3 Reasons to Visit Congress Park

This neighborhood is becoming one of Denver’s liveliest spots.

By Kathryn O’Shea-Evans

Just outside downtown Denver, Congress Park is best known for its Craftsman bungalows, but its food, shopping and culture offerings are on the rise. Here’s where to partake.

Eat: Sweet Cooie’s

Opened on Valentine’s Day 2017 by the family behind Denver’s famous Little Man Ice Cream, Sweet Cooie’s just might be the most Instagrammable dessert spot in town. Its turquoise, brass and marble interior looks like a movie set. Come for the cotton-candy-stuffed ice cream cones, brioche filled with ice cream, and equally inventive locally churned ice cream flavors, such as lemon meringue pie, horchata, mint julep caramel and more. 3506 E. 12th Ave.; 720-550-7140; sweetcooies.com; single scoops for two, $8*

Play: Denver Botanic Garden

At this leafy 24-acre wonderland, half a block from Congress Park’s namesake green space, lily pads stretch to more than three feet wide at the Monet Pool; gardens inspired by Japan, South Africa and the American desert flourish; and, through September 24, a collection of Alexander Calder’s outdoor sculptures, including Five Rudders, shift in the wind. The gift shop stocks small-batch perfumes from Library of Flowers and other local goods. 1007 York St.; 720-865-3500; botanicgardens.org; adults, $12.50; children 3–15, $9

Shop: Coloradical

Coloradan Adam Sikorski started selling his screen-printed T-shirts in college, but it wasn’t until he opened a brick-and-mortar store, in 2013, that things really picked up. All shirts are American-made and printed in Denver (the Red Rocks Amphitheatre shirts are some of his biggest sellers). Coloradical is also a go-to source for everything from camp mugs to koozies—all designed by Sikorski and inspired by the Centennial State. 3109 E. Colfax Ave.; coloradical.com

  • *Estimated meal prices do not include drinks, tax or tip.
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  • Published: August 2017