2019 rank: 27
South Pearl Street, Platt Park’s central drag, is one of Denver’s gems. Its tree-lined blocks host a farmers’ market, well-attended food and music festivals, and a plethora of fabulous eateries and boutiques. Surrounding this charming commercial hub is a quiet, but not too quiet, neighborhood of Craftsman bungalows, modern renos, and Tudors that stretch all the way to Broadway, a funky corridor where one is never bored. With I-25 running across its north end, a nearby light rail station, and Washington Park just across the highway, Platt Park fulfills the “location, location, location” adage while providing access to two solid schools and big-city amenities in a serene setting.
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
Sushi Den is the grand dame of South Pearl Street, but there are options for every budget along the short strip, like Hoja (the contemporary twist on matzo ball soup is not to be missed, whatever the weather), Kaos Pizzeria, and Quiero Arepas. Nixon’s Coffee House—with its garage door windows—or the patio at Steam Espresso Bar make for ideal work spots. Of course, the street also has its own brewery: Platt Park Brewing Co.
Broadway offers even more nibbles, from Maria Empanada to Colorado-grown chain Snarf’s Sandwiches. You’ll also find some of the city’s most laid-back watering holes; put Palenque Mezcaleria and Grandma’s House in regular rotation. For live music with your pint, check out Herman’s Hideaway.
South Broadway’s Antique Row never disappoints. The eccentric selections at Watson & Co. and Old Glory Style are among our 5280 Home editors’ favorites. Back on South Pearl Street, small boutiques reign, like Melrose & Madison (women’s clothing), Second Star to the Right (kids’ and young adult books), and Colorado Limited (Centennial State apparel).
Find Your Center
For a small neighborhood, Platt Park is home to an especially high number of yoga studios, including Hot Yoga on Pearl, Karma Yoga Center, and Mudra Yoga Studio. End your day by working out all of your kinks with a massage at Peace of Mind Sacred Wellness.