Highlands is Denver's latest "it" place to be. This community, with a distinct Hispanic heritage, has been featured in Travel + Leisure Magazine as well as National Geographic Traveler. The 250-acre section northwest of downtown has experienced amazing growth and changes over the past few years, and is overflowing with trendy restaurants, bars, and shops. Three diverse commercial districts - Lower Highlands (LoHi), Highlands Square and Tennyson Street make Highlands Denver's largest neighborhood.
Highlands Square at 32nd and Lowell is a charming neighborhood of quaint boutiques and restaurants, situated among bungalow-style houses. Here, you'll find shops offering anything from books and gifts to fine lingerie and contemporary fashions. Restaurants in Highlands Square serve up an array of fare, including Mexican and Caribbean cuisine, seafood and sushi. Pubs, as well as wine, sake and martini bars play a big part in giving this area a fun, lively ambiance.
Another area of interest in Highlands is the Tennyson Street Cultural District, with a number of art galleries, where you can spend an afternoon browsing antique prints, photographs, and paintings from local artists. You'll also find a few live music venues and some great Italian and Mexican food. The Navajo Street Art District is tucked away in the Lower Highlands area of Denver. With amazing galleries, fine dining, great performance art, and ample parking, it's truly one of the best kept secrets in town.
If you're looking for a neighborhood on the verge, look no further than Lower Highlands, or East Highlands. Spanning both sides of the Highland Bridge, LoHi is a great place to shop, eat, stroll and relax.
Where to Find It
Adjacent to downtown Denver to the northwest, about 3.1 miles. Between I-25 and Federal, south of W. 38th Ave. and north of 29th Ave.
CAB FARE FROM DOWNTOWN: To 32nd and Lowell, $12 (approx.)
CAB FARE FROM DOWNTOWN: To 44th and Tennyson, $12 (approx.)
OTHER: A series of pedestrian bridges connect LoDo with the Lower Highlands, a short walk from the end of the 16th Street mall.
RTD: Direct routes on buses 28, 32 and 44
Highlands has long been the landing point for Italian, and later Hispanic, immigrants. The neighborhood is filled with small family-owned restaurants specializing in regional cuisines from Italy, Mexico, Peru, and Argentina. Locals also take advantage of three large parks: Sloan's Lake, Rocky Mountain Lake, and Berkeley Park.
The first Friday of every month on Tennyson Street, galleries and artists display and sell their work, offering everything from paintings and photography to Chinese Scrolls and stage costumes. Every June, the Highlands Street Fair brings live music, tasty food, arts and crafts, a classic car show, and more to the neighborhood, while the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival in July celebrates Asian culture.