Bound by East 6th Avenue, University Boulevard, and Colorado Boulevard, Cherry Creek is a moderately sized neighborhood that gets its name from the creek that runs just beneath its southern border. Its residential areas contain many tree-lined streets, with craftsman bungalows nestled alongside brick homes and mid-century ranch houses. Peppered among these styles are contemporary houses and apartments.
In contrast to the serene atmosphere of the residential areas, Cherry Creek’s commercial districts are vibrant and trendy, offering much in the way of entertainment and amenities for individuals and families alike.
Cherry Creek is home to Graland Country Day School, a private school that favors “progressive education” and prides itself for its “hands-on” learning style. Students are taught here from preschool through the eight grade.
Cherry Creek is also home to Denver Public School’s Bromwell Elementary School, which teaches children from preschool through the fifth grade.
Canvas and Cocktails makes for a fun, creative night out with friends and family. They offer two-hour painting classes, along with alcoholic refreshments and snacks. Because you paint with acrylic here, they advice you dress down, so as not to ruin your favorite jacket.
Gates Tennis Center is a public tennis facility. It has 20 tennis courts and offers both group and private lessons for beginners or those who simply want to refine their skills. The center doesn’t have any residency requirements, and instead operates as a pay-as-you-play facility.
The Ross-Cherry Creek Library is Cherry Creek’s local branch of the Denver Public Library System. The library itself is of a state of the art, modern design. Their catalogue includes books, eBooks, DVDs, and CD’s. The library also has computers available for public use. You can check their website for monthly events and find information about their book clubs.
Cherry Creek Arts District has more than 20 independently owned galleries, live theater, and multiple businesses related to the arts. In this district you can find local craftsmanship of all types, including jewelry, home decor, furnishing, and of course, fine pieces of art.
Cherry Creek Bike Path is a paved trail that runs along the creek for over 40 miles and is one of Denver’s most scenic paths, offering stunning views of both the cityscape and nature. This path is a great way to tour the neighborhood in a more comprehensive, and serene, manner. It is also a fun way to keep fit. In addition to cycling, you can walk or jog.
Whole Foods Market is a haven for all foods natural and organic. Among their selection of items are organic produce, meats, and cheese. They also have an in-house bakery, coffee and juice bar, salad bar, and market made pizza.
Cherry Creek Fresh Market operates during the summer and early fall. It is open on Saturdays from 8 am – 1 pm, May 7 through October 29; and on Wednesdays from 9 am – 1 pm, June 15 through September 28. In addition to seasonal produce, you’ll find baked goods, exotic spices, and plenty of opportunities for people watching.
The Cherry Creek Shopping Center anchors the neighborhood in its southwestern corner. It houses many clothing stores, with up to date fashions, as well as book stores, gift shops, food and specialty stores, and electronic shops. They also have plenty of stores that cater to the home, with furniture, decor, and an assortment of domestic accessories. Adjacent to Cherry Creek Shopping Center is Cherry Creek North, an outdoor space that mixes high-end retail, dining, and community events.
Piatti is an Italian restaurant and bar located in Cherry Creek North. Founded in 1987, the restaurant specializes in classic artisan dishes with a rustic flair. They have an extensive wine list, so don’t hesitate to ask your waiter for suggestions.
Cherry Cricket is a laid-back burger joint that dishes out some of the best Americana style foods, from juicy burgers and fries to fully loaded chili dogs and onion rings. They have lighter fare, as well, including a variety of salads, a veggie basket, and roasted red pepper hummus with pita triangles. For those seeking adult refreshments, the Cherry Cricket serves craft beer brewed in Colorado.
Machete Tequila + Tacos is one of the key restaurants that keeps the neighborhood feeling young. It’s a fairly trendy restaurant that serves, among other things, well-priced margaritas and inventive tacos. Despite this, Machete manages to keep patrons of all ages coming in on a regular basis. Its interior is simple, but houses many intriguing masks, and its bathroom walls are playfully covered with comic strips.
True Food Kitchen is a very stylish eatery with an exciting menu that serves vegetarian and gluten-free items alongside more traditional, carnivorous fare. They specialize in soups, salads, sandwiches, and pizza; all made with fresh, nutrient-dense ingredients.
Syrup is one of the top places to go for brunch in Cherry Creek. Its interior exudes simple elegance, creating an atmosphere that is classy, but not pretentious. The menu is straightforward, but decadent, and includes a host of syrups made in-house from scratch. Some of the more interesting syrups include butterscotch, Kahlua, apricot, and coconut. Though they have traditional flavors as well.
For something a little more upscale, pay a visit to Elway’s, named for its co-owner and former Denver Bronco’s quarterback, John Elway. Elway started the small restaurant franchise with long-time friend, Tim Schmidt. The menu combines gourmet and comfort food, with dishes like Chicken Fried Lobster and Baked Potato Cheese Dip sharing space with the more conventional Crab Cakes and House Smoked Trout – and those are just the appetizers.
Other neighborhood restaurants include Crepes n’ Crepes, Aviano Coffee, Hapa Sushi Grill and Sake Bar, and North Italia.