The heart of Downtown Denver, LoDo blends historic charm with modernized convenience.
Energetic · Central · Urban · Historic · Upscale · Exciting
Lower Downtown (often shortened to LoDo) is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Denver and was home to the city’s first gold rush-era settlement at the confluence of the Platte River and Cherry Creek. Since its formation, this neighborhood has been a mixed-use area with various residential buildings, restaurants, office spaces, and cultural landmarks. Recently, this variety has intensified with a mix of old and new developments. Rust-colored historic buildings sit next to sleek glass offices, and cranes tower over cobblestone streets.
Although LoDo is one of Denver's pricier areas, compared to cities like San Francisco and New York, rent prices are relatively affordable. This means that LoDo has become home to numerous tech startups and transplants who frequently relocate here for work.
As the heart of downtown Denver, LoDo is always alive with something to do. Plus, the art district of RiNo, the cozy dives of Five Points, and the chic cocktail bars of LoHi are only a walk away. Restaurants, art galleries, bars, and sports games fill the docket of most LoDo residents. This neighborhood allows residents to shop, work, and play, all within a few square miles of home. (Pro Tip: If you want to be further from downtown but still have hundreds of dining and shopping options, you might enjoy Cherry Creek!)
LoDo Denver Neighborhood Guide
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LoDo Denver is an eclectic urban jungle with a surprisingly homey feel. You won’t get the “concrete jungle” vibe you might have in the Central Business District, even though they’re neighbors. With hundreds of dining, shopping, and drink options, there’s something for everyone and every mood. If you’re looking for a luxe city life with a laid-back edge, LoDo is for you.
LoDo centers around the enormous Union Station train station. Catch contrasting cityscapes and greenery at Confluence Park, walk beneath Larimer Square's string lights, hop on a free bus to shop 16th Street Mall, and take a tour of Coors Field. Stay at the historic Oxford Hotel and make sure you grab a bite from Urban Farmer, Rioja, and Milk Market. Then, shoot some pool at Wynkoop Brewing or grab a drink at The Green Russell (an underground speakeasy). Catch rooftop views of the Rocky Mountain sunset at 54thirty and play a few arcade games at 1Up Arcade Bar.
Things to Know
Transportation is widely available, and owning a car is not required here. Rideshares like Uber or Lyft, and car-sharing services like ZipCar, Turo, and Drift are quite common. Plus, parking is pricier here than anywhere else in Denver. Expect a mix of new sleek high-rises and remodeled historic mid-rise housing options. Activity levels in this neighborhood remain high. However, most new buildings are built to be soundproof and residential entrances often have 24/7 security. Luckily, Riverfront Park is just southwest of LoDo and provides a space for soaking in the sun on Denver's 300+ days of sunshine.