Walk the Beat,
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Popular Denver Neighborhoods

Compiled by Laurie Stolmack Eaton

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Denver Pavilions/16th Street Mall
Lower Downtown (LoDo)/ Larimer Square
Santa Fe Drive Art District
Golden Triangle/Art Museum
Lower Highland / Central Platte Valley (LoHi)
River North (RiNo)
South Broadway (SoBo)
Highlands Square
Denver’s Uptown-City Park

Neighborhood: Denver Pavilions/16th Street Mall

Getting There:
  • Denver Pavilions is located on the 16th Street pedestrian mall in the heart of Downtown Denver.

The Denver Pavilions covers two city blocks. It is a three story high, open-air mall that features 40 shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues including a movie theater and a bowling alley. Catch the 16th Street Free Mall shuttle to see additional shops and restaurants on the 16th Street Mall.

ü **I Heart Denver**- 100% local art and design goods (500 16th Street, Level 2 in Pavilions)
ü H&M- It’s here!! (500 16th Street, Level 1 & 2 in Pavilions)
ü Lollipop Gift- An exclusive Hello Kitty store! (500 16th Street, Level 1 in Pavilions)
ü **Hollywood Cowgirl**-Check out Hollywood Cowgirl and "GET YOUR BLING ON!"in Pavilions)
ü **Cali & Mo**-An island of uniqueness in an ocean of same-old, same-old! in Pavilions)

  • **Jazz at Jacks**- Serving appetizers, finger foods, burgers and live music. (Denver Pavilions 500 16th St Level 3)
  • **Pi Kitchen + Bar (Hilton)-**Whether you join us for breakfast, lunch dinner or happy hour beginning at 3:14 pm daily, you're sure to be impressed with our contemporary décor and innovative menu.
  • **Cook’s Fresh Market**- Stop in for a quick breakfast, a healthy lunch or an incredible valued bistro dinner. (1600 Glenarm Pl.)
  • **Marlowe’s** - Since opening our doors in 1982, Marlowe's remains one of Denver's most popular gathering spots for lunch, dinner or after work. (501 16th St.)

Special Events:
v Weekly Events and Specials
v Weekly Events and Specials

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Neighborhood: Lower Downtown (LoDo)/ Larimer Square

Getting There: From Downtown Denver (.4 mi from Convention Center to destination)
  • Catch the FREE 16th Street Mall Shuttle to both Union Station and Larimer Square, located in the heart of LoDo

East to West- Wynkoop St. to Larimer
North to South- 16th St. to 21st
Larimer Square between 14th and 16th on Larimer St.

ü **Cry Baby Ranch**- Pick up something for the inner cowpoke
ü **Moda Man**- Moda Man is known for dressing Denver's finest gentlemen
ü **Dog Savvy**- Keeping our paw on the pulse of pup culture!

  • **The Market at Larimer Square**- Thebest bakery, deli, coffee bar ever! Locals love it!
  • **Wynkoop Brewing Co.-**Founded in 1988 by a group of young entrepreneurs and urban pioneers led by current Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper Wynkoop Brewing Company is a beer-blessed Denver institution, with both excellent food and beer. The Artichoke & Parmesan Dip with homemade beer bread is a must!
  • **Corridor 44**-Denver’s only Champagne Bar.

Special Events:

v Interested in taking a tour? Tours by Phil GoodsteinCall Phil Goodstein (303) 333-1095 and ask about the Seamy Side of Denver tour or the Ghost Tour. He’s a hoot!

v Howl At The Moon- The World's Greatest Rock N' Roll Dueling Piano Bar.

v Comedy Works- Have a good laugh with Phil Palisoul and Mo Mandel!

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Neighborhood: Santa Fe Drive Art District

Getting There: From Downtown Denver (.5 mi from Convention Center to destination)

  • Take Champa St. South
  • Champa turns into Kalamath St.
  • Left (east) on 7th Ave.
  • Left (north) on Santa Fe Drive

Walk: concentrated between 5th and 10th Avenues

ü **Artists on Santa Fe** - View works of 13 diverse resident artists, then visit individual studio workshops
ü Habitat Gallery and Studio- Original fine art in oil, serigraph, and unusual laminated stained glass (11-7 Tue-Sat. “Free,” 828 Santa Fe Dr.; 303/534-9740)
ü **CORE New Art Space**- Thursdays 12-6pm, Fridays 12-9pm, Saturday 12-6pm, Sunday 1-4pm 900 Santa Fe Drive 303-297-8428)

  • **Studio 6 Coffee House**- A real find, located in the courtyard of the Nine10Arts building. It’s tucked in off the main street and when you enter the courtyard, the bright colors just make you smile (910 Santa Fe Dr. mid-block between 9th and 10th on the East side of the street)
  • Rackhouse Pub- Nestled in the bosom of Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey Distillery, The Rackhouse Pub prides itself on a mantra of whiskey, beer and food. “Bar food, made better” They threw out the fryer and source as many local and fresh ingredients as they can. (208 S. Kalamath; 720/570-7824)

Special Events:
v Free guided tour of the Stranahan’s Distillery and even sample a little complimentary whiskey at the end the tour (Reservations are HIGHLY recommended)

Neighborhood: Golden Triangle/Art Museum

Getting There: From Downtown Denver (.9 mi from Convention Center to destination)
  • Take Stout St. southwest to Speer Bld.and hop on the Cherry Creek Trail heading south to 11th St.

Walk south along the path until you get to 11th Ave. Leave the path and take 11th Ave. to Z Modern and Gateaux (on Speer Blvd).
Head east one block to Delaware St. (Cuba Cuba). Then from 11th and Delaware, go north on Delaware to 14th Ave and turn right (east). Go three blocks to the Denver Art Museum.
Across the street from the Art Museum is the Byers-Evans House Museum (1310 Bannock St.) and the History Colorado Center is one block south (1200 Broadway)

*The Golden Triangle is bordered by Lincoln Street, Speer Boulevard, and Colfax Ave. There are shops and restaurants throughout the triangle.

ü **Z Modern**- 20th- and 21st-century-revival designs. Modern and funky designs!
ü **Denver Art Museum Gift Shop**
ü Byers-Evans House Gift Shop
ü **History Colorado Center**

  • **Gateaux Specialty Cakes and Pastries**- whiffs of sugar-laced frosting lure in passersby for bites of cavities-be-darned concoctions. Try the frosted cookies!
  • **Cuba Cuba's**- A heaping platter of plantain chips dipped in a mango-habenero mojo. MOJITO HAPPY HOUR!Mon. – Thurs. 5-6:15 p.m.
  • **Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar**- 5280 Magazine’s Best New Restaurant!
  • **Sam’s No.3**- A Coney Island Restaurant and a local favorite! Serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, along with A burrito the size of your head”

Special Events:
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Neighborhood: Lower Highland / Central Platte Valley (LoHi)

Getting There: From Downtown Denver(1.3 mi from Convention Center to destination)

  • Take 15th street West to Platte St.
  • Turn right on Platte St.
  • Take the Highland Bridge that stretches above I-25.
  • Bordered by West 38th Ave, I-25, Zuni Street St and Speer.

Walk: You can park on Platte St. between 15th and 16th and check out the shops. Then head across the Highland Bridge to the shops on Boulder St. between 15th and 16th and those on 15th between Boulder St. and Central St.
If you want more of a walk, there’s a path along the Platte River and Commons Park, a 24-acre park.

ü **Little Man Ice Cream**- What a cute place. Sit out on the patio and enjoyice cream that is hand-made with some of the finest, local ingredients and in small batches to ensure quality.
ü **Savory Spice Shop** Spices are ground fresh with more than 140 seasonings. Step inside and smell.

  • **The House of Commons-**An English Tea Room that serves delicious teas and tasty sandwiches and homemade pastries.It’s a oasis of calm!
  • **Vita**- Savory Mediterranean offerings and they have a huge rooftop patio overlooking the city.

Special Events:
v Plunk down a token fee to unlock a red bike from one of **Denver B-Cycle’s**.

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Neighborhood: River North/RiNo

Getting There: From Downtown Denver(1.8 mi from Convention Center to destination)
  • Take Broadway north to Larimer St.
  • North of downtown, bordering the Platte River and the train tracks.
  • South of I-70 and east of I-25.

A neighborhood of 150+ artist’s studios and galleries. Neighborhood mascot (RiNo Rhino), a blue rhino sculpture at intersection of Broadway, 24th, and Larimer Streets.

ü **MegaFauna**- merchandise designed and made in Denver. Featherlike earrings fashioned from recycled bike inner tubes.
ü **Dry Ice Factory**- more than 30 painters’ and ceramists’ studios, plus 2 galleries. Across the tracks you’ll find music and food trucks to boot
ü **Hinterland**- art gallery built entirely of reclaimed materials
ü **Pattern Shop Studio**- home gallery of Sharon and Rex Brown.
ü **Plinth Gallery**- vases, dinnerware, and small ceramic sculptural objects. Also 25 artists in its rear gallery.


Special Events:
v First Fridays and Second Saturdays- many galleries and studios are open for the evening till 10:00 or 11:00
v **Denver Handmade Homemade**- community market with local crafts and food, plus live music

*Download a **gallery map**
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Neighborhood: South Broadway (SoBo)

Getting There: From Downtown Denver(2.5 mi from Convention Center to destination)
  • Head east on Speer Blvd., then turn right on Broadway and drive five blocks.

Walk: From First Avenue to West Alameda Avenue where you’ll find a stretch of indie shopping that includes clothes, DIY supplies, furniture, books, and the occasional giant Buddha statue.

ü **Decade**- handmade jewelry, handbags, and great gifts!
ü **Fancy Tiger Crafts**- It’s packed with fabric, yarns of all colors and sizes, knitting needles, and how-to books, and offers lots of classes.

  • **SoBo 151****-**Wash down Czech bramboraky (garlic-seasoned potato pancakes) with a Pilsner
  • **Sputnik**- A vegan-friendly coffeehouse attached to the Hi-Dive music club. The half-sandwich meal (from grilled cheese to sliced chicken) is $6 with fries or mac ’n’ cheese. At the “weekend hangover brunch,” expect black bean and green chile breakfast burritos, egg tacos, and most important, $2 mimosas.
  • **Hornet**- A happening spot for drinks and pasta shells Creole. Kitchen open until midnight!

Special Events:
v Catch a flick at the historic Mayan Theatre! A second-floor cafe supplements the popcorn with beer and wine. (110 Broadway, Between First and Second Avenues 303-352-1992)
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Neighborhood: Highlands Square

Getting There: From Downtown Denver(2.5 mi from Convention Center to destination)

  • Take Speer Blvd. North.
  • Speer will intersect with West 32nd Ave. at a light just past Federal Blvd.
  • Take a left on West 32nd Ave.
  • Go three blocks, 32nd & Lowelland you will be right in the heart of the Highland Square Market Place.

Walk: Most shops and restaurants are located on 32nd between Irving St. (to the east) and Osceola St. (to the

ü **Starlet**- A treasure trove of accessories. Colorful, unique handbags, hats and jewelry are tucked into every corner. You'll find the perfect bit of whimsy without breaking the bank!
ü **The Perfect Petal**- Home to the most unique and exquisite flowers available, plus cards, gifts and décor for your home and office. Readers Choice Award, Best Store on West 32nd Avenue
ü **Urbanistic Tea and Bike Shop**- I just loved the theme, so I had to include it. Step inside where you’ll find quality tea, teapots, spices, bicycle repair, and bicycle accessories. It’s next door to St. Kilian’s so check it out!

  • Café Caliente- Located in a renovated old house with a nice outdoor patio. A taste of Tuscany with European coffee, breakfast sandwiches, pastries, smoothes. Excellent quiche! (3701 West 32nd Ave. 303-433-2500)
  • **Bang**-Simple yet innovative comfort food with a Southern accent. Small, bustling restaurant where everything on the menu is made on the premises. It has a really cute back patio and the gingerbread is a must!
  • **St. Kilian’s Cheese Shop**- Their cheeses are fabulous. The truth is in the taste. You don’t have to know much about curds and rinds to visit. They will supply samples to help you along.

Special Events:
v Visit http://www.highlands-square.com/ for street fairs and other events. Check out “3rd Thurs on 32nd” in spring, summer and fall; Live music, art, shop-specials, trunk shows, tasty treats – from 5-8pm.

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Neighborhood: Denver’s Uptown-City Park

Getting There: From Downtown Denver(3.5 mi from Convention Center to destination)

  • Take E. 17th Ave. to York Street.
  • City Park sits between E. 17th Ave. and E. 23rd Ave. and between York St. and Colorado Blvd.

There are path, fountains, lakes and playgrounds throughout the 330-acre park that houses the **Denver Museum of Nature** **and Science** and the **Denver Zoo**.

ü **SpiritWays**- Big selection of candles with healing powers, lots of books about astrology and positive energies, dream catchers, and clothing
ü **Plastic Chapel**- A designer toy store that is the best place to go and grab a last minute, one of a kind, gift. Every second Saturday they have an amazing art show. A great place for the toy nerd (ok, that’s me) and it’s located next to a cupcake & cereal store called “The Shoppe”

  • **St. Mark’s Coffee House**- If you really love coffee, then this is the place for you. It’s said to have the best cappuccino outside of Italy. The cafe is quaint & comfortable with a nice outdoor seating area. (2019 E 17th Ave 303-322-8384)
  • Le Peep- Ok, it’s a chain, but it’s good and it’s right across the street from the park! (1875 York Street 303-399-7320)
  • **Parallel Seventeen**- A modern interpretation of Vietnamese cuisine. From City Park it’s a bit of a walk (6 blocks west on 17th) but it’s great for a weekend brunch.

Special Events:
v **Free zoo and Museum days** Go on-line to get dates.

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