The best part of living in Denver for me is the unique style of the different neighborhoods. Denver’s different style neighborhoods offer one-of-a-kind shops, galleries, parks and outdoor cafes with different vibes and grooves. The one thing all neighborhoods have in common is the title of living in The Mile High City.
1. Olde Town Arvada
This is my hood and I love it here in Arvada, it feels like a small town community in a big metro area. Olde Town is special, fun and full of history. People have been shopping in Arvada and doing lunch since 1904 and this main street is full of ambiance. Olde Town Arvada has 26 restaurants and bars, 8 art galleries, 14 gift shops and a authentic German bakery. Olde Town host the Arvada Harvest Festival annually, there is a library, main square with water fountains, a historical Flour Mill and the original entrance to the first school in Arvada is still intact. There are two farmers markets in Olde Town Arvada from June to October every year. Olde Town Arvada also has free concerts in the park every summer hosted by the Arvada Apex Center and free Flicks in the Square every Friday in August.
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2. The Art District on Santa Fe.
This neighborhood has the largest concentration of art galleries, more than 40 to be exact. On the first Friday of every month enjoy Friday Art Walk and the 3d Friday of the month enjoy Collectors Night. The galleries stay open late on these nights for community enjoyment. There are changing exhibits at The Museo de la Americas showcase. Enjoy Latino art from Central and South America. In September join the community for the El Grito de la Independencia Fiesta for live bands, food and dancing.
3. Capitol Hill and Colfax
When it comes to cool music venues, you’ll find them on “Cool-fax”. Great venues such as The Ogden, Bluebird and Fillmore have hosted everyone from Dylan to Phish. Further east the neighborhood at Colfax and Elizabeth is building new homes and a new Tattered Cover Book store is being built. Capitol Hill is famous for its stately mansions and there are some being turned into bed and breakfasts.
Denver’s largest neighborhood is filled with beautiful Victorian brick homes and shaded streets. This neighborhood is so pleasant I often drive through to enjoy looking at the houses. This neighborhood has been featured in several magazines and is connected to downtown Denver by three pedestrian bridges. Locals who live in Highlands enjoy coffee shops, cool bars, popular restaurants and the South Platte River. There is an up and coming Berkley Square that will have art galleries, bakeries, restaurants and clothing stores.
5. Five Points:
Welton Street is one of the predominantly African-American owned commercial strips in the nation. In the 40’s and 50’s Five Points was the west’s great jazz center. Locals enjoy music throughout the streets at the Juneteenth celebration. Restaurants offer Caribbean, soul food, catfish and the best BBQ in Denver. If you’re looking for American history Five Points is the place to go. Enjoy The Black American West Museum, Stiles African Heritage Center, Blair-Caldwell African Research Library and Crossroads Theater, offering cultural and art forms.
This neighborhood is one of Denver’s hippest hoods. The oldest downtown (uptown) neighborhood has a mix of Victorian and Queen Ann homes on leafy boulevards, mingled with apartments and loafs. To the north is Curtis Park and to the west is City Park. This neighborhood would not be complete without its eateries. The neighborhood is lined with everything from a taco bar to fine dining.
7. Old South Pearl Street:
In 1893 Denver’s first trolley car rattled down South Pearl Street. This neighborhood is definitely eclectic with all the restored houses, a movie house and trolley tracks. There are 14 restaurants and bars, 9 art galleries and 34 specialty stores. There is fine dining of international cuisine and a farmers market from June to October every year.
8. RiNo River North Art (RiNo pronounced Rhino)
Located north of downtown, this is another trendy art filled area with galleries and artist. This area also specializes in creative art, such as designer furniture.
9. Old South Gaylord:
Located walking distance of the popular Washington Park (Wash Park, as the locals call it). This neighborhood is full of turn of the century homes and distinctive old lampposts. Turn of the century homes have been turned into business of all types, keeping the neighborhood spectacular to visit. Store fronts capture the magic of the 1920′. Wash Park is a favorite of Denver locals, it has two lakes, two formal flower gardens and trails to enjoy.
10. South Broadway and Antique Row:
Broadway is the urban heart of the Mile High City. Best known for it’s antiques this neighborhood is “Antique Row” with a collection of 400 antique stores in just 18 blocks. This is the nations largest concentration of antique dealers. The neighborhood is also urban and edgy with taverns, clothing stores, ethnic restaurants, gay bars and pizza parlors.
Living in the Mile High City is by far one of the best places to live in the US. Colorado is full of mountains and activities for all four seasons. The locals have many choices when it comes to neighborhoods that fit their interests and lifestyle. What Mile High neighborhood will we find you living in?
Source Personal Knowledge and The Denver Visitor Center