City Park West is a concise neighborhood just across York Street from its namesake 314-acre park (where you’ll also find the Denver Zoo and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science). Houses, from slightly weathered Victorians to newer condos, are peppered throughout this connecting ’hood that sees people commuting—by bike and car—between the city’s east side and downtown. A large portion of City Park West’s north end is taken up by hospitals and medical centers; to the south, East 17th and East Colfax avenues are busy commercial corridors that draw people of all ages to their buzzing blocks.
How we got these numbers: We utilized the city’s official list of 78 neighborhoods (only 74 had enough data to be included), and ranked them using four variables: home prices, crime data, school rankings, and an X factor score that accounts for things like access to open space, proximity to public transportation, and restaurant and shopping options. For more on our methodology, return to the main page.
Eat & Drink
Where to start? Weathervane Cafe, Onefold, St. Mark’s Coffeehouse, or Syrup would be good, since they all open in the early hours. At lunchtime, check out Dos Santos, Illegal Pete’s, or Atelier by Radex. Not full yet? White Pie or Mile High Hamburger Mary’s should do the trick.
Warning: It’s easy to throw back a few too many in this neighborhood, so get your ride-share apps updated. Vine Street Pub & Brewery serves Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery pints. Thirsty Monk also brews its own beer. The Irish Snug is stocked with more than 70 whiskeys. The Thin Man Tavern is known for its house-infused vodkas. And Tooey’s Off Colfax is a neighborhood spot with regular live music.
Bet you never rested your head in a hotel like this. Castle Marne Bed & Breakfast is located in a renovated, 130-year-old castle. The Historic Landmark’s nine rooms are all styled differently but maintain a Victorian feel, and guests are treated to complimentary breakfasts and afternoon tea.
If You Do One Thing…
Neighborhood hop into City Park for City Park Jazz, a summertime ritual. The free Sunday concerts start in June, and the music doesn’t stop for 10 weeks. Pack your own picnic (no open booze containers), spread out a blanket, and fend off the Sunday Scaries for a little longer.