While Denver offers its share of malls and shopping centers, it also has plenty of neighborhoods and streets that showcase smaller boutiques, restaurants and bars, all of which make an ideal way to spend an afternoon. And it’s these neighborhoods that we consider to be the best places to shop in Denver.
South Pearl Street
Located just south of Denver near the very popular Washington Park, South Pearl Street is a popular destination for diners and shoppers alike. South Pearl is home to a number of iconic Denver restaurants, including Sushi Den, which is recognized as one of the best Sushi restaurants in Denver, the Duffeyroll cafe, which offers some of the best cinnamon rolls and breakfast sandwiches in the Denver area, and Stellas, a wonderful coffeehouse frequented by students and professionals alike. The street offers a number of other dining and drinking options, offering everything from tasty burgers to upscale Japanese fair, as well as a beer tasting room and a wine bar. Shoppers enjoy the boutique shops and art galleries offering gifts, clothing, and housewares. Throughout the summer months, the street closes on Sunday for a Farmer’s Market, and there are a number of events offered throughout the season.
Historic Downtown Littleton
Situated off of Main Street and Santa Fe Boulevard, downtown Littleton is just 9 miles south of Downtown Denver and accessible by the C & D lines on the RTD Lightrail station on the Downtown Littleton stop. The shopping district has a variety of different shops, restaurants and services, and shoppers can find anything from specialty chocolates, to gifts, to spices, to antiques and both new and vintage clothing. The area provides a variety of restaurants as well, and those who are hungry will find options for breakfast, lunch or dinner, or even just a cup of coffee or tea. Throughout the year, Littleton hosts a number of events to commemorate the holidays or to offer patrons extra hours for shopping.
Just west of Downtown Denver, the trendy Highlands neighborhood centers around Highlands Square. There are a number of shops that line the streets here; including those that sell clothing, shoes, and other goods. Whether you choose to take in a happy hour appetizer and drink at one of the many local bars, get ice cream at Little Man or Sweet Cow, or shop at one of the many gift shops. There are restaurants to meet any price point, dietary preference, or cuisine desire.
Cherry Creek North
Located just a few miles away from central Downtown, Cherry Creek North is one of the most iconic (and expensive) neighborhoods to shop in. Throughout the numerous city blocks, shoppers can find any type of fare from an upscale steak at Del Friscos to a burger at the iconic Cherry Cricket. Shoppers can also find numerous spots to get a cup of coffee, desserts, or happy hour libations. There are several clothing stores and specialty shops, and the area is well-known for its art galleries as well. Throughout the year the neighborhood also plays host to events including the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, which is quite popular in Denver.
The Denver metro area has numerous unique neighborhoods where shoppers and diners can enjoy an afternoon or an evening out. While a few are mentioned above, there are others in Denver as well.