Denver is a big city, and each of its neighborhoods exudes a different vibe and atmosphere. From the hip restaurants and nightclubs of historic LoDo to the stately Victorian houses of Five Points, the Mile-High City offers something for everyone.
If you love what the Mile-High City has to offer but want to enjoy just a bit more of that dazzling Colorado nature in wide-open spaces, be sure to check out these neighborhoods.
1. Lower Downtown
Lower Downtown or LoDo is a historic Denver neighborhood with a decidedly artistic feel. It features hip bars and restaurants, as well as a ton of shops, brewpubs, restaurants, coffeehouses and independent bookstores.
It’s also here that you will find Union Station, a local public-transportation hub for the Denver area, and Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies baseball team.
2. Congress Park
Congress Park was recently named by Denver’s local 5280 Magazine as the best place to live in the city. It is a neighborhood with architectural variety and eclectic charm. If you’re looking for a ‘small town’ feel, Congress Park is the place for you.
Nearly 40% of residents in Congress Park are in their 20s and early 30s.
3. Lower Highlands
Lower Highlands is also referred to as LoHi. Hip independently owned shops; lush gardens and parks; Victorian-era homes and buildings; art galleries; and restaurants make it one of the best places to live in Denver for anyone seeking a cosmopolitan and contemporary experience.
From great sushi at the newly added Mizu Izakaya to casual Italian cuisine executed with master skill by Chef Max Mackissock at Bar Dough, LoHi has the hottest dining destinations in Denver.
Lower Highlands also has its share of modern architecture. A great example is the Impressive Highland Bridge connecting Highland neighborhood to downtown Denver.
4. Cherry Creek
Cherry Creek is the premier living, shopping, and dining area in Denver. It’s located just a couple of minutes from the downtown area. It features a wealth of chic art galleries, an impressive roster of restaurants, and one of the most diverse shopping space in the city.
Whether you’re grabbing a bite to eat on a pretty café patio, visiting the Cherry Creek Shopping Center’s 150+ stores, or wandering the tree-lined streets, Cherry Creek is the posh place to see and be seen.
5. Art District on Santa Fe
This is one of Colorado’s designated Creative Districts. It demonstrates a true urban success tale of community revitalization via creatives. It encompasses hordes of artists, galleries, theatres, studios, and creative businesses.
The Art District opens its doors freely to lively crowds for popular events. Some of these events include Preview Night and the First Friday Art Walk.
The Art District is also a Hispanic and Latino hub. It hosts plenty of Dia de Los Muertos events and showcases Central and South American art at the Museo de las Americas.
6. Five points
Five points is one of Denver’s oldest neighborhoods. Once forsaken for its rough reputation, this up and coming neighborhood in Denver has risen to become one of the top places to live in.
Five Points has also been called the “Harlem of the West.” This is because it was once one of the best jazz hubs in the west and attracted musical legends like Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, and others.
Catch the Five points Jazz Festival or enjoy the Black American West Museum every May.
Uptown is located east of downtown and south of Five Points. It has firmly established itself as the capital of “cool.” If you’re wondering where to live in Denver, Sunset Magazine named it as “one of the city’s hippest neighborhoods.”
Uptown is a mishmash of old and new, characterized by trendy eateries, upscale condos, patios a-plenty, as well as picturesque places of worship, and brick rowhouses.
At 17th Avenue, you’ll find most of the neighborhood’s hottest eateries, bars, and shops.
8. Capitol Hill
Capitol Hill is bounded by 7th Avenue, Colfax Avenue, Downing Street, and Broadway. This Denver neighborhood has a nice mix of the old and the new. It’s a true piece of Colorado history, full of several turn-of-the-century mansions.
This neighborhood is also chock full of coffeehouses, restaurants and bistros and a few bars along Colfax. City O’ City is a vegetarian restaurant that’s been racking up accolades for years. Benny’s Mexican Restaurant is a Denver staple and an excellent place to try that signature Colorado green chili.
There’s also plenty of green space. Cheeseman Park and Congress Park are good examples. You can also enjoy modern art at the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art.
9. Washington Park
Take a break from the busy downtown scene and head over to lovely Washington Park dubbed “Wash Park” by locals. It’s arguably one of Denver’s most popular and well-known neighborhoods outside of the city center and one of the best places to live around Denver.
Washington Park seamlessly blends historic and contemporary styles to offer an idyllic urban way of life. It is also home to Old South Gaylord and South Pearl Street, both hotspots for local boutiques, art galleries and restaurants.
10. South Broadway
Running through the heart of the Baker neighborhood, South Broadway offers an eclectic mix of neighborhood taverns, art galleries, bookstores, unique eateries and vintage clothing stores.
South Broadway is a diner’s paradise. Restaurants that are a must-try include Lena, Sweet Action Ice Cream, and Punch Bowl Social Food & Drink.
There’s also everything from craft shops and thrift stores, to the Mayan Theatre and live music venues.
Stapleton is just 15 minutes northeast of downtown Denver. With a population of 30,000 residents and measuring 4,700 acres in size, Stapleton is more of a community than a neighborhood. It’s the biggest urban redevelopment project in the country.
The oldest houses here are only about seven years old. The development is based on “New Urbanism.” The trees are still young, the yards small. The houses are close together. But for those who embrace it, Stapleton is a great place to live in.
With 78 different and distinct neighborhoods, there’s something for everyone in Denver! If you’re thinking of looking for a place to live here, make sure to check out these neighborhoods.