Denver >Gypsy House Cafe
Awesome Meeting Place Downstairs for Community.
I formed Denver Tarot Meetup, a local community group celebrating all things Tarot and I must tell you from the first day, Dena and Denise, the sisters have been wonderfully welcoming.
I especially though, want to plug the fact they have a huge open meeting room in the basement they will let you reserve for free as long as most of your gathering buys food or drink there! What a great resource!
FYI for those calling them Gypsy, they are Lebanese and not Gypsies. When I tried to give them literature from NRADO once they got upset saying that "they need to look in the dictionary because Gypsy is a mix of lots of people who like to travel!", I thought that was pretty bad telling a Romani person to tell her people to look in the dictionary as if that is an accurate description of her people anyway.
That would be like me pointing out all the stereotypes about her people as if they are fact. I have tried on more than one occasion to help them understand that GYPSY IS A WORLDWIDE ETHNIC GROUP NOT A WAY OF LIFE. And if they are going to use the name at least know something about the people and the culture and show some respect. I was really sad to see that as a minority themselves, they are intolerant of learning about another minority and not willing to even listen. I also want to point out that most Romani look at the word Gypsy like African Americans would Negroe or the other N word. Just something to think about.
HUMMUS HAPPINESS. Gypsy House has the best HOMEMADE LEBANESE FOOD! The Gypsy Mamma puts her little heart in making the most traditional Dolmades (stuffed grape leaves) and Hummus... With a side of Turkish Coffee and you may as well be on a magic flying carpet!
Great neighborhood place. We live just down the street from the Gypsy House and we love the place. Its a cool laid-back place to have bite, a hot drink and a nice conversation. When we were last there, the people visiting were a good reflection of the diverse eclectic neighborhood the Gypsy House is in. The food is wholesome and delicious. Yummy grape leaves!
Seriously??? These people.
After reading some of the responses about this place, I am confounded! Why don't these people just stay in their Starbucks where they are comfortable. The Gypsy House is run by a family, and anyone who goes there regularly knows the twins and their mama. That is why they yell in to the phone while serving you coffee... they are basically in their own living room and you are their friends. And the guy who thinks they are rude for telling you to buy something in order to use their internet...hello? Do you really expect them to remember the two times you stopped in for five minutes to buy a sandwich? And even if they did, who cares, buy a coffee or a bottled water and stop freeloading!
After reading why these people aren't coming back, I am glad. I like the Gypsy House because of it's easy going atmosphere and would prefer to not have it mucked up with these yuppities.
Never going back.
I needed to work on somethings the other day and I needed a change a scenery so I took a short walk to the Gypsy House. When I got there it was no problem, I ordered a coffee and got to work. After a few hours the owners started yelling at each other loud enough for everyone to hear. Not to long after, I was approached and told that there was a $5 minimum and if I was just ordering coffee I only had an hour to sit. The girl also mentioned that I should at least unplug my computer.
I can appreciate a local business needing to make money, but that is ridiculous. I had been there several times before and spent more than their $5 minimum every time. I never thought that it would be a problem hanging out for a few hours when the place had plenty of open seats.
I guess they don't need the business as bad as it looks like they do. There are plenty of other good places around. I guess I will have to start going to the Market at least I have never been chased out of there.
Hookah in Capitol Hill? Of course I'm addicted :).
This place got me hooked since the first time I went in. Awesome to have hookah in Capitol Hill and not have to drive out to some garbage area of DU with teens everywhere. I agree with the post below, this isn't your apartment. Other coffee shops in Denver require that you buy something to surf the net, if it's such a hassle, contact Comcast or Qwest and get your own service. Also, $5 minimum doesn't equal surfing the net all day there and not buying anything else. I have a rule of buying at least $5 in coffee or snacks every 1-1.5 hours if I'm out.
I like owners with personality, if they scare you then leave. Corporate coffee shops can give you all the fake smiles and BS you want for free. There's a reason small businesses are better and that is because they are each unique in their own ways. I'd definitely recommend the hookah (I always get it here), and of course, Turkish coffee. Events are fun, too. Don't be stupid and buy a small coffee when you go in, if you can afford a laptop you can afford to decently support a small business. Complaining makes you look cheap and ungrateful...only years ago, free Wi-Fi wasn't even a possibility.
But back to the greatness of the cafe. :) Very fun vibe, absolutely love love the music, and the fact that you can have a niche in Capitol Hill to run to. Parking on-street, no limit unless you dare to defy Loading Zones.
Let me tell you how it is in the. I have many coffee shops that i frequent because they all have something unique to offer a customer.... The gypsy house cafe is a special place that many never come to understand and are driven away by trivial things. (if you really look close) - The family that owns it (the infamous sisters) are lebanese gypsy fire women and do not take any flak or freelaoders (of which there are many in denver). they have sucessfully run their business into their fourth year and are swimming comfortably. People get so scared and offended by the intense energy they present and in turn, never some back (scardies). Let them be who they are and you be you, they mean no offence and if ya cant handle the gypsy, go to starbucks where everything is predictable. ----- as for the guy who complained about the internet not being free for him... everyday.....IT IS A BUSINESS....NOT YOUR APARTMENT.... TYPICALLY AT A BUSINESS YOU MUST BUY TO RECIEVE A SERVICE..... SO FINE, FIND ANOTHER COFFEE SHOP.... because honestly i dont want to be in there sitting next to you next time you feel like bitching about not getting something for nothing. (are you paying the bills there? no, then buy a coffee to surf the internet.... gosh what a concept.) anywho, i like the vibe there. if your scared or they make you mad by not being fake fake, just try not being so offended next time and order a turkish coffee and sit back to relax. now, the whole money then food thing is not tolerable and I will mention this fact to them, and that will be the end of that i hope. SUPPORT GYPSY, IT REALLY IS AMAZING, IT IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL AMERICAN COFFEE SHOP, THE ATTITUDES THE MUSIC THE VIBE AND MANNERISMS ARE ALL DIVERSE. -a gypsy.
Rude and Tacky. I will never go in that place again.! The girls (twins) are rude almost every time I go in there and act as if you owe them something just for coming in there. It used to be free to use the internet and hang out. Now there is a five dollar order minimum to use the internet and then as you plug in the computer to an outlet, there is a sign that says there is a 30 minute limit on the internet so the circuits don't get blown. Give me a break! They don't wear sanitary gloves when making the food and switch from handling money to making food. Gross!
Rude and bad customer service!!!!.
I have stopped by the Gypsy House on my way home several times to pick up a sandwich or snack. Actually never chilled and worked on my laptop but always thought it would be a cool place to do just that. So, when my internet wasn't working in my building I thought I would stop in and check it out. I sat and worked for a few minutes and felt it was a cool place. Then a young woman (customer) asked me if anyone was sitting next to me and I replied, "no please have a seat." As the customer went to the counter to order someone that worked there came over and moved her things to another spot and told her to sit there. I thought this was a little out of the ordinary but ignored it. Then less than a minute later the same women that worked there asked me if I had ordered anything and I replied, no. She then said if I wasn't ordering anything I would have to leave. I replied that I had been a customer there many times. After saying that she told me that if I wasn't ordering anything there today that I needed to leave.
After leaving I thought that was extremely RUDE!!! Once a customer always a customer even if that customer doesn't spend their money there that day maybe the next day they will. No more business from me or anyone I know. Good luck "Gypsy House"!!
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