The Golden Triangle neighborhood in Denver is one of my personal favorites.
I lived just on the outside of it (opposite side of Speer), and walked through it all the time. This is the neighborhood that has the Denver Library, Art Museum, Prado building, some government buildings, a few adorable little restaurants, and my favorite Dazbog coffee shop in all of Denver.
This neighborhood fits within the Colfax / Broadway / and Speer crossing streets. Only about 1,500 people live in this neighborhood, since there are not as many large-scale apartment places, but that gives it a little more peace and quiet than other Denver neighborhoods.
As one of the oldest neighborhoods in Denver, it has retained some of it’s historic charm combined with some modern features such as boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants.
Things To Do
The Denver Art Museum provides most of the amusement within this neighborhood, with free admission on the first Saturday of every month.
The U.S. Mint has tours available, you can see: Tours.
The Denver Library is still my favorite library in all of Denver. Insider tip: The library sale is absolutely incredible for any movie/book lovers out there. It’s like my personal playground every summer.
Biking along the Cherry Creek Trail gives residents 40+ miles of biking path.
Living in the Golden Triangle – The Positives
The average sale price in the Golden Triangle (as of 2016) was $659,900.
There are so many restaurants in this area for being such a small neighborhood. Between Lo Stella Ristorante, Cuba Cuba, Palettes, Denver Pizza Company, Dozens, and so many others, you can get a taste of a wide variety of foods. I did go to Parsley’s quite often, especially when my body was craving something healthy. Their smoothies are 10/10!
The Prado building is one of the more famous luxury apartments in the area. This is also where Carmelo Anthony lived as a Denver Nuggets player.
If you’re a bike rider, this is a fantastic neighborhood because you have the Speer bike path that connects you to all over Denver.
The crime rate in the Golden Triangle compared to other Denver neighborhoods is pretty low. You can see the interactive map from the Denver Post: here.
Living in the Golden Triangle – The Cons
There are some downsides to the Golden Triangle neighborhood, though, that I don’t see a lot of articles mention.
The traffic along all of the roads surrounding this neighborhood are absolutely horrendous at rush hour. Colfax, Broadway, and Speer can be bumper-to-bumper at peak times.
There are quite a lot of homeless that hang out around the library as well. They never bothered me, but it is a fact of this neighborhood. They didn’t often walk farther south than the library, though.
If you’re looking for an active nightlife, although there are some nightclubs, LoDo has more to offer.
There also aren’t many places for children, such as a park or play set, if that is something that matters to you.
Outside of those, it’s a fantastic neighborhood that’s pretty quiet even though you’re so close to all the action of downtown Denver.
Fall is a beautiful time in Denver. There are tons and tons of things to do, but here are my top 10 favorite things to do:
(Well, besides rooting for the Broncos and going to the games…)
1. Pumpkin patch picking.
Want the whole list of pumpkin patches, corn mazes, farmers markets, and more? Check out this great resource from colorado.com: http://www.colorado.com/articles/harvest-fun-fall-farm-activities-colorado
2. Visit the ski resorts.
All of the resorts get the most attention during the winter, but the fall is a beautiful time to go visit. All of the trees are changing colors, the weather is cool, and usually you don’t deal with the crowds and traffic you’ll see in the winter. P.S. my favorite resort, Keystone, isopening on Halloween this year.
3. Walk around downtown with a coffee.
Of course, there are the famous Pumpkin Spice Latte’s from Starbucks, but the Caribou right on 16th Street mall near Champa that has a fireplace and comfortable chairs inside. It’s hard to beat.
4. Attend one of the plays at the Denver Center for Performing Arts.
Coming up this winter are How the Grinch Stole Christmas and A Christmas Carol along with a few others this fall. Check out the whole line up: http://www.denvercenter.org
5. Celebrate Halloween downtown:
Shout out to the Westword for putting this list together of some of the halloween events: http://www.westword.com/events/search/category:/
6. Party downtown for Halloween:
While the above list is more family-friendly, for those of you (myself included), who like to have 21+ fun, here are some of the top parties coming this year: http://www.eventbrite.com/directory?q=halloween+party&loc=Denver%2C+CO
7. Right downtown at Elitch Gardens:
Elitch’s always hosts some of the best Halloween events every year including the Fright Fest, Flesh Factory, Hay Maze, screaming contest, and so on! Check it: https://www.elitchgardens.com/frightfest/
8. Denver Oktoberfest
Modeled after the famous Oktoberfest in Germany, Denver has been rated as one of the top Oktoberfests in the USA by Maxim and USA today. Tons of beer, food, music, contests, and more! http://thedenveroktoberfest.com
9. Haunted Houses
Nothing is better than being scared out of your mind during Halloween (No? Just me?). If you’re a fear lover like I am, the haunted houses in Denver are for you: http://www.haunteddenver.com
10. 50 Free Fall Activities
Thank you to Denver.org for creating this wonderful list of 50 free things to do in Denver this fall: http://www.denver.org/things-to-do/denver-holiday-events/50-free-fall-activities/
Any to add to the list? Feel free to add them in the comments section below!
Wandering around Denver in the cold, I was craving warmth and something to fill my belly.
That’s when I discovered the gem of Denver: Cafe Calore.
Good Italian food is hard to find, and Italian food that also has the most incredible gluten free options is next to impossible to find. At least, that’s what I thought.
From their appetizers, to their pizza, to their pasta, I have eaten there over 15 times and have never been disappointed.
The wait staff has always been nice, even when it’s a Friday night and the place is so packed you can hear all the stories people are laughing about at each table.
But, let’s get to the food.
Also, sorry in advance for not being the best food photographer out there… I’m working on it.
That deliciousness is the Caprese Salad. Tomatoes, basil, pesto sauce, and some of the best mozzarella I have ever had.
For my gluten free readers: This is gluten free! Finding a place that has gluten free pesto is not easy… So try it!
This is my favorite Italian dish they have. It is called the Scallop and Shrimp Pecorino. All I have to say is YUM. Many restaurants I have gone to always have scallops that are like chewing rubber, but Cafe Calore has chefs that get it right.
This dish has spinach, roasted garlic, roasted tomato, EVOO and white wine lemon butter, all served over egg fettuccini.
Special items: It’s not on the menu, but they have a macaroni and cheese pasta (It can be gluten free if you ask!) that is simply to die for if you ask for it.
Also, I’m not sure if they do it every single weekend night, but for awhile they would stay open until about 2 am serving pizza by the slice. I remember it being pretty cheap and they had awesome options like a macaroni and cheese pizza.
(If someone knows if this tradition is still continuing, let me know in the comments!)
What are some of your favorite dishes in Denver? Let me know in the comments below! I’m always looking for new places!