Federal Boulevard offers a taste of everything from hand-crafted beers and modern Italian cuisine to the best authentic Asian and Mexican eateries. All along Federal Boulevard are bright murals adjacent to specialty shops, as well as antique and vintage signs that line the historic and diverse area.
If you're the type who likes to track down the most authentic, off-the-radar restaurants in any given city, then you'll want to head to South Federal, where unpretentious eateries are local favorites. Asian markets and Vietnamese restaurants abound in Little Saigon, between Mississippi and Alameda avenues, as do Mexican restaurants and shops in the Barnum area (named after circus mogul P.T. Barnum).
See the neighborhood map below to start exploring.
Explore South Federal
Far East Center
A pagoda-style entry welcomes guests to explore a shopping center chock full of Asian eateries, markets and gift shops. Feast on coconut buns and noodle bowls, and shop for Buddha statues, straw hats, Chinese herbs and hundreds of other treasures.
Explore In Style
Head to Pedego Electric Bikes to grab a rental and explore the neighborhood! Or purchase your very own Pedego electric bike and accessories.
Several parks with water features offer an escape just off busy South Federal Boulevard. Visit Barnum Park for its views of downtown Denver; Huston Lake Park or Garfield Lake Park, each with lakeshores to explore; or Sanderson Gulch Park or Lakewood Gulch Park, where South Platte River tributaries meander through green spaces.
Little Saigon Market
A favorite of the neighborhood is the Vietnamese food market carrying produce, meats, spices and imported Asian products.
Sarto's is fitting for any occasion, from game day brunch to dinner before a show. Experience the cuisine of modern Italy in the heart of Jefferson Park.
For the best mystery dinner theater in the state, locals head to Adams Mystery Playhouse, with shows for any age on most Friday and Saturday nights.
Grab a flight of the raddest beer around at Little Machine. Enjoy a brew on one of the dog-friendly patios, or at the bar that encircles the handles of rotating taps.
A hidden gem of the neighborhood is the Vinh Xuong Bakery. The décor has a traditional coffeehouse feel and serves some of the best banh mi and sesame balls in the city.
Chinese and Vietnamese New Year
Every year the Far East Center celebrates the New Year in January with food, dragon and lion dancing and more.
Jefferson Park Farm & Flea
This community outdoor market features local artisans and food makers plus live music and fun for the whole family!
St. Cajetan's Parish Bazaar
A neighborhood highlight, taking place in August, with food, dancing and fun, celebrating the parish's patron saint.
In September, the Business and Culture District on Morrison Road hosts the annual event with cars, food, music and art.