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16th Street Mall

16th Street Mall, Denver, CO
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  • 16th Street Mall
    Jason Groom
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    5 Nov 25, 2013

    I really consider this area Denver. Take a stroll down 16th Street Mall, or take the free bus that stops at each block if the weather is cold or wet. People are everywhere and you will truly get a sense of what the city is all about. 16th Street is the host to hundreds of shops, both local and nationwide chains. Within a few blocks of 16th Street you will find the best hotels and bars in the city and if you get bored, just wander down to the street and most of the time you will be serenaded by one or more of the public pianos that fill the center median.

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    Stacy N
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    4 Nov 06, 2013

    16th Street Mall is a pedestrian friendly mall that runs through the middle of downtown and now extends in to the Riverfront neighborhood. It has come a long way from the days of gift shops and low end shopping. With the facelift of the Denver Pavilions and the addition of better restaurants including Earls and Yard House, more and more people are flocking to this area to hang out, shop, eat and people watch.

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    Josh P
    5 Mar 04, 2014
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    Brittany R
    4 May 11, 2014

    Lot's of chain restaurants and tourist traps, but take the free train from LoDo up to the Capital to get a quick view of Denver. Restaurants worth a stop:
    Earl's - 16th and Glenarm - it's a chain, but have a little something for everyone and nice upstairs patio.
    Peak's Lounge - Hyatt at 17th and Welton - panoramic views of the city. Go for a cocktail and the view.
    Appaloosa Grill - for live music/bar scene
    Illegal Pete's - live music, local's favorite burrito restaurant, open late and nice bar scene.
    Cooks Fresh Market - nearby market for very basic groceries, sandwiches, soups etc.

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    Rich Carriero
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    3 Feb 03, 2014

    The 16th Street Mall is a good introduction to Denver if you've never been there. There's a free shuttle that goes from one end to another, though walking you'll get to see all of the musicians and street performers along the way. My main issue with the 16th Street Mall is that most of the cafes and restaurants along the route are chains. You have to go farther afield if you want to find places with true Denver character.

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    Tim Scheibe
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    5 May 01, 2013

    The pedestrian mall with free bus service is a great place to just explore. Lots of shops, restaurants, and people watching.

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    Joseph Coureur
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    5 Apr 11, 2014

    The 16th Street Mall is an outdoor pedestrian shopping center with the usual mix of shops and restaurants. The architecture and decor, along with the public art installations make it for an interesting walk. There's a free shuttle up and down the mall.

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    D'Maris Coffman
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    4 Dec 06, 2012

    Came into its own just as I was leaving Denver in the late eighties, but has the best nightlife in town. Free transport up and down the mall too.

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    Wanugee
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    4 Jul 05, 2012

    The 16th Street Mall is a great example of a city creating a district to revitilize itself and create a go-to desitination for tourists.

    The 16th Street Mall is, well, a "mall" along 16th street in downtown Denver. It stretches for about 16 blocks, too. It is blocked off to all vehicles with more than 2 wheels, except:

    1. The Free Mall bus. These are white energy efficient buses that go up and down the Mall, stopping at every intersection. THEY ARE FREE! They also have 4 large doors for easy in-out access, and low rise bodies.

    2. Horse drawn carriages. There are several white, horse drawn carriages with men in top hats that will give you and your S.O. a more romantic ride up the Mall.

    3. Pedicabs. These 3 wheeled wonders that are ubiquitous with tourists, are also here.

    There are a plethora of restaurants and shops along the 16th Street Mall. Any type, from casual to upscale. From brew pubs to nice bars. Cheesecake Factory to Fast Food. The shopping isn't exactly New York, Union Square, Magnificent Mile, Rodeo, or even Ala Moana, but just like in the movie "Babe", the shopping here, well, "it'll do pig".

    There is a sense of whimsy, with the icons along the Mall to provide curiosity to the Tourists. A lot of cities are trying to do this, by commissioning unusual art along a tourist strip. Like Cows, Steer, Birds, etc. When I was there, it was old upright Pianos, with colorful graffiti on them.

    As in many tourist strips in major US cities, there is the Riff Raff element present. There are some haggard straggler types, some just finishing toking their mdeical marijuana, some drumming for bills or panhandling for change. But overall, there is a wide mix of young and old present on the warm summer nights, and the areas is well lit and generally safe.

    If you want to be a part of this tourist nightlife area, there are plenty of hotels within a block of the 16th Street Mall.

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    Steven Xu
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    3 Jan 06, 2014

    Incredibly crowded, but there are some things that are neat to come here for. Some good restaurants. It's lively, even at night, which is nice. There are better places to go to nightlife, but not bad.

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    Becky M.
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    3 Jul 04, 2012

    A pedestrian mall in downtown Denver, littered with chain restaurants and stores, as well as some independent food establishments. It's convenient if you're staying in a hotel on the mall, but really, it does not offer much very exciting, especially the closer you are to the Civic Center. The shopping is pretty generic, as are the "New American" restaurants that line it, but if you're here on business, as I said, it's a pretty convenient place to find something to eat or take a walk if you need to stretch your legs. There are more interesting things further down in LoDo, like the Tattered Cover bookstore, but not much.

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    Aya
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    3 Apr 25, 2012
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    Ryan S
    4 Jul 10, 2014

    Lined with 200 trees and 50,000 flowers, this festive, mile-long 16th Street Mall has 28 outdoor cafes and offers Denver's best people-watching. Renowned architect I.M. Pei designed the gray and pink granite pathway to resemble the pattern of a diamondback rattlesnake. Hop on the bus – they're free and stop on every corner. After dark, horse-drawn carriages clatter up and down the Mall.

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    Rick A
    4 Feb 17, 2014

    A happening place to shop and eat in Denver. Easy light rail trip from within a couple of blocks of the apartment in Downtown Littleton

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    Niki N
    4 Oct 31, 2013

    Downtown Denver - shopping, restaurants, close to convention center and Denver Art Museum, Coors Field, Elitches, Performing Arts Center, Pepsi Center, nightlife for single, business and family travelers.

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    Liza Prado
    4 Oct 28, 2013

    16th Street Mall is a pedestrian street that runs through the heart of downtown Denver. It's lined with shops--mom & pop as well as franchises--bars, restaurants, a movie theater...pretty much a little bit of everything. Best of all, are the live performers that come out during the lunch hour and on weekend evenings. A great place to stroll, buy souvenirs, and people watch.

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    Kevin McCann
    3 Sep 13, 2012

    The mall is ok, lots of shops and restaurants but nothing out of the ordinary. There is a free shuttle which drives the length of the mall which is handy, you don't have to wait long if you miss a bus as they drive by every 60 seconds or so.

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    Shaina Herman
    3 Aug 14, 2012

    Denver's 16th Street Mall, is no doubt a good place to shop. It has that nice western feel with some history left behind from the days of America's great move westward. Check out the Daniels and Fisher Tower, free to walk into, with some placards giving historical background.

    Sometimes, you can find a Biker Jim's hot dog cart somewhere on the mall, if you do, get whatever he has, his stuff isn't just good, it's beyond.

    Recently an artistic installment of a piano was put onto the sidewalk for anyone who wants to play.

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  • 16th Street Mall
    Karli Sullivan
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    City life at its best. A happening place to walk around in the summer sun, and beautiful street covered in lights and snowfall in the winter. Shop. Eat. Drink. People watch.

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    Patrick Frank
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    Very nice, plenty of restaurants and shops , the street is closed to transportation except buses and non motorized vehicles. An occasional bum, and you can not ride bikes in the area... but still a nice area to visit.

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The best place for you to get acquainted with downtown Denver is at the 16th Street Mall. The promenade runs sixteen blocks through the core of downtown. Lining the mall you find your favorite chains, such as Maggiano's for a little Italian or Rock Bottom Brewery for pub fare and good beer. Shop at your favorite stores like Virgin Megastore or The Gap. One of the best parts about Denver's 16th ... read more
Street Mall, however, lies in walking through it. No cars are allowed to drive through the mall, so enjoy a stroll with friends or family with no worries about traffic. The only vehicle on the road is the shuttle, for those who get tired of hoofing it for all sixteen blocks.

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