Writer Square, Denver

Writer Square is a popular urban plaza located in the heart of downtown Denver, Colorado. The square spans over an entire city block and is bordered by Lawrence, Larimer, 15th, and 16th streets. It was established in the 1980s and is known for its unique red-brick architecture and lively atmosphere.

Today, Writer Square is home to a variety of businesses, including restaurants, cafes, boutiques, and specialty shops. It is a popular gathering spot for locals and tourists alike, featuring plenty of seating areas and greenery and giving a great opportunity for people-watching.

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Why should you go?

  1. Shopping. The square's boutique shops and specialty stores offer an eclectic mix of goods, from locally-made jewelry to gourmet chocolates. Be sure to check out stores like Colorado Artisan Center, which partners with over 100 local craftsmen and designers, and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.
  2. Dining and drinking. Writer Square boasts a range of restaurants, bars, and cafes for various tastes. Some of the popular options include the fast-casual Illegal Burger eatery, the classy Roosevelt bar specializing in handcrafted quality American cocktails, and Red Square Euro Bistro, which offers a European-inspired dining experience and is known for the largest selection of vodkas in Denver.
  3. History and architecture. The square is a great example of the area’s major revitalization after years of decline. Until the 1970s, this part of the city was Denver’s Skid Row, but then new beautiful buildings and convenient public spaces were constructed under Denver’s Skyline Urban Renewal Project.
  4. Central location. Writer Square is situated in Lower Downtown (LoDo), linking the 16th Street Mall with Larimer Square. It is also easily accessible from other popular tourist spots.

Best places to visit near Writer Square

  • Larimer Square. A historic block of Victorian buildings with a variety of restaurants, boutiques, and galleries.

  • 16th Street Mall. A mile-long pedestrian promenade lined with shops, restaurants, and street performers.

  • Denver Art Museum. A must-visit for art lovers, with a vast collection of American Indian and Western art.

  • Colorado State Capitol. A magnificent building that houses the offices of the governor and the state legislature.

  • Civic Center Park. A beautiful green space in the heart of the city, featuring a Greek amphitheater, a fountain, and sculptures.

  • Union Station. A restored historic train station that has been converted into a modern transportation hub and dining destination.

  • Coors Field. The home field of the Colorado Rockies baseball team, offering stunning views of the Rocky Mountains and downtown Denver.

  • Denver Botanic Gardens. A peaceful oasis in the city, with theme gardens showcasing a variety of plants and flowers.

  • Molly Brown House Museum. The former home of Titanic survivor Margaret Brown, offering a glimpse into Denver's history and culture.

  • City Park. A sprawling park that includes the Denver Zoo, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and the City Park Golf Course.
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    1. What's the best way to see Writer Square?

    • Explore the area on foot. Start at the heart of the square and take a stroll to the adjacent Larimer Square and check out other landmarks located in LoDo.

    • Peep into the many shops and boutiques. From clothing and jewelry to art and antiques, there's something for everyone.

    • Grab a bite to eat. With numerous restaurants and cafes to choose from, Writer Square is the perfect spot to eat out.
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    What's the best time to see Writer Square?
    Generally, the best time to visit Writer Square is during the summer months, from June to August, when the weather is warm and sunny, and the outdoor patios are open. However, this is also the peak tourist season, so the area may be crowded and more expensive.

    If you prefer cooler temperatures and smaller crowds, the shoulder seasons of spring (March to May) and fall (September to November) can be a great time to visit. During these times, you can still enjoy mild weather and outdoor activities, but with fewer crowds and more affordable prices.