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An Introvert's Guide to Finding Peace and Quiet in Denver

The cozy interior of the Denver Zine Library, located in the Five Points neighborhood.
The cozy interior of the Denver Zine Library, located in the Five Points neighborhood. Denver Zine Library
With a metro-area population of nearly three million, it’s hard to imagine finding anything resembling “peace and quiet” in Denver’s buzzing urban sprawl. Elusive as they may seem, however, these few-and-far-between spots do exist. Here are eleven ways to (temporarily) hide from the hustle and bustle.

Movie buffs can enjoy everything from popcorn to organic cookies during indie flicks at Chez Artiste. - ELYSSE MITCHELL
Movie buffs can enjoy everything from popcorn to organic cookies during indie flicks at Chez Artiste.
Elysse Mitchell
Chez Artiste
2800 South Colorado Boulevard
The landmark achievement of any independent introvert? Summoning the courage to head to a movie alone. Chez Artiste is an unassuming indie gem on the south side of town. Almost never full, this is the perfect spot to find your new favorite independent, foreign or avant-garde flick without having too many interactions with others.

Sit in the soothing contemporary interior of the Clyfford Still Museum. - LEANNE GOEBEL
Sit in the soothing contemporary interior of the Clyfford Still Museum.
Leanne Goebel
Clyfford Still Museum
1250 Bannock Street
With plenty of art to keep you company, who needs a plus-one to go to a museum? Denver’s Clyfford Still Museum is one of those small, serene spaces, right in Denver’s Golden Triangle. The institution is dedicated to showcasing the life and work of its abstract-expressionist namesake. Smithsonian magazine called it “among the best art museum experiences anywhere.”

The cozy interior of the Denver Zine Library, located in the Five Points neighborhood. - DENVER ZINE LIBRARY
The cozy interior of the Denver Zine Library, located in the Five Points neighborhood.
Denver Zine Library
Denver Zine Library
2400 Curtis Street
Nestled in Five Points, the Denver Zine Library is a quiet nook in the middle of a gentrifying neighborhood. What this quirky library lacks in square footage it makes up for in coziness (maybe because guests are required to ring the doorbell at the 24th Street entrance, making it more of a literary speakeasy than a public library). The current lending collection is made up of about 20,000 zines (original, self-published works) for your perusal. Head in on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (or by appointment at denverzinelibrary@gmail.com) to escape the tipsy post-brunch crowds elsewhere.


Fort Greene's dimly lit and pleasantly spooky antique bar is best paired with a whiskey cocktail and a book. - LADD FORDE
Fort Greene's dimly lit and pleasantly spooky antique bar is best paired with a whiskey cocktail and a book.
Ladd Forde
Fort Greene
321 East 45th Avenue
If coffee doesn’t cut it, we’re willing to bet a glass of Scotch will do the trick. As long as you stick with weekdays, Fort Greene is quiet. After all, it is a self-proclaimed “hidden gem in Globeville,” sporting a Williamsburg vibe, with green velvet couches and plenty of outdoor seating. The bar opens at 5 p.m. and stays low-key and cozy until 10-ish. Pinching pennies? Take advantage of all-night happy hours on Mondays.

Adjacent to Woodbury Library, Highland Park is a peaceful spot for a quiet stroll. - JEFFREY BEALL
Adjacent to Woodbury Library, Highland Park is a peaceful spot for a quiet stroll.
Jeffrey Beall
Highland Park
3265 Federal Boulevard
City Park is great and all, but for those looking to avoid Denver’s most populated green spaces — not to mention truckfuls of goose poop — north-lying Highland Park, at Federal and 32nd Avenue, is a small, clean, quiet space nestled in the middle of the historic Highland neighborhood. Outstretched on the lawn of the equally quaint Woodbury Library, Highland Park offers a playground, picnic tables and plenty of soft grass for lounging.
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Kelsey Yandura is a local freelance and fiction writer whose highest professional aspiration is to one day share a pizza with Neil Gaiman.
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