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Sarah’s guidebook

Sarah

Sarah’s guidebook

Neighborhoods
Cap hill is a beautifu city neighborhood with tree lined streets, turn of the century homes and wonderful parks. The capitol and civic center park are on the east side and Cheesman park is on the west side. Cheesman park is the living room for the neighborhood on sunny days and is filled with sun bathers, walkers and picnickers.
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Capitol Hill
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Cap hill is a beautifu city neighborhood with tree lined streets, turn of the century homes and wonderful parks. The capitol and civic center park are on the east side and Cheesman park is on the west side. Cheesman park is the living room for the neighborhood on sunny days and is filled with sun bathers, walkers and picnickers.
LoDo (lower downtown) and RiNo (Platte River North) were rail yards, stock yards and every type of dirty old industry an american city wanted early in the last century. Not any more! In the last 20 years this part of town has been completely transformed and is now a lively social hub with parks high rises and young people. Check out Union Station, walk the pedestrian bridge at the end of 16 over the rails and to confluence park where cherry creek meets the Platte river. Coors field is at the end of Weewata street and north of there is the RiNo district. Still in a state of flux with a mix of new construction and turn of the century warehouses. RiNo is a quite a bit more arty and bohemian than LoDo but with the pace of construction it may be totally different in 10 years.
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LoDo
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LoDo (lower downtown) and RiNo (Platte River North) were rail yards, stock yards and every type of dirty old industry an american city wanted early in the last century. Not any more! In the last 20 years this part of town has been completely transformed and is now a lively social hub with parks high rises and young people. Check out Union Station, walk the pedestrian bridge at the end of 16 over the rails and to confluence park where cherry creek meets the Platte river. Coors field is at the end of Weewata street and north of there is the RiNo district. Still in a state of flux with a mix of new construction and turn of the century warehouses. RiNo is a quite a bit more arty and bohemian than LoDo but with the pace of construction it may be totally different in 10 years.
Larimer Square is easy easy to get to on a bike, just off the cherry creek trail or its about a 30 minute walk. Restaurants and shopping on a historic block of old Denver. They really dress it up with lights and bling. The crowd is hip and a bit high brow but there are plenty of swanky dining establishments and nice indy boutiques. If you walk or bike, there is a little park with a fountain right on the cherry creek trail which makes it easy to identify your destination.
Larimer Square Historic District
Larimer Square is easy easy to get to on a bike, just off the cherry creek trail or its about a 30 minute walk. Restaurants and shopping on a historic block of old Denver. They really dress it up with lights and bling. The crowd is hip and a bit high brow but there are plenty of swanky dining establishments and nice indy boutiques. If you walk or bike, there is a little park with a fountain right on the cherry creek trail which makes it easy to identify your destination.
In need of some used vinyl? how about some pre worn threads? Bowling ? Sushi? Tattoo? Antique lamps? South Broadway is all that and more. The strip starts at 1st and goes South as far as you want to go but i usually tire after about 5 blocks. there are some good restaurants to check out, try Gozo and Lena. The Broadway crowd tends to be young hip and tattooed and they seem to really enjoy bowling at Punch Bowl Social.
Broadway Center
990 S Broadway
In need of some used vinyl? how about some pre worn threads? Bowling ? Sushi? Tattoo? Antique lamps? South Broadway is all that and more. The strip starts at 1st and goes South as far as you want to go but i usually tire after about 5 blocks. there are some good restaurants to check out, try Gozo and Lena. The Broadway crowd tends to be young hip and tattooed and they seem to really enjoy bowling at Punch Bowl Social.
Its a pedestrian mall through downtown! There is a free bus that runs from civic center, next to the Capitol, to union station. Its 10 or 15 minute walk to the civic center station. Love it? Hate it? you choose. The mall is a bewildering mix of local spots big corporate restaurants and souvenir shops. Add to that business people, crazy people and tourists and you will begin to construct an image of the mall. You can walk a few blocks then ride a few on the bus to the end at union station. Take a breath have a refreshment then do it again back to civic center.
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16th Street Mall
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Its a pedestrian mall through downtown! There is a free bus that runs from civic center, next to the Capitol, to union station. Its 10 or 15 minute walk to the civic center station. Love it? Hate it? you choose. The mall is a bewildering mix of local spots big corporate restaurants and souvenir shops. Add to that business people, crazy people and tourists and you will begin to construct an image of the mall. You can walk a few blocks then ride a few on the bus to the end at union station. Take a breath have a refreshment then do it again back to civic center.
Warning you are now leaving Capitol Hill. There is a very different vibe in Cherry Creek, men wear watches that appear to be awkwardly heavy, women look salon fresh and I'm certainly the only one that is wearing something bought second hand. The scene is a bit top drawer and most of it seems brand new. The restaurants down here are good though. Try North for Itallian, Sol for you fancy mexican, Blue Harbor for the sea, Happa Sushi or Lil Ollies also for sushi and if you want to go down market Cherry Cricket or Milwaukee St Tavern. Also a great place to buy a couch or bedroom set at one of more than 10 fancy furniture places. If you are lucky you might catch a glimpse of some flashy sports cars going super slow ,driven by old guys with magnificent golf tans. Its like a different universe, just 10 minutes by bike or 35 on foot.
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Cherry Creek
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Warning you are now leaving Capitol Hill. There is a very different vibe in Cherry Creek, men wear watches that appear to be awkwardly heavy, women look salon fresh and I'm certainly the only one that is wearing something bought second hand. The scene is a bit top drawer and most of it seems brand new. The restaurants down here are good though. Try North for Itallian, Sol for you fancy mexican, Blue Harbor for the sea, Happa Sushi or Lil Ollies also for sushi and if you want to go down market Cherry Cricket or Milwaukee St Tavern. Also a great place to buy a couch or bedroom set at one of more than 10 fancy furniture places. If you are lucky you might catch a glimpse of some flashy sports cars going super slow ,driven by old guys with magnificent golf tans. Its like a different universe, just 10 minutes by bike or 35 on foot.
Its just on the other side of the Platte river from downtown. If you made it down to union station you may as well stop by. There are a few pedestrian bridges that connect down town to Highlands. Try the 16th st one, north of the falls bridge by REI, that will put you into the heart of highlands. Platte street is the main drag with nice shops and restaurants. There is a good icecream place, Little Man near by that draws quite a crowd.
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Highland
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Its just on the other side of the Platte river from downtown. If you made it down to union station you may as well stop by. There are a few pedestrian bridges that connect down town to Highlands. Try the 16th st one, north of the falls bridge by REI, that will put you into the heart of highlands. Platte street is the main drag with nice shops and restaurants. There is a good icecream place, Little Man near by that draws quite a crowd.
Well what to say..?? Colfax is the longest main street in America. There is a spirit and vibration that would be hard to put into words for most. But here goes. A mixture of cultures and socioeconomic levels and business that seem to have not turned over in the last 50 years. It is the divider between Capitol hill and Uptown but is neither and it making its own fortune! Colfax check it out.
East Colfax Avenue
Well what to say..?? Colfax is the longest main street in America. There is a spirit and vibration that would be hard to put into words for most. But here goes. A mixture of cultures and socioeconomic levels and business that seem to have not turned over in the last 50 years. It is the divider between Capitol hill and Uptown but is neither and it making its own fortune! Colfax check it out.
eating, drinking, living in the neighborhood
Welcome to Capitol Hill. These are the neighborhood spots. You can walk to most everything and i encourage you to do so. A few are better reached by bike or scooter cuz you need to get out of the neighborhood once in a while. Try em on for size, be a local for a couple of days.
Local place with a great happy hour from 430 to 7
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The Park Tavern & Restaurant
931 East 11th Avenue
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Local place with a great happy hour from 430 to 7
Upscale dining with locally sourced ingredients. Relaxing friendly environment. There is a nice bar in addition to their table seating.
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Potager
1109 N Ogden St
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Upscale dining with locally sourced ingredients. Relaxing friendly environment. There is a nice bar in addition to their table seating.
its a grocery store! it was more than a year before i could say it without giggling. Its the home of SOOPER SAVINGS! You can't eat out every night. Get back there and rattle some pans!
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King Soopers
1155 East 9th Avenue
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its a grocery store! it was more than a year before i could say it without giggling. Its the home of SOOPER SAVINGS! You can't eat out every night. Get back there and rattle some pans!
Angelo's is a hoppin local place. They have reasonably priced wine, which they make in house and the muscles and oysters are great. It can be difficult to get a spot on weekends with the crowd that comes in.
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Angelo’s Taverna
620 East 6th Avenue
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Angelo's is a hoppin local place. They have reasonably priced wine, which they make in house and the muscles and oysters are great. It can be difficult to get a spot on weekends with the crowd that comes in.
Its a classy dive bar. There are plenty of restaurants around here though. we usually have a happy hour beverage here and then move to one of the other spots for dinner.
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Vesper Lounge
233 East 7th Avenue
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Its a classy dive bar. There are plenty of restaurants around here though. we usually have a happy hour beverage here and then move to one of the other spots for dinner.
great spot with a seasonal menu. Nice quiet bar good food and drink specials 7 days a week. There are plenty of other choices on this stretch of 17th if the menu doesn't strike your fancy. Just to be straight this is actually in the Uptown neighborhood and is more of a bike or scooter ride than a walk to but i included it because you can't spend your entire time in Capitol hill.
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Humboldt Farm, Fish, Wine
1700 Humboldt Street
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great spot with a seasonal menu. Nice quiet bar good food and drink specials 7 days a week. There are plenty of other choices on this stretch of 17th if the menu doesn't strike your fancy. Just to be straight this is actually in the Uptown neighborhood and is more of a bike or scooter ride than a walk to but i included it because you can't spend your entire time in Capitol hill.
Its a Pho place! if you have i thing for this type of cuisine you will be happy here. Sure they have other asian standards on the menu but the Pho is where its at. And you can have a local beer for $2.50
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Pho on 6
1312 East 6th Avenue
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Its a Pho place! if you have i thing for this type of cuisine you will be happy here. Sure they have other asian standards on the menu but the Pho is where its at. And you can have a local beer for $2.50
Buzz is as local as they come. Ma and Pa run, used to be a gas station. They serve Lion coffee from Hawaii and you can get an espresso without putting hurt on you wallet. Its quiet with a few tables in and out, there is the occasional computer person but mostly people chatting.
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Buzz Cafe
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Buzz is as local as they come. Ma and Pa run, used to be a gas station. They serve Lion coffee from Hawaii and you can get an espresso without putting hurt on you wallet. Its quiet with a few tables in and out, there is the occasional computer person but mostly people chatting.
usually a bustle here at Pablo's. Its neighborhood folks though. Lots of kibitzing, reading and quiet contemplation because Pablo doesn't do WiFi. Like the sigh says Free Hi Fives no WiFi. If you need to do your work thing this is not a good fit.
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Pablo's Coffee - 6th Avenue
630 East 6th Avenue
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usually a bustle here at Pablo's. Its neighborhood folks though. Lots of kibitzing, reading and quiet contemplation because Pablo doesn't do WiFi. Like the sigh says Free Hi Fives no WiFi. If you need to do your work thing this is not a good fit.
Ok your here for work. You don't want to sit upstairs by yourself. You can be with 20 other comrades staring at screens wearing ear muffs. WiFi? heck yeah we've got 4 of em and every one is faster than what you've got at home. Not for everyone, but if you have to do it, this is the place. Oh the coffee is quite fancy you know you will get a side of bubbly agua with that shade grown Guatemalan espresso.
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Thump Coffee
1201 East 13th Avenue
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Ok your here for work. You don't want to sit upstairs by yourself. You can be with 20 other comrades staring at screens wearing ear muffs. WiFi? heck yeah we've got 4 of em and every one is faster than what you've got at home. Not for everyone, but if you have to do it, this is the place. Oh the coffee is quite fancy you know you will get a side of bubbly agua with that shade grown Guatemalan espresso.
All right you are from out of town, first time, i get it. This place is low on flash more for the locals. If you want a more bespoke experience try Lightshade on 6th. Whatever your flavor remember this is not like that time in college with your buddy "sponge". Colorado medical marijuana is super duper strong, go very very slowly. "its not working, im going to have one more" is the last thing said before a miserable evening.
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Alternative Medicine on Capitol Hill
1301 North Marion Street
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All right you are from out of town, first time, i get it. This place is low on flash more for the locals. If you want a more bespoke experience try Lightshade on 6th. Whatever your flavor remember this is not like that time in college with your buddy "sponge". Colorado medical marijuana is super duper strong, go very very slowly. "its not working, im going to have one more" is the last thing said before a miserable evening.
Its a liquor store and it is a block away. You can buy beer at king soopers too but it is the same price and you are supporting a small local place by shopping here. And the guys who work here always have something amusing on the tele.
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Skyline Spirits
939 East 11th Avenue
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Its a liquor store and it is a block away. You can buy beer at king soopers too but it is the same price and you are supporting a small local place by shopping here. And the guys who work here always have something amusing on the tele.
You thought all of the piano bars had closed when Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr passed. Well today is your lucky day, Charlies is a trip to another time. More of a cocktail bar than a throw back some bruskis place, its vibe and its menu are forever 1967. Piano nightly at 6pm and heck yeah you sing along. Be brave and sit at the Piano and peel off some washingtons for the piano player while you break into your best falsetto for Danke Shoen or go super serious and sing My Way while delivering drop dead stares to the crowd of admiring onlookers.
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Charlie Brown's
980 Grant Street
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You thought all of the piano bars had closed when Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr passed. Well today is your lucky day, Charlies is a trip to another time. More of a cocktail bar than a throw back some bruskis place, its vibe and its menu are forever 1967. Piano nightly at 6pm and heck yeah you sing along. Be brave and sit at the Piano and peel off some washingtons for the piano player while you break into your best falsetto for Danke Shoen or go super serious and sing My Way while delivering drop dead stares to the crowd of admiring onlookers.
I knew it you spent all you money and time enjoying our fair city and now you have no patients or interest in going to king soopers and shopping for a healthy meal. That is why Sexy pizza exists. Its around the corner and there is no shame walking a block and a half with a large Sexy pie in hand. You can dine in but... its more of a to go place.
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Sexy Pizza
1018 East 11th Avenue
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I knew it you spent all you money and time enjoying our fair city and now you have no patients or interest in going to king soopers and shopping for a healthy meal. That is why Sexy pizza exists. Its around the corner and there is no shame walking a block and a half with a large Sexy pie in hand. You can dine in but... its more of a to go place.
You are here for the exact same reason you were at Sexy Pizza last night. The large is something that should be only attempted by 2 people or a single construction worker over 200 lbs. Maybe try eating some vegetables tomorrow.
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Snarf's Sandwiches
1001 East 11th Avenue
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You are here for the exact same reason you were at Sexy Pizza last night. The large is something that should be only attempted by 2 people or a single construction worker over 200 lbs. Maybe try eating some vegetables tomorrow.
Its a unique grocery store. And if you are under 35 it may be the only place you buy groceries. Its a little farther than king soopers but a walk will make you feel good. And you can check out all of the Denver millennials in their natural environment.
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Trader Joe's
661 Logan Street
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Its a unique grocery store. And if you are under 35 it may be the only place you buy groceries. Its a little farther than king soopers but a walk will make you feel good. And you can check out all of the Denver millennials in their natural environment.

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get downtown on the 16th street mall free ride
Check out LoDo and union station! It is a 15 minute walk to civic center station where you can catch the free mall ride bus. It will take you all the way down to Union Station. (start from here) This whole neighborhood was completely transformed from warehouses and train yards to the hip urban scene it is today. 16th street is a pedestrian mall with shops and restaurants, the civic center station is just opposite the civic center park on the north side of Colfax street.
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Take a bike ride.
Hop on a city bike or a Jump bike (uber). there is a beautiful green way train that runs along cherry creek. Best way to go is down Ogden street, south, you get on the trail at Ogden and 3rd. Go west to the confluence park and LoDo.
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Airport transportation by Train
If you are coming from the airport the best way to go is by train or car. Train- The light rail is located right at the main terminal on the south end. it runs every 30 minutes and costs $10.50. There is an RTD app you can download and purchase tickets through the app. You can take a bus from the terminal on the same ticket you purchased for the train. The 15 the 0 and 10 all go the right direction. Check the app trip planner and it will give you the when and where. Also you can take the free bus up the 16th street mall to the capitol and walk 10 minutes to the house.
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Airport transportation by Car
Lyft and Uber are the most popular ride sharing services in town. If you are an international traveler and don't have access to local cell phone service. There is free wifi in the airport and you can call an Uber using wifi. They usually pick up on the west side at the first door (south) on the departures level. Its about 35 to 45 minutes to the house depending on traffic.