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Denver Neighborhood Guide: Northeast Denver

By Bri Hand | Jul 19, 2021

If you’re planning on moving to Denver, you’re likely trying to figure out the best neighborhoods in Denver, and which one would be the right fit for you. Northeast Denver is a quieter area of the city, with tree-lined streets, friendly neighbors, and more diversity, as the community is a mix of historic and more up-and-coming neighborhoods. 

This community actually comprises several smaller neighborhoods, including Northeast Park Hill, North Park Hill, South Park Hill, Hale, Montclair, Hilltop, Stapleton, East Colfax, Lowry Field, Montbello, Gateway, Green Valley Ranch, and DIA. So, you’ll have plenty of areas to choose from if this is the spot for you! 

Thinking about moving to Northeast Denver? Here’s our guide to the best restaurants, coffee shops, grocery stores, outdoor attractions, gyms, nightlife, and transportation in the neighborhood. 

Where to go out to eat in Northeast Denver

Annette is a favorite among Denverites, serving “scratch to table” brunch and dinner. We recommend trying the grilled cheese with bacon and pork hash for brunch, along with the Annette mimosa with off-dry stem cider and orange juice. 

Be sure to also try Next Door American Eatery, with a menu of delicious sandwiches and bowls. Try the Pimento Cheese Hush Puppies with green chili jam, the crispy halloumi naan, or the Bali-style chicken noodle soto bowl. 

Bring all the friends you want to Four Friends Kitchen, a Roslyn Street eatery serving up brunch and lunch. Satisfy your sweet tooth with the classic beignets and cinnamon rolls, and enjoy your main meal of mushroom sweet potato hash and eggs or the Southern monte cristo. 

Where to get groceries in Northeast Denver

You’ll have plenty of options for grocery shopping if you move here. You’ll find King Soopers locations throughout the area, as well as a Target on Northfield Boulevard, a Walmart Supercenter on Smith Road, and a Save A Lot on Chambers Road. You can also shop at Natural Grocers for organic grocery goods.

Where to get coffee in Northeast Denver

If you’re a Starbucks fan, good news—there is no shortage of Starbucks locations to choose from! There are also plenty of Dunkin’ locations in the area, too. 

For a more local coffee experience, head over to Therizo Café and Tap for espresso drinks, cold brew, and various teas. You can even pair your coffee with a breakfast burrito! 

Outdoor attractions in Northeast Denver

At a whopping 80 acres, Central Park is one of the largest parks in Denver and features a Dr. Seuss-themed playground that’s great for kids (and Instagram stories!). You can also boat around a small lake, go for a jog or a bike ride, or go sledding during the winter. 

This area is also home to the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, where you can spot bison, coyotes, prairie dogs and deer, as well as various reptiles and birds. Go hiking in the area, take a self-guided drive, or take a tour through the refuge.  

Stop by Parkfield Lake Park, which features a recreation center, a skate park, and plenty of hiking trails to keep you busy. Parkfield Lake Park is also the perfect spot for a picnic, with gorgeous views of the lake. 

Bringing your pup to Denver with you? Head over to the Stapleton Off-Leash Dog Park, a sandy space open to both large and small dogs. 

Local gyms in Northeast Denver

If you want to join a gym, you can check out Orangetheory in Central Park or Anytime Fitness in Northfield and South Park Hill. There is also a Planet Fitness in the Gateway area. Or, head over to Central Park for a workout at Bladium Sports and Fitness Club, which also has a CrossFit offshoot, Bladium CrossFit

Nightlife in Northeast Denver

Bar Louie, located in the Shops at Northfield Stapleton, offers daily happy hour specials, as well as delicious cocktails such as Twisted Mules and Spiked Sangrias. Also in Stapleton is Brothers Bar and Grille, which has an outdoor patio space and fire pits, as well as an extensive beer list and Red Bull Trash Can cocktails. 

East Fax Tap is a local favorite dive bar with a cozy atmosphere, friendly staff, and a dog-friendly patio in the back. The bar even has live music, DJs, and trivia throughout the week. 

Things to do in Northeast Denver

Get some retail therapy in at the Shops at Northfield Stapleton, an open-air shopping plaza with every store and restaurant you can imagine. In the mood for a little entertainment? Stop by the plaza’s Improv Comedy Club or movie theatre! 

Close by to Bluff Lake is the Bluff Lake Nature Center, an educational wildlife refuge perfect for visitors of all ages. Take a self-guided tour around the grounds and spot wildlife like owls, bats, prairie dogs, cottontail rabbits, and birds, and enjoy exploring all different types of plants. 

You can also catch a Colorado Rapids soccer game at nearby Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, or spend a day at the Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park. City Park and the Denver Zoo are also just a short drive away.

Land in a great apartment in Northeast Denver

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

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About the author

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.