Magazine article Sunset

South Pearl

Magazine article Sunset

South Pearl

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A quiet Denver neighborhood has suddenly become a gourmet gulch

STROLL THE COBBLESTONE SIDEWALKS and tree-lined streets of Denver's South Pearl neighborhood, and you'll discover fab eateries offering creative cuisine. Before leaving, pick out a flavorful scoop of organic ice cream or a thick malt at one of its newest attractions-PBC (Pajama Baking Co.) Market. Then take a jaunt through the park to welcome spring. EAT Gaia Bistro In a restored Victorian home, try crêpes made with herbs and veggies grown in the garden out back. $; breakfast and lunch Tue-Sun, dinner Tue (reservations required); 1551 S. Pearl St.; 303/777-5539.

Izakaya Den The new sibling of Denver's popular Sushi Den is already a hit, with chilled sake and Japanese-fusion small plates to share on the serene patio. $$$$; 1518 S. Pearl; 303/777-0691.

SHOP Mulberries Cake Shop Even if you're not buying, it's fun to gape at the whimsical cake designs. Closed Sun-Mon; 1570 S. Pearl; 303/282-1044.

5 Green Boxes Though the store is full of home accessories (hand-dipped candles, patio lanterns), the real stars are one-of-a-kind appliquéd furniture pieces. 1705 S. Pearl; 303/282-5481.

PBC Market A foodies' playground is scheduled to open this month, with prepared comfort foods, artisanal breads, sundries from Colorado companies, and housemade ice cream (one exotic flavor is black truffle and caramelized pear). $; 1535 S. Pearl; 303/733-3622.

GO Platt Park Stroll through the 3.7-acre park two blocks west of the shopping district, or rest on a bench and watch the season come into bloom. …

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