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Shopping in Denver

Denver has a plethora of shopping opportunities. There are several fine indoor and outdoor malls, as well as many streets with impressive boutiques and markets. The majority of these shopping areas are in close proximity to downtown Denver.

Key areas

The beautiful Victorian buildings of Larimer Square house a remarkable collection of shops, restaurants, and bars. The Denver Art District on Santa Fe has an eclectic gathering of galleries, shops, and restaurants all contained in just a few blocks.
Sports fanatics should head to LoDo, where they’ll find Coors Field as well as a number of sports bars and the well-known Wynkoop Brewing Company. LoDo is also a haven for book lovers. Tattered Cover Bookstore, one of the largest independent bookstore in America, is located at the end of 16th Street Mall. If you’re willing to head a bit outside of Downtown, Cherry Creek is the best place to shop for clothing and jewellery.

Markets

During the summer months, Denver is rich with farmers’ markets, which offer everything from locally grown fresh produce to delicious baked goods and prepared meals. There are also entertainment and family-friendly activities to keep you occupied all day long. The Cherry Creek Fresh Market, East 1st Avenue and University Boulevard, is a favourite among locals and is open Saturdays and Wednesdays.

Shopping centres

An iconic shopping centre in Denver, 16th Street Mall is a 1.6km-long (1 mile) pedestrian promenade lined with pavement cafés. A free bus, the MallRide, runs along the promenade every day of the week. The Tabor Center, situated at the north end of the mall, is a three-storey glass building providing first-class entertainment. Nearby, Denver Pavilions is an open-air mall with 50 shops and restaurants. The Cherry Creek area, which includes a shopping centre and a premier retail neighbourhood, is also nearby.

Opening hours

Shopping hours in Denver vary but stores are generally open 0900/1000-1700/1800, with shopping malls remaining open until 2100 or 2200. Downtown stores may be closed on Sundays but malls are open daily.

Tax information

Sales tax is 7.65%, but cannot be refunded to international visitors.

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Denver Magnolia Hotel

The Denver Magnolia Hotel has 246 rooms and suites designed with an air of old-world charm and modern sensibility. Guests are within walking distance of all the major sites in downtown Denver. The hotel also boasts cosy club lounges and a bar, Harry’s Bar, serving an incredible array of martinis.

Grand Hyatt Denver

Stay in one of the Grand Hyatt Denver’s 516 rooms and enjoy splendid city views from the comfort of your bed. You only have to travel as far as downstairs to enjoy some fine Western cuisine at one of Denver’s newest brewpubs, Pub 17. If you’d rather snack on appetizers and enjoy a nice cocktail, the hotel’s Fireside The Bar features a 4m (14ft) sandstone fireplace.

The Westin Denver Downtown

Located on the 16th Street Mall, you can’t beat The Westin Denver Downtown’s location. Many of the rooms have magnificent city or mountain views. For a truly incredible sight over the skyline, spend some time at the hotel’s outdoor whirlpool or sundeck.

Kimpton Hotel Monaco

The luxurious Hotel Monaco is a boutique hotel with great service. It's perfectly located for trips to 16th Street Mall and the sights of downtown Denver, while still maintaining a quiet and friendly space to relax in. The hotel keeps its unique identity by throwing in plenty of quirky ideas, from goldfish in your room to a friendly lobby dog to free daily wine-tastings in the lobby.

Hotel Teatro

This luxury boutique hotel is conveniently located across from the Denver Centre for Performing Arts, in the heart of downtown Denver. There are 110 luxury guest rooms, which are decorated with an elegant palette of rich, soft gold, and sage tones. Rooms are pet-friendly as well. The bathrooms aren’t short on extravagance either with Indonesian marble- and sandstone-finished baths.

The Oxford Hotel

European antiques and exquisite linens in each of The Oxford Hotel’s 80 rooms make for a relaxing stay in Denver. This luxury boutique hotel has uniquely decorated rooms, though they’re all dressed in French, English, Victorian, or classically 20th-century American décor. There’s much to see and do in the hotel’s immediate vicinity, as it’s located in the heart of LoDo. If you want to take a day to really relax, look into the services offered at The Oxford Club Spa & Salon, located next door.

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