Old School + new Boulder Guidebook

Kevin
Old School + new Boulder Guidebook

Old School Boulder

Some places we've loved ever since moving here in 2000, and enjoyed by those before us.
Excellent Nepalese, run by Pemba Sherpa, experienced mountaineer, now an entrepreneur who also runs “Sherpa Chai” which you can find at grocery stores.
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Sherpa Restaurant
825 Walnut Street
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Excellent Nepalese, run by Pemba Sherpa, experienced mountaineer, now an entrepreneur who also runs “Sherpa Chai” which you can find at grocery stores.
The original hippy brew pub. Great beers, great vibes, and.. cash preferred. Old school!
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Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery
1535 Pearl Street
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The original hippy brew pub. Great beers, great vibes, and.. cash preferred. Old school!
The original mountaineering store in Boulder, part museum with memorabilia. Worth a visit if heading to S Boulder.
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Neptune Mountaineering
633 S Broadway St
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The original mountaineering store in Boulder, part museum with memorabilia. Worth a visit if heading to S Boulder.
This place is magical, and the drive up and down is quite insane to any newcomers. You won’t regret the visit for dinner.
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Gold Hill Inn
401 Main Street
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This place is magical, and the drive up and down is quite insane to any newcomers. You won’t regret the visit for dinner.
Updated and tasty, makes the “old school” list as the original bar merits it, and it used to be the last biz on that side of the street, with unbeatable rooftop views before the St Julien hotel went up.
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The West End Tavern
926 Pearl Street
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Updated and tasty, makes the “old school” list as the original bar merits it, and it used to be the last biz on that side of the street, with unbeatable rooftop views before the St Julien hotel went up.
Worth a peek in this old historic hotel. Look for the water fountain that used to pipe water straight from a glacier.
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Hotel Boulderado
2115 13th Street
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Worth a peek in this old historic hotel. Look for the water fountain that used to pipe water straight from a glacier.
Just get lost in here…(and also, they sell lots of chocolate!)
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Boulder Book Store
1107 Pearl St
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Just get lost in here…(and also, they sell lots of chocolate!)
A long loved place for a New Orleans style, Cajun brunch.
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Lucile's
2124 14th St
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A long loved place for a New Orleans style, Cajun brunch.
An institution for all your cooking and kitchen needs. Great for gifts.
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Peppercorn
1235 Pearl Street
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An institution for all your cooking and kitchen needs. Great for gifts.

Food scene

Fantastic middle eastern from a beloved owner chef of the community, Dan Asher.
Ash'Kara Boulder
1043 Pearl Street
Fantastic middle eastern from a beloved owner chef of the community, Dan Asher.
They make the food hall approach downright classy, with a spectacular rooftop deck as well.
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Rosetta Hall
1109 Walnut Street
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They make the food hall approach downright classy, with a spectacular rooftop deck as well.
I could have marked this as “sightseeing”, but we sometimes find it’s worth the beautiful drive to have their top notch pizza. The sourdough for each pie is on a 3 day cycle so they aren’t fooling around. It made our daughter a pizza snob.
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CROSSCUT PIZZERIA & TAPHOUSE
4 E 1st St
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I could have marked this as “sightseeing”, but we sometimes find it’s worth the beautiful drive to have their top notch pizza. The sourdough for each pie is on a 3 day cycle so they aren’t fooling around. It made our daughter a pizza snob.
While not along the Pearl St Mall where most popular places are, this is some of the best sushi in Boulder. Run by a Japanese couple who’ve made their mark.
AOI Sushi and Izakaya
3303 30th Street
While not along the Pearl St Mall where most popular places are, this is some of the best sushi in Boulder. Run by a Japanese couple who’ve made their mark.
Get gifts for someone and by doing so an excuse to spoil yourself while there.
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Piece Love and Chocolate, LLC
805 Pearl Street
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Get gifts for someone and by doing so an excuse to spoil yourself while there.
If you feel like doing some take-n-bake pizza, this is a long time favorite. We often walk to and fro carrying a big pie up the hill.
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Nick-N-Willy's Pizza
801 Pearl Street
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If you feel like doing some take-n-bake pizza, this is a long time favorite. We often walk to and fro carrying a big pie up the hill.
Like a massage, we always end a visit saying “we should do this more often” and regret that we don’t! Wed evenings and Saturdays.
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Boulder Farmers Market
13th Street
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Like a massage, we always end a visit saying “we should do this more often” and regret that we don’t! Wed evenings and Saturdays.
For great Taiwanese fast and casual dishes, this place was started by a restaurant owner to give his Taiwanese mom something to do when she moved to Boulder. She’s still at it and has expanded to Denver as well!
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Zoe Ma Ma
2010 10th Street
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For great Taiwanese fast and casual dishes, this place was started by a restaurant owner to give his Taiwanese mom something to do when she moved to Boulder. She’s still at it and has expanded to Denver as well!
Great New Mexican weekend brunch and daily dinners away from Pearl Street, and conveniently next door to a local Whole Foods.
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Santo
1265 Alpine Ave
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Great New Mexican weekend brunch and daily dinners away from Pearl Street, and conveniently next door to a local Whole Foods.
Very popular breakfast spot, put your name in, do some window shopping while you wait. Pro tip: Order a "flight of pancakes", appetizer style, to enjoy as a group.
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Snooze an A.M. Eatery
1617 Pearl Street
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Very popular breakfast spot, put your name in, do some window shopping while you wait. Pro tip: Order a "flight of pancakes", appetizer style, to enjoy as a group.
Our favorite Mexican spot on Pearl Street (though spoiled for choice - you can't go wrong.)
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Centro Mexican Kitchen
950 Pearl Street
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Our favorite Mexican spot on Pearl Street (though spoiled for choice - you can't go wrong.)
"Frasca" is the nationally-recognized foodie restaurant, but personally, we love Oak for special occasions.
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Oak
1400 Pearl Street
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"Frasca" is the nationally-recognized foodie restaurant, but personally, we love Oak for special occasions.
Get the check before dessert so you can go here! There are two of these spots on Pearl, well worth it for a scoop or two.
Gelato Boy
1433 Pearl Street
Get the check before dessert so you can go here! There are two of these spots on Pearl, well worth it for a scoop or two.

Sightseeing

Easy hike up a valley that opens up to broad views. Look for the up or down via “Dakota Ridge” to enjoy a nice loop.
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Sanitas Valley Trail
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Easy hike up a valley that opens up to broad views. Look for the up or down via “Dakota Ridge” to enjoy a nice loop.
A must do if you’ve got the fitness!
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Mount Sanitas Trail
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A must do if you’ve got the fitness!
If you get to Nederland and have little kiddos (or those who never grew up) you gotta check this out. Walk off some of that pizza from Crosscut.
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Carousel of Happiness
20 Lakeview Drive
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If you get to Nederland and have little kiddos (or those who never grew up) you gotta check this out. Walk off some of that pizza from Crosscut.
While we love nothing more than hiking right out our front door, popping to this mellow but beautiful and largely shaded hike is worth a short drive.
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Anne U. White Trail
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While we love nothing more than hiking right out our front door, popping to this mellow but beautiful and largely shaded hike is worth a short drive.
We had our US wedding at the amphitheater up here. Treat yourself to a scenic drive to the top, park the car and enjoy some of the surrounding trails for a bonus. Bring a packed lunch - even better!
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Flagstaff Mountain
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We had our US wedding at the amphitheater up here. Treat yourself to a scenic drive to the top, park the car and enjoy some of the surrounding trails for a bonus. Bring a packed lunch - even better!
Given our hot summers, treat yourself on a stroll (why drive?) to Boulder Creek. (And remember this spot to follow the Boulder Creek Path up and west into the canyon by bike!)
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Eben G. Fine Park
101 Arapahoe Avenue
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Given our hot summers, treat yourself on a stroll (why drive?) to Boulder Creek. (And remember this spot to follow the Boulder Creek Path up and west into the canyon by bike!)
The original bike shop in old town Boulder. Phone in advance to rent some bikes, all the better if you take them up the path alongside Boulder Creek.
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University Bicycles
839 Pearl Street
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The original bike shop in old town Boulder. Phone in advance to rent some bikes, all the better if you take them up the path alongside Boulder Creek.