Guidebook for Boulder

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Guidebook for Boulder

Pearl Street Mall

This beautiful outdoor pedestrian mall is only a few minutes from our house. It’s a great place to people watch, enjoy outdoor performers, gab a bite to eat and shop. The restaurants recommended here are on or near Pearl Street.
This is a great kitchen store that has been in Boulder for at least 40 years. Fun shopping experience!
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Peppercorn Gourmet Goods
1235 Pearl St
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This is a great kitchen store that has been in Boulder for at least 40 years. Fun shopping experience!
Be a local, and grab a falafel or gyro to go and sit under a tree across the street in the lawn of the court house. Delightful!
Falafel King Restaurant
1314 Pearl St
Be a local, and grab a falafel or gyro to go and sit under a tree across the street in the lawn of the court house. Delightful!
Fun place to have sushi in Boulder.
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Hapa Sushi Grill and Sake Bar
1117 Pearl St
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Fun place to have sushi in Boulder.
Everyone orders books from Amazon nowadays, but support an old historic bookstore. They have great recommendations and feature local authors. Wonderful travel section downstairs.
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Boulder Book Store
1107 Pearl St
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Everyone orders books from Amazon nowadays, but support an old historic bookstore. They have great recommendations and feature local authors. Wonderful travel section downstairs.
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Gelato Boy
1433 Pearl St
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Oak
1400 Pearl St
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Only a few blocks from Pearl Street Mall. Take an elevator to this restaurant with great views and wonderful food and drinks.
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Corrida
1023 Walnut St
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Only a few blocks from Pearl Street Mall. Take an elevator to this restaurant with great views and wonderful food and drinks.
A few blocks east of Pearl Street Mall. Amazing sandwiches.
Organic Sandwich Company
16th Street
A few blocks east of Pearl Street Mall. Amazing sandwiches.
Located on Pearl Street (east of the Pearl Street Mall). Affordable sister restaurant to upscale Frasca next door, but same high quality ingredients. Tastes like pizza you might find in Italy. I love this place!
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Pizzeria Locale
1730 Pearl St
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Located on Pearl Street (east of the Pearl Street Mall). Affordable sister restaurant to upscale Frasca next door, but same high quality ingredients. Tastes like pizza you might find in Italy. I love this place!
Avanti Food and Beverage Boulder
1401 Pearl St
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This is a food hall with many venders. It has a great rooftop area. Wonderful place to go on a sunny day and enjoy a flatiron view. They have a fun sitting areas and even fire pits up there.
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Rosetta Hall
1109 Walnut Street
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This is a food hall with many venders. It has a great rooftop area. Wonderful place to go on a sunny day and enjoy a flatiron view. They have a fun sitting areas and even fire pits up there.
Delicious fried chicken and good beer selection.
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The Post Brewing Co. - Boulder
2027 13th St
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Delicious fried chicken and good beer selection.
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Black Cat
1964 13th St
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West Pearl Street

Recently, the city of Boulder has closed west pearl street (between 11th and 9th) to traffic and parking, thus extending the pedestrian mall to include additional outdoor seating in response to COVID. It's now a fun place to enjoy a drink outside, or a bite to eat/dinner. The restaurants in this area are great!
Great outdoor seating area, and good menu. Good drink menu as well! I LOVE the tomato soup.
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SALT
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Great outdoor seating area, and good menu. Good drink menu as well! I LOVE the tomato soup.
This is a lower-priced alternative to the high end "The Kitchen" next door. It is an urban casual American eatery serving real food sourced from American farmers.
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Next Door American Eatery
1035 Pearl Street
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This is a lower-priced alternative to the high end "The Kitchen" next door. It is an urban casual American eatery serving real food sourced from American farmers.
Pasta Jay's has been in Boulder for at least 30 years. It's a great place for casual Italian food.
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Pasta Jay's
1001 Pearl St
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Pasta Jay's has been in Boulder for at least 30 years. It's a great place for casual Italian food.
This small restaurant has great authentic Chinese street food made from healthy ingredients. They have a variety of Dim Sum and noodle dishes (both rice and regular). I always order the "Vegetarian". It's super yummy. You can add various sauces after ordering to make it your own. Added bonus, it's only a 5 minute walk from the house.
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Zoe Ma Ma
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This small restaurant has great authentic Chinese street food made from healthy ingredients. They have a variety of Dim Sum and noodle dishes (both rice and regular). I always order the "Vegetarian". It's super yummy. You can add various sauces after ordering to make it your own. Added bonus, it's only a 5 minute walk from the house.
Same owners as Zoe Mama, but a nicer dining experience. Enjoy fresh noodles at this great Ramen house.
Chimera
2014 10th St
Same owners as Zoe Mama, but a nicer dining experience. Enjoy fresh noodles at this great Ramen house.

Upscale Dining

The Kitchen is one of Boulder's best restaurants. It has creative locally grown food. Reservations are required.
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The Kitchen
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The Kitchen is one of Boulder's best restaurants. It has creative locally grown food. Reservations are required.
Quite pricy but a unique experience. This restaurant features the cuisine of a remote region in Northern Italy. It’s considered one of the best restaurants in Boulder. A foodie’s must :)
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Frasca Food and Wine
1738 Pearl St
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Quite pricy but a unique experience. This restaurant features the cuisine of a remote region in Northern Italy. It’s considered one of the best restaurants in Boulder. A foodie’s must :)
This is considered one of the best restaurants in Boulder, and most expensive. It is located on Flagstaff mountain only a few minutes from Boulder and has a great view!
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Flagstaff House
1138 Flagstaff Rd
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This is considered one of the best restaurants in Boulder, and most expensive. It is located on Flagstaff mountain only a few minutes from Boulder and has a great view!

Other Great Restaurants

This teahouse was donated to the town of Boulder from a small town in Russia. The building truly is a piece of art, and is a wonderful place to enjoy a bite to eat or a leisurely drink. It is located right in downtown Boulder and is only a short walk from the house. Mike and I got married there so it is especially special to us :)
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The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse
1770 13th St
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This teahouse was donated to the town of Boulder from a small town in Russia. The building truly is a piece of art, and is a wonderful place to enjoy a bite to eat or a leisurely drink. It is located right in downtown Boulder and is only a short walk from the house. Mike and I got married there so it is especially special to us :)
This casual restaurant is a short drive from our house. It has the largest menu I have ever seen! Great Asian food (Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai) and good prices.
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Chez Thuy Restaurant
2655 28th St
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This casual restaurant is a short drive from our house. It has the largest menu I have ever seen! Great Asian food (Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai) and good prices.
Beautiful Restaurant right in Chautauqua Park. Wonderful place to have lunch or dinner after a hike!
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Chautauqua Dining Hall
900 Baseline Rd
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Beautiful Restaurant right in Chautauqua Park. Wonderful place to have lunch or dinner after a hike!
Fun restaurant in a small cozy house. Great seating outside in "backyard" area. Live music.
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River and Woods
2328 Pearl Street
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Fun restaurant in a small cozy house. Great seating outside in "backyard" area. Live music.
Only 5 minute walk from house. Great NewMexican cuisine.
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Santo
1265 Alpine Ave.
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Only 5 minute walk from house. Great NewMexican cuisine.
Who doesn’t love a great Bahn Mi sandwich? I think Vietnamese sandwich is delicious. Located in the 29th street mall which is a short drive from the house.
Daikon - Banh Mi Shop
1805 29th St
Who doesn’t love a great Bahn Mi sandwich? I think Vietnamese sandwich is delicious. Located in the 29th street mall which is a short drive from the house.
Yum! I love this place. Great burgers with fresh ingredients. I love the tuna burger and truffle fries.
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Larkburger Boulder
2525 Arapahoe Ave
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Yum! I love this place. Great burgers with fresh ingredients. I love the tuna burger and truffle fries.

Drinks & Nightlife

The Kitchen Upstairs is a cozy little place with a great drink menu and yummy appetizers. It has many cushy chairs and couches for a lounge atmosphere.
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Upstairs® Cocktail Lounge
1039 Pearl St
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The Kitchen Upstairs is a cozy little place with a great drink menu and yummy appetizers. It has many cushy chairs and couches for a lounge atmosphere.
Wonderful European feel and authentic food. Fun place to have a beer or listen to music.
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Bohemian Biergarten
2017 13th St
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Wonderful European feel and authentic food. Fun place to have a beer or listen to music.
This is a contemporary tiki bar. They have rum-based drinks in a fun atmosphere.
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Jungle
2018 10th St
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This is a contemporary tiki bar. They have rum-based drinks in a fun atmosphere.
This is a beautiful hotel with a great bar in the lobby. They have a wonderful outdoor seating area with a view of the flatirons. On Friday nights they sometimes have live music. Good food but expensive. I love their pan seared chicken!!!!
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St. Julien Hotel
900 Walnut St
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This is a beautiful hotel with a great bar in the lobby. They have a wonderful outdoor seating area with a view of the flatirons. On Friday nights they sometimes have live music. Good food but expensive. I love their pan seared chicken!!!!
This 100 year old hotel has a great bar (The Corner Bar). Good food and great drinks. Check out the lobby of the hotel for a trip back in time.
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Hotel Boulderado
2115 13th St
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This 100 year old hotel has a great bar (The Corner Bar). Good food and great drinks. Check out the lobby of the hotel for a trip back in time.

Parks & Nature

10 minute walk from our house. This is one of the most popular trails in boulder. At this trailhead you will find a network of 3 trails. Mt. Sanitas (ascending a mountain with 1340 feet of elevation gain), the Valley Trail which is a gravel path that is slightly uphill, and Dakota Ridge that parallels the Valley Path, but is more of a hiking trail in the trees. Something for everyone! FYI- It can get very crowded here, so I recommend leaving early in the morning, or towards the evening.
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Mount Sanitas
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10 minute walk from our house. This is one of the most popular trails in boulder. At this trailhead you will find a network of 3 trails. Mt. Sanitas (ascending a mountain with 1340 feet of elevation gain), the Valley Trail which is a gravel path that is slightly uphill, and Dakota Ridge that parallels the Valley Path, but is more of a hiking trail in the trees. Something for everyone! FYI- It can get very crowded here, so I recommend leaving early in the morning, or towards the evening.
Chautauqua is a beautiful historic park in Boulder. You will get the best views of the Flatirons here. You can grab a delicious meal at the Chautauqua Dinning Hall (they have a great patio), have a picnic in the large grassy area in the middle of the park, or take a hike into the mountains with the many hiking trails. Many people enjoy the Mesa Trail, that has great views, but not that steep. In the summer, you can even see a concert at the historic music hall. If you can't get tickets, some people make a picnic and sit near the hall to listen to the music under the stars. It's a must see. FYI- It can get very crowded here. Plan early morning, or early evening visits to avoid crowds. Insider’s tip: for hiking, never park in the parking lot or along Baseline-so crowded. We always park on 7th street off Baseline Rd. We always get a spot. May need to pay for parking with online app.
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Chautauqua Park
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Chautauqua is a beautiful historic park in Boulder. You will get the best views of the Flatirons here. You can grab a delicious meal at the Chautauqua Dinning Hall (they have a great patio), have a picnic in the large grassy area in the middle of the park, or take a hike into the mountains with the many hiking trails. Many people enjoy the Mesa Trail, that has great views, but not that steep. In the summer, you can even see a concert at the historic music hall. If you can't get tickets, some people make a picnic and sit near the hall to listen to the music under the stars. It's a must see. FYI- It can get very crowded here. Plan early morning, or early evening visits to avoid crowds. Insider’s tip: for hiking, never park in the parking lot or along Baseline-so crowded. We always park on 7th street off Baseline Rd. We always get a spot. May need to pay for parking with online app.
Only a 10-15 minute walk from our house. If you go west on Pearl Street until it ends, you will find Settler's Park. You will find some interesting looking rock formations that are fun to play on :)
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Settler's Park
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Only a 10-15 minute walk from our house. If you go west on Pearl Street until it ends, you will find Settler's Park. You will find some interesting looking rock formations that are fun to play on :)
Easy to drive up to “view point” to see a panoramic view of Boulder.
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Flagstaff Mountain
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Easy to drive up to “view point” to see a panoramic view of Boulder.
If you continue up Flagstaff road, you will see a right turn to the Amphitheater. Here you will find an outdoor theater with a great view of Boulder (15 min. drive from our house). Follow signs to Artist’s Point (to the left) and you will find my favorite place to have a picnic in town. Once you park, follow the small path to a picnic table with the most beautiful view in Boulder. You can see the Continental Divide from here. Simply breathtaking!
Artist Point
Flagstaff Summit Road
If you continue up Flagstaff road, you will see a right turn to the Amphitheater. Here you will find an outdoor theater with a great view of Boulder (15 min. drive from our house). Follow signs to Artist’s Point (to the left) and you will find my favorite place to have a picnic in town. Once you park, follow the small path to a picnic table with the most beautiful view in Boulder. You can see the Continental Divide from here. Simply breathtaking!
Beautiful multi-purpose path running along the creek in Boulder. It’s a great way to travel by bike throughout Boulder. If you head west, it eventually turns to gravel and goes into the canyon for a unique experience.
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Boulder Creek Path
Boulder Creek Path
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Beautiful multi-purpose path running along the creek in Boulder. It’s a great way to travel by bike throughout Boulder. If you head west, it eventually turns to gravel and goes into the canyon for a unique experience.
This park is a 20 minute drive from the house, but it’s worth the trip. Beautiful canyon walls with a rushing river. Great hiking. There is an entrance fee to enter.
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Eldorado Canyon State Park
9 Kneale Rd
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This park is a 20 minute drive from the house, but it’s worth the trip. Beautiful canyon walls with a rushing river. Great hiking. There is an entrance fee to enter.
It’s a little more than an hour to reach RMNP from our house, but worth the trip. There are many beautiful trails to enjoy. You can easily access high alpine experience here. The views from Trail Ridge Road are amazing! RMNP can be overrun with people in the summer. I recommend going on a weekday, or early in morning/towards the evening.
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Rocky Mountain
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It’s a little more than an hour to reach RMNP from our house, but worth the trip. There are many beautiful trails to enjoy. You can easily access high alpine experience here. The views from Trail Ridge Road are amazing! RMNP can be overrun with people in the summer. I recommend going on a weekday, or early in morning/towards the evening.

Sightseeing

I know this doesn't sound really exciting, but this tea factory is a really fun visit. Celestial Seasonings is one of the largest manufactures of tea in the country. This factory, which is a 10 minute drive from downtown Boulder, is really interesting, and fun. They have great tours for visitors, and you can actually see the tea being made. It's good to go on a weekday so the factory is functioning. Perfect thing to do if the weather is not cooperating with you.
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Celestial Seasonings
4600 Sleepytime Dr
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I know this doesn't sound really exciting, but this tea factory is a really fun visit. Celestial Seasonings is one of the largest manufactures of tea in the country. This factory, which is a 10 minute drive from downtown Boulder, is really interesting, and fun. They have great tours for visitors, and you can actually see the tea being made. It's good to go on a weekday so the factory is functioning. Perfect thing to do if the weather is not cooperating with you.
NCAR (The National Center for Atmospheric Research) is a wonderful place to visit. It's an iconic building in Boulder that you can see in the hills, but there are also many great hiking trails here. First do a quick visit to the NCAR building itself. They have self guided displays of the weather research done on site. This is also a wonderful place to do a hike. You can climb a peak here (Bear Peak/South Boulder Peak), Explore a small cave (Malary Cave), or even hike all the way to Chautauqua Park along the beautiful Mesa trail and walk down to the dining hall for a quick bite to eat. Great views of Boulder.
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NCAR Mesa Laboratory
1850 Table Mesa Dr
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NCAR (The National Center for Atmospheric Research) is a wonderful place to visit. It's an iconic building in Boulder that you can see in the hills, but there are also many great hiking trails here. First do a quick visit to the NCAR building itself. They have self guided displays of the weather research done on site. This is also a wonderful place to do a hike. You can climb a peak here (Bear Peak/South Boulder Peak), Explore a small cave (Malary Cave), or even hike all the way to Chautauqua Park along the beautiful Mesa trail and walk down to the dining hall for a quick bite to eat. Great views of Boulder.
This museum is located right next to the famous Dushanbe Tea House. Great contemporary art to enjoy.
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Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
1750 13th St
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This museum is located right next to the famous Dushanbe Tea House. Great contemporary art to enjoy.
Red Rocks Is a historic amphitheater, and is a 40 minute drive from Boulder, but worth the trip. It’s an amazing place to see a concert, but also has great hiking trails to explore.
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Red Rocks amphitheater
18300 West Alameda Parkway
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Red Rocks Is a historic amphitheater, and is a 40 minute drive from Boulder, but worth the trip. It’s an amazing place to see a concert, but also has great hiking trails to explore.
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Sunrise Amphitheater
1198 Flagstaff Dr
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