S. Broadway & Santa Fe Arts District

Denver’s most creative neighborhood!

Do you love art, enjoy local brews, and get a thrill from browsing vintage shops? Then the S. Broadway & Art District on Santa Fe could be your ideal neighborhood. Located just west of the Colorado State Capitol, and close to everything downtown, the S. Broadway & Santa Fe area is quickly becoming one of the trendiest places to live in Denver.

This little corner of the city has the highest concentration of art galleries in all of Colorado, with more than 60 in the neighborhood. It also has two local breweries, one whiskey distillery, museums and performing arts centers. With so much in walking distance, it’s easy to understand why people are buying property in this vibrant community.

The Neighborhoods:

A small enclave in the Denver Metro area, the Art District on Santa Fe is located between Kalamath and Galapagos Streets to the east and west, 13th Avenue and Alameda to the north and south. This includes sections of Baker, located in the south part of the Art District, and S. Broadway, found just southeast of the area.

The History:

The Art District on Santa Fe wasn’t always a neighborhood in the traditional sense, according to 5280 Magazine. While it’s been home to an art community for many years, it wasn’t considered an official neighborhood until the early 2000s when an association of art galleries, museums, and theaters formed the Art District on Santa Fe. Since then, it’s been known as a ‘micro-neighborhood’ that’s a magnet for art lovers, young professionals who work and play downtown, and families that want to live in a vibrant community.

The Architecture:

This neighborhood is characterized by historic lofts that are packed with charm, but updated to accommodate modern lifestyles. Santa Fe Drive is the main street and heart of the neighborhood, where you’ll find a colorful line of storefronts, bright street art, and brick buildings that are representative of the area.

The Landmarks:

  • Museo de las Americas
  • Colorado Ballet
  • Center for Visual Art
  • Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center
  • El Noa Noa Mexican Restaurant
  • Buckhorn Exchange

What the locals love about Art District on Santa Fe:

  • The Innovative Spirit

There is a lot of innovation going on in the Art District on Santa Fe, with fresh businesses opening frequently and further development on the horizon. The neighborhood is now home to Renegade Brewery, Black Sky Brewery, and Stranahan’s Whiskey. It’s also added new fitness centers, yoga studios, restaurants and cafes to the mix. According to NBC affiliate KUSA, there are plans for a new retail district as well as a revitalization project to widen sidewalks and make the district more pedestrian friendly.

  • The Eclectic Restaurants

Buckhorn Exchange, the oldest restaurant in Denver, is located in this neighborhood. Go there to order real Colorado fare, like Rocky Mountain Oysters, rattlesnake, buffalo, and elk. Or, if you’re on a clean-eating kick, you can sample one of the paleo restaurants in the area. Another great perk of living in Santa Fe is the collection of hole-in-the-wall ethnic restaurants. As a neighborhood with Hispanic roots, the Santa Fe and neighboring Lincoln Park neighborhoods are known for having excellent Mexican eateries.

  • First Friday Art Walks

One of the most popular arts events in Denver, it’s home to First Friday Art Walks. On the first Friday of every month, art galleries stay open from 6 to 9 p.m. and the streets are filled with people perusing the latest installations. This is a great opportunity to get out in the community, connect with local business owners, and enjoy the thriving arts culture. It’s grown immensely since it started in the early 2000s, with free shuttles bringing in residents from all over the city.

For an even more local vibe, hit up the Collector Preview Events on every third Friday to enjoy the galleries and meet the artists without the First Friday crowds.

  • Antique Row and Vintage Clothing Shops

For those who love the thrill of the hunt for hidden treasures, the Art District is the ideal spot to do a little shopping. Some of the best shops for uncovering antique and vintage treasures are found in this neighborhood. 5280 Magazine recommends stopping into Garage Vintage, Art District Antiques, Tesoro Artisan Market, and Creative Living to browse through their selections of funky furniture, heirloom jewelry, long-forgotten clothing, and records.

  • Hip Coffee Shops

Two great places to walk and grab a cup of coffee in the neighborhood are Mmm…Coffee and Molecule Effect. Go in the morning for a finely crafted brew or espresso drink, or head back at night for a glass of wine, beer, or a handcrafted cocktail. It might just become your favorite local spot!

The Art District on Santa Fe certainly earns its title as Denver’s most creative neighborhood. With so much to offer in terms of arts, culture, food, and entertainment, it’s clear why homebuyers are interested in living in this lively community.

What do you think is the best part of the Art District on Santa Fe neighborhood? Leave us a comment and let us know.


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