Denver, Colorado is an aesthetic, tech-friendly and metropolitan city that offers a proximity to the outdoors as well as a sophisticated city lifestyle. Lower Downtown Denver (or LoDo for short) is a defining neighborhood within the city that embodies these traits.
Spanning 25 square blocks and located in Denver’s historic district, this neighborhood has been revitalized and now blends historical and contemporary culture. LoDo hosts some of the most entertaining experiences the city has to offer, including but not limited to a vibrant nightlife, good food, shopping, historic architecture, and modern art.
Once famous for being the site of Denver’s first city block, it’s only appropriate we start our tour of LoDo at Larimer Square, which now boasts a new reputation as a center for chic style and trend setting. There are plenty of high-end designer outlets, as well as restaurants and coffee shops where one can relax with the well-dressed locale.
After you’re caffeinated and looking good, head to the Museum of Contemporary Art, located at 15th and Delgany Street, for some contemplation. With constantly rotating exhibits, it’s rewarding to make multiple trips. The museum’s modern architecture itself provides contrast to the historical buildings located nearby, which can be seen from the scenic rooftop café.
Only two blocks away is Union Station, located at Wynkoop and 17th. Construction of the station began in 1881, however it was renovated again in 1914. The change in brick color between the different sections provides interesting contrast to the overall design. It’s currently being renovated and will someday be home to a variety of restaurants, a hotel, shopping, and more. Other architectural sites include the Wynkoop Brewing Company, on 18th street, and the Millennium Bridge that connects the scenic Riverfront Park to the 16th street mall.
LoDo is wedged between Coor’s Field and, on the opposite side of the neighborhood, the Pepsi Center. This makes it a sports-lover’s paradise, not to mention the 70+ bars scattered throughout.
In addition to a variety of happy hours, LoDo also has some of Denver’s finest cuisine, which can be found at acclaimed restaurants like Rioja, TAG, and Euclid Hall. Once you’re done eating, take on LoDo’s nightlife at venues such as Corridor 44 or experience quality brewing at places including the previously mentioned Wynkoop Brewing Company, Great Divide Brewing, and Freshcraft.