The good life in Lakewood, Colorado

Lakewood's Belmar district is abuzz with vibrant summer markets, art galleries, and hopping restaurants

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The Market at Belmar. Chef demos, gardening lessons, farmers hawking fresh produce, and booths featuring everything from fluffy pancakes to pommes frites. Every Sun. Alaska Dr.; 303/742-1500.

A Paris Street Market. A shabby-chic antique flea market à la Paree. Every third Sat of the month through Sep. Alaska Dr.; 303/742-1580.


Kamala. Emporium gleaming floor-to-ceiling with handcrafted pieces for your neck, wrists, and hands, plus art from around the world. Open daily. 7240 W. Alaska Dr.; 303/935-3337.


Chama. Snappy south-of-the-border sustenance including zingy ceviches, roasted chicken moles, and citrus-splashed margaritas. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. $$. 425 S. Teller St.; 303/935-5170.

The Oven Pizza e Vino. Go for the cheesy, thin, blistered crusts, topped with locally farmed ingredients or for the sugar-kissed doughnuts dunked in chocolate-espresso mascarpone. Lunch and dinner daily. $$. 7167 W. Alaska Dr.; 303/934-7600.


Baker Street Pub & Grill. Fifty-plus well-poured pints and a slew of creative summer cocktails, enjoyed in a Sherlock Holmes-themed tavern. Open daily. $. 7260 W. Alaska Dr.; 303/953-5510.


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