The Lowdown on LoHi
Located just northwest of Downtown, the Denver Highlands has become one of Denver’s hottest neighborhoods. LoHi, or “Lower Highland,” is the eastern section of popular Highland. Bordered by West 38th Ave, I-25, Zuni Street St, and Speer, the area has become home to a mix of young singles, urban professionals, and growing families.
Residents enjoy quiet streets and a short walk to the neighborhood galleries, coffee shops, and some of the city’s best eateries. It makes sense why some refer to LoHi as the “adult playground of Denver.”
So Why LoHi?
What makes LoHi so great? On a scale of 1-10 (10 being perfect, 1 being dismal,) LoHi earns pretty high marks across the board in the categories that generally make a neighborhood “desirable.”
Of course, desirability can always be subjective. But it doesn’t usually take much to convince people that LoHi is a pretty unique place.
Walkability Score: 9
Not only is LoHi home to some of the coolest dining spots, drinking establishments, and art galleries in any Denver neighborhood: it also contains the convenient Highland Pedestrian Bridge that allows residents to cross from LoHi directly to downtown!
Transit Score: 8
Union Station is just across the Highland Pedestrian Bridge, and with the bounty of bike lanes, Denver’s LoHi neighborhood gets an easy A- in the transportation department.
Local Shops and Restaurants: 9
This is what people come to LoHi for! Some of Denver’s trendiest dining locales reside in LoHi. From quick bites to above-average dining and shopping experiences, LoHi is home to many unique spots that definitely warrant a visit.
Rooftop bars are unofficially LoHi’s “thing.” And with the million-dollar views available in most of the neighborhood, it’s easy to see why. Unique boutique shops also pepper the pavement throughout LoHi.
Big Box + Grocery Stores: 3
Obviously, this statistic is either a plus or a minus, depending on your preference. With no grocery stores or big-box chains to speak of, then this area is maybe not the best choice for those seeking mass-produced convenience. If chain stores are a must, you’ll have to venture a few miles into Wheat Ridge (only a 5-minute drive) or to Downtown Denver for these types of amenities. Downtown Whole Foods and King Soopers are very close (in the same block as Union Station) so it still works out well for commuters!
If you move to or visit this area regularly, this rating comes as no surprise. Parking is limited, but who needs parking when everywhere you’d ever want to visit is located within such a short, walkable or bike-able distance? If you really must bring your car, just be prepared to spend a little extra time circling the block for a spot on nights and weekends en route to your favorite bars and restaurants.
Forbes’ magazine didn’t designate LoHi as one of the best American hipster neighborhoods for nothing! Its signature rooftop bar scene doesn’t disappoint. Happy hours are awesome throughout the neighborhood. However, if clubs or dancing is more your thing, you’d be better suited by taking your party into nearby Downtown. A quick Uber-ride will grant you access to all your favorite Downtown spots.
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