Front Range Scene

Alamo Placita: A 5280 Guide

Stop in the Alamo Placita neighborhood just south of Capitol Hill for a respite from the Mile High City’s bustling neighborhoods like Cherry Creek and Highland. There, you’ll find a collection of turn-of-the-century Victorians and bungalows, specialty shops, and casual eateries. The mix lends Alamo Placita an urban vibe that doesn’t overshadow the small-town, community feel of the historic enclave.

July 2012

Park It Jump into a pickup basketball game at Alamo Placita Park. Not in the mood for hoops? The park also contains a stunning flowerbed filled with marigolds, geraniums, and Canna lilies, among other varieties, and 80-year-old trees for which Alamo Placita—“Little Place of the Cottonwoods”—is named. Third Avenue and Emerson Street

Energize Start your day with a java kick at Pablo’s Coffee, a laid-back coffee joint that brews and roasts its own blends such as Danger Monkey. Don’t expect a quick stop: There’s almost always a line out the door. 630 E. Sixth Ave., 303-744-3323, pabloscoffee.com

Go Green Lose yourself in the Herbery, a plant shop that looks like a jungle. Choose from outdoor flowers and hanging ivies. 819 E. Sixth Ave., 303-831-6330

Beautify Get your style fix at Indie Six. You won’t find a friendlier staff in the Mile High City equipped to tackle everything from ambitious hairstyles and makeup to henna tattoos and body painting. 550 E. Sixth Ave., 303-777-7400, indiesix.com

Treat Yourself Dive into a plate of waffles at Waffle Brothers. John Power and Rod Dupen’s sugar-nib recipe is so good, there’s no need for syrup. Try the Democrat, a waffle topped with cream cheese and
Nutella. 393 Corona St., 303-733-1212, wafflebrothers.com

Browse Find an array of fine antiques at Sarkisian’s, a cornerstone of the Alamo Placita neighborhood. Established in 1893, this shop is one of Denver’s oldest businesses. 693 E. Speer Blvd., 303-733-2623, sarkisian.com

Shop Score an offbeat find at La Cache, an antiques consignment store stocked with fine china, glassware, Oriental rugs, and furniture. Purchases at La Cache benefit Children’s Hospital Colorado. 400 Downing St., 303-871-9605 

Loosen Up Does your golf swing need work? Hit Hot Spot Massage, where sports-minded massage therapists offer treatment for your swing. Brenda Archer’s massage technique helps correct muscle imbalance, which might lower that handicap. Nongolfers can enjoy a hot stone massage. 609 E. Speer Blvd., 720-272-3282, hsmdenver.com

Find a Gift The Lark is filled with vases, picture frames, and cards that make terrific gifts for a significant other. Take advantage of the staff’s exquisite—and complimentary—gift-wrapping. 1219 E. Fourth Ave., 303-744-7464, thelarkdenver.com