Suburbs aren’t often thought of as travel destinations, particularly when the nearby urban core has come into its own. But Aurora, the big and noisy suburb east of Denver proper, is finding its place as a travel destination through the diversity of its food scene.
Aurora has long been an arrival point for immigrants in Colorado. Of the city’s 375,000 residents, 19.9 percent — nearly 75,000 people — are foreign-born, according to US Census data. Aurora is a less expensive alternative for people to live and work compared to the rising costs of Denver, and many immigrants have become small business owners and opened restaurants. The result is a food culture that stands apart from the outdoors, sports, and cannabis sectors that typically draw visitors to Colorado.