A treasure around every corner ...

With 200 parks and 17 tree-lined boulevards, Denver is a city of neighborhoods - small pockets that give the real flavor of Mile High living. Here are just some of the city's diverse neighborhoods. 

The Art District on Santa Fe

The Art District on Santa Fe is a unique art and cultural district with more than 40 galleries, restaurants and shops located just south of downtown Denver. It is the largest concentration of art galleries in Colorado, offering contemporary, emerging and traditional art including painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media, graphic art and textiles. The Art District opens its doors freely to lively Denver crowds for popular events such as the First Friday Art Walk, held every first Friday of the month and Collectors' Night held every third Friday of the month. There are also free walking tours of the historic neighborhood on First Fridays, while free shuttle buses connect the strip of galleries to the 10th and Osage Light Rail station.  The neighborhood also features some of the city's best Mexican restaurants and Latin fusion dining.  The Museo de las Americas showcases changing exhibits of Latino art from throughout Central and South America.  During the holiday season, the street is decorated with thousands of glowing luminaries.  The Mexican holiday of September 16 is celebrated with El Grito de Independencia Fiesta.  The street is closed for a massive fiesta with mariachi bands, food and dancing, low rider festival and more.
Location: 5th to 11th Avenue on Santa Fe Drive
Link: www.artdistrictonsantafe.com

Cherry Creek North

Cherry Creek North is Denver's premiere shopping and dining neighborhood.  The area boasts 320 independently owned galleries, shops, restaurants and spas and is adjacent to upscale Cherry Creek Shopping Center, which has an additional 160 brand name stores.  Together, they create the largest and most varied shopping district between Chicago and San Francisco.  Cherry Creek is a place where tree-shaded streets, parks and gardens, beautiful public art and lively outdoor cafes invite you to browse, sip, relax and dine.   The tranquil Cherry Creek Bike Path connects the neighborhood to downtown Denver, which is just three miles away.  On summer weekends, a Farmer's Market offers tasty local baked goods and produce, while the Cherry Creek Arts Festival is ranked as one of the largest art celebrations in the nation.  The neighborhood's reputation for fine dining has increased in recent years with some of Cherry Creek's chefs gaining national attention.  But this inviting and friendly neighborhood is also filled with casual sidewalk cafes and coffeehouses...the perfect setting to sit back and enjoy Denver's 300 days of annual sunshine.
Location:  First, Second and Third Avenues from University to Steele Street
Link: www.cherrycreeknorth.com 

Colfax and Capitol Hill

Colfax Avenue stretches east and west through Denver for 26 miles, making it the longest business street in America.  Every May, the Colorado Colfax Marathon attracts thousands of runners who race the entire length of the street, from Aurora to Lakewood.  Two neighborhoods along the center of Colfax are near downtown Denver.  Capitol Hill is the area immediately east of the State Capitol and features the 210-foot high, French Gothic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, the first Basilica west of the Mississippi River. Buffalo Bill Cody was baptized here and Pope John Paul II conducted a mass here during World Youth Day in 1993.  The neighborhood has bookstores and some trendy restaurants, bars and shops.  Some of the stately mansions of Capitol Hill were built by early Denver pioneers, many of whom struck it rich in the gold rush days.  Today, several of these mansions have been turned into delightful bed and breakfasts and offices. There are two great music venues on Colax:  the Fillmore Auditorium, an intimate theater that has hosted everyone from Bob Dylan to Phish, and the nearby Ogden, a converted movie house that now rocks with contemporary national groups.   Further east at Colfax and Elizabeth, a neighborhood called Greektown is coming alive and is the new home of the famous Tattered Cover Bookstore, which relocated into the historic Lowenstein Theatre.  The neighborhood also includes record stores and restaurants and the Bluebird, yet another movie house that now hosts national performers.
Link: www.colfaxonthehill.com

Five Points

Five Points is one of Denver's oldest neighborhoods with block after block of beautiful Victorian homes and historic storefronts, many of which are part of a resurgence that is adding luxury loft projects and new housing developments to the area.  The commercial district on Welton Street has 75 businesses, all located along a light rail line that offers convenient access to downtown. It is one of the few predominantly African American owned commercial strips in the country.  Restaurants in the area are known for offering a wide variety of finger-licking Caribbean, soul food, catfish, BBQ chicken and ribs.  For many years, Five Points was one of the West's greatest jazz centers with clubs like the Rossonian and the Rainbow Room.  Jack Kerouac mentions the neighborhood frequently in his classic Beat Generation novel, "On the Road."  Today, music fills the streets of Five Points during the Juneteenth celebration--an annual parade and festival commemorating the day African Americans in the West first heard of the Emancipation Proclamation.  The Black American West Museum, Stiles African American Heritage Center and Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library are all located in Five Points and offer a fascinating look at the important role that Black pioneers played in helping to settle the American West.
Link: www.fivepointsbiz.org


Golden served as Colorado's territorial capital city until 1867 and it is still one of the most historic towns in the state with 6 museums including Buffalo Bill's Grave, the Colorado Railroad Museum and the Pioneer Museum.  The town is located at the base of the mountains with two high rocky mesas rising on either side, forming a picturesque Western backdrop.  The rugged setting makes Golden an outdoor recreation center for mountain biking, hiking and kayaking.  Fast rushing Clear Creek flows through the center of the town and there are numerous outdoor cafes where you can relax with a drink, while watching kayaks float by.  Dozens of miles of biking and hiking trails head up into the buttes, or follow the river as it flows to Denver.  Downtown Golden has always had an Old West feel to it.  The sidewalks are covered by arcades that keep the sidewalks cool in summer and the town's famous Welcome Arch spans the street, proclaiming that Golden is "where the West lives!" Many of the buildings feature adobe and Southwestern architecture...and each July, Buffalo Bill's Days brings a rip roaring Western festival to town with a parade, stagecoach rides and a pancake breakfast.  But today, a younger and more hip Golden is also emerging with new downtown housing, trendy outdoor cafes and numerous bicycling and kayaking shops.   There are 22 restaurants and bars that are kept busy by locals and students from the Colorado School of Mines.  Downtown already has more than 30 shops and art galleries ....with more on the way as the area experiences a new building boom.  And of course, Golden is the home of MillerCoors Brewery -- the largest single brewing site in the world.  The brewery offers free tours that demonstrate how Rocky Mountain spring water from Golden, Colorado is transformed into one of the most popular beers in the world.
Link: http://ci.golden.co.us/ ; www.goldencochamber.org

Golden Triangle Museum District

The Golden Triangle Museum District is one of Denver's oldest neighborhoods, a delightful mix of historic single family Victorian homes on tree-lined streets blended with chic new galleries, trend-setting restaurants and elegant high-rise apartments.  Located along the southern edge of downtown Denver, the neighborhood is home to eight of the city's museums, including some of the city's architectural masterpieces such as the new Hamilton Building at the Denver Art Museum, the Victorian mansion that was the home of "Unsinkable" Molly Brown and the Denver Public Library.  The Vance Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art is housed in the 20th Century artist's former studio, while the Colorado History Museum features a colorful, block long mural. The Golden Triangle is a neighborhood where life, work, art and architecture merge into a unique urban experience.  On the first Friday of every month, the neighborhood's 50 art galleries stay open late with the "Art Bus" offering free transportation from hip galleries to tasty cafes.  After dark, the area dubbed "SoCo" for south of Colfax, has some of the cities hottest night clubs and outdoor patios, while the six restaurants in the 900 block of Lincoln offer distinctive Denver dining.
Location: The triangle within Lincoln, Speer and Colfax and the museums along 13th Avenue - the Avenue of the Arts
Link: http://gtmd.org/


Highlands is Denver's largest neighborhood, an area of quaint Victorian brick homes and shaded streets that has undergone a recent resurgence with vibrant new restaurants, galleries and shops.  This charming corner of Denver has been featured in Travel + Leisure Magazine and National Geographic Traveler and has three distinct commercial districts.  On the high ground along the South Platte River and connected to downtown by a series of three pedestrian bridges, you can find everything from coffee shops, cool bars and popular restaurants to the massive REI Flagship store, which has an indoor 45-foot high climbing wall.  In the area, you can rent a bike - or a kayak - and enjoy the South Platte River as it winds through the city.  Nearby, Highlands Square is a laidback shopping district with outdoor cafes and one-of-a-kind boutiques and galleries, offering a variety of cuisines, from cheap to chic.  Distinctive lampposts highlight the historic Victorian feel of the neighborhood, which is best explored on foot or by bike.  The up-and-coming Berkley Square and Tennyson sections of Highlands offers more than a dozen art galleries, bakeries, restaurants and boutique clothing stores.   Since its founding in 1858, the Highlands neighborhood has been known for its ethnic diversity.  Today, it attracts a wide mix of ages and people, all drawn by the area's shady streets, parks and architecture.
Link: www.highlands-square.com

Historic Downtown Littleton

Historic Downtown Littleton offers a charming "Main Street" America, lined with turn-of-the-century buildings that now house some of the metro area's most unique, independently owned businesses.  There are 11 art galleries, 14 specialty gift shops and six clothing boutiques, all in lovely, tree-lined pedestrian area that brings back the relaxed ambiance of a different era.  A dozen restaurants, cafes and coffee shops provide quiet places to sit and watch the world go by.  Bike paths connect the shopping area to the South Platte River bike path, which offers easy access to downtown Denver.  Historic Littleton is also located directly on the Santa Fe light rail line, just a short and scenic 9 mile ride from Denver's 16th Street Mall.  Numerous events are held throughout the year, including a Mardi Gras and Bastille Day celebration, and there is Farmer's Market every Saturday in the summer with locally grown produce, baked goods, cooking demonstrations and more.   Historically, Littleton began as a farming community and that tradition is kept alive at the nearby Littleton Historical Museum.  The facility has two working farms, one from the 1860s and another from the 1920s.  Chickens, pigs, oxen, cattle and horses make this a fun outing for the family.  Hudson Gardens is another local attraction.  Located on the banks of the South Platte River, The Gardens reflect the multitude of plants, flowers and trees and thrive in the dry Colorado climate.  The thirty acres of gardens are arranged in a continuous flow featuring ponds, wildlife, sculpture, a garden railroad and spectacular natural displays along a mile-and-a-quarter walking path.
Link: www.downtownlittleton.com/business-directory.htm


LoDo ....short for "lower downtown"....is Denver's hip historic district and one of the most fashionable addresses in the Mile High City.  There are 125 historic red brick buildings in the area, making it one of the largest concentrations of Victorian and turn-of-the-century architecture in the nation.  Since the opening of Coors Field in 1995, the neighborhood has undergone a transformation and today offers a mixture of eclectic new buildings and restored warehouse loft projects.  There are 90 brewpubs, sports bars, restaurants and coffee houses in the neighborhood, many of them with rooftop patios offering great places to watch a Rocky Mountain sunset.  LoDo was the setting for MTV's Real World and is especially popular with singles and young professionals. The Museum of Contemporary Art opened here in 2007 and there are many art galleries in the area, as well as shopping that ranges from massive bookstores to Western wear. On the edge of LoDo is Larimer Square, an elegant and charming package of dining, shopping and nightlife that defines hip urban revitalization.  Another district near LoDo is Riverfront, a new area with several thousand housing units built along the edge of Commons Park.  LoDo's Union Station is Denver's transportation hub, serving AMTRAK, the Ski Train, Light Rail and the free 16th Street Mall shuttle.  Denver's new 120-mile light rail network will all hub from Union Station, making LoDo the epicenter of the seven-county metro area.
Link: www.lodo.org

Old South Gaylord

Nestled among the quaint tree-lined streets of the Washington Park Neighborhood, Old South Gaylord is one of Denver's oldest shopping and dining districts.  Trolley cars once rumbled down the middle of the street, that is today lined with outdoor cafes, distinctive old lampposts, and intriguing one-of-a-kind shops and galleries.  There are seven restaurants and bars, serving everything from fresh seafood to Asian fusion.  Storefronts capture the magic of the 1920s, when South Gaylord had a movie theatre, soda fountain and grocery store.  The turn-of-the-century buildings have been charmingly converted to house shops offering contemporary fashions, sporting goods, bicycles and art.  Washington Park is just a short walk away.  Consistently picked by Denver residents as their favorite park, Washington Park has two lakes, two formal flower gardens and expansive lawns and trees, perfect for picnics and walks.  You can rent paddle boats or bicycles to explore the park on land or water.  The path around the perimeter is exactly two miles long and offers wonderful views of the snowcapped Rocky Mountains in the distance.  After a stroll through one of the gardens, relax with a drink at Old South Gaylord.  This friendly neighborhood gathering spot has the charm of yesteryear mixed with some of Denver's most contemporary shopping and dining.

Old South Pearl Street

One of Denver's first trolley cars rattled down South Pearl Street in 1893.  Today, the movie houses, stores and businesses that once lined the trolley tracks have been lovingly restored into an eclectic neighborhood of 14 restaurants and bars, nine art galleries and 34 specialty stores.  There are stores devoted to mystery books, antiquarian books, chocolates, bicycles and fine stationary.  Seven clothing and accessory shops are mixed with sixteen health, beauty and wellness practitioners.  There are coffeshops, wine bars and neighborhood pubs...but the area also features some of Denver's most popular fine dining, including a rich mixture of international cuisine that runs the gamut from sushi to Hungarian.  A farmer's market takes place every Sunday from June through the end of October, offering fresh produce and baked goods.   The Denver Folklore Center has been a fixture of the neighborhood for decades, specializing in new and used guitars, banjos, mandolins, dulcimers, autoharps and fiddles, as well as being a center for rare folk music books and recordings. The retail and dining diversity of Old South Pearl can be dazzling, yet the relaxed ambiance of the neighborhood harkens back to a simpler time, of evening strolls down tree-lined streets and a visit to the local ice cream parlor - now a gelato store with a colorful and tasty array of flavors.
Link: www.oldsouthpearlstreet.com

Olde Town Arvada

People have been shopping in downtown Arvada since 1904, but with 26 restaurants and bars, 8 art galleries and 14 gift and clothing stores, the shopping and dining have never been more exciting.  Today, Olde Town Arvada offers a charming, turn-of-the-Century, Main Street America ambiance, combined with spectacular mountain views.  From neighborhood taverns and pubs, many of which offer live music, to fine Italian dining and an authentic German bakery, Old Town offers a wide variety of tasty dining options. Historic markers tell the story of how the town was founded as an agricultural community and grew with the coming of the railroad and trolley lines from Denver.  The railroad still passes through the heart of Olde Town.   Arvada has some of the metro area's most colorful events, including the annual Harvest Festival in September that features a parade and food fair, and the Festival of Scarecrows in October, in which dozens of scarecrows are erected around the town.  On Thursday evenings in the summer, Old Town has free concerts with local bands.  Music of a more classical nature can be heard at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities.  One of the largest arts centers in the Denver metro area, it offers three theatres seating more than 1,500 for a variety of theatrical and music productions, as well as two floors of gallery space for art shows and a permanent museum on Arvada history. 
Link: www.historicarvada.org

South Broadway and Antique Row

In 1860, farmer John Engle dragged a log behind his mule as he headed north from his farm to the tent city of Denver.  Today, that log trace across the plains has become Broadway - the urban heart of the Mile High City.  From the Colorado State Capitol heading south 16 blocks to Alameda, Broadway is lined with an eclectic mixture of neighborhood taverns, avant guard clothing stores, cutting edge galleries, gay bars, used book stores, trendy home furnishing stores, ethnic restaurants, music clubs, pizza parlors, pubs and sporting goods emporiums.  It is fun, urban and edgy.   South of Alameda, Broadway becomes "Antique Row," - an amazing collection of nearly 400 antique stores crammed together in just 18 blocks.  From pottery and glass to coins and silver, from art to books and everything in between, Antique Row is one of the nation's largest concentrations of dealers, many of whom have been in business 30 years or more.  Browsing the businesses of South Broadway, you can find deals on garden supplies, fine wines, antique rugs, handcrafted picture frames, tiles, vintage lighting, Halloween costumes, custom furniture, jewelry, antique guns, Old West paraphernalia and more ---There are also several dining establishments, pubs and even a tea room.   It's the perfect place to browse away an afternoon.
Link: www.antique-row.com

Stapleton and Northfield

When Stapleton International Airport closed in 1995, it created the opportunity for the largest urban land redevelopment project in American history.  When complete in 25 years, the $5 billion Stapleton project will redevelop 4,000 acres of former runways and terminals into a virtual new city with 12,000 housing units that will be home to 30,000 residents and 35,000 workers.  Some 30 percent of the land will be preserved for parks and open space, highlighted by Central Park, an 80-acre park in the middle of the development.  Bike and jogging paths connect the parks to village-like shopping areas, encouraging pedestrian traffic throughout the neighborhood.  Houses have front porches facing tree-lined streets, while garages are accessed in the rear via alleyways.  This "new urbanism" approach rejects the auto-based sprawl of strip shopping centers so often found in the suburbs to instead create a neighborhood filled with pocket parks, village service centers, bike paths and public art.  Bike paths also connect Stapleton to the 17,000 acre Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refugee and to Dick's Sporting Goods Park, an 18,000-seat stadium that is surrounded by a 24-field, fully-lit professional soccer complex.  The home of the Colorado Rapids is considered to be the biggest and most state-of-the-art professional stadium and field complex in the world.  The Shops at Northfield Stapleton offer a pleasant outdoor shopping experience with 18-movie theatres, a Bass Pro Outlet and more, all in relaxed surroundings with fountains, pedestrian streets and outdoor cafes.  
Link: http://stapletondenver.com


Sunset Magazine calls Uptown "one of Denver's hippest hoods, with lively new restaurants, chic shops, and a cheery, progressive vibe."  The oldest of downtown Denver's residential neighborhoods, Uptown has a delightful mix of Victorian and Queen Anne homes on tree-lined boulevards mixed with modern highrise apartments and loft conversion projects.  Uptown sits on a slight hill with dramatic views of downtown and the mountains. A highlight for visitors is Restaurant Row, the stretch of 17th Avenue running from Broadway to City Park that is lined with cafes....offering everything from taco bars and comfort food to upscale eateries and fine dining.  Here you'll also fine some of the city's most popular bars and clubs and even a few small theatres.  Curtis Park sits on the northern edge of Uptown with its stately Queen Anne homes, quiet parks and large shade trees.    To the west of Uptown is Denver's largest green space - City Park.  The tree-covered park is home to the Denver Zoo and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and has miles and miles of jogging and bike paths.  The view from City Park Lake takes in more than 120 miles of snowcapped Rocky Mountains.