At Denver shopping malls, you'll find everything you need during your stay. If you're like me, you'll probably even find a few things you didn't realize you needed!
Shopping centers in Denver include both indoor and outdoor venues, such as pedestrian friendly 16th Street Mall and Larimer Square. Discriminating shoppers will appreciate the high-end stores at Cherry Creek Shopping Center, while bargain shoppers are sure to score great deals at the Colorado Mills' outlets stores.
I've listed some of the best malls in downtown Denver and its outlying areas. Don't forget to pick up a unique souvenir for that special someone back home!
Address: 16th Street between Wewatta Street (Union Station) and Broadway (Civic Center)
The 16th Street Mall is a pedestrian-friendly, 1.25-mile stretch of shops, dining, and services through downtown Denver. The area is simply delightful with its tree-lined walking area, outdoor cafes, fountains, plazas, historic buildings, and fun specialty shops.
From either Union Station or Civic Center, hop on the free 16th Street MallRide shuttle to get there. Then make sure to stop at the visitor information center at 16th and California streets before setting out on your adventure.
Take a break at one of the many happy hours, watch street performers, and find dozens of unique items made by street vendors. If you're hungry, you'll have some tough decisions to make — there are more than 200 restaurants in the area! In the evening, watch a show at the comedy club or duck into a nightclub for specialty cocktails.
Address: Between First and Third avenues and University and Steele streets
Cherry Creek North is an outdoor, 16-block shopping area just five minutes from downtown Denver and across from the indoor Cherry Creek Shopping Center. It's full of well-known designer shops such as Hermes, Kate Spade New York, and Sur La Table, but of the area's nearly 400 businesses, 73 percent are independently owned.
You'll also find art galleries, boutiques, and two hotels (where you can stay after you shop 'til you drop). There are literally dozens of spas and salons for the ultimate in personal pampering. Dining options include sushi, crepes, burgers, and wine shops. The infamous Tattered Cover Book Store, one of the largest independent bookstores in the country, got its start at Cherry Creek North.
Check out what's happening in Fillmore Plaza, the area's gathering spot. In the summer here, you can watch a movie outdoors, and in the winter, you can ice skate.
Address: 3000 E. 1st Ave., Denver, CO 80206
This is one of the high-end Denver shopping malls that home to more than 160 shops, including luxury retailers such as Nieman Marcus, Tiffany's, Louis Vuitton, and Burburry. Because you're an out-of-town visitor, be sure to stop at the guest services desk at the lower level of Nieman Marcus to get your Passport to Shopping, which is full of discounts from more than 60 businesses. Plus, if you stay at the nearby Courtyard by Marriott or Fairfield Inn & Suites during your trip to Denver, you'll get a $20 mall gift card.
Just three miles from downtown, Cherry Creek Shopping Center also includes stores such as Tory Burch, Stuart Weitzman, Nordstrom, and Ann Taylor. You'll need to refuel while shopping, so consider dining at Elway's (named after Denver Bronco John Elway), 801 Chophouse, or Kseni Mademoiselle Cafe France. When you've made all your purchases, chill out at the movie theater.
There's always something special going on, including the farmers market open from May to October. More than 70 farmers sell fresh produce, herbs, and flowers. This is one of the Denver shopping malls you will not want to miss!
NOTE: Colorado Mills is temporarily closed. The mall was severely damaged during a recent hail storm and plans to reopen in November 2017. I'll update you as I learn more about their planned opening.
Address: 14500 W. Colfax Ave., Lakewood, CO 80401
Colorado Mills, just seven miles from downtown Denver, features more than 200 stores including outlets for Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, J.Crew, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, and more along with regularly prices stores.
Besides shopping, if you're hungry from a long day of bargain hunting, get your energy back at Yard House, Racca's Pizzeria Napoletana, or Kataluma Chai, featuring hundreds of chai flavors. Take your kids for a carousel ride located in the food court, or toss some change into the wishing well — the money goes to charity. There's also a movie theater.
Before you go to Colorado Mills, check out its website to see which stores are offering big discounts. Even if you don't live in Denver, downloading the app from the website is a good idea, because you'll be hip to more great deals.
Address: 500 16th St., Denver, CO 80202
Another one of the great Denver shopping malls is downtown's Denver Pavilions. If you're already planning to visit the 16th Street Mall, be sure to stop at Denver Pavilions, located at 16th Street and Glenarm Place. This box mall has 40 shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues.
The center has chain stores such as Victoria's Secret and Banana Republic, but check out independently owned shops such as Hat Collection, Rosey's fashion boutique, and Seven17 clothing and home decor boutique. A great place to pick up a souvenir is at Colorado Artisan Center, where all items are made by Colorado artists. Food and entertainment options include Hard Rock Cafe, Jazz @ Jack's, the famous Coyote Ugly Saloon, Lucky Strike Lanes, and a 15-screen movie theater — the only business that validates parking.
It's easy to get to Denver Pavilions from your downtown hotel. Just hop on the free 16th Street MallRide shuttle, which runs from 5 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 6 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Sundays.
Address: One W. FlatIron Crossing Drive, Broomfield, CO 80021
FlatIron Crossing, located in the north Denver area, has more than 200 shops and dining options set in award-winning architecture. Retailers include Dillard's, Nordstrom, Coach, Aldo, Steve Madden, Aveda, and The Walking Company. Take a time-out for a 10-minute massage at Oriental Chi Massage; then browse Indian and Far Eastern gifts and home decor at New Age Gifts.
Food options include Gordon Biersch Brewery, Red Robin, Village Tavern, and Haagen-Dazs. There's also a 14-screen movie theater and the Summer Nights Concert Series from June through August.
If you're interested in discounts, stay at the Renaissance Hotel a quarter mile away. It has a shopping spree package that includes two Starbucks drinks, a free shuttle to the mall, a discount card for mall retailers, and a $50 Visa gift card. Also be sure to check out the mall's website to see which stores have special promotions.
Address: 1450 Larimer Square, Denver, CO 80202
One of the can't-miss Denver shopping malls during your stay is downtown's Larimer Square. This outdoor shopping district is Denver's oldest and most historic block. Stroll under its canopy lights while checking out independent boutiques, chef-owned eateries, and nightclubs.
The one-of-a-kind shops offer items such as vintage jewelry, fashions by Colorado designers, and Western wear and furnishing. Unwind at one of the cocktail lounges, wine bars, or Corridor 44, Denver's only champagne bar. Eateries offer fare of all flavors: French, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, and Asian fusion.
Listen to the piano music at The Crimson Room, see a stand-up performer at Comedy Works, or admire the work of local artists in the Walkway Gallery.
Address: 8340 Northfield Blvd., Denver, CO 80238
Northfield Stapleton, located between downtown Denver and Denver International Airport, is another of the Denver shopping malls with an open-air shopping area with more than 65 shops and restaurants.
Look for something special at Colorado Rustic Furnishings, Mountain Man Nut & Fruit Company, Off Broadway Shoes, and New York & Company. Anchor stores include Super Target, Macy's, and J.C. Penney. Get some eats at Brothers Bar & Grill, Jim 'N Nick's Community Bar-B-Q, Stapleton Tap House, Cowboys Saloon, or Texas de Brazil, a Brazilian steakhouse.
Wind down your day with some comedy at Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theatre, or catch the latest releases at the 18-screen movie theater. The center also hosts family festivals, trivia nights, yoga on the plaza, street parties, and wine festivals throughout the year.
Address: 8401 Park Meadows Center Drive, Lone Tree, CO 80124
Another of the Denver shopping malls is Park Meadows, the largest enclosed shopping center in the state. Located in Lone Tree, the center has more than 185 shops and restaurants, including anchor stores Nordstrom, Macy's, Dillard's, J.C. Penney, and Dick's Sporting Goods. Other retailers are A/X Armani Exchange, Anthropologie, Chico's, Eddie Bauer, L.L. Bean, Soma Intimates, Colorado Store, Godiva, and Guess.
Relax at the food court's large rock fireplace where you'll feel as if you're at a ski lodge. Dining options at the mall include Renzio's Greek food, Earl's Restaurant, Perry's Steakhouse & Grille, Thai Basil, and White Chocolate Grill.
Park Meadows has easy access to the light rail. But if you're driving, download the free app for information about parking, events, and special deals.