Magazine article Sunset

World Tour

Magazine article Sunset

World Tour

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Shop for fantasy and food in Denver's international Cherry Creek North

Take a stroll along Denver's East Third Avenue, and you might hear shoppers and storekeepers conversing in French, Chinese, or Turkish. With its international flavor and vibrantly colored wares, a visit to this street in the Cherry Creek North neighborhood is like an escape to warmer climes during spring's chilly "mud months."

The eight blocks from University Boulevard to Steele Street, an enclave of small, low-slung shops, stand in contrast to the high-rises of nearby Cherry Creek Shopping Center. Pick up on the street's vibe by settling in for lunch next to the huge windows at Little Ollie's Asian Cafe ($$; lunch and dinner daily; 2364 E. Third Ave.; 303/316-8888). You can people-watch as you enjoy dishes-such as crispy sea bass in a spicy sweet-and-sour sauce-that are so authentic, you'll feel as if you're in China.

Suitably fortified, you're ready to roam through Ten Thousand Villages (dosed Sun; 2626 E. Third; 303/316-8773), showcasing handicrafts from 30 developing countries-lacquered paperweights from Vietnam, onyx bookends from Pakistan. …

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