Denver is a large city that has everything to offer for every age from hiking and biking trails to hot restaurants, bars, and sports venues. Here in Denver, you can find every type of living from luxury condos with skyline views or luxury lofts, to family-friendly suburb living. Denver is growing so fast, it’s hard to keep track of all the neighborhoods (80 to be exact!) This list should help you find out which neighborhood is right for you as you explore the Denver Metro area.
We’ve selected 6 great neighborhoods that each offer something different and are all fun places to live.
Most locals know that the now trendy Highlands was once a neighborhood filled with diversity and different walks of life. It’s also one of the oldest neighborhoods in Denver. Today, The Highlands is home to nearly 10,000 people and is booming with restaurants, boutiques, art galleries, bars, breweries and unique architecture which typically attracts a wide range of Denverites from families to young professionals. Highland consists of 3 neighborhoods: The Highlands, Jefferson Park, and Lower Highlands or LoHi, each with its own set of unique features and pockets. People love the small town in a big city feel they get in the Highlands. Places worth checking out include Little Man Ice Cream, Prost Brewery, Avanti and Uncle.
Lower Downtown Denver (also known as LoDo) offers everything most city-dwellers are looking for: high rise apartments, walking friendly, convenient public transportation and tons to do! LoDo is known for its abundance of restaurants, bars, coffee shops, shopping, and more! Sports lovers unite! Check out a Nuggets game or Rockies game, all within walking distance of each other. Historic Union Station has some unique shops and bites. Beer drinkers will also love the wide range of breweries available in LoDo.
Capitol Hill is one of Denver’s most densely populated and oldest neighborhood. Demographically, it’s one of its youngest. Originally settled in the late 1800s, Capitol Hill underwent a period of decline in the 1960s and ‘70s. As the neighborhood became run-down, violent, and impoverished, residents fled the city for the suburbs. Today, the charming Capitol Hill neighborhood offers a lively mix of art, music, culture and Denver history. Here you’ll find six different museums, music venues, tough parking and a unique mix of historic Denver homes and modern luxury apartments. Popular stops on Capitol Hill include City O’City, Ogden Theatre, Bluebird Theatre, Charlie Brown’s, Molly Brown Museum and much, much more.
Cherry Creek is known as being one of the fanciest (and wealthiest) neighborhoods in Denver. Here you’ll find luxury high-end shops and boutiques, fancy restaurants and even bike trails! People flock here for it’s quiet and quaint streets, great schools and walkability.
The tiny pocket of Edgewater is squeezed between Sloan’s Lake and another suburb of Denver—Wheat Ridge. Edgewater is becoming more and more popular for young families and young professionals who are looking to escape the city hustle and bustle. There is still plenty to do in this neighborhood including breweries, parks, restaurants, bars and plenty of bike trails around Sloan’s Lake. Locals love Joyride for its delicious beer and dog-friendly atmosphere, Edgewater Inn for its delicious pizza and Rupert’s at the Edge for their yummy brunch and lake views. Wheat Ridge is a runner up on our list, but it’s just a hop, skip and a jump away from Edgewater.
Also known as the River North Art District, RiNo is known for its hipsters and artists, street art, luxury lofts, and artisan shops. Here you’ll find no shortage of historic buildings and vibrant colors. Historic warehouses and factories are now house jazz bars, new restaurants, breweries, art galleries, and art studios. RiNo boasts a diverse mix of creative businesses ranging from visual artists, designers and furniture makers, to craft distillers and brewers, winemakers, creators of unique outdoor gear and small-batch coffee roasters. You’ll find street murals on almost every block and even inside some restaurants! Some favorite stops include Acorn, Smō, Great Divide Brewery, Work and Class and much more!