We know, we know, we hate abbreviated names, too. The Lower Highlands (just across the bridge from downtown Denver) and the Highlands (a walkable family neighborhood just up the hill) have completely transformed over the past decade. Home to one of Denver’s most established local dining scenes, the neighborhoods have a pulse of their own on weekends. But just off to the side, children play in the streets. Quiet, lively, and a ten-minute bike ride from work. Pretty cool combination.
A lively neighborhood, all year round
The Highlands is home to various festivals throughout the year. Check out a few of these highlights: the annual Highlands Street Fair, featuring live bands, over 150 vendors, a kids’ fun zone and classic car show; Horseshoe Market, one of the city's best flea markets; Sunnyside Music Festival, held in Chaffe park the Saturday after Labor Day each year, featuring the top local bands; and the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, a big hit at Sloan's Lake that celebrates Denver’s rich and diverse Asian communities.
Highland's Farmers' Market – Farmer’s Market – The weekly go-to for fresh local produce and products. Runs June til October.
Avanti — Food Court — Just think of a food court, but replace the chain stuff with incredible food; then add a bar.
Bar Dough — Italian — The pizza is incredible, and the pasta is some of the best in town.
Central Bistro — New American — Goat cheese dumplings and a glass of wine are a perfect happy hour treat.
El Five — Mediterranean — Fun and funky top-floor restaurant with spectacular views of the city.
Happy Cakes — Bakery — Cupcakes are more than a fad at this bakery, and the macarons are amazing.
Highland Tap & Burger — American — Ask for the duck fat fries. Nothing goes better with a burger.
La Loma — Mexican — Cozy Mexican in a cavernous old house. We love their fajitas.
Linger — New American — A former mortuary turned culinary hot-spot - don't forget the popcorn.
Lola — Mexican Seafood — Super-fresh, innovative seafood with a Mexican twist. Brunch is our fave.
Low Country Kitchen — Southern — Fried chicken and the best in Southern hospitality.
Mizu Izakaya — Sushi — Named for Japanese neighborhood bars (Izakaya). Known for high quality sushi.
Ohana Island Kitchen — Hawaiian — Healthy, heart-warming food made with "the Aloha spirit".
Old Major — New American — Meat, meat and more meat - with a side of whiskey.
Patzcuaro’s — Mexican — Legit Mexican - the tacos are some of the best in town.
Root Down — New American — The restaurant that launched the Highlands is still there and still awesome.
Rush Bowls — Acai Bowls — You never knew fruit and granola could be this tasty.
Sarto’s — New Italian — A little Italian gem in Jefferson Park - don't miss the cocktail menu.
2914 Coffee — Coffee — A great place to spend an afternoon with a chai latte and a book.
Ale House at Amato’s — Brewery — One of the best rooftops in Denver - grab a beer by Breckenridge Brewery and chill!
Black Eye Coffee — Coffee — A cozy (and busy) coffee shop in the heart of LoHi - don't miss the lunch specialties.
The Family Jones — Distillery — Locally-crafted spirits in an absolutely beautiful space full of wood, copper, and planters.
Forest Room 5 — Lounge — A wooded wonderland, but as a bar. The food is incredible, but the drinks are divine.
The Truffle Table — Tapas — Grab a few small plates and a bottle of wine, and feel the stress melt away!
Goldyn — Fashion — The most cutting-edge shop in town - find Clare V., Helmut Lang and A.P.C.!