Neighborhood of the week: Capitol Hill

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In one sentence, the neighborhood of Capitol Hill is best described as an epicenter where old culture meets new. Bordered by East Colfax, North Downing Street, Broadway and 7th Ave, Capitol Hill is a vibrant mixture of tradition and innovation , making it one of Denver’s most popular neighborhoods. From museums and historic architecture, to luxury condos and trendy bars, Capitol Hill is an inviting place for all. So, let’s start exploring. First things first, COFFEE. With quaint coffee shops scattered across the neighborhood, you’ll have your pick when it comes to grabbing a good cup of joe and a quick bite to eat. Here are a few of our favorites:
  • Roostercat Coffee House – located on 10th and Lincoln, this cafe is known for its specialty lattes and hip evening atmosphere. Live music and stand-up comedy make for a great hangout spot in the summer.
  • Pablo’s Coffee – A place where art lines the walls and beans from around the world are roasted locally in small batches. Located on Pennsylvania and 13th Ave, Pablo’s provides a mellow atmosphere that encourages productivity and casual conversation while sipping on their house roast.
  • Anecdote – Looking for more of a creative space? Head over to Sherman and 8th to a great cafe serving delicious made-to-order pies baked from scratch along with Novo coffee and loose leaf tea.
So what more does this mixture of old and new provide? Capitol Hill was originally the home of Denver’s elite, but when the economy slumped in 1893 construction of apartments began. Although the neighborhood has since taken on a new identity, three buildings from the late 1800’s still exist today: The Colonnade, Alta Court (currently an office building), and the Hamilton. More history on this neighborhood is reflected  in the name. Capitol Hill got its name from  the neighborhood’s beginnings starting at the Colorado State Capitol Building meeting at the corner of Broadway and Colfax. You can take a deeper dive into the history of this historic area by visiting local museums. Other historical and learning opportunities include:
  • The Molly Brown House Museum: Located at 1340 Pennsylvania St, the Molly Brown Museum provides a glimpse into the former home of early Colorado activist, Margaret “Molly” Brown, and her lavish lifestyle after making her fortune gold mining. She was a notable activist in the progression of social issues, especially with women.
  • History Colorado Center: Located off Broadway, History Colorado offers the public access to discover the culture and heritage of Colorado. Discover more in the museum or by any of the local events they host.
Although the museums are temporarily closed as a result of COVID-19, most are planning to reopen between mid-May through the beginning of June. You can check their official websites for more information. Due to its proximity to the busy streets of downtown Denver, Capitol Hill is great for those who enjoy walks with their furry friends or two-wheeled forms of transportation. With so much to see, it is easy to build up an appetite walking around! Although some restaurants are temporarily closed due to COVID-19, most are offering takeout and/or delivery. As a bonus, some establishments are offering online activities to spark culinary creativity at home! Take a look at our short list of great restaurants to stop in and grab a great bite to eat in the neighborhood:
  • Prohibition: A local bar bringing you new American food and superb cocktails, Prohibition is a place you can kick back and enjoy a meal any night of the week.
  • Benny Blancos: Indulge in a slice of “The Bronx” at Benny’s. Affordable, fun, and tasty are all you need to know to get you to head over to this Denver pizza favorite.
  • Sassafras: Established in 2014, this spot serves comfort food influenced by Southern American cooking tradition. Using locally sourced ingredients, you are bound to fall in love with their delicious menu with every dish you try.
  • City O’City: Want pizza, coffee, or local beer? Need vegan, vegetarian or gluten free options? You can find it all here. City O’City is an awesome restaurant for those who love creative comfort food.
  • Bang Up to the Elephant!: Servin’ up West Indies beach-shack vibes with a full bar, cafe, live music and friendly service. Open 9am to 11pm, most days, it offers a great place to dine in for break, lunch, or dinner.
  • 100% De Agave: Like Tequila? 100% de Agave has a selection of over 100 premium tequilas that can be paired with their authentic mexican cuisine. Check it out and find yourself indulging in the culture and hospitality this place offers.
  • Jelly: So you are looking for your new favorite brunch spot? Look no further than Jelly. Serving an endless menu of all of your favorite brunch foods kicked up a notch, Jelly Cafe will be sure to impress.
History? Check! Coffee? Check! Food and drink? Check! What more does this vibrant neighborhood have to offer? Calling all book store dwellers and vintage vinyl enthusiasts. Another big draw to this neighborhood is its calm, cool, and collected vibe that permeates throughout Capitol Hill’s mom and pop stores, book shops and old record stores that thrive and remain to represent the important history of the neighborhood. Get lost in the quiet isles of a few of our favorite local spots below:
  • Wax Trax: Wax Trax is a brick and mortar record store that has been a part of Denver for over 40 years. In the 70’s, it was one of the only stores importing Punk and New Wave from England. If you are looking for a break from technology and want to look into music that isn’t a download, this is the place for you.
  • Capitol Hill Books: A secondhand bookstore that sells & trades thousands of titles, including rare editions, this spot is a lovely place to escape the world and explore new ones with their vast collection.
  • Kilgore Books: A low-key spot located on 13th Ave, Kilgore is a comic and used book purveyor with indie titles, sci-fi & fantasy.
Now that you have had a chance to learn and read about everything this historic and hip neighborhood has to offer, it is time you get out there and experience it all in person.  Happy exploring!

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