A Local's Perspective

1.  Cherry Creek Shopping Center:  Beginning in 1953 as a 3-level "Denver Dry Goods" store, what is now referred to as the Cherry Creek Shopping Center evolved all throughout the 50s and 60s from a Luby's Cafeteria, Komac Paint, Walgreen Drug, and a F.W. Woolworth 5&10 into a nationally known shopping area.  Today, the Cherry Creek Shopping Center includes an entire neighborhood including the Cherry Creek Mall, an abundance of fabulous restaurants, coffee shops, storefronts, parks and even a library branch.

2.  Denver Pavilions:  Antoher prime shopping destination is the Denver Pavilions.  Located in the heart of Denver's 16th Street Mall, the Pavilions has three levels of stores and restaurants to satisfy any potential needs, with nationally known brands as well as some local business one can only find in the Mile High City.  Thanks to the free 16th Street Mall shuttle, getting here is the easiest part!

3.  Northfiled Stapleton:  This shopping center in north Stapleton is a hot spot for everything from family-friendly dining and shopping to world-class entertainment.  Notable restaurants in this center include La Sandia Tequila Cantina, Texas De Brazil, Bar Louie and Torchy's Tacos.  After dinner, head over to Gameworks, a massive indoor arcade and game center, Harkin's Theater for a movie or Improv Comedy Club for a live show.  Lastly, there's great shopping here, including popular stores like Bass Pro Shop, a whole host of department stores, and more!

4.  Confluence Park:  Want to enjoy one of Denver's 300+ days of sunshine like a local?  Venture on down to Confluence Park, where the Cherry Creek and South Platte River converge and create a park perfect for kayakers, sunbathing on the sandy shores of the waterfront or admiring the skyline of Denver.  Summertime brings a free concert series on Thursday evenings and when that's not happening, feel free to walk and wander to nearby businesses or have a picnic!

5.  Larimer Square:  If you are looking for a one-stop block to experience Denver by way of food, shopping,  drinks, activities and culture, Larimer Square is for you!  Located downtown, and hailed as the oldest most historic block in Denver, this small sample of the city has some of the best business in the Front Range.  Larimer Square is also home to the Denver Chalk Art Festival, where local businesses can enter as artists and create chalk murals, while those who pass by can admire the creations for free.

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19 Feb 2017

By Sarah Marshall