Go gourmet in Denver's South Pearl

Sip and snack in a quiet Colorado neighborhood that has suddenly become a foodie paradise

Stephanie Powell

Stroll the cobblestone sidewalks and tree-lined streets of Denver's South Pearl neighborhood, and you'll discover fab eateries offering creative cuisine.

Before leaving, pick out a flavorful scoop of organic ice cream or a thick malt at one of its newest attractions ― PBC (Pajama Baking Co.) Market. Then take a jaunt through the park to welcome spring.


From downtown, take I-25 south to exit 206 and go west on E. Louisiana Ave. to S. Pearl St. Or take the light rail (from $1.75 one way; 303/299-6000) to the Louisiana-Pearl Light Rail Station, on E. Louisiana Ave. between Buchtel Blvd. and I-25, about one block east of S. Pearl St. For a neighborhood map and more information, visit the Old South Pearl Street Association.


Gaia Bistro In a restored Victorian home, try crêpes made with herbs and veggies grown in the garden out back. INFO: $; breakfast and lunch Tue-Sun, dinner Tue (reservations required); 1551 S. Pearl St.; 303/777-5699.

Izakaya Den The new sibling of Denver's popular Sushi Den is already a hit, with chilled sake and Japanese-fusion small plates to share on the serene patio. INFO: $$$$; 1518 S. Pearl; 303/777-0691.


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