Denver's Top 10 Places to Shop
REI Denver is a safe haven for outdoor enthusiasts! Located in the historic 1901 Denver Tramway building near the South Platte River is one of the best REI stores you can find. REI Denver supplies you with gear for almost any outdoor activity available including camping, climbing, paddling, cycling, and hiking. You can also rock climb in the store itself on the REI Denver 47 foot, hand sculpted monolith. Not only does this monolith provide you with two lead climbing routes, it also offers twelve top roped routes. Plus, REI members climb for free. REI Denver additionally offers several demonstrational classes that will teach you everything from climbing techniques to smartphone photography. REI Denver provides you with a one stop shop for all you can learn, buy, or try in the outdoors.
As Denver's number one historic district, Larimer Square is choc full of independently owned retail shops (20 of the 23 available). The great part about these independently owned shops is that they offer a lot of local Colorado made products. A few of the stores that mainly source from Colorado itself include Eve & Gusterman Silversmiths as well as Cry Baby Ranch. In addition to Colorado made products, you will also find shops selling apparel, shoes, home goods, antiques, jewelry, and accessories for men, women, and children. There is also a French inspired farmers market named, Le Jardin Secret that takes place every Saturday in the Summer.
Art District on Santa Fe
There are over seventy walkable establishments within the Art District on Santa Fe in downtown Denver. Many visitors come to the Art District on Santa Fe during the first Friday of each month to gander at the galleries and fill their stomachs up at the delectable restaurants. Between 4th and 14th along Santa Fe Drive, you will find the highest concentration of galleries, restaurants, and shops available. Plus, there is one museum, two movie theaters, and several spaces open to rent for private parties or to attend for private art classes within the centre. Most of the District's shops are independently owned so rest assured that 90% of the merchandise and artwork is going into the economy of Colorado.
Denver Art Museum Shops
There are two shops located within Denver's Art Museum that you simply must visit. The first shop is located within the North building and is filled with creative family orientated products suitable for all ages like art supplies, activity kits, games, books, and much much more. The second shop is located within the Hamilton building and is filled with memorabilia for art lovers like one of a kind jewelry, blown glass, apparel, and accessories. The stock always reflects the museums most currently installed exhibits, thus there is always something new to see. You never know, you may just go home with a Salvador Dali-inspired necktie.
Cherry Creek North Shopping District
The Cherry Creek North Shopping District is located within one of the most attractive neighbourhoods in Colorado and serves as a great date night destination. Make a romantic reservation for two at any of the Districts local restaurants and you will not be disappointed. Or spend a day walking around the independently owned galleries, shops, and boutiques. For authentic French Cuisine, we recommend La Merise or for authentic Italian we suggest La Rendezvou. If you are looking for something new from Colorado to try, make sure to check out Enstrom Candies! At Enstrom Candies they hand make out of this world almond toffee sourced from Colorado.
Denver Union Station
At the Denver Union Station you can find ten restaurant and retail shops on its ground floor. It spans over twenty thousand square feet and is accompanied by over forty thousand square feet of common space for the public to lounge in. The Denver Union Station is considered a historical landmark in Denver and has undergone various renovations that still maintain the original feel of the station. There are still trains that run through this station to this day. The restaurants range from local coffee shops to boutique restaurants and ice cream shops.
Tattered Cover Book Store
Brick and mortar bookstores are no longer as popular as they once used to be with the advent of online retailers. Nonetheless, the Tattered Cover in Denver has withstood the retail climate change dating back to the seventies. The owner, Joyce Maskis, has magnificently evolved his business to adapt to the times and marketed to consumers that still enjoy going to a bookstore to lounge and have a cup of coffee while they enjoy their favorite reads. One can say that the driving force behind the continued success is the employees of the store, who are very knowledgeable and make customers feel like they are at home. The Tattered Cover book store consists of over twenty-four thousand square feet of shopping space, where consumers can purchase books, calendars, and plenty other gifts for friends and family.
The Green Boxes are two stores that are one block away from each other on Pearl Street. In particular, these stores specialize in specialty gifts and delights. The selection ranges from classic furniture to clothing and jewelry from all over the world. These stores appeal to all the masses because one can visit and only spend twenty dollars while shopping or they can spend thousands of dollars. Many people come to just enjoy the eclectic mix of colors and architecture that these stores boast.
Twist and Shout
Established in 1988, Twist and Shout offers old and new music alike. You will find almost every kind of musical genre as well as every form of music available. The store itself is famous for its larger than life collection of new and used vinyl. Twist and Shout offers so many options that everyone is sure to find music they love within it walls. In addition to the stores large supply and selection of music, Twist and Shout offers live performances in store each month. Touring and local artists alike come to perform at this location. Expect to find all sorts of memorabilia at Twist and Shout including apparel, music movies, art films, and toys among a ton of other stuff.
The Proper Pour
The Proper Pour is a mega liquor store that offers exceptional discounts. Known best for their personal attention to detail, the Proper Pour provides artisanal wines and unusual liqueurs to its loyal customer base. Plus, the employees of the Proper Pour are extremely knowledgeable and able to answer any and all questions you may have. They will also offer suggestions to complement your palate style as they are self proclaimed cocktail geeks. The Proper Pour aspires to give each and every one of their customers a pleasant imbibing experience. Expect to find wine from biodynamic Colorado farms, speciality bears, small batch distillers, and aged whiskey at the Proper Pour.