By and large, Denver is a casual town. Jeans are the frock de jour, cowboy boots are the shoes of choice, and coats and ties are reserved for out-of-the-loop out-of-towners on expense accounts. All of which goes to say Denver is not Rodeo Drive or the Magnificent Mile -- and that suits Denverites just fine.
Still, there are an abundance of indoor and outdoor shopping malls, plenty of independently owned kitschy clothing boutiques, ubiquitous retail chains, and of course, stores that specialize in Western wear. Saddle up!
Insider's Guide: The Best of Shopping in Denver
Those searching for Western duds should point their boots straight to Rockmount Ranchwear (1626 Wazee St) a third-generation, family-owned business that sells shirts, prairie skirts, jeans, scarves, dusters, and just about
anything else that a cowgirl or cowboy could ever want. Mosey through the store's museum, devoted to all things (what else?) Western.
More fine shopping can be found at the Denver Pavilions
(500 16th St), a modern three-tiered outdoor structure encompassing popular retail shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues. If you prefer antiquing to forging for the latest fashions, head to South Broadway's Antique Row, a 14-block stretch of eclectic shops that pedal yesteryear collectables.
Bona fide foodies and Denver insiders flock to the Pearl
Street Farmer's Market (1219 S. Pearl St), held every Sunday (summer months only) on a fetching residential block flanked by one-of-a-kind boutiques, popular restaurants, coffee bars, sweet shops, and gelato stops.
After you've purchased some of Denver's best duds -- Western or otherwise -- you can put on your finest and head out to enjoy the city's nightlife. Find out more on the next page.