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Neighborhood Guide: Olde Town Arvada

You'll find a charming mix of dining, shopping, and history at this well-established suburban hub.


If you’ve never taken the time to explore this well-established suburban hub, then plan your visit. Located just eight miles northwest of Denver, downtown Arvada—otherwise known as Olde Town—offers a charming small-town feel and a family-friendly mix of dining, shopping, and history. While downtown Arvada is designated on the National Register of Historic Places (in fact, Arvada was the site of the very first gold strike in Colorado), there’s plenty of new developments happening in the up-and-coming Olde Town these days, too. You’ll notice the busy construction crews near Grandview Avenue working on the gold light rail line, which will connect Arvada to Denver this fall.

Boundaries: Ralston Road to the north, Yukon Street to the west, Grandview Avenue to the south, and Wadsworth Bypass to the east

Who’s There: Families and an after-dark bar crowd

The Hub: Olde Wadsworth between Grandview and Ralston Road is Olde Town’s main street.

Your Itinerary:

Tour: You can’t miss Olde Town’s iconic Flour Mill Museum. Built in 1926, the restored mill houses a variety of 1800s flour milling equipment. Book a tour with the Arvada Historical Society.

Taste Old Town Arvada: Although small, Old Town’s got plenty of dining (and drinking) options to satisfy you both morning and night. Have a sweet tooth? Then you’re in the right place—Old Town is home to multiple bake shops, a creamery, and a doughnut shop, making it the perfect place to satisfy a craving.

Stroll: To experience all that Olde Town has to offer, get out of your car and start strolling. Loop around Webster Street to check out the historic McIlvoy House (which is now the Arvada Historical Society’s HQ), and keep your eyes peeled for the Olde Town Arvada water tower to the West.

Shop: The variety of small businesses in Olde Town makes for a fun afternoon of browsing. Pop into Rolling Sands Yoga Boutique & Fitness Store for natural clothing, hand-made jewelry, and yoga gear. If gifts of the edible persuasion are more your style, stop by Kristos Olive Oil. You’ll find a staggering array of infused oils and vinegars for sampling, as well as gourmet meats, cheeses, and condiments. And lastly, be sure to visit Global Goods and Coffee Shop, a volunteer-run, nonprofit boutique and cafe that benefits Global Refuge projects around the world. Sip an organic, fair-trade latte and peruse the selection of African handicrafts.

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