Some Denverites spend more money on camping equipment than clothing and accessories. However, you can still manage to shop 'til you drop in the Mile High City at one of these top shopping centers. From the luxury labels of Cherry Creek to the discount prices of Colorado Mills, there's a store for every style and budget.
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The Denver Pavilions boasts an open-air feel in the heart of downtown on the 16th Street Mall. The 16th Street Mall was designed by renowned architectural firm I.M. Pei and Partners. Unlike traditional malls, the Pavilions is not anchored by any department stores. However, the shopping center features popular chains such as Banana Republic, Victoria's Secret and Forever 21.
Boutiques, bars, and a bowling alley round out the attractions, as well as a movie theater. The only downside to the Pavilions is parking, which starts at $4 an hour unless validated. (You can get your parking validated by seeing a movie). You can also arrive via light rail or take the free mall ride operating on the 16th Street Mall.
Lime, a Mexican restaurant that Denver residents love for its massive chips and potent margaritas, is a worthy stop on your shopping trail. Visitors enjoy checking out Denver's version of Hard Rock Cafe.
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If you grew up in the Littleton or Centennial area, you might remember the Southglenn Mall, complete with staples from the 1990s (i.e. Orange Julius and Abercrombie & Fitch). The mall, as it was known, was demolished and then re-imagined as an outdoor mall.
In the summers, concert-goers can catch shows here. An ice rink pops up during the holiday season. The mall is a mix of boutiques and chains, like a H&M, Victoria's Secret and a Marshall's. You'll also find restaurants at the mall and a Whole Foods. The mall also has a library (with an outdoor deck) and a movie theater.
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Cherry Creek boasts the crème de la crème of brand-name stores in Denver. Whether you're a Burberry babe or a Lacoste lad, Cherry Creek offers the widest selection of premium labels.
Department store anchors include Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue. If you love boho-chic fashion, check out stores like Anthropologie and Free People.
The mall's movie theater is a modern venue showing top films. The only downside to Cherry Creek is its meager food court, which consists of a handful of fast-food restaurants. One exception: The Nordstrom's Brazille Restaurant has a tasty menu. You can find chocolates, macarons and other gourmet delights to take home.
Otherwise, you're better off zipping over to Cherry Creek North, where you'll find a lineup of local eateries and the famous Cherry Cricket (which has some of the best burgers in Denver), along with dart boards.
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Park Meadows Mall was built to resemble a mountain lodge, with plenty of wood beams and open spaces. The mall includes specialty stores such as The Buckle, which will hem jeans purchased at the store free of charge.
Department store anchors include Dillard's, JC Penney, Macy's, and Nordstrom. The food court offers a wide selection of vendors and plenty of seating around a cozy fireplace. There isn't a movie theater within the mall, but United Artist Stadium 12 is close by and for a larger selection, AMC Theaters 24 in Highlands Ranch is a 10-minute drive.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Located halfway between Denver and Boulder, Flatiron Crossing makes a convenient meeting point between the two cities. Department store anchors include Dillard's, Macy's, and Nordstrom. Other specialty stores include Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel. A movie theater and several restaurant chains such as PF Changs and Il Fornaio are also located in the outdoor section of the mall.
The only downside to the mall is the lack of signage directing shoppers back to the highway. Keep an eye out or you'll end up going the wrong direction on 36. During the summer months, the mall offers a free concert series on Thursday nights June through August.
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Colorado Mills takes the concept of outlet malls to a new level. Every store in the Mills offers merchandise at discount prices, from Ann Taylor Factory Store to Off 5th Saks Fifth Avenue Outlet. Bargains abound for shoppers willing to put in the extra effort.
A movie theater and food court also are located within the mall. The only downside is the somewhat confusing layout of the mall, which divides each section into neighborhoods.