Museums, Latin clubs, Cuban food, cafes, luxury condos and apartments, parks, galleries, a U.S. Mint and more. Welcome to the Golden Triangle.
Bordered by Colfax, Broadway and Speer, this neighborhood is one of Denver’s oldest. Formerly known as Civic Center, you could walk its entire perimeter in less than an hour, but it would take an entire day (at least) to truly indulge and appreciate all that it has to offer.
So let’s get started. What morning would be complete without coffee or a fresh, tasty omelette? Here are a few local favorites in the area.
- Metropolis Coffee – located on 11th and Cherokee, this easy going coffee shop offers coffee, espresso, and tasty pastries.
- Dazbog Coffee – this Russian themed fan favorite chain is located on the Triangle’s edge at Speer and 12th. This is the perfect spot for an early lunch with coffee, sandwiches, and pastries.
- Dozen’s – Have more of an appetite? Stop into Dozen’s. Their menu features omelettes, salads, sandwiches, and more.
There aren’t many who can say they live in the same neighborhood as the United States Mint, but those who live in the Golden Triangle have one just walking distance from their home, which brings us to our next stop.
Located on Colfax between Delaware and Cherokee, this is a great FREE family activity.
Another favorite in the Golden Triangle is the Denver Art Museum. With more than a dozen collections and opportunities to get hands on with your own creativity, it’s easy to get lost here for hours.
Other historical and learning opportunities include:
- The History Colorado Center: Located at 1200 Broadway. Perfect for the multi-generational group, here you can dive into the history of Colorado and the American West through captivating exhibits and programs.
- The Clyfford Still Museum: Located at 1250 Bannock St., this museum features a minimalist showcase of expressionist artwork including paintings and other archives. It also sometimes features live performances.
- The Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art: Located at 1201 Bannock St., here you’ll find 3,500+ pieces of art, nouveau, pop-art, postmodern art, and Western landscapes by Vance Kirkland.
Although the US Mint and 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 respective websites for more specifics on this!
If all this learning hasn’t already made you hungry, check out our list of favorite restaurants located in the Triangle. (Although some of these are temporarily closed due to COVID-19, they are still offering takeout and/or delivery!) Some are also offering online activities and ideas for getting creative at home!
If all this learning hasn’t made you hungry enough already, check out our short-list of favorite restaurants in the area to refuel!
- The Denver Diner: Whether you’re an early bird or a night owl, there’s something for everyone at this old-school All American style diner.
- Torchy’s Tacos: This buzz-worthy chain boasts a wide variety of Mexican street food style tacos.
- Burger-Fi: Another delicious chain that planted roots in the Golden Triangle, this eco-conscious burger bar specializes in grass-fed beef, hot dogs, beer & wine!
- Levin Deli Co.: This hip deli presents a fresh, upbeat atmosphere with deli classics and Mediterranian fare as well as cocktails and wine.
- Cap City Tavern: Locally and family owned, you can find all your sports games on here accompanied by an all American style food menu.
- Dulce Vida: Did someone say brunch? This chill hub has all the patio vibes and a weekend brunch menu. They offer classic bar food and craft beers all week long.
We’re only about half-way through all that this area has to offer and honestly, what’s not to love so far? You can see why The Golden Triangle is one of Denver’s hottest spots. If you have your heart set on living here, opportunity to own in this neighborhood is limited. As of May, 2020 there are only about 16 active listings on the market. And most of the future development in this area will be Apartment buildings for renters.
There are already several newer apartment buildings including Parq on Speer, which features modern luxury apartments ranging from studios all the way up to three bedrooms.
1000 Windsor Speer also offers similar floor plans and meets all the standards for luxury living.
So with less than 20 active listings, those who want to make the Golden Triangle their home have to act fast when they see the opportunity! The good news however is that 15 of the listings that are currently active are all under $500,000, making the area surprisingly more affordable than what some may assume.
The area is also filled with a variety of different architecture. Newer buildings bring a more modern presence to the skyline, featuring glass walls and straight lines while the museums add touches of color and contemporary, abstract lines. Sprinkled in between the shiny new buildings are older, original buildings, with small Juliet balconies and romantic rooftop terraces.
Civic Center Park is also known for its architecture. Although the city has struggled to battle homeless camps here, they are taking measures towards clearing the area. The park features lots of grassy areas filled with trees, perfect for reading under during a hot summer day. There are fountains and statues throughout, as well as a large, notable Greek amphitheatre which also occasionally hosts live events.
So after our morning coffee, lots of learning, an afternoon in the park, and observing all the unique buildings that the area has to offer, how does one wrap up a day in the Golden Triangle? Cue the Latin flare.
The Golden Triangle is home to one of Denver’s hottest Latin clubs, La Rumba. From Salsa to Bachata, you can truly get your dancing feet on at this festive club. They also offer regular Salsa lessons for the truly dedicated!
Staying true to the theme, what better way to end the night than with some traditional Cuban food? A few blocks North on the corner of 12th and Delaware sits Cuba Cuba, where you can find Cuban sandwiches, mojitos, caipirinhas and more.
Now that we’ve given you a taste of what the triangle has to offer, it’s time to go see for yourself! Happy exploring!