5280 Neighborhood Guide: City Park West

This is part of a monthly series on 5280.com about Denver's niche, new, and veteran neighborhoods.

July 16 2014, 9:30 AM

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Denver Bicycle Cafe

Denver Bicycle Cafe

Denver Bicycle Cafe

Denver Bicycle Cafe

Il Posto

Il Posto

Olive & Finch

Olive & Finch

Olive & Finch

Olive & Finch

P17

P17

Pinche Taqueria

Pinche Taqueria

Soul Haus

Soul Haus

Soul Haus

Soul Haus

Talulah Jones

Talulah Jones

Talulah Jones

Talulah Jones

The Thin Man

The Thin Man

Vine Street Pub

Vine Street Pub

The Weathervane Cafe

The Weathervane Cafe

Denver Bicycle Cafe

Denver Bicycle Cafe

Denver Bicycle Cafe

Denver Bicycle Cafe

Il Posto

Il Posto

Olive & Finch

Olive & Finch

Olive & Finch

Olive & Finch

P17

P17

Pinche Taqueria

Pinche Taqueria

Soul Haus

Soul Haus

Soul Haus

Soul Haus

Talulah Jones

Talulah Jones

Talulah Jones

Talulah Jones

The Thin Man

The Thin Man

Vine Street Pub

Vine Street Pub

The Weathervane Cafe

The Weathervane Cafe

THE NEIGHBORHOOD: CITY PARK WEST

This official neighborhood is just west of City Park, Denver’s largest park. But the hot-hot-hot dining scene is what this neighborhood is better known for—especially recently. Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center also sits smack-dab in the middle of the neighborhood, which means some extra commotion and parking woes, but luckily less siren sound-offs than you’d think. (You also won't mind if you are sipping a cocktail on one of the area's numerous patios.) 


Boundaries: 23rd Avenue to the north, Downing Street to the west, Colfax Avenue to the south, and York Street to the east.

Who’s There: Young professionals piled into rented rooms in old Victorian homes to save money and young families not yet ready to commit to suburbia. 

The Hub: The 17th Avenue strip, for its note-worthy spots to dine and imbibe.


Your itinerary:

1. Tour: The 125-year-old Castle Marne Bed and Breakfast, which was designed by the same architect as the nearby Molly Brown House. 

2. Taste 17th Avenue: You'll need more than one day to sample the neighborhood's fare. Start by strolling the strip from Humboldt to Gaylord streets and stopping by these sure-bets: 

  • Breakfast: Swing by Olive & Finch for their simple, fresh, and affordable menu, with the added bonus of a market and bakery inside.
  • Lunch: Pinche Taqueria helped fuel Denver's taco obsession; find out why. (Try the queso a la plancha taco, which wraps griddled cotija cheese in a tortilla with avocado, tomatillo salsa, and lime.)
  • Happy Hour: Head to Vine Street Pub for a good beer—and a burger, if you’re in the mood. Another safe bet is the Thin Man, for its infused vodkas and boozy, house-made sangria. 
  • Dinner: Make a reservation at Il Posto, where chef Andrea Frizzi creates a new menu daily. Or check in at P17, a bistro with a recently redesigned menu by chef-owner Mary Nguyen (who also owns Olive & Finch).
  • Coffee: Visit the Weathervane Café for a lavender latte, which is made with house-made lavender syrup and has a foam painting on top. Afterward, meander to their upstairs shop, Beehive Vintage, to browse through local-acquired 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s garb.

3. Pedal: Cycle to the Denver Bicycle Cafe, and get a quick tire pump while you wait for your pour-over coffee or a Colorado craft lager from one of its 12 taps.

4. Stroll: The East Park Place historic street. Spend the one-block walk eyeing the lead-glass windows and wood-shingled roofs that were built in the early 1900s.

5. Shop: Soul Haus is full of locally made goods, clothing, and funky household items (think: shark fin ice cube trays). Stop by Talulah Jones for last-minute gifts, such as delicate beaded necklaces, and adorable toys for the kids.

 Follow digital assistant editor Jerilyn Forsythe on Twitter at @jlforsyt.