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Get To Know La Alma-Lincoln Park

Peyton Garcia
Peyton Garcia
Posted on October 6, 2022   |   Updated on June 19
Part of Emanuel Martínez’s famous park mural, “La Alma.” (Andy Cross / The Denver Post / Getty Images)

Part of Emanuel Martínez’s famous park mural, “La Alma.” (Andy Cross / The Denver Post / Getty Images)

This week, host Bree Davies shares her take on one of Denver’s oldest neighborhoods, La Alma-Lincoln Park aka The Westside. This vibrant slice of the Mile High is known for its First Friday Art Walks along the Art District on Santa Fe, which is a great place to start. But Bree says there’s a lot more to discover: “The Westside is where I go to get those ‘Old Denver’ feels, but it’s also a great neighborhood for newcomers to get to know our roots!”

⛱️ Best Patio In The City: “El Taco de Mexico gets all the clout, but its neighbor, El Noa Noa, will always have my heart. Hidden behind a brick wall on Santa Fe sits an outdoor oasis shaded by mature trees and soaring umbrellas. The busy street noise disappears behind the tranquil sounds of a fountain and, on the weekends, live music. El Noa Noa also serves my favorite version of Denver Mexican food — I get the Combination Grande because it comes with a little bit of everything, smothered in that beloved Colorado pork green chile.”

🎸 Something To Do: “First Fridays are a big deal in the neighborhood, but I like to wander off the Santa Fe main drag and head to Youth on Record for their monthly open mic! All ages and levels of musicianship are welcome to take the stage. YOR is also an amazing nonprofit you can support year-round; they employ working musicians to teach and support the next generation of artists in Denver.”

🎭 Something To See: “The Westside was the epicenter of Denver’s Chicano Civil Rights Movement, and that spirit is alive and well at Su Teatro. One of the oldest Chicano theaters in the country brings original work to life, telling stories of Colorado’s cultures and communities. From the displaced Aurarians’ tales of struggle and resilience to uncovering the stories of our small but strong Westside Jewish neighborhoods, Su Teatro shows new and old Denverites alike that we have a rich and varied geographical story.”

🌟 Other Neighborhood Faves: The Molecule Effect for great coffee; La Alma-Lincoln Park for a nice autumn walk (and to take a gander at Emanuel Martínez’s “La Alma” mural); Swift’s for an affordable, low-key brunch; and Museo de las Americas for bringing never-before-seen artwork to Denver. And I have to give a shout out to Denver Inner City Parish, my favorite community org serving La Alma-Lincoln Park residents with nourishment, youth mentorship, senior care and support, and more!”

📧 What's a day in YOUR neighborhood look like? We’d love to share it in a future neighborhood spotlight segment. Write in to, or leave us a voicemail at 720-500-5418.

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