Union Station has been around for a century, and over that time, it’s added a nice assortment of restaurants bars, shops, and hotels. This is a cool spot to hang out with some friends, or you can hop on a train and take a little trip. That’s right, this is still a functioning train station, so there are lots of reasons to go to Union Station.
This place is so big it can seem overwhelming, so let’s look at some of the can’t-miss spots.
It doesn’t matter if you already live in Denver. You need to treat yourself to an evening at the Crawford Hotel in Union Station. This hotel is absolutely gorgeous, and it’s surprisingly quiet. Plus, it has free coffee and ice cream in the lobby. It’s hard to beat that.
You can see the hotel even if you aren’t a guest. Take a tour of it so you can see what you’re missing.
The Terminal Bar
You’ll find the best specialty drinks in Denver at the Terminal Bar. The bar has a nice assortment of options plus some good bar-style food. You can even get a deviled egg appetizer here. Come for happy hour if you want the best prices on drinks and food. Plus, Union Station is always buzzing around that time, making it a good time to people watch.
Tattered Cover Bookstore
The Tattered Cover Bookstore is one of the most famous bookstores around, and you can visit a satellite location inside of Union Station. It might not be as big as the main store, but it’s still worth visiting. The indie bookstore is filled with books, periodicals, and gift items, and the staff is always ready with a recommendation. If you like the satellite store, head across the street where you’ll find the original location.
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Mercantile Dining and Provision
If you’re a foodie, you have to stop by Mercantile Dining and Provision. This place is absolutely divine. The Spanish octopus starter is cooked to perfection, and the paella is among the best you’ll ever eat. Keep in mind that the paella takes about an hour to prepare. You can call in advance so you don’t have to wait when you arrive.
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