Wilderness Exchange Unlimited: Cheap, but high quality, outdoor equipment
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.
- Adventure Travel
There are Several Beautiful Malls: Shopping Malls or Centers
Denver has several beautiful shopping areas to choose from.
* Flatirons Mall - just north of Denver, take I-25 to Hwy 36 (toward Boulder) It's about 5 miles northwest.
* ParkMeadows Mall - south of Denver, take I-25 south to Countyline road, turn right-it's on the left side of the road.
* Cherry Creek Mall - Take I-25 to Speer Blvd. (south) follow thru the city, start looking just past University. On the right.
* Colorado Mills - south in Littleton somewhere
Pacific Ocean: International (Asian) Food Store
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!
- Work Abroad
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Larimer Square: Restored 1800's street
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.
the Tattered Cover Bookstore.: Relax with a book in a comfy chair.
The selection of books at the Tattered Cover leaves little of want. The only problem is the volume of books carried is not the best. Perhaps I've been spoiled by the Powell's bookstore in Portland, Oregon. What stands out to me about the Tattered Cover is the relaxed and quiet atmosphere. You can sit down in one of the numerous chairs and read a book before you buy it. They also have an espresso stand in both locations.
What to buy: You may want to check out the outdoors section on the 2nd floor of the LoDo location. They have an excellent selection of Colorado outdoor guides.
What to pay: anywhere from 15 to 40 dollars.
Cherry Creek Mall: Cherry Shopping
Cherry Creek Mall is one of the biggest and certainly the nicest and fanciest mall in Denver. Several department stores and dozens of smaller shops.
What to buy: Sports clothes, casual clothes, shoes - whatever you want
What to pay: Pay attention to your credit card limit
REI: the Flagship REI store
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!
- Hiking and Walking
- Mountain Climbing
- Adventure Travel
Blocks & blocks of people, shopping & good eats: 16th Street Mall
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
- Business Travel
- Family Travel
- Arts and Culture
Tattered Cover: Fascinating bookstore
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
- Budget Travel
Colorado Mills Mall: Mall
This is Denvers newest mall - and in my opinion, the best. The inside is shaped like a racetrack. You follow the track around in a big circle and when you have gone all the way around, you have been thru the entire mall. Theirs a food court in the middle where you can cross over to the other side.
Besides the 200 shops in the mall theres a 16 lane bowling alley, large arcade, and an indoor skatepark - ramps for ppl with inline skates and skateboards
What to buy: To get here go west on I-70 to (exit 263) Denver West Marriott BL. Turn right to get to Colfax Ave. Go right on Colfax. Then go to the first light and turn left.
Mall hours are: Mon-Sat 10am to 9:30pm
Sunday 11am to 7pm
What to pay: However much money you have, LOL
Denver Pavilions: Downtown Shopping
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.
- Arts and Culture
- Luxury Travel
16th Street Mall
This is a long street with all kind of shops.
The good thing is that if you get tired of walking you can take the free busride up or down the Mall. The best thing about those busses is not that they are free but that they use alternative energy i.e elctric or gas powerd.
If like me you don't mind walking than there is no problem. Specially if you like exploring side streets.
Don't Go Downtown!
If you're here to shop than for God's sake, don't do it downtown or on the 16th street mall. You can find all the same stuff at either Colorado Mills Mall off of 6th Ave. and Golden or Cherry Creek Mall off of University and 1rst Ave. The former is way cheaper and just as good quality, the latter is pricey but designer labels. If you want rare finds like antiques or great used books, than all along Broadway is the place to be.
-Cherry Creek (Bus 83L) 3rd(300N) and steele(3200E) to jackson(3700E) (modern, kind of too expensive I have heard)
-Aurora Mall (Bus 6, 15, 15ltd) at alameda(300S) and sable(14300E)(big and old)
-City center aurora: (Bus 15, 15Ltd) at SABLE(14300E) and cedar(100S) near aurora mall(modern and outside)
-16th steet mall (Bus: Mall ride, 30, 31, light rail route B) located downtown from 16th(1600N) and broadway(000) to market (1500W) hundreds of shops from cheap as hell to very expensive this mall is outdoors and there is shuttle every 90 secounds called mall ride thats free
-Denver pavillions located 16th and champa(700W)along mall ride movies, bookstores and many high end resturants
-LoDo which is from 16th (1600N) to 21st (2100N) and market from (1500W) to Platte (2400W) many bars and rich tourist shops
-Arvada City Center: the essentials for everybody and many womens shops(Route 3) at Wadsworth (7600W) and Alameda (300S)
-Park Meadows: huge mall like 4 levels at County Line (exit 195 and I-25)
-Castle Rock factory outlets: cheap and big (exit 181 and I-25) 15 Miles south of denver
-Flatiron Mall I-36 between denver and boulder in broomfield (huge mall, brand new)
South Broadway Antique Row: Antique Row in Denver
There are many miles of antique shops and cool retro and secondhand shops just south of I-25 & Broadway. Take the south Broadway exit off I-25 about 1/2 mile or so and start looking.
What to buy: Antique furniture, artwork, architectural goodies, vintage clothing
What to pay: Some shops are really reasonable. Some will bargain, too.
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