena Derani, went looking for a new space in a different city. Eventually, though, they returned to Denver, where they found a new home for Gypsy House at 1545 South Broadway.

After Westword shared that story this past week, readers have responded in droves — mostly with enthusiasm.

Daniel writes:

Gypsy House Cafe is the best cafe in Denver, and possibly even Colorado. It broke my heart when the owners of the building sold their old location out from under the family that owned Gypsy House, but I'm thrilled that they're back now. If you've never had the chance to experience Gypsy House, I recommend you go and treat yourself to their amazing Turkish coffee, among other great things on the menu. You'll quickly become a regular.

Cheresa will miss the old spot:

I still see Denver as what it used to be, too. It’s hard to see it as the place it has become.

Malia adds:

I had a dream about this happening a few nights ago. How wild. This makes me so happy.

Joji takes umbrage with the use of the word "Gypsy" in the cafe's name:

Gypsy is a slur.

And owner Doniece Derani replies:

Only if you want it to be. I think Gypsies are exquisite, and out of this world. One love ????.

Read on for more coverage of Gypsy House Cafe.

"Capitol Hill's Gypsy House Cafe Will Close March 14"

"With Gypsy House Closing, Denver Loses Another Community Gathering Place"

"All Signs of the Gypsy House Cafe and Hummus Bar Will Soon Disappear"

The Derani sisters outside the new Gypsy House Cafe.EXPAND
The Derani sisters outside the new Gypsy House Cafe.
Sarah Anne Farley

"Gypsy House Cafe Will Reopen on South Broadway"

At the new location, the sisters plan to serve beer, wine and coffee, creating a "more grown-up version" of the previous space. They will still showcase works by artists and musicians, and say they hope to make it a home away from home.

“You’re going to walk in here and you’re going to say hi to three or four people you may know — and if not, you’re going to know them by the time you leave,” Doniece explains. “We want everyone to be comfortable and feel like they can express themselves.”

Did you visit the original Gypsy House? What do you think about the new location? Post a comment or send a note to editorial@westword.com.

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