I love living in the Washington Park neighborhood for so many reasons. The actual park itself takes up 162 lush acres of land right in the middle of central Denver. As a result, many Washington Park residents flock to the area daily to enjoy the bike paths, running trails, and grassy lawns . Actually, it’s one of the largest park in the entire Denver Park system . And, its one of the few with its own shopping and restaurant row called Old South Gaylord.
Old South Gaylord Restaurants and Shops
Historic Old South Gaylord Street lies just a few blocks east of Washington Park offering boutique shops and eateries . This quaint Denver neighborhood block is a hidden oasis where you can find coffee shops, local restaurants, fine art galleries and even a bike shop. Old South Gaylord street is located between Mississippi and Tennessee Avenue on the east side of busy Washington Park.
As a Denver foodie, I am always looking for my next go-to food joint. For a brunch that can’t be missed, I look no further than The Cookery at Myrtle Hill. I usually order the Huevos Rancheros. But, there are plenty of other home made options to choose from. But, make sure to call ahead for a wait time on the weekends, it can get busy! And, don’t forget to stop by Devil’s Food Bakery for a scone and coffee to-go for your post-brunch stroll. It’s just next door.
If bottomless mimosas are more your scene, Charcoal Bistro offers an unlimited supply at their contemporary American and Southern influenced craft restaurant.
There are also plenty of other dining options on this charming block. Stop by Max’s Gill & Grill Beach Bar if you’re looking for a seafood fix. Their menu has options like crab cakes, lobster rolls, and Baja fish tacos. Other popular spots are Reiver’s Bar & Grill for late-night grub and craft brews, or Wash Park Grille for house made pasta dishes and a great Happy Hour!
As for shopping on Gaylord Street, you’ll find something special at one of the many boutiques. Wish Boutique is my personal favorite. Plus, the owner is a local!
Washington Park Festivals
If you want to experience Historic South Gaylord like a true local, hop on your bike for a cruise. Relax and dine on one of the many patios. And, be sure to join in on a number of events and festivals held on the block. Don’t miss the Memorial Weekend Kickoff and the Farm to Bottle Fall Festival!
Surrounding Old South Gaylord are streets lined with a variety of different style homes. Locals live in a variety of cozy bungalows, historic gems and even the more modern contemporary behemoths. That’s just one of the many reasons why I love this area. Not one home is the same as the other. Every beautiful property offers a unique treasure. I believe there is something for everyone in the Washington Park neighborhood. And, Old South Gaylord is just one small and special gem that shines bright.