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Things to Do, Eat, and See in Denver’s Jefferson Park Neighborhood

Jefferson Park is conveniently located between Sloan’s Lake, Denver’s downtown, and Highland. Broncos fans will enjoy the proximity to the Empower Field at Mile High. The neighborhood is still in a period of up-and-coming growth, though there is increasingly more to do within the borders without having to travel to neighboring regions. Residents will enjoy an array of food and drinking options, as well as a respectable nightlife scene and plenty of educational activities for the kiddos.

The Best Coffee Near Jefferson Park

Jefferson Park prides itself on good coffee, with several shops providing aesthetically pleasing ambiance as well as high-quality craft coffee drinks. If you want to try something new, head over to Sapor Coffee & Concepts and give their unique beverages a try or order a breakfast sandwich at 2914 Coffee.

Sapor Coffee & Concepts

2795 Speer Boulevard Unit 17

Sapor Coffee & Concepts is contained in an industrial space with high ceilings, proudly serving Sweet Bloom Coffee. The unique ambiance is perfect for meeting up with friends or enjoying a relaxed space to work remotely for the afternoon. The shop serves nitro cold brews, golden lattes, and classic brewed coffee. The “concept” aspect of this coffeeshop comes from its unique drink offerings, which include a desert tonic that combines espresso and kombucha, a Florida lassi that’s described as an orange blossom yogurt iced latte, and the sōm, which is a salted brown sugar Thai tea latte. On Fridays at 11 AM, Sapor serves free samples at their public coffee tastings.

2914 Coffee

2914 West 25th Avenue

At 2914 Coffee, guests will enjoy delicious cups of Kaladi Brothers Coffee, as well as Third Street Chai, The Tea Spot teas, and a variety of Italian sodas, pastries, and sandwiches. This coffee shop hosts a range of visitors and regulars looking to catch up with loved ones, spend a day escaping the confines of the home office, or even sip their favorite beverage and enjoy a book. Popular drinks from the menu include the caramel macchiato with espresso, steamed milk, vanilla syrup, and a drizzle of caramel and a warm cappuccino that’s as delightful to drink as it is to photograph. Pair your drink with a chocolate croissant, a banana nut muffin, or even a bowl of oatmeal with blueberries and almonds. 

Where to Eat & Drink in Jefferson Park

Whether you’re looking to hang out in a bar and grill and enjoy appetizers and cocktails or enjoy a fresh slice of some of Denver’s favorite pizza, Jefferson Park has plenty of options. If you’re looking for your new favorite Thai restaurant — check out Ros Siam.

Federal Bar and Grill

2544 Federal Boulevard

Jefferson Park’s Federal Bar and Grill has a respectable assortment of food options, including sweet potato fries, chicken bites, nachos, and deviled eggs. You can even grab a salad, such as the chicken sink salad with pickled beets, Red Bird chicken breast, and fresh produce. If you want to enjoy some tacos, you can choose from fish tacos, jerk tacos, and even a cotija and roasted veggie taco if you are opting out of meat. Sandwiches range from a pork belly banh mi, a BBQ pulled pork, and a classic Reuben. Cocktails suit a variety of tastes, such as the Double Spiked with Fireball and the Coin Margarita with tequila and fresh lime juice.

Sexy Pizza

2460 Eliot Street

Sexy Pizza prides itself on hand-tossed pies, with locations in Denver and Trinidad. The joint offers gluten-free crusts and vegan cheese options, though the restaurant itself isn’t gluten-free and can’t guarantee no cross-contamination. Topping options include BBQ chicken, chicken bacon ranch, meat lovers, and a Mediterranean option with grilled chicken, artichoke, and sun-dried tomatoes. If you enjoy pineapple on pizza — you’re in luck. Sexy Pizza serves up a mean Hawaiian with Canadian bacon and mozzarella.

Ros Siam

2637 West 26th Avenue

Ros Siam is dedicated to serving up only the freshest and finest ingredients in Denver, which adds complex layers of flavor to their classic Thai dishes. Appetizers include shrimp tempura, fried tofu, and cream cheese wontons served with sweet and sour chili sauce. Noodle stir-fries, curries, and fried rice dishes are all delicious options that are perfect for sharing or enjoying solo. Desserts such as mango sticky rice are classics and provide the perfect ending to a flavorful entrée. Of course, you’ll want to pair your meal with a Thai iced coffee or a Thai iced tea for the full experience.

Can’t-Miss Shops Near Jefferson Park

Despite not being known for its shopping options, Jefferson Park is within convenient proximity to several local shops — including boutiques and vintage stores. The 16th Street Mall is also close by, which attracts thousands of visitors and includes many of the shops that you could wish to visit.

Nearby shopping includes:

  • The Conscious Merchant 
  • The Vintage Label 
  • Common Era
  • RusticThread Boutique
  • Chaos Vintage and Thrift 
  • Ratio Clothing 

The Nightlife Scene Around Jefferson Park

The nightlife around Denver’s Jefferson Park neighborhood includes an evening spent at the brewery, a lively dinner at Adams Mystery Playhouse, and a relaxed night at the Jefferson Park Pub. Whatever you’re in the mood for, there are plenty of good times to be had.

Little Machine Beer

2924 West 20th Avenue

This world-famous Denver brewery is up against stiff competition, though it continues to shine as one of the city’s best breweries. Guests are invited to bring their furry companions along, as the patio is dog-friendly. New beers are released on Fridays, so there’s always something recently created to sip on. The current tap list includes the Whammo hazy IPA, the Concrete Paradise pineapple IPA, and a Mexican-style lager named Sir Veza. The brewery has multiple sours to try, as well as the Tangerine Crushsicle, brewed with real fruit and real vanilla. Nonalcoholic drinks include coffee, kombucha, soda, and sparkling hop water. If you want a small bite, snacks on the menu feature hard pretzels, chips, and peanuts or there are daily food trucks that can offer something more substantial.

Adams Mystery Playhouse

2406 Federal Boulevard

Adams Mystery Playhouse is Denver’s only full-time murder mystery dinner theater. Guests will enjoy cocktails and dinner in the “creepy-cool” mansion located on Federal Boulevard. This unique experience is great for team bonding with coworkers or enjoying a night out with friends and family. The experience is rated PG, so all ages are welcome. Diners will help to solve a mystery with interactive actors, with the entire experience lasting approximately 2.5 hours. Shows are performed most Friday and Saturday evenings, year-round. Current shows include “Murder in the Haunted Royal Court,” “A Dark and Stormy Murder — Six Feet Under,” and “Mystery of the Wizard’s Wand.” Special holiday shows are scheduled for December and tickets are prone to selling out — so get yours now!

Jefferson Park Pub

2445 Eliot Street

Jefferson Park Pub is everything you could want in a neighborhood hangout spot — reasonably priced drinks and a fun atmosphere to spend time with friends. The menu changes twice yearly, with the current lineup including locally made pretzels, including jalapeño pretzel bites and bacon cheddar pretzels. Beer and wine are readily available and cocktails feature the Horse Feather with whiskey, ginger ale, bitters, and fresh lime juice and a Lavender Hibiscus Tequila with soda water and a splash of lemonade. If you’re looking for something a little stronger, try the Vesper Martini with gin, vodka, Lillet, and a lemon twist. Jefferson Park Pub is a great spot to catch football games, as they have game day specials for Hawkeye games — celebrating the 6,000+ Iowa alumni that call Denver home. 

Outdoor Spaces in Jefferson Park

Jefferson Park’s outdoor spaces include a park of the same name, as well as a handful of smaller city parks that residents can enjoy. With plenty of playgrounds and open fields to choose from, kids and adults alike can stay active throughout the year.

Fishback Park

818 Water Street

Fishback Park is a 2.2-acre quaint green space in the Jefferson Park neighborhood, with the South Platte River Trail running through it. Residents will enjoy benches and picnic tables, providing the perfect space to enjoy an outdoor meal or a catch-up with an old friend. Via Fishback Park, hikers can jump onto the Cherry Creek Trail, the Platte River Loop, or the South Platte River Greenway that begins in Confluence Park. Denver Park rules pertain to this greenspace, which includes that all dogs must be leashed and picked up afterward. Park hours run from 5 AM to 11 PM and glass and fireworks are strictly prohibited.

Jefferson Park

2290 Eliot Street

This rectangular 6.7-acre city park contains a playground, restrooms, and sports courts. There is a large open green area, perfect for picking up soccer games or laying out a blanket to enjoy a picnic. The park overlooks downtown Denver, with a prime location across I-25. Other views from the park include Elitch Gardens, The Children’s Museum, and Denver’s Downtown Aquarium. The park is very dog-friendly, with the rules stating that dogs need to be leashed at all times. Whether you’re looking to relax with a charcuterie board and take in the city views or let the kids exert their energy on the playground, this city park is the perfect place to spend the afternoon and enjoy the beautiful weather that the Mile High City is known for.

Gates Crescent Park

Children’s Museum Drive

This Jefferson Park green space is located on the same property as the Children’s Museum. The park features picnic tables, a playground, and plenty of paths for biking and walking. The urban park includes the banks of the South Platte River and serves as a jumping-off point for several recreational trails. Volleyball lovers will appreciate the sand court and the various shelters that provide adequate shade to cool off and hydrate. The park is crescent-shaped and includes restrooms and a centralized open green field.

Places of Interest in Jefferson Park

Jefferson Park has several exciting attractions, especially for residents with young children. The aquarium and the children’s museum are both perfect afternoon outings that help to educate and excite those of all ages.

Downtown Aquarium

700 Water Street

The Downtown Aquarium has a range of educational programs for children, as well as dining options and animal meet and greets. Tickets begin at $19.99 for children, which includes the exhibit only. The plus pass will run around $26.99 for kids up to 11 years old. Current exhibits include “Under the Sea,” “North America,” “The Rainforest,” and “Sunken Temple.” The aquatic carousel is a hit with the little ones, allowing them to ride on the backs of mythical sea monsters and the 4-D theater features several effects that make the experience highly immersive. The restaurant is onsite and features seafood specialties, as well as steaks, pasta, and rich desserts. While you eat, enjoy the 50,000-gallon tank at the center of the restaurant that includes over 100 species of fish. Parents can head to the Dive Lounge, an upscale bar that features a weekday happy hour.

Children’s Museum of Denver

2121 Children’s Museum Drive

Denver’s Children’s Museum is open seven days a week, with admission beginning at $18 for ages 2-59 and free for children under one. Residents with the CityPASS can save up to 45% off of their ticket price. Exhibits include water, kinetics, bubbles, energy, and a “ready vet go” where children can help keep pets healthy in a simulated veterinarian office. Parking is free for visitors and there is designated bike parking as well. There is a cafe on site that sells sandwiches, salads, and light snacks. Events at the museum include clay and glazing studio hours, story times, cooking classes, and art programs. There is an artist-in-residence that can be visited, which helps teach children the importance of creativity.

Want to Learn More About Living in Denver’s Jefferson Park?

Residents span a diverse range in the Jefferson Park neighborhood, from busy professionals to young families, and even some retirees that have decided to call the area home during their golden years. Our friendly team at RE/MAX Professionals would be excited to show you around and introduce you to what’s on the market in this Mile High City neighborhood.