Neighborhood Guide: Denver’s 17th Avenue

Just two blocks from Colorado's State Capitol, 17th Avenue is home to specialty shops, innovative art galleries and a plethora of eccentric restaurants.

Denver's 17th Avenue.
Illustration by Emily Burrowes.

1. Ace Eat Serve

This lively ping-pong hall and restaurant showcases Chef Thach Tran’s take on Asian cuisine, incorporating authentic dishes with modern style. Try the classic crispy beef and broccoli, spicy pork ramen, or other goodies. Or, reserve Ace’s famous Peking duck experience in advance.

2. Steuben’s

Experience this upscale retro diner offering American fare, cocktails and handmade desserts. Never leave hungry as portions are hearty and generous. Choose from the patty melt, Monte Cristo, fried chicken and more.

3. Marczyk Fine Foods

Since 2002, this locally owned fine foods market has offered high-grade meats, seafood, homemade baked goods and more. Marczyk’s butcher slices protien based on the customer’s specific needs and has a variety of hard-to-find cuts to keep meal times exciting.

4. Watercourse Foods

This vegan scratch kitchen sources fresh ingredients from local vendors, with all menu items free of preservatives, hydrogenated fats and artificial colors. Dishes like the breakfast empanadas or sausage + kale frittata are all served daily until 2 p.m.

5. Woodhouse Spa

Providing luxurious spa services for over 20 years, Woodhouse offers everything from relaxing massages to full-body treatments, deep-cleansing facials and manicures. Try the Body Balance Massage or Tranquil Stone Massage to reduce tension and unwind this holiday season.

6. Dew Drop Inn

This cozy neighborhood spot has an extensive menu of cocktails, all under $12, along with sophisticated apetizers, bowls of mussels and more. Warm up your day with the Bees Knee 12, which combines gin, elderflower, lemon and local honey.

7. Leon Art Gallery

Explore an exhibit at this nonprofit gallery, which seeks to challenge the art market, mentor artists and create a welcoming environment for the community. From humble beginnings to a Denver staple, the Leon Art Gallery invites the community to discover some of the most creative artists in town.

8. Talulah Jones

This enchanting shop seeks to bring beauty and happiness to customers by selling unique treasures for you, your kids and your home. Find a magical holiday gift for a special someone this year, from decor to jewlery and more.