As the holiday season approaches, it seems we are reminded daily of supply chain issues and the impact it will have on our gift-shopping experience.
Last-minute shoppers may face empty shelves or limited options and be forced to go (gasp!) the gift card route. Don’t be that person!
If you’re new to Denver, you’ll be happy to know that Mile High City has some pretty impressive shopping areas in the city. These retail clusters provide the opportunity to find unique and clever presents that will prove you spent some time and effort on each purchase. And, when you shop, you can carry the product home and not have to worry about when it will be shipped to your home!
Compliment your online shopping cart with the in-person shopping experience. You’ll be helping out small businesses, get some face-to-face time with the retail sector and beneficial exercise at the same time! Support your community and buy local products this year.
Here are some of Usaj Realty’s staff favorites when it comes to picking the best urban areas in which to shop for the holiday season. In addition, don’t forget these upcoming holiday markets in Denver:
This iconic area of downtown Denver isn’t just a hub for great dining and nightlife, it boasts some pretty spectacular boutiques and one-of-a-kind products. The venerable Tattered Cover is now located inside Union Station. Check out the latest best sellers and grab your favorite coffee, chai, or cold brew at Pigtrain Coffee. Just a few blocks away, visit the Free Market at Dairy Block, Rockmount Ranch Wear, and Moda Man.
This is the oldest commercial block in Denver, created in 1858. It ultimately fell on hard times and became the skid row of the city until its rejuvenation in 1965. Since then, Larimer Square has been one of the Mile High City’s most storied shopping areas. What it lacks in size it makes up for in quality. Here are some of our favorites: Hailee Grace, Pendleton, Mountain Khakis, and Victorian Antique & Fine Jewelry
Cherry Creek North
For those of you who like to avoid shopping malls but require dozens of shops from which to pick out merchandise, this is your kind of place. Serving the visitors and residents of this upscale residential neighborhood, Cherry Creek North has both high-end boutiques, and unique and affordable gift shops. Stroll along 2nd and 3rd Avenues and from Josephine to Steele Streets to find clothing to jewelry to bookstores. Some of our favorites are A Line Boutique, Artisan Center, Gallerie Rouge, and Show of Hands. Need a break? Check out the array of fine restaurants and coffee shops in the neighborhood.
Specializing in antiques and vintage merchandise, South Broadway offers an array of products you won’t find in mainstream retail shops. Although known locally as “Antique Row,” a variety of shops and services now inhabit the historic structures along South Broadway. You’ll find quality antiques, garden supplies, antique rugs, vintage lighting, finely crafted furniture craftsmen along with a wide selection of dining options. Antique Row is located just south of downtown Denver, near the intersection of Interstate 25 and Broadway. Terra Apothecary has some of the best homemade candles you’ll find anywhere!
Cherry Creek Mall
Denver’s premier shopping mall has name brands that everyone loves. If you’re short on time and need access to all your favorite labels, Cherry Creek Mall is the place for you. Conveniently located at 1st Ave., between University Blvd. and Steele St., you’ll find parking in the adjacent structure and over 160 shops to peruse. Nordstrom, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Urban Outfitters, and more line this iconic mall. And don’t forget to get a bite to eat at the Kona Grill or Elway’s.
Located just northwest of Downtown Denver, Highlands Square provides a convenient shopping and dining experience for residents and visitors alike. Bound by Sheridan to the west, Federal to the east, 38th Avenue to the north and 29th Avenue to the south, West Highland is the true heart of the Highlands. In addition to the distinctive architecture, this quaint neighborhood features tree-lined streets and optimal walkability as you stroll along 32nd and look in the shops. The shopping epicenter is in the 32nd & Lowell area, and make sure to visit Ruby Jane, Perfect Petal, Wordshop, and Rustic Thread.
This former industrial area of north Denver has undergone an incredible transformation and is now a dazzling center for the arts, breweries, music venues, boutiques, and restaurants. With historic warehouses dotting the landscape next to brand new apartment buildings, hotels, and art galleries, you’ll find an eclectic mix of shopping in RiNo. Don’t miss Modern Nomad, Meek Vintage, and Marine Layer. Also, The Source Hotel features a culinary complex and market halls, with a collection of 25 artisans including a bakery, pizzeria, modern wood-fired restaurant, barber, retail goods store, apparel shop, florist, brewery, and barbecue.
Tennyson Street, Berkeley
Situated in the historic Berkeley neighborhood, this shopping district features truly unique boutiques where you’re sure to find that special something. Tennyson Street features an array of galleries, dining options, service providers and breweries. Celebrating art and culture with a dash of Bohemian flare, shopping here is definitely memorable. From jewelry to books to one-of-a-kind clothing, you’ll be glad you made the trip. Be sure to check out Inspyre, BookBar, Feral Mountain Co., and Sarah O.
OK, this is technically in Aurora but it’s close enough to Denver’s Central Park neighborhood and its fabulous shops can’t be missed. With 50 businesses all under one roof, Stanley Marketplace has become the go-to place for east-side residents. Amazing shopping, dining, and preferred service providers, all easily accessible and featuring distinctive style and taste. And don’t forget to check out all the special events, too!
Santa Fe Art District
This amazing art district is perfect for those looking for that special painting, sculpture or unique piece of art for that special someone. The Santa Fe Art District features art studios, galleries, artist cooperatives, theaters, museums, murals—all representing hundreds of artists. The District comes alive on the first Friday of every month when thousands descend upon Santa Fe Drive, year-round, rain or shine, for the First Friday Art Walks from 5:30-9:30 p.m. And don’t forget about the international eateries you’ll find while strolling along the streets and alleyways.