Top 3 Places To Experience Denver Shopping
Denver, Colorado is one of the largest cities between the Mississippi River and Las Vegas. It has grown from a small cowtown community based on petroleum and ranching into a thriving leading edge multi-industry based economy with a growing influence in the arts and culture. These changes have influenced the shopping experience in Denver and has given rise to a number of unique areas to have an enjoyable shopping experience. In this article 3 well known shopping areas are discussed.
1. Cherry Creek Shopping Area
Cherry Creek, located east of Downtown Denver, is comprised of over 4 square blocks of unique clothing boutiques for men and women alike, salons and spas, higher end restaurants, bars, a Whole Foods grocery and other specialty shops. Many of the art galleries here carry art from local artists. The Cherry Creek neighborhood also boast a large indoor Mall with more of your typical higher end department stores like Nordstroms. For the unique experience, shop in the outdoor shopping area. Paid street parking is available and is paid for by coin or credit card ticket machines. Free parking is available in the mall parking garage for those that want to shop in the mall.
2. 16th Street Mall
The 16th Street Mall is located in the heart of Downtown Denver. It as a mile long outdoor foot traffic only mall that is lined with mostly restaurants and bars with a few drug stores, entertainment venues and other tourist oriented shops. For clothes shopping, a visitor can check out the Pavilions Mall that boasts some unique boutiques along with more restaurants and a movie theater. Most of the nightlife along the 16th street mall occurs in the lower part of the mall. This section of the city has been built up since the mid 90’s and has become a hotbed of bars, restaurants and coffee houses. The original mall has even been extended to include more of the LoDo area. Visitors can either walk the length of the mall or hop on any of the free shuttles that run up and down the mall at regular intervals.
Stapleton is so named because this area is where the old Stapleton Airport used to be. Stapleton is a planned community of a mix of businesses and residences. The businesses include restaurants, some unique shops, bars and coffee houses, and even a roller derby arena. This shopping area is geared towards supporting the Stapleton residents however, there is good shopping to be had for anyone who ventures into the area. Stapleton is a long term development and is still being built out, so it is a place to return to on occasion to see what new shopping experiences are available.
While the Stapleton shopping area, Cherry Creek and the 16th Street Mall aren’t the only places to shop in the Denver Metro area, these places give a visitor to Denver an all around experience of what Denver shopping can offer. Many of the shopping areas have some offerings that are uniquely Denver. Denver shopping malls are numerous, however as usual, much of the mall experience is fairly typical and not unique to this Rocky Mountain city. Entertainment can also be a uniquely regional experience. Attending a movie in one of the historical Denver movie theaters can be a rewarding outing as well.