An outdoor mall of shops and restaurants in downtown Denver, Larimer Square is the historic origin of the city, the site of the 1858 pioneer camp from which Denver ultimately grew. Today, Larimer Square is not only one of the Mile High City’s most lively and popular downtown destinations, but it’s also a great place to explore Denver’s most historic buildings.
A self-guided walking tour of the two-block district takes you down streets once pockmarked with Wild West saloons and through restored Victorian-era buildings like Lincoln Hall and the Granite Building, where the lobby boasts historic maps and photos. Larimer Square’s tradition as a gathering point for the people of Denver lives on today as a home for some of the city’s best dining, including decadent Parisian bistro, cozy cafes and hearty smokehouses and grills. And shoppers can find everything from antique jewelry to boutiques specializing in boots and leather Western wear.
Larimer Square sits on Larimer Street between 14th and 15th streets. It’s easy to get here on foot from downtown, while visitors coming to the area via light rail can get off at either Theatre District-Convention Center or the Union Station stops. The square is open 24 hours a day, though business hours of individual establishments vary.