Denver is well known for its walkability and Lower Downtown Denver (LoDo) is one of the hottest parts of the city. The neighborhood has been completely restored and renovated over the years, featuring dozens of entertainment, shopping and cultural options. Spend a day on foot exploring this vibrant area.
BREAKFAST AT SNOOZE
Every morning, Denverites flock in droves to Snooze, a self-proclaimed "A.M. Eatery." Look for some adventurous creations like "Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes," "Sticky Toffee Pudding French Toast" and "Chilaquiles Benedict," alongside more traditional breakfast standbys.
SHOPPING IN LARIMER SQUARE
Grab a latté and do a little window-shopping in Larimer Square. This revitalized historic district oozes urban style and sophistication.
Denver's cutting-edge arts world is epitomized in the form of the David Adjaye-designed Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver). Enjoy a drink at the rooftop cafe with panoramic cityscape views.
LoDo is filled with grand buildings that have been lovingly restored and updated. Union Station is not only a major transportation hub, but also one of the city's most happening entertainment destinations, with restaurants, bars, a hotel, shopping and much more. The Oxford Hotel, located just a block from Union Station, is Denver's oldest active hostelry, opening its doors in 1891. The Oxford is chock-full of history, great Western art and of course a resident ghost. And the D&F Tower was Denver's premier department store in 1911. The Venetian-style campanile, soaring vertically for 330 feet, is all that remains of the once-famous emporium.
MILLENNIUM BRIDGE TO THE SOUTH PLATTE
Connecting Riverfront Park and the 16th Street Mall is the Millennium Bridge. It resembles the mast of a great ship, stretching an impressive 200 feet into the sky.
TATTERED COVER'S WORLD OF BOOKS
Before dinner, browse a while at Tattered Cover Book Store, one of the largest independent booksellers in the country.
ROCKMOUNT RANCH WEAR
A Denver original, fashion pioneer "Papa" Jack Weil invented the Western snap-button shirt and opened shop back in 1946. He sold his shirts to presidents and rock stars alike, including Eric Clapton and Bruce Springsteen. Stop by the Rockmount flagship store and museum to browse the incredible selection of Western-style shirts, hats and accessories.
HAPPY HOURS, DINNER, NIGHTLIFE AND BEYOND
LoDo comes alive when the sun goes down. Grab cheap drinks and appetizers during the hard-to-beat happy hours. Then explore the neighborhood's happening cuisine scene. Larimer Square is ground zero for some of the city's most acclaimed restaurants, including Rioja, TAG and Euclid Hall. Once you've filled up on food, take in LoDo's glamorous nightlife. There are also plenty of beer hot spots, of course, including Great Divide Brewing, Wynkoop Brewing Co. and Freshcraft.