If you’re thinking about moving to Colorado, Denver is probably the first city that comes to mind. The capital of Colorado has a ton to offer. However, the area is vast, and choosing a part of Denver to live in is easier said than done.
Most Denver neighborhoods have their own distinct look, feel, population, and attractions. To help you determine your future home, here are some of the best neighborhoods in Denver and what you can expect from them.
Downtown / Lower Downtown (LoDo)
Downtown Denver is the heart of the mile high city. You’ll find plenty of young professionals living there. With so many jobs located in this area, many enjoy their shortened commute. However, downtown has plenty more to offer than just offices.
This area is split with Lower Downtown, which is the city’s historic district and oldest neighborhood. The 16th Street Mall is the core of the downtown area. This 1.25-mile shopping center is lined with tons of locally-owned stores and some of the best restaurants Colorado has to offer.
Entertainment options are also endless, and these neighborhoods are close to all of the action. Whether live music is your scene, or professional sports are more your jam, you’ll have access to all of it here. The Broncos, Nuggets, Rockies, and Avalanche games will all be within arms-reach.
If you’re always looking for something to do and want to be close to it, you’ll love living in Downtown. However, if you aren’t a big fan of being in the midst of crowds and tourists, Downtown and LoDo probably aren’t your best bet. The population is comprised of professionals for the most part and you won’t find a ton of kids roaming around, so it might not be the ideal neighborhood to raise a family.
- Walk Score: 91
- Transit Score: 89
- Bike Score: 95
Capitol Hill is a trendy, hip area that many young professionals and new college grads call home. It’s close to downtown, but far enough away to have its own vibe. It’s a trendy area that has some of the best nightlife in Colorado. Also, it’s one of the more affordable neighborhoods in the city.
The parking situation in Capitol Hill leaves a lot to be desired, but the walkability makes it well worth it. If you live in this area, it’s probably best to leave your car at home most of the time. Fortunately, tons of restaurants, cafes, and bars are all within walking or bike-riding distance.
The food scene is pretty diverse too, with American, Japanese, Thai, Mexican, and French dining options all in the neighborhood. If you’re a foodie in your early 20’s looking for a lively area with tons to do, Capitol Hill is a great spot.
North Capitol Hill, also known as Uptown, is another great district to live in. Uptown Denver is home to City Park, one of Denver’s largest green spaces. The Denver Zoo and the Museum of Nature and Science are located at City Park, making it a wonderful place to spend a day.
- Walk Score: 92
- Transit Score: 66
- Bike Score: 97
Highland is a family-friendly neighborhood that exists just outside of downtown. The neighborhood is filled with Victorian homes, local eateries, coffee shops, and a large variety of boutique shops. If you’re looking for a real community and neighborhood feel, you’ll find it here. The neighborhood is broken into three separate districts, that are all different from each other: Highlands Square, Tennyson Street, and Lower Highland.
Highlands Square is the center of the Highland neighborhood. This is where you’ll find great shopping and stores with unique, locally-made goods.
Tennyson Street is a center of historic buildings and showcases Denver’s local art scene. You’ll find plenty of interesting art galleries in this area.
Lower Highland, or LoHi, is one of the hottest and most trendy neighborhoods in Denver. Tons of great restaurants and bars, with the accessibility to downtown being its main perk. The Highland Bridge is a pedestrian bridge that connects the neighborhood to downtown.
- Walk Score: 77
- Transit Score: 60
- Bike Score: 88
Located West of Downtown, Cherry Creek is a posh residential neighborhood with tons to offer. If you want to be near stores and love shopping local, Cherry Creek is the place to be. The neighborhood is a bit upscale, and the people are friendly. The shopping in this neighborhood is its crown jewel. The Cherry Creek Shopping Center has tons of luxury department stores, as well as more traditional stores.
On the first weekend of July, Coloradans across the state gather with Cherry Creek locals to celebrate the arts at the Cherry Creek Arts Festival. The festival is the premier art event in Denver, and brings in an amazing variety of visual, performing, and culinary arts.
If you’re working in the downtown area and crave a more upscale lifestyle, Cherry Creek is a great neighborhood for you. It’s a shopper paradise that is also very accessible to all of the amenities downtown has to offer.
- Walk Score: 83
- Transit Score: 49
- Bike Score: 73
River North Art District (RiNo)
If you’re looking for a neighborhood that puts art at center stage, look no further than RiNo. The neighborhood has seen a lot of redevelopment recently. What were once old warehouses are now music venues, art galleries, and local restaurants.
Speaking of art galleries, you’ll find literally hundreds of them in RiNo. The abundance of street art and wall murals bring the area to life and play a part in making it so bright and vibrant.
Beyond the art scene, the food scene in RiNo is equally unique. Tons of recently-opened experimental restaurants and food trucks make the neighborhood a foodie haven. Pair the unique cuisine with one of the many tried-and-true local breweries and you have the recipe for an amazing place to call home.
- Walk Score: 70
- Transit Score: 63
- Bike Score: 92