City Guide / Denver

Denver Neighborhood Guide: Congress Park

By Bri Hand | Jul 19, 2021
View of Congress Park neighborhood in Denver, Colorado.

If you’re planning on moving to Denver, Colorado, you’re likely trying to figure out the best neighborhoods in Denver and which one would be the right fit for you. Congress Park in Denver is more than meets the eye. Close to the Denver Botanic Gardens, a charming historic district, and reliable dining options, this neighborhood is a wonderful place to call home. 

Considering moving to Congress Park? Here’s our guide to the best restaurants, coffee shops, grocery stores, outdoor attractions, gyms, nightlife, and transportation in the neighborhood. 

Where to eat in Congress Park

Shells and Sauce is a neighborhood Italian bistro perfect for homemade lasagna, meat or fish, a variety of savory appetizers and entrees, and an extensive wine list. And, with a menu of chocolate chip cannolis and tiramisu, this is not the place to skip dessert!

Congress Park’s favorite diner since 1979, Chef Zorba’s incredible menu features traditional American and Greek fare and classic breakfast dishes served all day. Zorba’s also boasts the best gyro sandwich in the city! 

A delicious burger, a cold beer, and good friends await you at Cherry Cricket Cherry Creek, a casual yet high-quality backbone of the neighborhood on E 2nd Avenue.

Where to get coffee in Congress Park 

Head to Downpours Coffee for a fresh, house-roasted cup of joe and a delicious breakfast burrito. This family-owned coffee shop makes its own syrups and almond milk from scratch.

Another popular Congress Park cafe is Frank & Roze Coffee Co., which serves some of Denver’s best coffee, sourced from small farms throughout the coffee belt, then roasted and hand-crafted to perfection. 

Not a huge coffee fan? No worries! Nekter Juice Bar is a great spot to grab freshly made juice, smoothies, cold-pressed juice cleanses, and handcrafted acai bowls. 

Where to get groceries in Congress Park 

12th Ave Market is a quirky general store and post office selling groceries, sandwiches, and basic home products all under one roof. 

Town & Country Market Produce on E Colfax Avenue sells produce, as its name suggests, but it is also famous for providing the community with fresh fish from Alaska since 1987.

Another unique Denver shop to check out is the Truffle Cheese Shop, which has specialized in small-batch artisan cheese and charcuterie from around the world for almost 20 years. 

Where to work out in Congress Park 

For a more traditional gym, hit up Green Door Fitness, which offers a free class and training session when you sign up, all with the goal of making fitness fun again. 

If you’re more of the walking type, take advantage of your proximity to the Denver Botanic Gardens and take a stroll through 23 acres of tree-lined public garden space. 

While your dog might get more of a workout than you, Carla Madison Dog Park is also a central meeting place for people and pups alike. 

Looking for more places in Denver to bring your furry friend? Check out our blog, “The Best Dog Parks in Denver.”

Nightlife in Congress Park 

When you want to hit the town, The Bar Car on Colorado Blvd is where you’ll find comfort, fun, reasonably priced drinks, and a strong connection to the local community. This bar’s old-world interior will remind you of an old train’s bar car, where getting a drink is a communal, welcoming affair. 

Keep the Colorado Blvd fun going and sip on some local suds at Congress Park Taproom, which has 30 craft beers on tap, along with Colorado whiskeys. Or, if you’re looking for a unique, local vibe with some live music, check out Bluebird Theater

Getting around Congress Park 

Just about everything is within walking distance in this Denver neighborhood, but you can also take ride-sharing options like Lyft and Uber if you need to leave the area or head downtown. The 40 bus also goes through this area if you want to take public transportation. This neighborhood has a walkability score of 8/10. 

Land in a great apartment in Congress Park

If you like the idea of moving to the Congress Park neighborhood in Denver, Landing offers fully furnished apartments with flexible lease terms, concierge services, seamless transfers, and all the amenities you need. Browse our available apartments in Congress Park, or contact us to learn more about how Landing works.

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Bri Hand

Bri Hand is Landing's Content Marketing Manager. She currently lives in Salem, Massachusetts, with her partner and dog, Arlo, but relishes any opportunity she can to travel so she can try new foods, see gorgeous sights, and daydream about living somewhere new after visiting there for less than 24 hours.