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Cherry Creek Mall / Cherry Creek North
Cherry Creek, located within the city of Denver is a unique neighborhood / shopping mecca which includes the enclosed Cherry Creek Mall (Foleys, Saks, Neimans, and Nordstrom in summer 2006) and the walkable Cherry Creek North, with its unique shops and restaurants. The area is served by the new JW Marriott. Take advantage of a fine sunny day(Denver has over 300 of them a year!)for alfresco coffee. Sip a latte at Starbucks at the corner of 2nd and Fillmore. Many locals also choose Peaberry’s on 2nd and St. Paul. Both locations offer outdoor tables perfect for people watching, spotting cute pooches or even reading free papers, The Onion or Westward. If the weather is not so fine, find a seat inside, bring your laptop and log on to the "Cherry Creek Network" as both coffee shops have free wi-fi. Denver is a relaxed city so plan to stay a while.
Downtown Denver / Lower Downtown (LoDo)
Downtown Denver is served by a variety of specialty shops, restaurants and attractions -- all within a compact area in the city center. The area is also served by the popular MallRide - an electric bus system operating up and down the closed pedestrian 16th Street Mall. The 16th Street Mall is anchored by The Pavillions at one end and Union Station & LoDo at the other. A great shopping area in LoDo is Larimer Square -- with coffee shops, shopping, and restaurants -- one local favorite in Larimer Square is The Market, with its selection of fresh sandwiches, special coffee drinks and sweet treats. Rioja is an excellent restaurant but be sure to make reservations as it is very popular. Cry Baby Ranch is a delightful local store with a distinct Western flavor just across Larimer Street from Rioja.
South Gaylord/ South Pearl
Close to the DU area, both South Gaylord and South Pearl shopping areas are historic commerial blocks with unique local stores and restaurants. As opposed to Cherry Creek or Downtown, you won't find chain stores in either of these neighborhoods. Try going for brunch and then strolling through the locally owned shops. Both streets are also good locations for dinner when you want to avoid the hastle of parking downtown.