The 16th Street Mall in Denver, Colorado, is a tree-lined pedestrian corridor filled with outdoor cafés, restaurants, and shops. Along the popular downtown promenade, visitors can enjoy performances from local street performers or take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage while searching for the perfect craft beer or dining spot.
On Denver’s 16th Street, you’ll find more than 40 outdoor cafés and restaurants perfect for a leisurely snack, meal, or drink while enjoying the bustling atmosphere of one of the city’s hot spots. At the south end of the mall is Denver Pavilions, with a movie theater and more than 20 shops and restaurants. The north end features a pedestrian path over three bridges that connect downtown to Commons Park and the trendy LoHi neighborhood.
Maximize your time in Denver by organizing a tour ahead of time that includes a stop on the 16th Street Mall in addition to other sights, including Larimer Square, the US Mint, and the Denver Art Museum. Your tour will equip you with a good lay of the land and sense of Denver’s history, so that when you return to 16th Street later, you’ll know exactly where to go.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The 16th Street Mall is a must for shoppers; stick around for bar-hopping and nightlife after dark.
- This area is best explored on foot, though you can hop aboard the free MallRide shuttle if you need a rest.
- Note that public restrooms can be in short supply in this area.
- Pedicabs and horse-drawn carriages are available for hire.
- There is free Wi-Fi along the entire mall.
How to Get There
The 16th Street Mall runs 1.25 miles (2 kilometers) along 16th Street in downtown Denver, from Wewatta Street at Union Station to Broadway at Civic Center Station. You can walk the length from Union Station to the central mall area in about 15 minutes, or hop on the complimentary MallRide Shuttle at one of the frequent stops along 16th Street. It’s about 26 miles (42 kilometers) from Denver International Airport via Interstate 70.
When to Get There
Shops along 16th Street have varying hours, but most are open from late morning to late evening, about 10am to 8pm. Denver Pavilions is open from 10am to 9pm Monday through Saturday and 11am to 6pm on Sunday. Denver receives the most visitors in the summer months, between June and August, but perhaps a better time to visit is during the spring and fall shoulder seasons, April through May and September through October.
Noted architect I.M. Pei designed the tree-lined 16th Street Mall, impressive for its multicolored granite sidewalks assembled into diamond patterns (some have likened it to a diamondback rattlesnake seen from above). The Denver district has drawn international attention for its artistic design. You’ll also see the iconic Daniels and Fisher Tower on Arapahoe and 16th, built in 1911 and designed to look like St. Mark’s Bell Tower in Venice.