If you are into books don't miss to visit Tattered Cover Bookstore, downtown near the train station. It was by far the best thing I experienced in Denver! for my european standard it was fantastic! It is located into an historical building with bricks walls, it have dark wood shelfes,an inside cafereria and lots of confy chairs to rest and check out some books or magazine. I could have stayed in there for a whole afternoon. I am used to bookstore that are just lines of books with no conforts and I found really nice that they don't just let you read through the new books but they even provide you chairs and couches to sit while you do that!
The selection of books and magazines is outstanding and the relaxing athmosphere make you feel at home.
What to buy: Books, calendars, stationary supplies, magazines and why not, a good coffee
I was drawn to Jerusalem Market because I was looking for Middle Eastern food products, and while they certainly had an impressive selection, I was also surprised to find food from various European countries as well, including some Polish cookies that I've never before found in the US. The prices are reasonable and the selection is fantastic. They even have a lot of fresh cheese, olives, and meat. You'd be amazed how much they managed to cram into such a small space.
You can find it all here, in downtown Denver, at the Denver Pavilions. This is a vast shopping mall adjacent to the 16th St pedestrian mall. Restaurants and entertainment are here, too.
What to buy: They have everything here.
What to pay: Prices are about average.
I just came across this site over the weekend and couldn't stop checking it out. It's called http://www.salesidiot.com/ and it lists stores and shops in Denver which are having sales. I don't know why someone didn't think of this before, but it's a great idea.
What to buy: Clothing, shoes, electronics, furniture, and just about everything else.
What to pay: It's all on sale!
Rockmount Ranch Wear is a legendary establishment, for both its products and its personnel. Founded in the 1940s, they specialize in fashionable cowboy-style gear, and their shirts, in particular, have a distinctive look, with diamond-shaped snaps instead of buttons, and careful detailing on the stitching. Their products have been used in many movies - especially Westerns of one kind or another, but even films with no connection to cowboys!
The really special aspect of a trip to Rockmount, though, is the opportunity to meet Papa Jack, the firm's founder, who shows up every weekday at the age of 106 (in 2007), and regales customers with his stories. He's quite the advertisement for western living, and of course we promptly bought a shirt after speaking with him and hearing tales from the dawn of the twentieth century (and before, since he's happy to use material handed down from his own father).
What to buy: Their signature product is the Western-style shirt - in dozens of colors and several styles (though all share common design features; check out the little pen-holder sleeve near the pocket, for example!
What to pay: The clothing is high quality and, as a result, a little on the pricey side. However, it's worth it: it's a fun experience, and the workmanship is excellent.
This area really is a highlight of Denver, but doen't always get the attention it deserves. Located near the State Capitol, LoDo, the Pepsi Center, and the majority of downtown Denver's fine hotels, the 16th Street Mall is more than it's name suggests. A busling business area during the day, the Mall settles down in the evening and night for visitors to enjoy Nike, Virgin Records, an ESPN Zone, and countless jazz and music bars. To top it off, there's a multi screen movie theatre, bowling alley, and even a notorious Coyote Ugly. Much of the year white lights adorn the wide pedestrian street, creating a romantic glow.
What to pay: While many of the brands sold here are the same you can find sold in typical malls, you can expect to pay 10-15% more when buying direct.
AN ENORMOUS BOX STORE WITH LOTS OF INTERESTING HOME DECOR ITEMS INSIDE, VERY WELL DISPLAYED.
What to buy: ANYTHING YOU WANT FOR YOUR HOUSE, INCLUDING HIGH-DEF TELEVISIONS, BATHROOM FIXTURES, CEILING FANS, YOU NAME IT.
What to pay: SOME SMALLER ITEMS THAT WE PRICED WERE REASONABLE.
This is a very interesting place where you can either go to just browse, or find those special ingredients for your Asian meal. This is the grocery store where my roommate from Taiwan would do all his shopping at; he told me it was as close to home as it would get!
This small shop just one block away from REI's (Recreational Equipment Incorporated) flagship store in Denver offers high quality outdoor gear for very reasonable prices.
Most of its staff are experienced climbers.
What to buy: It's a lot cheaper than REI, but it's one of those stores you go to looking for deals, and not anything specific.
A wonderful small salon downtown Denver. It's an Aveda salon, so the products are great!
Leandro is the best! He won best hairdresser for several years in a row in the Westword Best of Denver annual awards. AND, he is a real sweetie!
What to buy: Aveda salon products here.
What to pay: $40-45?
This gorgeous block of late 1800 era storefronts has been lovingly restored.
What to buy: The block has some great galleries, fabulous restaurants & cafes, funky and chic clothing, and lots of irresistable gifts.
What to pay: A little or a lot, but browsing is free.
This shopping street stretches from the Capitol to Union Station. Cars are forbidden, so the only traffic is the FREE shuttle buses that go up & down the street. Fun for sightseeing and for catching other mass transit, too (Union Station for Amtrak, and Market Street Station (17th & Market) for RTD buses and trains. Great place to people watch.
What to buy: All the postcards, Rocky Mtn. knick-knacks you're dying to take back home. Also, good restaurants (Hard Rock, Maggiano's Little Italy, The Brown Palace, Rocky Mountain Diner (1 block north), to mention a very few.
The required stores are there, too. Barnes & Noble, Starbucks, etc.
What to pay: Average prices
Along the west bank of the South Platte River is the flagship REI store. It may seem surprising that a company based in Seattle would put the model store in Denver. Colorado is known across the country as an outdoor recreation mecca.
Here you can find mountain bikes, hiking gear, mountain climbing equipment, books and topo maps. Starbucks is outside and on a nice day you can walk outside and look onto the South Platte River to see kayakers running the man-made kayak course in the river.
What to buy: If you are heading up into the mountains you can buy some top of the line equipment here.
What to pay: Certainly more expensive items. I go to the Military surplus store in Englewood. If it's good enough for the military then it's good enough for me and it's cheaper!
Not a Shop. A group of Shops. The best place to shop in Denver is the Cherry Creek Shopping Area. In the mall you'll find all the name brands you want: Coach, Pottery Barn, Ann Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord and Taylor, Tiffany, Baily Banks and Biddle, Gucci, Gap, Abercrombie, Tommy Bahama, Ralph Lauren, Williams-Sonoma, Aveda, Cartier, J Crew, Louis Vitton, and Neiman Marcus, to name a few of the 50 plus shops.
And if that doesn't cover it, several blocks North of the Mall is additional outdoor shopping in a neat neighborhood with boutiques, great restaurants and bars, and don't forget the Tattered Cover Bookstore.
What to buy: Whatever your heart desires!
What to pay: Depends on how much you want to buy.
Smallest Bookshop in Denver. They sell used books, magazines and zines as well as shirts and a few other odd things.
What to buy: Old & New ZInes as well as Books. Specialize in Phil Jose Farmer and more.
What to pay: $2 on average