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Things to do in and near Riverfront Park Denver

Posted at 06/22/2020 10:00 AM by Pat O'Connor

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View from the balcony of 1700 Bassett Street, #908

Riverfront Park is a vibrant, bustling, urban community with a population of over 2,500 residents, and is connected to the downtown area by an iconic pedestrian bridge that spans the railroad tracks. Today, residents can enjoy a variety of activities that are located throughout the enclave, including many places to shop without ever having to leave their own neighborhood.

Residents of Riverfront Park love its proximity to the South Platte River and Confluence Park. On any given day, you’ll find people strolling, walking their dog or riding their bike in the park or along the Greenway Foundation trail that runs along the river. Kayak enthusiasts love the water park at the junction of Cherry Creek and the South Platte where they can test their paddling skills against the current.

Locals enjoy supporting the local stores in their close knit neighborhood. Riverfront Park offers a variety of shopping options within walking distance of homes and apartments, and the area is sure to offer something that pleases everyone.  

Some of the locals’ favorite destinations include the following businesses that are located in Riverfront and nearby LoDo and LoHi. Here are a few of Usaj Realty’s favorites that are sure to fill your wants and needs in the area.

Whole Foods Union Station

Whole Foods is a grocery store which only sells the highest-quality natural products and food. Many products are organic, and all products sold at Whole Foods support sustainable farming practices, aid in keeping the farming industry healthy and are only made with the most wholesome ingredients.

In a day and age where more and more people are seeking out healthier eating options, having a grocery store like Whole Foods in the neighborhood is an excellent way for residents to ensure they have nourishing eating options. Customers and diners at Whole Foods Market will find downtown’s largest culinary selection under one roof with the store’s expanded selection of seasonal, chef-driven cuisine made with the highest quality natural and organic ingredients. 

There is free parking structure at this location and it is a quick walk for someone on their way from Riverfront Park to Downtown. Located at 1701 Wewatta St., Whole Foods is open 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

Kriser's Natural Pet Store

A quick 5 minute walk from the heart of Riverfront Park, Kriser's Natural Pet Store offers a great selection of pet products and exceptional customer service. Conveniently located right next door to King Soopers, you can hit the pet store after doing your human food shopping!

REI

(Editor’s note: Please be advised that as of publication date, the flagship store remains closed. However, curbside service for online orders is available. Other REI stores in Greenwood Village and Lakewood are open).

If you’ve lived in Denver for any amount of time, you’ll know that REI is the preferred store for all your outdoor recreational needs. From kayaks to rock climbing, biking to camping, REI’s flagship store has it all. Located in the historic Denver Tramway Company building, people come to view the historic building as much as all the goods inside.

Built in 1901, the 90,000 square foot building used to house boilers and engines for the rail system that operated street cars in Denver during the early 20th century. Following an extensive renovation, the building attained historic status in 2011 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

REI took over the building in the early 2000s and features an enormous climbing wall, auditorium, children’s play area and a variety of rentals and repair services. It’s location on the banks of the South Platte River is the perfect complement to this outdoor powerhouse. REI is located at 1416 Platte St.

Menya

This ramen and poke Japanese restaurant has become a staple for residents of downtown Denver. With two locations at 1590 Little Raven St., Suite #107 (LoHi) and 951 16th St. #104 (between Champa and Curtis on the 16th St. Mall), they offer unique and delicious Japanese fare. Ramen, poke, sushi, tapas and other delightful dishes are superbly prepared and served in elegant style. All Menya locations are now open and indoor seating is available at 50 percent capacity. Menya is open daily from 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

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Kaffe Landskap

This Scandinavian coffee shop is a newcomer to the LoDo area and you’ll become a big fan of their coffee and extensive food offerings. Get your day going with Landskap Coffee of the Day or try their turmeric latte. You’ll be energized throughout the morning with their breakfast bowls filled with power-packed plant protein, a variety of fruit, granola and seeds or a scrumptious breakfast sandwich, wrap or burrito. Located at 1750 Wewatta St., Kaffe Landskap is open daily from 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

Usaj Realty is a boutique real estate brokerage firm specializing in Denver's most popular neighborhoods. We help our clients find everything from the luxury estates to classic vintage homes to more modern condos. For more information about buying or selling a home in the Riverfront Park neighborhood or any other Denver neighborhood, please contact us.

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Posted by Pat O'Connor

Pat O’Connor has dual citizenship in both Wisconsin and Colorado, having been born and raised in Wisconsin Dells, but later adopted by the Centennial State. A graduate of the University of Colorado (B.S. Journalism, 1980), O’Connor began her career as a sportswriter at the Boulder Daily Camera under the tutelage of the venerable Dan Creedon. Her experience also includes stints in public relations at Aspen Highlands Ski Area, the Colorado Trial Lawyers and the Colorado Division of Wildlife. When she isn’t piecing together sentences, the self-proclaimed “Cheesehead” enjoys hanging out with her three kids and assortment of family pets, running, playing golf, hiking 14ers, horseback riding and skiing. As a mother to two (at one time three) competitive swimmers, her favorite fragrance is eau de chlorine. During football season, she can be found cheering for the Buffs on Saturdays and screaming when the Packers score on Sundays. She loves talking sports and giving recommendations on cheese curds.

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