Boutiques, antiques, home décor and more. Here are the 10 best shopping districts in Denver.
16 St. Walking Mall
The 16th St. Mall is in the heart of downtown, and is arguably the king of all the shopping districts in Denver. The 16th St. Mall is close to The Pepsi Center, Coors Field, the Performing Arts Center, and the Colorado Convention Center. You’ll find familiar and local businesses, street performers, a comedy club, great food, and a free Mall Ride to zip you from one end of the mile-long mall to the other. This one is a top destination for tourists as well as people living in Denver.
Cherry Creek Shopping Center
It’s your traditional indoor shopping mall . . . but it’s a little more than that. Cherry Creek goes out of its way to not only provide the best shops, but also the best customer service. If you’re moving to Denver from 50 miles away, ask Guest Services about their “Passport to Shopping”—a book of coupons and discounts from the mall’s 160 stores, 40 of which you won’t find anywhere but Colorado.
Cherry Creek North
Just a skip away from Cherry Creek Shopping Center, you’ll find Cherry Creek North (CCN)—featuring 400 businesses, 73% of which are independently owned. It’s the largest collection of independent businesses in the Denver area. Along with the 16th St. Mall, CCN has been called one of the top attractions for people visiting or moving to Denver (by the Longwoods Study, conducted for Visit Denver, Inc.)
Outlets at Castle Rock
Outlet shopping addict? Head south out of Denver going toward Colorado Springs. You’ll eventually come to The Outlets at Castle Rock. They’re the biggest of all the outdoor shopping districts in Denver . . . and they have some of the biggest deals, too.
The Aspen Grove Mall is a hub for entertainment and shopping in Littleton, with a cinema, drafthouse and no shortage of fine shopping establishments including Banana Republic, Eddie Bauer, Pier One Imports and more.
Larimer Square was the first city block laid in the region. Today, it’s one of the hippest shopping districts in Denver. Chic styles, tomorrow’s trends, and haute fashion are the order of the day in these classy, boutique shops. Not to mention its great location, right next to the 16th St. Mall.
Belmar Outdoor Shopping Center
In Lakewood, Colorado (15 minutes from Denver), Belmar features local and well-known shops, restaurants, and galleries. They’ve essentially turned their entire shopping center into a work of art with “Urban Anatomy”—art projects, sculptures, poetic verses, and more spread through the center, “making previously overlooked details of the urban environment visible to pedestrians.”
Is your style a little more vintage than modern? Antique Row has 18 blocks of antique stores, classic fashion boutiques, and art galleries. Here you’ll find everything from stained glass, vintage lighting fixtures, rustic (and refurbished) furniture, and some contemporary designs thrown in for good measure. A great place to get home décor if you’re just moving to Denver.
Park Meadows Retail Resort
Located 25 minutes south of Denver in Lone Tree, Colorado, Park Meadows is an indoor shopping center surrounded by landscaped waterfalls, trees and lush green plants. The whole “resort” reflects the values of people living in Denver. Inside, it’s reminiscent of a great Colorado ski lodge, with wooden detailing, rustic chandeliers, indoor pools and pine trees—even the food court has a giant, stone fireplace.
Westminster’s Promenade is an outdoor “shopping village” and family center, with restaurants, a skating rink, and ice cream shops. There’s a 24-screen AMC theater, bowling, fountains to play in, and the Butterfly Pavilion and insect zoo is not far off. Westminster’s Promenade is more focused on “things to do” than “things to buy,” but more shops are just across the highway at Walnut Creek shopping center.