Shopping in Denver, CO
This charming two-block area on Larimer St. in the downtown historic district is a hotspot for urban shopping, dining and events. Stroll the sidewalks and poke into the alleyways of the 19th-century buildings renovated into upscale boutiques of local merchants. Gusterman Silversmiths has been tucked into its space since 1964, handcrafting and restoring precious metal jewelry. You’ll find unexpected treasures at Posh, everything denim at Denim One, and hats for every occasion at Goorin Bros. Bring your pooch into Dog Savvy Boutique & Spa for a cookie while you shop for stuff you never knew existed for cute canines.
Every item in this cool old-house-turned-boutique is either made in America, environmentally friendly or socially responsible. Toms Shoes, for example, are made from recycled rubber. With every shoe purchased, founder Blake Mycoskie donates a pair of shoes to a child in need. Unity is that kind of store. Other brands Unity carries include Insight, JulesElin, Jedidiah, Three Dots, LAmade and more. Clothing and accessories are fun and fashionable, besides being green. We love the Pearl Street shopping neighborhood and that the 20-something owner is a woman!
Two separate entities make up Cherry Creek Shopping District, the top shopping destination in Denver. Cherry Creek Shopping Center is a bright indoor mall with mostly high-end chains like Neiman Marcus, Brooks Brothers and The Apple Store. A few chain stores like Bed, Bath & Beyond and Container Store operate outside the mall. Indoor and outdoor parking is free. Cherry Creek North is a 16-block outdoor shopping area with upscale boutique stores in a neighborhood setting. Here you’ll find artisans, florists, booksellers as well as unique shops for clothing, jewelry, home furnishings, gifts and specialties. Metered on-street parking is $1 per hour, three hours max.
If you like old things, you’ll go crazy on Antique Row—seven blocks of more than 100 merchants buying and selling vintage stuff. Collectors and dealers from across the country come to this thriving antique community. It’s fun just to browse, but eventually you’ll discover a treasure you can’t live without. Our faves are Chic Antiques, a girlie shop with 1920-50s vintage garb and goods and one of the coolest dressing rooms in town, and Turn of the Century Antiques, specializing in rare dolls and elegant chatskis. On-street parking is free and there are plenty of restaurants for a day trip.
Newly remodeled, this two-block open-air mall sits just off the popular 16th Street pedestrian mall in downtown Denver. An escalator travels from the underground paid parking lot to three levels of shops, restaurants and entertainment. Shops are a mix of chains (Victoria’s Secret, Banana Republic, Forever 21) to locally owned boutiques (Cali & Mo, Blue Bridal). A Denver favorite is Hollywood Cowgirl, the place to get blinged out from head to toe. Boots and belts, hats and jackets, and bling for every woman “who rides an iron horse.” “My grandmother is 82 and she wears our stuff,” said Bobbie Jo, one of two female owners.