The 16th Street Mall is a granite paved mile long promenade, nicknamed the Crown Jewel of Denver.
If you are starting at the beginning of the mall in historical LoDo (Lower Downtown) one of your first stops may be the Tattered Cover book store. The staff is very knowledgeable and there customer service sets them apart from many other book stores in Denver. If your are lucky you will catch a glimpse of a famous author signing their latest book.
Historical LoDo is known for it’s Beautiful architecture. In fact Denver is artistically rich, even the granite paved mall looks like the back of a diamond back rattle snake.
There are hand painted pianos lining the 16th Street mall open to the public. It’s not uncommon for people to walk off the street and sit down and start playing a tune.
Two hand painted cows graze on the mall, reminding visitors and locals of it’s history as a cow town.
When the clock tower strikes noon and the bell chimes the mall starts to become crowded, as the corporate types descend from there sky scraping perches and scatter onto the mall and intersecting streets below, looking for something good for lunch.
With so many award winning restaurants on and near the mall who can blame them. Mici‘s is a great family owned and operated Italian place that serves amazing pizza pie for only $8.00 It’s just off the mall on 1531 Stout St.
Maybe your in the mood for something a little different, how about Barbecue. Boney’s BBQ has slow cooked pulled pork sandwiches that are to die for and only $ 6.75 a pop, located on 1543 Champa St.
Don’t forget about dessert, how about the world famous cheese cake factory (located in the tabor center). So delicious you’re guaranteed to gain a couple pounds. But no regrets, because the mall is a mile long, and walking it is the perfect way to burn off those extra calories!
After you have walked awhile and perused the gift shops and the books stores and the many clothing stores, how about a movie at the United Artist Theater in the Denver Pavilion (Located at 500 16th street mall).
“About Time” is playing. It’s a romantic comedy about a guy who imagines himself to appear in a place in time before he met his sweet heart to be, so he can meet her again, and again, until he gets it right and they fall in love.
Many couples have met on the mall for the first time. A few have fallen in love there, and one couple even got married there sometime in 2012.
When you get tired of all that walking, just stand at any intersection on the 16th street mall, and wait 5 minutes or so. A free shuttle will appear. It’s doors automatically open and you can hop aboard and ride it up the mall. There’s no public vehicle traffic allowed on this private street. There are the occasional emergency and maintenance vehicles, but they don’t seem to slow down the constant flow of shuttles.
If you have any questions or need directions wave down one of the many friendly and knowledgeable ambassadors walking the mall. Spotting them is easy they are the ones wearing bright florescent jackets and shirts. They will be glad to help. They are there to make sure you have a safe and enjoyable experience in Denver.