This guide to the best places to go shopping in Denver include excellent malls, local markets, and cool districts. The capital of Colorado is a thriving metropolis that is known for its vibrant nightlife, dining scene and world-class shopping. From large shopping malls to local farmers markets, Denver has plenty of places for some retail therapy.

    Larimer Square is at the heart of the historic district and is the point that much of the best shopping is centered around. However, the city is also home to some incredible foodie markets, including the Denver Central Market and Mile High Flea Market. No matter what kind of shopping experience you’re after, Denver has you covered.

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    Denver Pavilions

    A popular shopping mall in the middle of the city

    Denver Pavilions is one of the most visited shopping malls in Downtown Denver. It occupies 2 blocks of the well-known 16th Street Mall shopping district. The shopping complex has 2 buildings containing more than 40 retail shops, restaurants, and entertainment outlets.

    Denver Pavilions has an open-air design with pedestrian zones, so you can make the most of the sunny weather while shopping. The mall has many popular brands, including UNIQLO, H&M, Forever 21, Victoria’s Secret and Sephora. You can also find some great dining options, including Italian, Japanese and classic American.

    Location: 500 16th St Mall, Denver, CO 80202, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm, Sunday from noon to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 303-260-6001

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    Cherry Creek Shopping Center

    Denver's premier mall in Cherry Creek

    The Cherry Creek Shopping Center is one of Denver’s largest shopping malls. The center is in the Cherry Creek neighbourhood, southeast of the Downtown area. It contains over 160 shops, making it a 1-stop shopping destination for anything that you might need.

    Its flagship department stores include Nordstrom and Macy's. It caters to upmarket shoppers with some exclusive stores, such as Tiffany & Co, Zara, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, and Tory Burch. You can also find high-street brands and everyday lifestyle stores, including Apple and Urban Outfitters. The huge shopping mall also houses a movie theater and over 15 restaurants.

    Location: 3000 E 1st Ave, Denver, CO 80206, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 303-388-3900

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    Denver Central Market

    A large food hall and fresh produce market

    The Denver Central Market is a gourmet food hall and marketplace for all sorts of fresh produce. It’s just north of Downtown Denver, occupying a large refurbished warehouse. A long-standing favorite among foodies, the spacious permanent market has a select few vendors who specialize in gourmet and local food produce.

    Inside the Denver Central Market, you’ll find an artisan bakery, coffee shop, fish market, butcher, chocolate shop, ice cream parlor, wood-fired pizza restaurant, salad bar, and a cocktail bar. It’s much more than simply a food market, attracting a vibrant crowd for dinner and beverages any night of the week.

    Location: 2669 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205, USA

    Open: Friday–Saturday from 8 am to 11 pm, Sunday–Thursday from 8 am to 9 pm

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    16th Street Mall

    A pedestrian-friendly mall and promenade

    16th Street Mall is a mile-long promenade and pedestrian-friendly mall in the middle of Downtown Denver. Designed by the famous architect I.M Peihe, this picturesque street is made with red, white, and gray granite – it looks like the scales of a rattlesnake when seen from above.

    There are plenty of stores to browse along the mile-long street, including souvenir shops, department stores and fashion brands. It's also a popular dining destination, with 42 outdoor cafés and bars to explore. To the southern end of the street, you'll find the Denver Pavilions shopping mall. Toward the northern end, the street meets with Union Station and Commons Park.

    Location: 1001 16th St Mall, Denver, CO 80265, USA

    Phone: +1 303-534-6161

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    Larimer Square

    Historic district with boutique shops and restaurants

    Larimer Square is the heart of Denver’s historic district. The block is between 14th and 15th Streets in Downtown Denver. Considered the oldest district in the city, it has many heritage buildings that house independent and boutique stores, bars, and restaurants.  

    Among the independent stores, you can browse through vintage clothing, fine jewelry, and handmade gifts. It’s become a popular spot to find unique gifts and 1-time items in Denver. After dark, Larimer Square offers a lively bar and restaurant scene. From Chinese and Mediterranean restaurants to stylish wine bars, you’ll find a wide range of after-dinner spots in this part of Denver.

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    Location: 1430 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202, USA

    Phone: +1 720-805-1973

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    Cherry Creek Fresh Market

    Seasonal farmer’s market in Cherry Creek Shopping Center

    The Cherry Creek Fresh Market is the largest farmer's market in Denver. It's a seasonal offering in the city that only runs from May until October every year. It occupies the Cherry Creek Shopping Center on Wednesdays and Saturdays. This popular open-air market has local produce from Colorado farmers and vendors selling specialty products.

    Some of the products you can expect to pick up at the market include vegetables and fruit, fresh flowers, local dairy products, and organic produce. The Cherry Creek Fresh Market often hosts live music performances and food trucks, so you can spend a whole morning down in Cherry Creek. Free parking is available for marketgoers, just west of the shopping mall.

    Location: 3000 E 1st Ave, Denver, CO 80206, USA

    Open: May and October: Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm. June–September: Wednesday from 9 am to 2 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm

    Phone: +1 303-442-1837

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    Mile High Flea Market

    Huge open-air flea market every weekend

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    • Families
    • Shoppers

    Mile High Flea Market is a huge outdoor market in Henderson, around 12 miles northeast of Denver. Across almost 80 acres of space, you can find a flea market, garage sale, and farmer's market, with a range of products for sale. The open-air market operates from Fridays to Sundays.

    The Mile High Flea Market has thousands of vendors selling everything from furniture and homewares to toys and clothing. You can also find second-hand products and antiques, as well as fresh fruit, vegetables, and local produce. You’ll have to pay an admission fee to the market, but it’s just a few dollars for an entire day of fun. Kiddie rides and food trucks keep everyone entertained throughout the day.

    Location: 7007 E 88th Ave, Henderson, CO 80640, USA

    Open: Friday–Sunday from 7 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +1 303-289-4656

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    Antique Row

    Denver’s antique shopping district on South Broadway

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    • History

    Antique Row is the common name for the antique shopping district along South Broadway in Denver. It includes some exciting shops and stores for antique and vintage lovers. It has a long history dating back decades, with many of the buildings having hosted historic companies like Ford Motor Company and Gates Rubber.

    Today, these shops are home to antique merchants selling a range of old products, including antique rugs, handcrafted frames, tiles, vintage lighting and décor, custom furniture, fine wines, and rare books. Antique Row is considered one of the best antique shopping districts in the whole country as some shops have been in business for over 30 years.

    Location: S Broadway, Denver, CO 80210, USA

    Phone: +1 303-777-7871

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    South Broadway

    A funky and arty shopping area with unique shops

    South Broadway is a major thoroughfare in the city of Denver. The road has always been a major transportation corridor but has now become an important shopping district. Just south of Downtown, the section of South Broadway that runs through the Baker neighbourhood is considered one of the trendiest places for shopping and eating in the city.

    Along the road, you’ll find a mixture of vintage clothing shops, unique boutiques, bookstores, galleries, craft shops, bars, and restaurants. Instead of major labels, South Broadway hosts some of Denver’s best artists and creative sellers. If you head even further south of the Baker district, South Broadway becomes part of Antique Row, a district that’s popular among vintage lovers.

    Location: S Broadway, Denver, CO 80210, USA

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    Union Station

    A historic train station and shopping neighbourhood in Downtown

    Union Station is a historic train station in the heart of Denver’s Downtown. The 100-year-old landmark building is an important transportation hub and meeting place for locals and visitors alike. While it was traditionally just a train station, Union Station now boasts cool places to shop, eat and drink.

    Union Station is home to some unique independent stores selling jewelry, homewares, books, and art. You can find a pizzeria, gourmet sandwiches, ice creamery, trendy cafés, and award-winning restaurants. It’s certainly become a shopping and dining destination in Denver, even for non-passengers and visitors. It’s conveniently located close to Larimer Square and 16th Street Mall.

    Location: 1701 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80202, USA

    Phone: +1 303-592-6712

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    Elisha Donkin | Contributing Writer

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