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5 Cute Streets for Downtown Denver Shopping and Exploring

These days, in the context of big-city travel, a “cute” experience exclusively refers to stringed lights hanging across streets and restaurant patios. Although alluring, these lights can be deceiving. They may even lead us into tourist traps or subpar experiences. Hence, this curated list to help guide you to my favorite “cute” streets for downtown Denver shopping and exploring. Naturally, these Denver streets end up in some of the best neighborhoods in Denver that only locals know about. These streets and neighborhoods are featured in nearly every one of my city guides with Denver recs for the best coffee, brunch, and bars and more. Disclaimer: many of these streets in Denver do not actually feature hanging lights, but don’t worry I know what the people want. 

1. Tennyson Street

Tennyson street shopping in downtown Denver

In the Northwest Denver ‘hood of Berkely, lies this unique, mural-covered street with spots like The Denver Cat Company. One of my favorite streets in Denver, Tennyson packs in the entertainment for about 6 blocks between 38th and 44th. You can get your steps in while perusing the coffee shops, breweries, brunches, and boutiques. There’s something for everyone and each stop on your journey is sure to be an authentic experience, recs were hard to narrow down! 

Advanced Planning:

  • Catch a show at the Oriental Theater which hosts live music, comedy, and movies.

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2. Old South Pearl Street

downtown Denver shopping

Set in the Platt Park neighborhood, this area of Denver boasts a rich history and has one of Denver’s best farmer’s markets. The S Pearl Farmers Market runs every Sunday May-Nov. from 9 am-1 pm. Beyond the Market, South Pearl is lined with restaurants, galleries, cafes, and shops so there is no shortage of things to keep you busy. There are also several great spots for photo ops including The Ruffly Rose flower shop and under the South Pearl Street arches. 

Advanced Planning:

  • If you have the $$$ make reservations at Sushi Den or Izakaya Den, which are sister and award-winning Japanese sushi restaurants that are a must-try. 

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3. Highlands Square

downtown Denver shopping

Head to the corner of Lowell and 32nd St. to experience one of the best neighborhoods in Denver. Highlands Square is at the heart of the Highlands neighborhood and provides some awesome shopping in Denver, CO. You can browse through boutiques, cuisines, and historic homes. In my opinion, highlands square has some of the best shopping in downtown Denver. It’s easy to pass the time and explore the 10 blocks between Perry and Irving Street and visit places like West Side Books and Blue Pan Pizza (Detroit style ‘za). W 32nd hosts another one of Denver’s finest farmer’s markets that runs May-Oct. on Sundays from 9-1 pm. 

Advanced Planning:

  • W 32nd hosts several seasonal/holiday-themed events including; Taste of Highlands, Harvest Festival, and Holiday in the Highlands. Check out the dates here

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4. South Gaylord Street

downtown Denver shopping

This adorable tree-lined block is settled in the upscale Washington Park area of Denver. If you’re looking for romance, this is the perfect date spot. It sits just South of Wash Park, so you can grab a bite to eat and then head to the park for a stroll or to watch the sunset over the mountains. Old South Gaylord features many local businesses specializing in thirst, hunger, unique gifts, and fashion. 

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5. Larimer Street (RiNo)

downtown Denver shopping

Be sure to head north of the heavily-trafficked Larimer Square to the blocks between N Broadway and N Downing. You’ll land in the groovy River North arts district with some of the best shopping in Denver. While RiNo covers a lot of ground, Larimer Street is the most bustling block of the warehouse district. It offers up some of the best nightlife in Denver. Most notably, you’ll find several breweries to go beer hopping. Between the booze, lies eclectic downtown Denver shopping experiences and incredible street art that help to give RiNo its name. 

Advanced Planning:

  • Reservations are recommended for any place you plan to dine. 
  • Also, try to catch a show at Larimer Lounge for some live music.

My Recs:

When I have my midwestern guests visiting from out of town, inevitably, one of these 5 streets for shopping in Denver makes the list. Each street has its own unique style. This makes it easy to curate recommendations for a specific personality. Whether you’re feeling like shopping, grabbing a bite to eat, or just taking a stroll, these 5 cute streets in Denver are sure to impress.

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