Magazine article Sunset

Denver's LoHi

Magazine article Sunset

Denver's LoHi

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Get your kicks, and your big-city fix, in the up-and-coming neighborhoods of Lower Highland and Central Platte Valley

WE CAN'T THINK OF A COOLER part of Denver than Lower Highland and the Central Platte Valley for beating the midwinter doldrums with a shot of cosmopolitan buzz. Think happening restaurants, a new contemporary art museum, and an architecturally forward-thinking bridge. The neighborhoods are easier than ever to visit in tandem, thanks to the bicycle-and-pedestrian Highland Bridge connecting them across Interstate 25.

EAT Sushi Sasa Kick back at the blondwood sushi bar. info: $$$$; 2401 15th St., Ste. 80; 303/433-7272.

Vita Settle into black curved booths for savory Mediterranean offerings like mushroom gnocchi with manchego cheese, clever cocktails like the basil gimlet, and live jazz Thursdays through Saturdays. INFO: $$; 1575 Boulder St.; 303/477-4600.

DRINK Paris Wine Bar Pair a great selection of wines by the glass with one of the "boards" (cheese, antipasto, etc.). INFO: $; 1543 Platte St.; 303/217-5805.

Forest Room 5 Chic restaurant and lounge features cushy couches, film screenings, eclectic music from resident DJs, and a tapas menu. INFO: $$; closed Sun; 2532 15th St.; 303/433-7001.

SHOP Red Door Swingin' Modern boutique offers funky furnishings, fashionable handbags, groovy jewelry, and bold art designed by locals. INFO: 2556 15th St.; 303/433-6900.

Phoebe's Past & Presents Everything from retro wall clocks to world music CDs and artistic greeting cards. …

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