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The Best Destinations for Shopping in Denver

From trendy, local boutiques to recognizable brand name stores, Denver provides some of the best shopping experiences for both tourists and locals alike.

A little retail therapy never hurt anybody. Whether it's window shopping or treating yourself to that leather jacket you've been eyeing, Denver has a multitude of shopping centers that will let you shop till you drop.

Discover the Best Shopping in Denver at These Five Locations

16th Street Mall

Designed by famed architect I.M. Pei, this 16-block Denver hotspot is filled to the brim with shopping, restaurants and attractions. Free shuttle buses run up and down the mile-long promenade, bringing eager shoppers to their destination of choice, whether it be big brand name stores like Banana Republic or local artistic endeavors like Yarn Shoppe.

There are also 42 outdoor cafes to pick and choose from along the strip. Visit DenverPavilions, two blocks of open-air, three-story buildings featuring the first-in-market UNIQLO, H&M's flagship store and one of only five H&M Home departments in the U.S., and a United Artists Theater with recliner seating and an in-theater bar. 

Free shuttle bus in Denver
The free shuttle means you can save all your walking energy for inside the stores. (©Steve Mohlenkamp)

Cherry Creek North

This mixed-use district consists of 16 walkable blocks made up of nearly 600 businesses. Find both local and international retailers that carry everything from clothes to home furnishings to art.

If all the walking works up an appetite, there are nearly 50 eateries with cuisines ranging from Asian to Italian. To make things even more convenient, there are banks, gyms and fitness studios, health and dental clinics, spas and salons, a library and even a Whole Foods so you can simultaneously check off all your errands while fitting in a shopping trip.

Family in Cherry Creek North
Make it a family affair (Evan Semón/Courtesy Cherry Creek North)

Larimer Square

The oldest block in the city, this historic shopping district  in Denver celebrated its 50th year in 2015. With a storied past, including an astonishing transformation from the city's skid row to the trendy hotspot it is today, a walk down this square is a stroll through history.

Home to unique, independent boutiques, chef-owned restaurants and the buzziest clubs and bars, Larimer Square is curated for a fun day—and night—on the town. Find boots made for walking, along with all your other Western needs, at Cry Baby Ranch; modern, high-end home furnishings at Element; stylish, handcrafted hats at Goorin Bros.; fashionable outfits for men and women at Moda Man and Hailee Grace, respectively; and much more. 

Larimer Square
A shopping trip that will take you on a stroll through history. (©Margaret Martin)

Union Station

Set in the heart of downtown Denver, the recently restored Union Station is a historic marvel. No longer just a stop to get from destination A to B, visitors from all over head to Union Station as a must-see destination in and of itself.

The station features three charming boutiques: Tattered Cover Bookstore—a treasure trove for bookworms looking for the latest books, magazines and classic literature; Bloom—a floral shop that also sells home decor, jewelry and gifts; and 5 green boxes—a fun little store filled with souvenirs, cards, jewelry and other eclectic gems.

In addition to great shopping, the dining options range from high-end meals from award-winning chef Alex Seidel at Mercantile, to a casual caffeine fix at PigTrain Coffee

Union Station
The luxuriously restored interior of Union Station is airy, bright and welcoming. (Courtesy Denver Union Station)

Highland Square

Snuggled within the streets of this vibrant neighborhood is some of the best shopping in Denver with trendy boutiques, salons, coffee shops and restaurants.

Shop for delightful, local crafts at Denver Artisan Cooperative, piece together a new wardrobe at Ruby Jane Highlands, print personalized stationary and business cards at wordshop or pick up something for your pup at Taj Mutt Hal. Stroll down the quaint architectural backdrop of 32nd Avenue and you may also find tasty hidden gems like Blue Pan Pizza and Mead St. Station

Highland Square
Find all sorts of fun trinkets in this charming neighborhood. (Courtesy Visit Denver)