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After spending a quiet day in congress park, you’ll probably forget that this neighborhood is tucked between some of Denver’s busiest thoroughfares (Colfax Avenue, York Street, and Colorado Boulevard). Century-old homes line the streets, thirtysomething professionals work out of coffeeshops, and jogging strollers outnumber cars. It’s urban bucolic. Even better? The local businesses keep up the chilled-out-but-hip vibe, especially at the quaint commercial area around 12th Avenue and Madison Street.
- WAKE UP
Early risers head to Under the Umbrella Cafe and Bakery, where you can grab a cup of Denver-roasted Pablo’s coffee and a house-made blueberry bar at 6 a.m. every day of the week. 3504 E. 12th Ave., 303-256-0797
Get in touch with your crafty side at Lamb Shoppe, an emporium of all things yarn. For in-need-of-structure types, take a class on creating a polka dot baby blanket or a cozy Berroco hooded poncho sweater. 3512 E. 12th Ave., 303-322-2223
Craving comfort food? Madison Street’s weekend brunch features new-but-old favorites like avocado eggs Benedict and Nutella “s’mores” hotcakes. 1222 Madison St., 303-736-2260
Get your holiday shopping done early at Wild Flowers. The popular neighborhood boutique has gifts galore, like potted orchids, antique glass-front cabinets, and fragrant bath soaps. 1201 Madison St., 303-333-4050
Grab a sugary treat at The Daily Scoop, which serves freshly made chocolate and vanilla frozen custard. Bonus: Sample the flavor of the day, which ranges from cinnamon to blueberry cheesecake to watermelon. 3506 E. 12th Ave., 303-388-3245
At Berenices salon and spa, pamper yourself with a mani-pedi or a “salt glow body treatment,” which uses natural minerals and Dead Sea salts for ultrapolished and conditioned skin. Either way, you’ll arrive at happy hour looking your best. 3500 E. 12th Ave., 303-399-9156
- WIND DOWN
Sienna Wine Bar and Small Plates pairs a daily happy hour with sure-to-please dishes like wild mushroom tarts and the Früli strawberry beer float (strawberry beer poured over a creamy vanilla custard). 3422 E. 12th Ave., 303-355-2202
- GEAR UP
Whether you are eyeing the basket-toting cruiser bikes or just need a tune-up on your old faithful, newly opened The Mindful Bike will have you rolling in no time. 3509 E. 12th Ave., 720-350-4256