Andrea M. Gómez
Why go: A flick at the Mayan Theatre is no longer the only draw in Denver's South Broadway area. Moviegoers are venturing out to eat, shop, and explore this up-and-coming neighborhood.
Main hub: Broadway, from First Avenue to West Alameda Avenue.
Aka: Locals know it as SoBo.
What it used to be: A sketchy strip of adult theaters and run-down taverns.
What it is now: An indie shopping stretch where you’ll find clothes, DIY supplies, furniture, books, and the occasional giant Buddha statue.
Where the locals shop: Decade (56 S. Broadway) for handmade jewelry, handbags, and furniture.
Neighborhood flavor: Wash down Czech bramboraky (garlic-seasoned potato pancakes) with a Pilsner at SoBo 151 ($; 151 S. Broadway).
Random combo we love: Appliance Professionals (closed Sun; 78 S. Broadway; 303/425-1425) sells classic candy like Boston Baked Beans, Mallo Cups—and, um, used refrigerators.
Farther afield: Furniture scavengers should head to “Antique Row,” south of Alameda Avenue.
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