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Best Places for a Shopping Respite or Shopping Extravaganza in Denver

Denver is a thriving, evolving city and the same can be said of its stellar collection of stores and boutiques. From small and eclectic independent retailers such as 5 Green Boxes to the upscale, multi-block shopping district that is Cherry Creek North, Denver delivers a vibrant and intriguing experience with multiple options for shoppers of all kinds. For art collectors or art lover, there's the gallery-centric Art District on Santa Fe, along with two fabulous (and different) shops at the Denver Art Museum. Tattered Cover, one of Denver's most successful and beloved retailers, now has three locations, including a cozy outpost at the newly revitalized Denver Union Station. Speaking of Union Station, the historic aesthetic remains in tact and the trains continue to run, but a fabulous collection of retailers and restaurants now infuses the evocative structure with a distinctly 21st Century vibe. Historic and contemporary elements also combine at Larimer Square, an area that Butch Cassidy is said to have once visited and where some of the city's best independent boutiques now open for a more genteel clientele. And in the spirit of what's old is often new again, there's Twist and Shout, a record store where new vinyl recordings are being sold alongside those old collectibles and CDs from every genre--plus there's live music. Perhaps best of all, in between many Denver shops are independent restaurants opened by award-winning chefs where shoppers can rest and refuel before heading to the next dynamic shopping experience. 

Commons Park


Located in the restored 1901 Denver Tramway building, REI Denver is paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, from weekend warriors to avid sportsmen and women. The massive store set near the South Platte River at Confluence Park is one of the brand's...  Read More



Larimer Square is the city's No. 1 historic district and it was integral to the earliest residents of Denver, many of whom were on the rough-and-tumble side. Today, a more genteel clientele strolls along this historic block of Larimer Street to...  Read More



One of Denver's most attractive neighborhoods for shopping and dining, Cherry Creek North boasts endless options for the perfect romantic date night. Dinner for two at one of the area's restaurants can transport you and your partner to a mini...  Read More

Tattered Cover Book Store
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From its humble beginnings in a tiny space back in the 1970s, Tattered Cover evolved into one of the largest independent bookstores in the nation. It has weathered a retail climate that has not been friendly to booksellers, but thanks to the...  Read More

Art District on Santa Fe
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More than 70 establishments populate this very walkable area just south of downtown Denver. While the First Friday Art Walk is indisputably the biggest draw for visitors to Denver, the district's galleries, restaurants and retail shops are open...  Read More

The Proper Pour
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Mega liquor stores offer more bottles and selection, but they cannot match the personal attention and passion of The Proper Pour. Customers looking for an unusual wine or liquor can pick the brain of whoever is working and get knowledgeable...  Read More

5 Green Boxes
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This is the land of fun and unusual gifts and treats located in two main stores a block apart on Denver's trendy South Pearl Street. The larger store has everything from candles based on literary themes to hand-painted furniture. Shoppers will...  Read More

Twist and Shout
Photo courtesy of Twist & Shout


When Twist and Shot opened in 1988 there were no MP3 players, iPods or smart phones. The store is in some ways a throwback to those days, yet very much current. It's a place where Boomers, Gen Xers, Millennials and Gen Zers all can shop for the...  Read More



The Denver Art Museum features two must-see shops. The North Building shop has a family orientation with creative products for all ages including activity kits, books, art supplies, puzzles, games and more. The shop in the Hamilton Building...  Read More



Denver's revitalized Union Station features 10 independent, Colorado-owned retail and restaurant outlets across 22,000 square feet of ground-floor space, which is complemented by 12,000 square feet of public common area and 40,000 square feet of...  Read More


Meet Christine Loomis

Christine has written about every aspect of travel, from romance and adventure to family and wellness. She is also lucky to have had three major home states through the years: New York,...  More About Christine