Tuesday, January 06, 2009

haute nature: travel guide to denver

A reader asked me a few days ago for my advice for a travel guide to Denver.
I obliged and sent her a list of my favorite haunts and discoveries, hope you all enjoy it also!

Twist & Shout
A great music store with new and used vinyl and cd's, dvd's, etc.
Twist & Shout

and there is the Tattered Cover (independently owned great bookstore) next door to Twist & Shout (it has two locations)

Perhaps you could catch a live music show at the Paramount, Gothic, Bluebird, or the Fillmore.
Fillmore Auditorium
Gothic Theatre
Paramount Theatre
Blue Bird Theatre

First Friday Openings in the Sante Fe district of Denver are good for gallery shows.

The Fabric Lab--a crafty place
The Fabric Lab
3105 East Colfax Avenue. Denver, CO

Fancy Tiger--crafty stuff
14 South Broadway Denver

The Shoppe Denver--fancy cupcakes mixed with art
3103 East Colfax Avenue

Mod Livin--retro and new furniture
5327 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, Colorado 80220

The Nines--retro furniture and housewares
2601 Walnut St (26th and Walnut)
Denver, CO 80205

Stellar Clothing
1203 13th Street, Denver, Colorado, 80302. For directions contact them at (303) 443-5190.
vintage clothing

Boss VIntage
10 S Broadway in Denver, Colorado (South Broadway
vintage clothing 40's-90's

Babareeba Then & Now
Current and vintage clothing shoes and accessories. (Highlands area)
3629 West 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211

I also like the lower downtown area of Denver (LODO) --tons of new buildings/renovations.
There you will find another Tattered Cover location, great restaurants, and the Modern Art Museum of Denver.

MCA Denver

Tattered Cover Bookstore

The main art museum was originally designed by Gio Ponti with the new addition designed by Daniel Liebskind
Denver Art Museum

do not miss the Vance Kirkland Museum--trust me. Mod decorative arts galore!
Vance Kirkland

South Broadway street has lots of antiques too if you like that sort of thing.

I am vegetarian, so I love the
Watercourse Foods --near the Kirland Museum

Mercury Cafe --near LODO by car (sometimes have live music ala Vox Feminista, etc...
Cafe Brazil --need reservation
Domo Restaurant --near LODO by car

if you like seafood:
Sushi Den --South Broadway area
Jax Fish House --in LODO

Stylelicious Kids
Cherry Creek area--also a huge mall there--might want to avoid that. But Cherry Creek has cute boutiques on their street area.

also an Oilily there in Cherry Creek
3000 E 3rd Ave # 14, Denver

sounds funny but a trip to REI by the river front in Denver is spectacular (close to LODO) the building used to be a railroad repair building--its stunning interior is vaulted and cavernous. There is a Starbucks inside--the whole building is strangely worth a visit.

Real Baby
this shop is in an area called Highlands--also another cute street.

Denver has an aquarium which is great for kids as well as a the Denver Botanical Garden, most excellent in the summer time with concerts--but they do have a tropical indoor area that is nice for the winter months.

I hope this helps if you are planning a visit to Denver.
if you have any other suggestions, please comment.

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Anonymous rochelle at sudio g said...

I have just recently discovered your blog...and love it...thought you should have won the homie at AT...and said so on my own blog (stop by if you have a mo).
Also, being a Denver girl displaced in Boston, might I suggest a rundown of some of the best Mexican restaurants -- it is what I eat exclusively when home for a visit - because colorado mexican food is the best...perhaps the Bluebird on Broadway, which has that huge crazy store full of all kinds of interesting things across the street (I hope they are still there...they did my wedding flowers 11 yrs ago) and also Los Troncos...which used to be my neighborhood place (on 6th at clarkson). Divey, but cheap and really, really good steak picado for those who eat meat.
best, - R

7:18 AM  
Blogger hautenature* said...

Thank you for the tips!

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Blogger Ben said...

Thank you for mentioning Nines!

9:16 PM  

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