Go gourmet in Denver's South Pearl

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

SHOP

Mulberries Cake Shop Even if you're not buying, it's fun to gape at the whimsical cake designs. INFO: Closed Sun-Mon; 1570 S. Pearl; 303/282-1044.

5 Green Boxes Though the store is full of home accessories (hand-dipped candles, patio lanterns), the real stars are one-of-a-kind appliquéd furniture pieces. INFO: 1705 S. Pearl; 303/282-5481.

PBC Market A foodies' playground is scheduled to open this month, with prepared comfort foods, artisanal breads, sundries from Colorado companies, and housemade ice cream (one exotic flavor is black truffle and caramelized pear). INFO: $; 1595 S. Pearl; 303/733-3622.

GO

Platt Park Stroll through the 3.7-acre park two blocks west of the shopping district, or rest on a bench and watch the season come into bloom. INFO: Bounded by E. Florida Ave., E. Iowa Ave., S. Grant St., and S. Logan St.; 720/913-1311.

SIP

The Village Cork Order a wine flight with three varietals ($12), and practice pairing with small plates like smoked salmon with ginger-peach sauce. INFO: $$; closed Sun; 1300 S. Pearl; 303/282-8399.

HAPPENING NOW

Check out this month's First Friday Art Walk (4-8 Apr 4; free; 303/282-7343), a tradition in many Denver neighborhoods and art districts, when stores and private galleries open their doors for browsing, socializing, and aperitifs.

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