Named after a private residence called “Belcaro” by its owner Lawrence Cowle Phipps — a former state senator with familial connections to the Carnegie steel empire — the neighborhood radiating out from the mansion’s grounds features curved, tree-lined streets dotted with architecturally notable homes from the 1930s through today. But there’s plenty to enjoy in Belcaro even if you don’t live there! Here are our recommendations:
🌶️ Noodles Express
This spot offers a surprising bounty of Szechuan specialties like the dan dan noodles, spicy boiled fish, and mapo tofu.
- Get the deets: The City Cast Denver crew took a trip to the restaurant with Westword food editor Molly Martin for a family-style meal.
🎁 Wish Gifts
From specialty soaps and beauty products to snarky birthday cards and sassy Denver merch, this local shop with a big personality has great gifts for everyone.
🚴♀️ The Cherry Creek Trail
The beloved city trail has a great section of its path running through Belcaro that is perfect for walking, rolling, and biking along the waterway under the shade of mature cottonwood trees.
📐 The Historic Alan Golin Gass House
Designed for the architect himself in 1961, this distinctive structure is built halfway into the earth and features skylights and soaring windows — all intentionally energy efficient features of the home.
🧁 Katherine’s French Bakery and Café
Enjoy full service breakfast, brunch, or lunch at this European-style cafe — or snag fresh baked quiches, tarts, eclairs, petit fours, macarons, and more from the counter’s incredible collection of sweets!