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Larimer Square is Denver’s urban shopping district where Victorian buildings house specialty boutiques and unique chef-driven restaurants with one-of-a-kind stores and distinctive fashion offerings.
Some of Denver’s best restaurants can be found on Larimer Square. Kicking things off is the Mediterranean-inspired Rioja, owned by superstar chef Jennifer Jasinski, a James Beard Foundation award-winner.
Looking for authentic Italian? Osteria Marco is one of Frank Bonanno’s chef-driven restaurants. Here you’ll find egg-crowned carbonara pizza, short rib paninis and a wine list with 100 Italian varietals.
If you’re in the mood for modern Mexican food along with sweeping views of the Rocky Mountains, you can’t go wrong with celeb chef Richard Sandoval’s Tamayo on the south side of the block. It’s known not only for the food but the handcrafted margaritas and a selection of more than 100 tequilas.
Bistro Vendome, also owned by famed chef Jennifer Jasinski, always makes the list for those looking for romance. The laid-back bistro is tucked away in a courtyard just off Larimer Square. It features a focused menu with traditional French fare.
Denver might be landlocked but you can still get fresh seafood. Ocean Prime offers a full menu of all things from the sea—Maine lobster, Alaskan king crab, salmon—plus steak and blackened Colorado bass. If you’re really ambitious, go for the Smoking Shellfish Tower.
Green Russell is another offering from Frank Bonanno. This chef-driven 1940s cocktail bar has an old-school spirit. Every item from the grenadine, to the amarena cherries, to the infused liquors and sodas siphoned to accompany them bear the stamp of Green Russell craftsmanship. And in the same building you’ll find another nod to the past, Russell’s Smokehouse, which highlights cowboy culture where meat was cooked slowly over a low flame.
Experience and explore the fascinating world of wine at Cru - A Wine Bar with hundreds of bottle selections, premium wines by the glass as well as taster pairings and wine flights. Cru's eclectic, wine-friendly cuisine includes shared appetizers, gourmet pizzas and entrees.
While Larimer Square began as Denver’s first city block, it’s also one of the city's most chic fashion districts. You’ll find trendy people as well as the latest fashions from New York, Paris and Milan. Grab a latté and do some window-shopping. For one-of-the-kind jewelry, check out John Atencio, who’s been designing jewelry for some four decades. And for something else unique, check out Garage Sale Vintage, which sells vintage furniture along with alcoholic beverages.
If you’re looking for an entryway into Denver’s comedy scene, start at Comedy Works Downtown. This Mile High institution was named one of the top five comedy clubs in the country by USA Today where you’ll find the biggest comics like Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld performing along with local stars. Comedy Works also has a location at the Landmark in Greenwood Village.