16th Street Mall
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- 98%Local Culture
- 74%Art & Design Lovers
- 73%Adventure Travelers
- 72%Family Travelers
- 68%Nightlife Lovers
- 65%Budget Travelers
Member Reviews (37)
- 16th Street MallMember ofWellnessLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 11Jul 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.
- 16th Street MallMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 3Jan 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.
- 16th Street MallMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 13Nov 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.Recommended for:
- 16th Street MallMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily Travelers+ 6Nov 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.Recommended for:
- 16th Street MallMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily Travelers+ 4Feb 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.Recommended for:
- 16th Street MallOct 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.Recommended for: