Sunnyside still feels like an old-fashioned neighborhood – with a plethora of mature trees, beautiful Victorian houses, and local charm that’s often under-appreciated amongst the popularity of Highlands. It’s the kind of neighborhood where people sit on their front porches, kids play in the streets, and generations of families add to the diversity on each block. You’re likely to know your neighbor on a first name basis. Not only does Sunnyside provide the feel of a historic neighborhood, but the location can’t be beat! You’re just minutes away from Berkeley, Highlands, Riverfront, Lodo and Coors Field – in addition, there’s easy access to I-70 and I-25.
For those leisurely Sunday mornings, walk to one of the many great neighborhood coffee shops for a variety of fresh brewed coffees, teas and homemade breakfast items. Gallop Café makes for the perfect java stop – be sure to bring your dog too, because there are water bowls and plenty of space on the patio to tie up your favorite furry friend, pets are always welcome, as with many of the local restaurants/shops.
Speaking of pets, be sure to check out the Berkeley Dog Park. There you can let your dog run and play off leash, while socializing with people from the neighborhood and their pets.
Stop in to Carbone’s Italian Market & Deli for a lunch featuring imported and domestic sausages, pastas, olive oils, and other Italian goods. Originally from the East Coast, I’m something of a Italian sub fanatic. Some of the best Italian and Mexican restaurants are located in Northwest Denver, and Carbone’s is one place you can always count on for authentic Italian eats.
With great views of the city, spend 4th of July and New Year’s Eve watching fireworks from the rooftop of Lola, Vita, or other popular roof top decks in Sunnyside or the neighboring Highlands area.
Hop on your bike, or throw on your running shoes, and take the new pedestrian bridge over to Riverfront to enjoy a trek along the trail system stemming from the REI flagship store. Whether you decide on a beautiful jaunt along the Cherry Creek Trail or head in the direction of Invesco Field to take in the sites along the Platt River, it’s a great way to de-stress after a long and hectic workday.
As a long time resident in Denver, I’ve experienced life in many different neighborhoods in the city, and what a pleasant surprise to find my “home” in Sunnyside.
Written by proud Sunnyside resident Nancy Thompson
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