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

Il Posto

Olive & Finch

Olive & Finch

P17

Pinche Taqueria

Soul Haus

Soul Haus

Talulah Jones

Talulah Jones

The Thin Man

Vine Street Pub

The Weathervane Cafe

Denver Bicycle Cafe

Denver Bicycle Cafe

Il Posto

Olive & Finch

Olive & Finch

P17

Pinche Taqueria

Soul Haus

Soul Haus

Talulah Jones

Talulah Jones

The Thin Man

Vine Street Pub

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.