Downtown

   

Downtown is bordered by Larimer/Park Avenue to the North,  Colfax Avenue to the South, Broadway to the East, and Lawrence  Street/Speer Boulevard to the West.

For anyone who dreams of a true urban lifestyle, the allure of this  pedestrian-friendly district grows ever more compelling as new hotels,  lofts & condos, entertainment venues, restaurants, and shops  continue to spring up between Lincoln and Larimer Streets.

Conversions of historic office buildings into condos, lofts, and  exclusive penthouses plus a rash of new residential construction have  transformed Downtown into a vibrant community with a significant  population. The area is buzzing with new high-end residential buildings  including the new Four Seasons Hotel and the Four Seasons Residences,  along with the new Ritz-Carlton Hotel and the accompanying Residences  XXV.  Statistics show that the number of residents in Downtown Denver  has roughly doubled in the past few years.

Prosperity seems assured as more and more suburbanites trade tedious  commutes for urban convenience. What better way to start your day than  to leave the car at home and stroll to work?

The futuristic Hamilton Wing of the Denver Art Museum, a redesigned  Skyline Park, expanded Colorado Convention Center, and stunning Hyatt  Convention Center Hotel have recently joined the already impressive  array of downtown attractions.

After many years of preparation, the RTD “A Line” to DIA has opened  to connect downtown to Denver International Airport providing a  convenient option for travelers to hop the train in LoDo for a relaxing  trip to the airport.

World-class theatrical productions and symphonies play year-round at  the renowned Denver Center for the Performing Arts, home of the  sparkling new Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Buell Theater, Boettcher  Concert Hall, and Denver Center Theater Company. Nearby, the historic  Art Deco Paramount Theater with its pearly facade of glazed terra cotta  hosts a diverse assortment of national acts.

Another pleasant surprise is the area’s wealth of parks, trails,  tree-shaded plazas, and other quiet enclaves. The lively 16th Street  Mall – Downtown’s “Main Street” – provides free shuttle service from  Civic Center Park to Skyline Park, Commons Park, the Platte River  Greenway, and Union Station – the region’s Intermodal transportation  hub.

Three stunning pedestrian bridges, including the landmark  cable-stayed Millennium Bridge, allow downtowners to stroll across the  Central Platte Valley to “Denver’s Left Bank” – home to My Brother’s  Bar, Corks (a wine boutique), REI, and other quaint shops and bistros –  and up to Highland, west of I-25.

Shopping and upscale restaurants abound along the Mall anchored by  the newly renovated Tabor Center shops and restaurants, located next to  the historic D&F Tower.

Denver Pavilions hosts a plethora of trendy shops and eateries,  Barnes and Noble, and a fifteen-screen United Artists Multiplex  featuring stadium seating. In addition to a Maggiano’s Little Italy,  Corner Bakery, and Hard Rock Cafe, look for outdoor concerts and  festivals throughout the year.

Mini-districts such as Larimer Square, Writer’s Square, and Sakura  Square, offer distinctly different takes on the urban experience. At  Sakura Square, heart of Denver’s Japanese community and site of the  annual Cherry Blossom Festival, you’ll find the Denver Buddhist Temple;  Pacific Mercantile, purveyors of authentic Japanese foods, china, and  sundries; authentic Japanese restaurants; and a Japanese-language  bookstore.

The brilliant kaleidoscope of diversions transforms daily life Downtown into an unending celebration.