Denver day trip: South Broadway

Denver's SoBo is on the rise. Plan a day to explore the city's up-and-coming hood

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1. DIY for beginners

If you’ve ever wanted to sew an A-line skirt or knit a pair of mittens, Fancy Tiger is for you. It’s packed with yarns of all colors and sizes, knitting needles, and how-to books, and offers lots of classes.

Across the street, the store’s clothing outpost carries duds made by local designers. 1 and 14 S. Broadway

2. Shop for Asian accents

Elliot, the chow chow–German shepherd mix holding court at the front door of T-Trove Asian Décor, accepts patting. But don’t waste too much time—there’s a huge room full of granite lanterns, bronze lamps, ox-bone Buddha carvings, and handcrafted rosewood cabinets to explore. Closed Sun; 189 S. Broadway

3. A bohemian haunt

Jack Jensen (pictured at left), the friendly, pompadoured owner of Mutiny Now, holds court over this shrine to used books and records, Beat poets, and pop art.

Page through a copy of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road as you listen to bebop, sip coffee, and wonder why the weird painting of a beautiful woman asks: WHO MAKES THE RULES ANYHOW? Closed Sun; 2 S. Broadway; 303/778-7579.

4. The $6 lunch

Slip into one of the sunken booths at Sputnik, a vegan-friendly coffeehouse attached to the Hi-Dive music club. The half-sandwich meal (from grilled cheese to sliced chicken) is $6 with fries or mac ’n’ cheese.

At the “weekend hangover brunch,” expect black bean and green chile breakfast burritos, egg tacos, and most important, $2 mimosas. $; 3 S. Broadway; 720/570-4503.

Next: SoBo after-hours

 

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