One of Denver's oldest neighborhoods, with block after block of Victorian homes mixed with luxury lofts and new housing developments, Five Points is one of the few historically predominantly African American-owned commercial strips in the country. Some have referred to the area as the "Harlem of the West" for its jazz history, where many of the greats, including Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, and more played at clubs like Rossonian and the Rainbow Room. The area was mentioned frequently in Jack Kerouac's On the Road. The Stiles African American Heritage Center (2607 Glenarm Pl.), The Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library (2401 Welton St.) and The Black American West Museum (3091 California St.) tell the story of the African American in the West. Explore Five Points' rich heritage with the Denver Story Trek, an interactive, multimedia tour that takes you to Denver's greatest historic attractions.
Where to Find It
About one mile northeast of downtown, bordered by Park Ave., Downing St., Stout St. and Tremont Pl..
CAB FARE FROM DOWNTOWN: $6.50 (approx.)
RTD: Light Rail Line D can be picked up downtown at 16th and California and it ends in Five Points.
Restaurants in this neighborhood serve up some of the best Caribbean, soul food, catfish, and BBQ you'll find anywhere. Five Points includes the neighborhoods surrounding the intersection of Washington St., 27th St., 26th Ave., and Welton Street - the junction between the downtown diagonal grid and the rectangular grid of East Denver neighborhood causes this intersection to be five-way, hence the name.
Every May, 5 Points celebrates its musical heritage with the 5 Points JazzFest, a free event featuring more than 100 performers, great food and family friendly activities.