Old South Pearl
South Pearl Street is one of the most popular and distinctly historical shopping districts in the city of Denver. Just south of downtown Denver, The Old South Pearl Shopping District is a nine block strip of specialty stores, restaurants, art galleries and Victoria houses that stretches from Buchtel to Jewell Avenues.
Once the spot where Denver's first trolley cars tracked through the city (1893), the South Pearl Street neighborhood completely rivals and is the direct opposite of today's mega-malls. Tree-lined blocks invite shoppers to explore the century-old architecture, one-of-a-kind, and local stores on foot. And even though the neighborhood is home to high-end boutiques and some of Denver's best nightlife, what makes Old South Pearl special is the area still has an old-fashion charm to it that makes it feel more like a small, docile town in the Midwest.
Known by locals as the "Heart of south Denver", South Pearl's old trolley cars have been replaced by the light rail system that almost literally runs through the neighborhood and makes the neighborhood easily accessible for biking or walking outside. You'll find more than 30 stores, several galleries and some of the Denver's best dining strolling around Old South Pearl. And if things start moving a little fast for you in the city, just a quick trip around the block here will take you back to a time when things were simpler.
Old South Pearl is also a great place to catch live music during the summer and seasonal events, like Blues & Brews, all year long. The neighborhood also features a very popular Farmers Market on Sundays from June through October.
The Denver Folklore Center, which focuses on new and used instruments like guitars, banjos and mandolins, has called the Old South Pearl neighborhood home for years after finding a niche in a place with as much history as its instruments.