If you’re looking for the best malls in Denver, I’m a local whose got you covered!
Denver has a variety of shopping centers, and the best part is that they’re as unique and varied as Denver itself. As a Colorado mom, I’ve visited plenty of these shopping centers to buy clothes for kids who constantly keep growing! I’ll help you figure out which of the malls in Denver will best suit your needs.
One unfortunate thing to note – because of the pandemic, and the economy as it is now, some stores that have been at these shopping malls are now closed. I’ve found that even the shopping mall websites can’t always keep up. If you’re headed to one of these shopping centers to visit a particular store, you may want to call and make sure they’re still open.
Ready? Let’s dig in to the best shopping malls in the Denver area!
Table of Contents
- 15 Best Denver Malls
- FAQs about Malls in Denver
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15 Best Denver Malls
Downtown Denver mall with trendy stores and food
The Denver Pavilions is smack in the heart of downtown Denver, off the 16th Street Mall, so it’s a convenient place to shop if you live or are visiting downtown. It includes stores popular in many shopping malls like Banana Republic, H&M, and Sephora. You’ll also find Lime Cantina, a Corner Bakery, and other places to eat.
The Glenarm Patio provides outdoor seating for several of the restaurants so you can enjoy a warm evening outside while you eat. It even makes our list of the best stuff to do in Denver.
Cherry Creek Shopping Center
Upscale shopping in tony Cherry Creek
Cherry Creek Shopping Center has the stores you’ll find at many shopping malls, including Athleta, J.Crew, and LOFT. However, the Cherry Creek center also includes several designer stores like Hermès and Louis Vuitton.
The inside of the mall feels more like a retail resort than a traditional mall, and it includes several places to eat, from easy spots to grab a cocktail or great food to fine dining. Cherry Creek North is an outdoor mall with shops and places to eat across the street from the indoor mall.
👉 Pro Tip: Cherry Creek Shopping Center has a parking garage, but requires a fee. Guests who stay two hours or under pay $2, and a full-day pass costs $16.
16th Street Mall
A pedestrian mall in the heart of downtown Denver
The 16th Street Mall features shops and dining options that stretch up and down the street in downtown Denver. It’s a fun place to stroll, window shop, and pop into a cafe for a cup of coffee. You can also easily walk to Denver sights like the Capitol Building, the Clocktower, and Larimer Square. A free shuttle can get you back up the street if you’re tired after your walk to the other end.
📚 Related Reading: In addition to the free 16th Street Mall Ride, our comprehensive guide goes over several more ways to get around Denver.
Park Meadows Mall
A Lone Tree Colorado-themed mall with a ton of popular brands
The first thing that strikes you on entering Park Meadows Mall in Lone Tree is how very Colorado the decor is. The light fixtures could be in a cabin, murals depict mountains and wildlife, and the entire mall feels like a mountain lodge (oh, and there’s a fountain, of course). Although it’s a convenient mall for residents south of Denver, it’s big enough that it attracts customers from all over the Denver metropolitan area.
An outdoor mall in Lakewood with lots of activities in the plaza
Belmar is an outdoor shopping district with a movie theater, restaurants, shops, and planned events like yoga and live music on the central plaza. Target, Best Buy, and Dick’s Sporting Goods are big box anchor stores, but there are tons of adorable locally-owned boutiques and specialty shops.
An outdoor Littleton mall with a uniquely Colorado bookstore
My favorite spot at Aspen Grove is the Tattered Cover, a Colorado bookstore chain that has books by local authors along with bestsellers and classics. This outdoor shopping mall also has chain stores like Williams Sonoma and Pottery Barn. During summer, the mall hosts a farmers market in the parking lot, and other events as well.
Shopping, dining, movies, and more in the heart of Aurora
Southlands mall is one of the several outdoor shopping malls in Denver. It features tons of stores, a movie theater, summer events like a farmers market, and evenings with live music.
Colorado Mills Mall
A renovated indoor outlet mall right off I-70
Colorado Mills Mall is west of Denver, conveniently right off the freeway. Inside, you’ll find shops like the Columbia Factory Store, an Adidas Outlet Store, and the LEGO Store. There are also entertainment venues like a paint-your-own pottery place, along with mall food like Auntie Anne’s Pretzels and a boba cafe.
The Streets at SouthGlenn
An urban-feeling, mixed-use mall
The Streets at SouthGlenn feels a little like a European city, with stores on the bottom and office or living space above. Flowers spill from planters and hanging baskets in summer, and people stroll the streets window shopping or looking for a place to eat. A movie theater sits at one end, and there are concerts and other events at the shopping center as well.
An indoor Broomfield mall with plenty of stores
Flatiron Crossing in Broomfield is exactly how you’d picture a traditional shopping mall. It’s home to Bath & Body Works, Claire’s, Build-A-Bear, and many clothing stores and other chains. The shopping center has an AMC theater and several restaurants as well.
Town Center at Aurora
Shopping and fun for southeast Denver right off I-225
Town Center at Aurora is one of those indoor shopping malls that are wonderful for staying dry in winter! It has trendy stores, along with plenty of places to eat, an adventure park, and other entertainment options.
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A renovated shopping center with big box stores and restaurants just off I-25
NorthGlenn Marketplace has stores like Jo-Ann and Lowe’s, along with restaurants and smaller stores. The mall is convenient to residents of Thornton and nearby areas.
A recently-renovated Littleton mall with a local makers’ market
Southwest Plaza was a traditional mall, but underwent a renovation a few years ago and added an area in the middle of the mall for local crafters and sellers. The mall has a food court that includes healthy options like Mod Market and Mad Greens, along with Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar with its thick shakes and burgers.
While you’re there, check out the many fun things to do in Littleton.
A Castle Rock boutique mall featuring local artisans
This unique mall in Castle Rock is among Denver’s hidden gems – it houses shops where local artisans and makers can sell their wares all in one spot. Shop handcrafted or specially selected home decor, jewelry, clothing, and more at this adorable Castle Rock space south of Denver.
While there, check out my list of Things to do in Castle Rock for even more fun!
Pearl Street Mall
A fun and funky pedestrian mall in Boulder
One of the best places to start a Boulder trip is by wandering Pearl Street, shopping, people-watching, and taking in the sights. There are places for kids to play, and benches to rest while you wander the area plus plenty of locally-owned boutiques and dining options. See my full guide to what to do in Boulder for more tips.
👉 Pro Tip: If you’ll be staying in Boulder for a while, be sure to bookmark our Ultimate Travel Guide to Boulder for ideas on what to do and where to stay!
FAQs about Malls in Denver
What is Colorado’s biggest mall?
Colorado’s biggest mall is Southlands Town Center with 1,700,000 leasable square feet. Park Meadows Mall is the largest enclosed shopping center with 1,576,618 square feet.
Does Denver have good shopping?
Yes, Denver has good shopping. Visitors can browse local boutiques in Larimer Square, or find a variety of stores in Denver’s many shopping malls.
What is the Denver mall called?
The Denver mall is called Denver Pavilions. It’s located off of 16th Street in downtown Denver and has a variety of clothing stores, along with other shops and places to eat.
Hopefully, this article has helped you to not only learn about the best malls in Denver, but to figure out which one best suits your needs! If you’re visiting the Denver area, be sure to check out Nate’s guide to Things to do in Denver after you finish your shopping.
I hope I’ve helped you find the best malls in Denver for your shopping spree!
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