Denver Neighborhoods

Featured Neighborhoods in Denver

1 Denver Tech Center

Coloradoans rarely call the corporate complex on I-25 the Denver Tech Center. It would be like calling every Mike you know, Michael, or Steve, Steven. Hence, it has been shortened to DTC. Unlike downtown Denver, a cornucopia of big businesses and big buildings yet still an epicenter of Denver culture, DTC has been simplified to just big business (and medium-sized buildings) and some hotels. Hyatt Regency Tech Center is one of many fabulous accommodations for DTC visitors. DTC rode in on the coattails of Colorado's energy boom in 1970s, which also led to suburban sprawl and shopping malls. Park Meadows Mall and Southwest Plaza, just down the interstate from DTC, can more aptly be categorized as part of the aftershock, yet they are still in the same generation. Although it is a geometric haven for cubicle-filled offices, DTC workers do manage to loosen their neckties, and head across the street to a sports bar (no matter where you are in the DTC, there always seems to be a sports bar over the way), and regale each other with stock tips while boozing on $2 domestics. Go to any restaurant around 5-ish, and it'll be just as hopping as LoDo on a Thursday night. [Photo courtesy of Shutterstock / EdgeOfReason]

2 Lower Downtown (LoDo)

Photo by Arina Habich / Shutterstock.com Downtown boasts two distinct regions: the contemporary, window-paneled skyscrapers to the east, and the city's beloved historic district, Lower Downtown (LoDo), to the west. Nestled between Coors Field and the Pepsi Center, LoDo is Denver's prime destination for after-parties following Avalanche, Nuggets or Rockies games, or for just hanging out any night of the week. There is always an opportunity to have fun—and usually stay out too late—at one of the area's 90 bars and pubs. LoDo's red-brick buildings, many of which were constructed after an 1863 fire, are preserved in the historic state that characterizes the neighborhood. In the 1920s, LoDo was known for the Market Street red light district, and in the 1970s as a warehouse center. Now, LoDo is reputed as the ideal hub for urban living in the region.

3 Capitol Hill

Within the perimeters of Denver's Capitol Hill district, you will find one of the most diverse and eclectic neighborhoods the city has to offer. Located just north of Denver's downtown, Capitol Hill pales in comparison to the large, vertical reaches of the business district, but its buildings have a charm all their own since most of them were built around the 1920s. The Colorado State Capitol Building is a well-known attraction within this urban culture hub, along with Civic Center Park, a venue for many downtown events and festivals. The neighborhood's charm is found in its close proximity to modern downtown Denver and the business district, while maintaining an eclectic community of homes and businesses. Many of the houses are older, but this area has become a popular location for millennials. You’ll even find historic apartment complexes in this neighborhood called “Poet’s Row,” named after the likes of Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost. Fittingly, Alan Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac once resided in this area. The beautiful Cheesman Park is right on the edge Capitol Hill, as well. [Photo credit: f11photo / Shutterstock.com]

4 Highlands

Northwest of downtown, just across highway I-25, the Highland neighborhood is both charming and trendy. It’s an eclectic mix of old and new homes, restaurants and retail stores. Highlands Square, around 32nd Street and Lowell, features a diverse range of restaurants and popular dining destinations. It is also home to a local farmers market, harvest festivals and street fairs. The nearby Tennyson Street Cultural District has many art galleries. Lower highlands, or “LoHi,” has grown into a popular residential area with houses, apartments and condos among established bungalows. The neighborhood has always been known for its ethnic diversity since its founding in 1858. Home to Scottish, German, Italian and English immigrants during the 19th century and recently by its Spanish-speaking population. Remnants of Highland's motley history are apparent in the Scottish and Spanish street names, and historic landmarks like the mission-style St. Patrick's Cathedral. Highland's quaint architecture, characterized by exposed brick walls, winding staircases and other whimsical attributes of Victorian architecture, has made it a sought-after destination for young families and LoDo business professionals. Recreational parks with youth baseball diamonds, basketball courts, flower beds and picnic benches complement the neighborhood ambiance. [Photo credit: Arina P Habich / Shutterstock.com]

5 Cherry Creek

This upscale community is located just a few miles east of downtown Denver. The atmosphere, however, couldn’t be more different than downtown. In the heart of this neighborhood is the well-known Cherry Creek Shopping Center, with more than 160 stores. It is surrounded by Cherry Creek North, an outdoor extension of the mall featuring retails stores and restaurants on tree-lined sidewalks , and an impressive Whole Foods Market. Several luxury apartments and homes are also in the area, populated by some of Denver's most well-to-do citizens in gated communities that exude Victorian charm on a grandiose scale. Although Cherry Creek is home to beloved dive bar and burger joint The Cherry Cricket, it’s also quickly becoming known for finer dining establishments like Elway’s and True Food Kitchen. The Cherry Creek Country Club is near the mall, and the 40-mile long Cherry Creek Trail runs through this neighborhood. Come summer time, Cherry Creek really gets heated up with the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, a three-day outdoor market in early July where patrons can buy art, interact with exhibitors and simply enjoy an award-winning gala. [Photo courtesy of Cherry Creek North, Photo credit: Scott Dressel-Martin]

6 Baker

This Denver neighborhood is home to several popular restaurants, local breweries and shops. Although it is an older neighborhood in Denver—officially the “Baker Historic District”—Baker has experienced a fresh makeover with new developments in recent years. South Broadway Street, in particular, is now home to some of the best restaurants and bars in Denver. It rivals downtown for weekend happy hour and bar spots. The housing market is interesting here as well, with a mix of Victorian homes, trendy bungalows and newer condos. The typical Baker resident is hard to pinpoint, as it’s a diverse group of artists, professionals, families and more. [Photo credit: Baker Historic Neighborhood Association]

7 River North Art District

River North Art District, also known as RiNo, along the Platte River Bike Path (north of downtown), is an interesting blend of trendy city charm and unique industrial revival. RiNo is continuously growing, and the start-up business scene plays a definite part in that expansion. Along with many creative business studios and collaborative workspaces, the neighborhood houses several breweries, including Epic Brewing Company, River North Brewery. and Stem Ciders. There is even an urban winery, Infinite Monkey Theorem. This neighborhood is also known for its culinary scene, with some of the best restaurants in town within its borders. [Photo courtesy of RiverNorthArt.com]

8 Wash Park

This south central Denver neighborhood gets its namesake from the centrally-located, 165 acre park in the middle of it all. The actual park features two lakes, gardens, walking and running paths, and nearby restaurants and shops on South Gaylord Street. Wash Park is community hub for social activities and events, such as weddings and fitness races. It was first developed in 1899, and has since evolved to be named one of the “Great Public Spaces in America” by the American Planning Association. The neighborhood surrounding the park is incredibly family-friendly with an abundance of single-family homes. These include both more established homes and contemporary remodels. Wash Park is also close to another prominent Denver neighborhood, Cherry Creek.

9 Downtown

Downtown Denver is known as both as the financial and entertainment hub of the city. It includes high-rise apartments and office buildings, along with many attractions for shopping, dining and more. A few notable downtown Denver destinations: 16th Street Mall: This outdoor pedestrian and transit mall is 1.25 miles through downtown, and has been a favorite local and tourist attraction since it was built in 1982. It features more than 300 stores and restaurants, including Denver Pavillions, which houses a movie theater and clothing stores. Union Station: Initially built in 1881, Union Station began as a train depot in Denver. It has evolved greatly over the years. The updated Union Station now includes a great hall with trendy restaurants, coffee and ice cream shops, retail stores and a hotel. It is also still a transportation hub, with a 22-gate underground bus facility and an East Rail Line connecting downtown Denver with DIA expected to open in 2016. Coors Field: Located at 20th and Blake St. in what is known as the “ballpark district,” this is where the Colorado Rockies play baseball. The stadium offers fans a large selection of food and drink, along with a Rocky Mountain backdrop. It was recently renovated to include a rooftop bar and event area. [Photo credit: bumpus / ShutterStock.com]

10 City Park

City Park is known as the largest park in Denver. It stretches 330 acres, with historic houses, restaurants and shops in close proximity. The park contains both the Denver Zoo and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. In addition to those popular destinations, City Park is home to Ferril Lake (including a boathouse), tennis courts, horseshoes, sports fields, playgrounds and picnic sites. During the summer, City Park hosts “Jazz in the Park,” which is a celebration of community where locals picnic while enjoying live music. The park also hosts many other events.

11 Uptown

The Uptown neighborhood—north of Colfax, nestled between downtown and City Park —is at the helm as Denver continues to evolve and expand into a trendy destination for millennials. This area has become the place to live for young professionals in the city. It offers a hip community feel just blocks from bustling downtown locations like 16th St. Mall, plus a wealth of hot-spot restaurants, shops and bars. 17th St., in particular, is known as “Restaurant Row.” The walkability of this neighborhood is one of its biggest draws. Essentially, Uptown is the neighborhood in Denver for those who want it all: skyscrapers, parks and more. [Photo courtesy of The Avenue Grill]