Union Station, a landmark that put Denver on the map over 150 years ago, now stands restored as a vibrant and bustling gathering place in the trendy Lower Downtown (LoDo) area of Denver. The building was on the verge of demolition, however, preservationists fought to keep it standing. The freshly renovated building was unveiled in 2014 and since has become a go to spot for visitors and locals alike.
Start your day off with a coffee from Pigtrain, this spot is famous for its locally roasted coffee creations and craft coffee cocktails as well as a variety of pastries.
If you’re visiting on a Saturday mid-May to mid-October stop by the Union Station Farmers Market anytime from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. You’ll find the freshest local finds from produce to cheese and honey. If you don’t happen to be in the area on a Saturday, no fear, there are shopping options right inside Union station: Tattered Cover Book Store is a necessity for any book worm, Bloom is your stop for fresh flowers, and 5 Green Boxes offers all sorts of local crafts and treasures.
After working up an appetite stop by any one of the many delicious restaurants within the station. Next Door Union Station serves food sourced locally from American farmers. A scrumptious Ruben awaits you at ACME Delicatessen’s NY style deli. Then wash it all down with a drink from Terminal Bar, you can’t miss this spot located in the historic ticket office of the Great Hall, boasting fine cocktails and an extensive selection of rotating local beers on draft.
Be sure to try Stoic and Genius, Denver’s iconic seafood and oyster house committed to sustainable and creative seafood preparations. For a more casual atmosphere, Mercantile Dining and Provisions combines Chef Alex Seidel’s take on elevated comfort food with seasonally inspired farm to table fare. When you’re ready for a drink mosey on over to Cooper Lounge, a 1930’s lounge inspired by Hollywood glamor, famous for high end cocktails and an extensive wine list.
No trip to Union station is complete without dessert, so be sure to indulge with a boozy shake or a sundae at Milkbox ice creamery which serves locally made 100% natural, GMO free, farm fresh Little Man Ice Cream.
When it comes to restaurant and bars outside of the station there is no shortage variety. Machete Tequila + Tacos is a vibrant bar and grill with creatively filled tacos. Rodizio Grill, an outpost for Brazilian meats and drinks in a classy setting will be sure to satisfy your cravings. For Chinese street food offering be sure to try Zoe Ma Ma which has everything from steam buns to beef noodles. If you’re looking for something a bit heartier head over to The Rhein Haus Denver for German-style fare and 1 liter beers.
No matter where choose to eat first, you will not be disappointed by the variety and offerings in the Union Station Area!