Colorado's attractive & modern shopping malls offer your favorite brand stores!
In the slide show above, you're viewing pictures of popular Colorado shopping malls which are enjoyed by both local residents and out-of-town visitors alike. Colorado's malls include some of the most pleasant and distinctive shopping centers in the nation!
Which are the "best" Colorado Malls?
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder...but our readers DO have some favorites!
Colorado has some of the easiest-to-like shopping malls in the USA. A number of new malls, including cute outdoor "lifestyle" centers, have opened in the 21st century, giving residents and visitors a superior choice of where they may choose to make their purchases. Also, these new malls are more comprehensive in their offerings compared with shopping centers of the past. It's not unusual at all any more to head to the mall for dining and entertainment. Food courts and fast snack shops have taken a back seat to array of sit-down restaurant choices; and modern theaters with stadium seating, digital sound and 3D projection are expected amenities at most newer malls.
Malls are more these days than places to purchase clothing. Some of our fondest memories can occur in and around today's shopping plazas. The special birthday dinner at a favorite restaurant. A children's birthday party where bears are stuffed or indoor playlands are enjoyed. Memories of purchasing a special prom dress or renting a tuxedo. Or, vacation memories of a lodge-like mall that's nearly as beautiful as the Rocky Mountains themselves.
Everyone who lives or vacations in Colorado surely has their own personal "favorites," and probably more than just one. But, in the past several years, our readers have enjoyed several different malls particularly well. These reader favorites are:
Southlands outdoor mall in Aurora
Park Meadows mall in the south metro Denver
Flatiron Crossings mall, north metro Denver
Our readers also have 2 favorite factory outlet malls, which are the Colorado Mills Mall in the west metro Denver area, and the Castle Rock Outlets between Denver and Colorado Springs. (Although outlet malls aren't the topic of this page, you can discover more about these two exciting & money-saving malls on our site's Castle Rock Outlet Mall and Colorado Mills Mall pages.)
We're glad that our readers have done the choosing for us about what malls should be included on this page. The subject of "Colorado Malls" is a daunting one. Consumers everywhere are rather picky about what their malls look like & what stores they offer...but Colorado residents & visitors, even moreso than other places, seem to chew up malls then spit them out when they're done. Nearly all of the malls that reigned big in the 20th century have been closed or altered beyond recognition. You can compare that with some of the top malls in other southwestern cities such as Houston, Dallas, Phoenix/Scottsdale and metro Los Angeles...where many of the top malls of today were built back with the original mall-building boom of the 1960's thru '80's.
This page is focused on the malls our readers enjoy today, but we also know that many people remember the mall heyday when centers like Villa Italia, Westminster Mall, Southglenn Mall, Buckingham Square and Cinderella City were the stars in metro Denver's shopping galaxy. For those who are interested, you may find several mall-history sites & blogs fascinating...including the Mall Hall of Fame blog; the Labelscar Retail History website; and, sadly, even on the chilling DeadMalls.com website.
Metro Denver Malls---Southern Suburbs
You'll enjoy plenty of fine shopping south of I-70
---Park Meadows Mall is one of our reader's top 3 favorite shopping destinations...and we can certainly see why. Located at the very busy intersection of I-25 and C-470/E-470, the mall is conveniently located for both local residents, tourists leaving & entering the metro area, and workers at the Denver Tech Center. But, having a convenient location is just the beginning of Park Meadow's assets. It's main glory is that it is an absolutely stunning shopping venue, built with strict attention to details and architectual touches around a "Colorado lodge" theme. Out-of-towners who love shopping will enjoy the mall's charming only-in-Colorado atmosphere, that will surely add an extra dimension to their vacation experience.
Opening in 1996, Park Meadows is new enough to be considered a "21st century" mall...and yet, it was finished just before the current fad of outdoor shopping centers came into vogue. This is an especially good thing for local residents who need to make purchases despite inclement weather. Shoppers may enjoy selecting their clothing and accessories in an attractive, modern facility while still enjoying the benefits of climate-controlled comfort. Department stores at Park Meadows include Nordstrom, Macy's, Dillard's and JC Penney's. They are joined by a long list of specialty stores including Abercrombie & Fitch, Ann Taylor, Urban Outfitters, True Religion, Anthropologie, Brooks Brothers and many others.
The Park Meadows address is 8401 Park Meadows Center Dr, Lone Tree, Colorado 80124; this address was formerly in Littleton, if that helps you get oriented. The office phone number is (303) 792-2533. For further info, please visit the Park Meadows Mall page of our site.
---Southlands Mall in Aurora is a beautiful 21st-century outdoor mall that combines interesting architecture, gracious landscaping & planters, a "Main Street" style shopping area, colorful banners, a playful fountain...plus restaurants and a stadium-style theater...along with its selection of favorite mall-brand stores. You may remember that the Southlands Mall was mentioned at the top of this page as being consistently popular with our readers---and we agree with them! Both local residents and tourists alike enjoy the mall's easy access to a major freeway (the E-470 tollway,) along with the center's good selection of stores, and the relaxing pleasure of shopping in such a lovely atmosphere. Popular women's stores here include Chico's, Talbot's and White House/Black Market; with Tilly's, American Eagle & Zumiez for teens. Major restaurants include PF Chang's, On the Border and the Olive Garden.
The Southlands Mall address is 6155 South Main Street, Aurora, Colorado 80016 (which is located at the Smoky Hill exit of E-470.) The mall's office phone number is 303-627-5000. You may wish to view our photos & get further mall info on the Aurora Southlands page of this site.
In the slide show above, you're viewing pictures of Littleton's Aspen Grove outdoor mall. Aspen Grove is one of the south metro area's attractive and interesting shopping destinations.
---Aspen Grove is a pretty & pleasant outdoor mall built in the new era of "lifestyle" shopping centers. Featuring nationally-known stores usually seen in more traditional mall settings...along with a selection of restaurants...this casual center features a rustic Colorado-themed architecture, decorative touches and next-to-store parking. Coldwater Creek, Eddie Bauer, J Jill, Gap, White House/Black Market and Williams Sonoma are some of the popular stores you'll find at Aspen Grove. The Aspen Grove address is
7301 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, CO 80120 (just north of Mineral...just a short drive north from C-470.) The mall's phone number is (303) 794-0640. To discover the complete list of stores, please visit the Aspen Grove official website.
---Aurora Town Center (actually named the Town Center at Aurora, though you'll never hear any non-employees calling it by that lengthy moniker) is a climate-controlled indoor mall with a convenient location directly to the side of I-225. It's anchored by 4 major department stores: Dillard's, Macy's, JC Penney's and Sears. Some of the other popular stores here include Hollister, Aeropostale, Charlotte Russe, Vans and Zumiez. To get the complete scoop, please visit the Town Center at Aurora website.
---Belmar is a outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment center featuring cutesy architectural touches, interesting landscaping, ambient lighting at night...and even some residential units. Popular retailers such as Chico's, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor and Aldo shoes are just a few well-known clothing & accessories brands included in Belmar's roster of stores and services. Located at the address of 408 South Teller Street, Lakewood, CO 80226 (Wadsworth & Alameda,) Belmar is the 21st century reincarnation of the Villa Italia enclosed shopping mall which was once very popular at this location. For complete information, please see the BelmarColorado.com website.
---Southwest Plaza in western Littleton is located in an appealing area with the beautiful Rocky Mountain foothills as a backdrop. Built in the '80's along with the building boom that developed this section of the city, the mall remains a shopping powerhouse for local residents. And, what can't be found inside the mall itself is complemented by miles of shopping plazas nearby along Wadsworth & Bowles avenues. Department stores at Southwest Plaza include Macy's, Dillard's, JC Penney's and Sears; specialty stores include Express, Gap, Charlotte Russe, Forever 21, and American Eagle Outfitters. Southwest Plaza's address is 8501 West Bowles Ave, Littleton, Colorado 80123; mall office phone number is (303) 973-5300. This location isn't directly off of C-470, but it's within several blocks, making the mall easily accessible. For further info, here's the SouthwestPlaza.com website.
---The Streets at SouthGlenn is a new outdoor mall which has replaced the older Southglenn Mall in Littleton (except that nowadays, this area is included in the city of Centennial.) The Macy's and Sears department stores remain from the mall's former life as an indoor, climate-controlled center. A cute modern lifestyle center has arisen in the place of the mall's corridors and former stores...and a modern stadium-style cinema has been added to the equation, as well. For complete information, please view the Streets at Southglenn website.
Favorite Denver Malls--Denver City
In the slide show above, you're viewing pictures of the Shops at Northfield Stapleton outdoor mall. In this section, you'll discover info about Northfield Stapleton and other malls within the Denver city limits.
---The Cherry Creek Mall reigns as monarch of the Denver city malls. It's known as the city's high-end shopping mall, and boasts of having stores not found anywhere else along the Front Range...including Neiman Marcus, Tiffany & Co jewelers, and Louis Vuitton. The Cherry Creek Mall address is 3000 E First Avenue, Denver, CO 80206; phone number, (303) 322-4747. For more information about this lovely and distinctive shopping destination, you may wish to visit the Cherry Creek Mall website.
Adjacent to the mall is a vibrant shopping, dining and entertainment district called Cherry Creek North. Visitors often like to stroll here...drinking in the atmosphere and enjoying the unique shops. Cherry Creek North isn't so casual when it comes to fine dining, however: gourmands in metro Denver make a beeline to the restaurants here, which are filled to the brim nightly. Making dinner reservations is important here...and if your vacation time is limited, so is choosing the restaurant which will please you most. To discover Cherry Creek North's best restaurants, you may wish to view the Cherry Creek page of the Urban Spoon website.
---Downtown Denver's famous 16th Street pedestrian mall is a top tourist destination for downtown visitors, as well as for local residents who live or work near Denver's center. You'll enjoy much more than shopping if you explore the 16th Street mall, however. You'll also find a variety of restaurants & entertainment, as well. The casual & relaxing atmosphere along 16th Street will encourage you to stroll and enjoy the fountains, cityscapes & people-watching that this bustling destination offers.
Shopping can be found all along the 1.25 mile length of this attraction, but many people head to 16th Street's popular Denver Pavilions Mall to find a good choice of shops and eateries. Denver Pavilions is home to a huge new H & M clothing store, along with other fine shops such as Banana Republic and Express. Entertainment here include the upscale Lucky Strike bowling lanes and the United Artists movie theater. The Denver Pavilions address is 500 16th Street,
Denver, Colorado 80202; and the mall's phone number is 303/260-6001. For complete information and a list of all shopping, dining and entertainment options at this location, you'll want to visit the www.DenverPavilions.com website. Or, to obtain more information about stores along the the 16th Street Mall itself, you may view the shopping directory of the DowntownDenver.com website.
---Northfield Stapleton is a 21st century outdoor mall with a "Main Street" section, plus a number of large stand-alone stores. Cute touches are a hallmark of Northfield Stapleton's drive-through main street, including colorful banners, Colorado-themed statuary, and a graceful water fountain. Major stores here include Colorado's only Bass Pro Shop, Macy's and JC Penney's department stores, a super Target, and a large Harkins movie theater. Dining is an important part of the mix, with a rare location of the posh Texas de Brazil Churrascaria here, plus a number of others. Northfield Stapleton's address is 8340 Northfield Boulevard, Denver, CO 80238 (I-70, between Quebec & Havana.) The mall's phone number is 303-375-5475. For a complete list of current shops, restaurants and nightlife, you may wish to browse through the www.NorthfieldStapleton website.
Denver Malls--North Metro Suburbs
Exciting shopping north of I-70
---Flatiron Crossing is a gorgeous indoor mall reminiscent of an upscale ski lodge high in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. No attention to detail has been spared, making guests feel totally immersed in a relaxing, only-in-Colorado shopping experience. A lovely outdoor segment is perfect for strolling, shopping and dining on one of the area's many sunny days...and is filled with eye-candy such as a pond with babbling waterfall, planters with flowers in vibrant hues, and a sidewalk cafe with colorful umbrellas.
Major draws at the Flatirons Mall include Nordstrom, Macy's and Dillard's department stores, Dick's sporting Goods and a modern stadium-style AMC movie theater. Popular clothing and accessories brands you'll enjoy here include Coach, Aldo, Ann Taylor, XXI Forever, the Disney Store and many more. The Flatirons Mall address is One West FlatIron Crossing Drive,
Broomfield, CO 80021; phone number, 720/887-9900. To view mall pictures & get further information, please visit the Flatiron Crossing Mall page of our site.
---Orchard Town Center is one of the north metro area's newest outdoor malls, featuring all the decorator touches you've come to expect in top modern shopping venues. A playful fountain meant for children to run through, cute benches, well-kept landscaping, and attractive architecture are all features you'll enjoy when visiting the Orchard Town Center. The mall's major retailers include Macy's & JC Penney's department stores, REI, Target and a modern stadium-style AMC movie theater. Favorite clothing & accessories stores include Eddie Bauer, Chico's, Hollister, Tilly's, Crazy 8, Victoria's Secret and several dozen others.
The Orchard Town Center's address is 14697 Delaware Street, Suite 850
Westminster, CO 80023 (I-25 at the 144th Ave exit.) The mall office's phone number is (303) 450-8600. To view pictures of this lovely shopping center and get further information, please view the Orchard Town Center Mall page of our site.
---Promenade Shops at Centerra are another example of an attractive outdoor mall along the Front Range. Located in Loveland, it's a bit to far to be considered a Denver suburb, but it IS close enough for a fun day trip (and may be combined with a money-saving visit to the Outlets at Loveland nearby.) Each shop at the Centerra mall is built to be distinctive from the others. Decorative touches include stonework, fountains, landscaping, interesting window shapes, colorful awnings and park benches. Some next-to-store parking is available, with larger lots located behind the mall's main street. A selection of restaurants and a movie theater showing all the latest hits are also on the premises.
The Promenade Shops at Centerra address is 5971 Sky Pond Drive, Loveland, CO 80538 (I-25 at the Highway 34 exit.) The Mall's phone number is 970/461-1285. If you'd like to view photos and discover more about the mall, please visit our Promenade Shops at Centerra page on this site.