Our new series, Reasons to Travel Now, highlights the news, events, and openings that have us scoping out plane tickets each day. Today, a look at Denver's liveliest street — which just keeps getting better.
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Sidewalk Café and Colorful Flowers In Larimer Street, Denver, Colorado
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Colorado’s capital has flowing craft beer, mountain views, and a Wild West undercurrent. You can catch all that — plus the Ramble Hotel, one of this spring’s most exciting arrivals — on one stretch of Larimer Street in the River North Arts District (RiNo), within walking distance of downtown.

This lavish 50-room spot has not one but four bars and cafés by the crew from New York City’s Death & Co. — and Super Mega Bien, a pan-Latin restaurant by Dana Rodriguez, the chef of nearby Work & Class. Doubles from $267

Topo Designs

Move over, Patagonia. This Colorado upstart is becoming the go-to outfitter for outdoorsy types. Stop by for a camp blanket made in collaboration with Woolrich or to shop the wall of brightly colored packs.

Culture, at Denver's Central Market
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Denver Central Market

From coffee to ceviche, this food hall has it all. Go for cheese plates at Culture, oysters at Tammen’s, or a flight of unusual ice creams at High Point Creamery.

Our Mutual Friend Brewing

Spot this brewery by the colorful mural out front. This is a favorite among Denverites for the house beers on tap, like session ales and barley wines.


Like the eyeglasses within, this shop is thoughtful and minimal. The brand’s sunglasses, crafted in Denver, make for a stylish souvenir.

Dinner at The Populist, in Denver
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The Populist

The seasonal small plates here pull from an eclectic mix of influences — the tandoori chicken and sunchoke agnolotti are standouts. Entrées $15–$25.


The décor — early Apple computers and Saved by the Bell–style prints — suggests kids these days hanker for the 1980s. The stock consists of candy-colored beanies, vintage apparel, and splashy turntables.