By far, the question I get most frequently is, "What is the best neighborhood for young women to live in Denver?" And it seems recently, I have been getting more emails, comments, and messages that a lot of you are making a move here from out of state (or even just looking for a change of scenery within the city). First of all, YAY!! You will love it! We can't wait to have you! And next, the mission for my blog has always been to be a resource for friends new and old to share my love for all things Denver/Colorado. That being said, I get giddy when I see your emails asking for neighborhood, restaurant, or shopping recommendations because you are taking a trip or moving here. You may have noticed the new "Denver Guide" tab at the top of the blog which I will be adding all my local recommendations and favorites going forward.
A few of you have been pointing out that you are hoping to live in a place that is fun, but have outgrown the party scene. I'm with you! Jonny and I live in Lohi and it is hands down my favorite neighborhood, but obviously I am a little biased. Lohi is nestled between the Highlands and the edge of Downtown, where the rejuvenated Union Station area is. We love that there are at least 10 great restaurants within a few blocks and a new one popping up seemingly every day (I say this all the time, but we love Linger, Postino, Avanti, Lola, and Recess to name a few). We rarely leave our little Lohi bubble because there is so much going on: a fun place for happy hour, great brunch spots, and it is a 15 minute walk (via pedestrian bridge) to the Union Station area to enjoy the beautiful farmers market in the summer. And because I am a visual person and maybe you are too, here are a few of my favorite looks I have shot around the hood (look 1, look 2, look 3, look 4, look 5).
Apartment recs: Commons Park West, The Station, The Manhattan (Riverfront), Line 28, Studio Lohi, Glass House (for rent by owner)
When it is nice out I am at Wash Park at least once a week. Because Colorado is landlocked people flock to big parks to hang out when it is warm and Wash Park is the perfect location. It is right between Downtown Denver and Cherry Creek (which we will cover next). Cherry Creek Shopping Center is the closest mall to me and I must admit, that I am there far too much, but I do love stopping at Wash Park before or after for a quick jog with Stanley. The neighborhood around the Park is just as charming as the park. Just south of the park is the best sushi in town and a couple of my favorite boutiques on Pearl Street and a few blocks east is an adorable gift shop and bakery. A couple of my favorite looks from Wash Park (here, here, here, and here).
Apartments: Country Club Towers
Cherry Creek North
Cherry Creek North is another neighborhood I find myself in often. Jonny works in the area and my mom lives in the neighborhood as well (it doesn't hurt that the mall is there as well). My mom loves living there. She walks to dinner with her friends, and is able to walk to the mall or boutiques. The salon I have been going to since I was 18 is a stones throw from her condo and several of my favorite restaurants (Hillstone, Cucina Colore, and Quality Italian are all within blocks of each other. I shot a few of my very favorite looks in CC North! Like this one and this one from our holiday card!
Apartments: The Seasons of Cherry Creek and Steele Creek
Some of our best friends live in Capitol Hill and love it! It is in walking distance to Trader Joes (which was a big deal for us CO peeps btw), several other grocery stores, and Cheeseman Park, another gorgeous park for jogs and picnics.
- Highlands: West of Lohi, great restaurants and a lovely farmers market in the Summer.
- Riverfront: Connects Lohi and Union Station, affordable apartments, great restaurants like Colt and Gray, and Sushi Sasa.
- Uptown: East of Downtown (gosh we were creative with the names here...?) affordable apartments, great restaurants! We like Coperta and Beast and Bottle!
- Congress Park: Just discovered this adorable neighborhood, but shot these photos at Sweet Cooies here and can't wait to go back! The main street could not be cuter.. packed with families and young people.