Guidebook for Longmont

Jessica
Guidebook for Longmont

Food Scene

Iconic boulder export, Longs Peak Pub and Taphouse has an extensive and ever changing microbrew menu. Boasting large tables with bench seating, you get the communal experience, sharing tables with neighbors spurs great conversation! The nachos are huge! It can be a bit too crowded & loud on Fridays and Saturday’s, so we tend to go Sunday-Thursday. Heads up, they take cash only!
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Longs Peak Pub & Taphouse
600 Longs Peak Avenue
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Iconic boulder export, Longs Peak Pub and Taphouse has an extensive and ever changing microbrew menu. Boasting large tables with bench seating, you get the communal experience, sharing tables with neighbors spurs great conversation! The nachos are huge! It can be a bit too crowded & loud on Fridays and Saturday’s, so we tend to go Sunday-Thursday. Heads up, they take cash only!
Hidden gem! Unpretentious atmosphere, with trendy European influence gastropub fare (you’ll find no burgers here!) Stellar service and fab place for nice bottle of wine or a cocktail in Longmont. You’ll need a reservation Friday, Saturday nights.
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West Side Tavern
1283 3rd Ave
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Hidden gem! Unpretentious atmosphere, with trendy European influence gastropub fare (you’ll find no burgers here!) Stellar service and fab place for nice bottle of wine or a cocktail in Longmont. You’ll need a reservation Friday, Saturday nights.
Our favorite street tacos place! Funky space, great eye candy all around, with built in bike shop to boot, great margaritas and amazing food! The bacon wrapped goat cheese poblanos are my favorite. Best happy hour in town!
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CYCLHOPS Bike CANtina
600 South Airport Road
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Our favorite street tacos place! Funky space, great eye candy all around, with built in bike shop to boot, great margaritas and amazing food! The bacon wrapped goat cheese poblanos are my favorite. Best happy hour in town!
Love love! Lucile’s food. Cajun/Creole breakfast and brunch in a sweet old town home. Trout, grits, hickory coffee and beignets... what more could you ask for! Besides possibly better ventilation (you’ve been forewarned it can feel a bit stuffy so dress in layers and prepare to strip them)I have to add that recently the service has been lacking and I really hope they get it sorted!
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Lucile's
518 Kimbark Street
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Love love! Lucile’s food. Cajun/Creole breakfast and brunch in a sweet old town home. Trout, grits, hickory coffee and beignets... what more could you ask for! Besides possibly better ventilation (you’ve been forewarned it can feel a bit stuffy so dress in layers and prepare to strip them)I have to add that recently the service has been lacking and I really hope they get it sorted!
5 minutes walk from the guesthouse! Luna is in a charming old town house, with well shaded outdoor spaces, and a book room.. A bit shabby (chic?) with great coffee, pastries (including some gluten free options) and breakfast sandwiches. A neighborhood hub, and social gathering place, so often the baristas are chatty. If you’re needing super fast service, Starbucks might be more up your alley.
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Luna Café
800 Coffman Street
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5 minutes walk from the guesthouse! Luna is in a charming old town house, with well shaded outdoor spaces, and a book room.. A bit shabby (chic?) with great coffee, pastries (including some gluten free options) and breakfast sandwiches. A neighborhood hub, and social gathering place, so often the baristas are chatty. If you’re needing super fast service, Starbucks might be more up your alley.
Trendy “New American” pub fare. I like their ethos, the intention around where the food comes from, locally sourced, healthy meats (red bird chicken). I love the location, and the building and they have the best rooftop in town! Amazing views from the rooftop. The food is interesting enough but the quality of service is not consistently good.
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The Roost
526 Main Street
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Trendy “New American” pub fare. I like their ethos, the intention around where the food comes from, locally sourced, healthy meats (red bird chicken). I love the location, and the building and they have the best rooftop in town! Amazing views from the rooftop. The food is interesting enough but the quality of service is not consistently good.
Best pizza in town. Gluten and dairy galore here! The sausage knots are swimming in garlic butter. In other words, deliciousness! A Longmont icon, always busy and no take out when they are crowded. My favorite and 90% year round outdoor seating of any restaurant in the area! Truly magical.
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Rosalee's Pizzeria
461 Main St
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Best pizza in town. Gluten and dairy galore here! The sausage knots are swimming in garlic butter. In other words, deliciousness! A Longmont icon, always busy and no take out when they are crowded. My favorite and 90% year round outdoor seating of any restaurant in the area! Truly magical.
Had to include Modern Market, considering that Colorado is the birthplace of many of the most well known and successful fast casual restaurants in the nation. $2 glasses of wine, lots of gluten and dairy free options, really yummy, interesting food with an emphasis on locally sourced.
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Modern Market Eatery
700 Ken Pratt Boulevard
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Had to include Modern Market, considering that Colorado is the birthplace of many of the most well known and successful fast casual restaurants in the nation. $2 glasses of wine, lots of gluten and dairy free options, really yummy, interesting food with an emphasis on locally sourced.
Kimball Musks brain child, an interesting take on “New American” fare. Next Doors mission is to provide locally sourced and sustainable, allergy free foods in an affordable casual restaurant package. A worthy goal in my view! I find the service to be impeccable (thus far) and the Menu to hold a few true gems ! When ordering their “roast vegetable quinoa bowl” expecting it to be requesitely healthy, you might be surprised, as I did, to find it truly delicious! For full blown Musk fine dining, there’s always his Iconic “The Kitchen” & “Upstairs” on Pearl Street in Boulder as well as the flagship “Next Door” appropriately next door to them.
Next Door American Eatery | Longmont
Kimball Musks brain child, an interesting take on “New American” fare. Next Doors mission is to provide locally sourced and sustainable, allergy free foods in an affordable casual restaurant package. A worthy goal in my view! I find the service to be impeccable (thus far) and the Menu to hold a few true gems ! When ordering their “roast vegetable quinoa bowl” expecting it to be requesitely healthy, you might be surprised, as I did, to find it truly delicious! For full blown Musk fine dining, there’s always his Iconic “The Kitchen” & “Upstairs” on Pearl Street in Boulder as well as the flagship “Next Door” appropriately next door to them.
As a Boulder transplant I’m excited to support Longmont’s burgeoning food scene, but the rayback is sufficiently quirky and unique to deserve mention. It’s a collection of food trucks, bar and outdoor spaces, along with and indoor bar and event stage. Great live music and cornball games round out the experience.
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Rayback Collective
2775 Valmont Rd
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As a Boulder transplant I’m excited to support Longmont’s burgeoning food scene, but the rayback is sufficiently quirky and unique to deserve mention. It’s a collection of food trucks, bar and outdoor spaces, along with and indoor bar and event stage. Great live music and cornball games round out the experience.
Sweet little place if you’re craving seafood plus there are plenty of options for those with dietary restrictions. Creole with Caribbean twist.
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Tortugas
218 Coffman St
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Sweet little place if you’re craving seafood plus there are plenty of options for those with dietary restrictions. Creole with Caribbean twist.
The best Vietnamese in Longmont is in Boulder.. seriously I wish there were one here I could recommend but there just isn’t! Chez Thuey is AlWAYS worth the drive... except possibly in blizzard conditions ;) Be prepared to have a hard time choosing though! The menu is really more of a book, but so far I haven’t made a poor choice yet. Expect a wait on weekend evenings. Really big portions!
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Chez Thuy Restaurant
2655 28th Street
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The best Vietnamese in Longmont is in Boulder.. seriously I wish there were one here I could recommend but there just isn’t! Chez Thuey is AlWAYS worth the drive... except possibly in blizzard conditions ;) Be prepared to have a hard time choosing though! The menu is really more of a book, but so far I haven’t made a poor choice yet. Expect a wait on weekend evenings. Really big portions!
Best Chinese takeaway I’ve found. No suprises here, but very nice that you can request MSG free, and that they have Vietnamese noodle bowls.
Tasty Asia
736 Main St
Best Chinese takeaway I’ve found. No suprises here, but very nice that you can request MSG free, and that they have Vietnamese noodle bowls.
Locally made, interesting flavors , yogurt and sherbet (dairy free) in a cute shop, though not in downtown strip.
Twisted Roots Ice Cream Froyo, Sorbet
1749 Main St
Locally made, interesting flavors , yogurt and sherbet (dairy free) in a cute shop, though not in downtown strip.
Cute candy and ice cream shop, old town classic store with tall ceilings and exposed brick. Locally made ice cream, but unfortunately very few dairy fee options and some of the flavors have artificial colors. Still a fun part walking old town in the summer.
Scrumptious
508 Main Street
Cute candy and ice cream shop, old town classic store with tall ceilings and exposed brick. Locally made ice cream, but unfortunately very few dairy fee options and some of the flavors have artificial colors. Still a fun part walking old town in the summer.
Best Thai, nice atmosphere, and it’s in Prospect New Town, which is a trip to visit! New urbanist experiment in “unsprawl” with neon colored stucco homes to go with the “neon” Street names.
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Urban Thai
2030 Ionosphere St
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Best Thai, nice atmosphere, and it’s in Prospect New Town, which is a trip to visit! New urbanist experiment in “unsprawl” with neon colored stucco homes to go with the “neon” Street names.
Iconic boulder county restaurant, in tiny mountain “mining town”. Rustic at its best, amazing 6 course meal. Nationally known bands, dinner there includes admission to Live music. Book in advance! Or go Sunday afternoons for free music and a la cart menu (4-7pm). Closed New Years Day till Memorial Day.
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Gold Hill Inn
401 Main Street
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Iconic boulder county restaurant, in tiny mountain “mining town”. Rustic at its best, amazing 6 course meal. Nationally known bands, dinner there includes admission to Live music. Book in advance! Or go Sunday afternoons for free music and a la cart menu (4-7pm). Closed New Years Day till Memorial Day.
Best coffee shop in downtown, it’s in a bicycle shop! How much better can it get!
Longmont Bicycle Co. & Coffee Bar
314 Main St
Best coffee shop in downtown, it’s in a bicycle shop! How much better can it get!
Yummy! Great for a fast lunch, excellent location, interior and Excellent service. Some really interesting sandwiches combos, and open late, for those late night munchies!
Cheba Hut Toasted Subs
635 Main St
Yummy! Great for a fast lunch, excellent location, interior and Excellent service. Some really interesting sandwiches combos, and open late, for those late night munchies!
Prettiest coffee shop in town, in a turn of the century building. Great coffee, and lots of yummy pastries. Easy to miss as it’s a downstairs location but worth the effort to find it! Usually quite peaceful
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La Vita Bella Cafe
475 Main Street
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Prettiest coffee shop in town, in a turn of the century building. Great coffee, and lots of yummy pastries. Easy to miss as it’s a downstairs location but worth the effort to find it! Usually quite peaceful
The local hangout and social scene. Usually quite busy. Fab coffee, and a great local alternative to Starbucks
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Ziggi's Coffee
400 Main Street
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The local hangout and social scene. Usually quite busy. Fab coffee, and a great local alternative to Starbucks
Swaylo’s Tiki Restaurant and Bar
1315 Dry Creek Drive

Drinks & Nightlife

Easy to miss unless you know about it! Bar with interesting decor, great atmosphere, best karaoke in town and live bands & dancing on weekends.
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The Speakeasy
301 Main St
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Easy to miss unless you know about it! Bar with interesting decor, great atmosphere, best karaoke in town and live bands & dancing on weekends.
Intimate boutique, craft distillery, truly unique cocktails, and arthouse to boot. Free movie nights, art shows and live local music round out this true gem of a place!
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Still Cellars
1115 Colorado Avenue
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Intimate boutique, craft distillery, truly unique cocktails, and arthouse to boot. Free movie nights, art shows and live local music round out this true gem of a place!
Microbrewery with great beer, decent, Cajun inspired food, great atmosphere, including fabulous outdoor oasis complete with water features & even a school bus for kids to explore, and great local and not so local love music!
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Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids & Solids
1555 Hover Street
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Microbrewery with great beer, decent, Cajun inspired food, great atmosphere, including fabulous outdoor oasis complete with water features & even a school bus for kids to explore, and great local and not so local love music!
Traditional American”tried and true kinda menu”, truly lovely patio, and desserts are where they shine. We usually just take advantage of the late night happy hour food and drinks menu (after 8) otherwise it’s a bit pricey.
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Martinis Bistro
543 Terry Street
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Traditional American”tried and true kinda menu”, truly lovely patio, and desserts are where they shine. We usually just take advantage of the late night happy hour food and drinks menu (after 8) otherwise it’s a bit pricey.
Longmont’s oldest microbrewery. On left hand creek (named after Chief Niwot which means “Left-Handed”. Iconic down to earth brewery.
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Left Hand Brewing Company
1265 Boston Avenue
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Longmont’s oldest microbrewery. On left hand creek (named after Chief Niwot which means “Left-Handed”. Iconic down to earth brewery.
Great live music and favorite local microbrewery
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Wibby Brewing
209 Emery St
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Great live music and favorite local microbrewery

Shopping

Eclectic arts and crafts. Worth a visit when exploring downtown Longmont.
Old Town Marketplace
332 Main St
Eclectic arts and crafts. Worth a visit when exploring downtown Longmont.
Sweet sweet sweet! Clothes and oh so much more! Shop local made easy, and awesome birthday cards.
Little Bird
112 2nd Ave
Sweet sweet sweet! Clothes and oh so much more! Shop local made easy, and awesome birthday cards.

Sightseeing

Free tours of celestial seasonings tea factory! The mint room is amazing! The gift shop is full of unique gifts . Book at least a day advance, to avoid disappointment. The cafeteria food is astonishingly good!
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Celestial Seasonings
4600 Sleepytime Drive
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Free tours of celestial seasonings tea factory! The mint room is amazing! The gift shop is full of unique gifts . Book at least a day advance, to avoid disappointment. The cafeteria food is astonishingly good!
On 2nd and Main, in the old power station, you’ll find a cheese and cured meat lovers dream! Cafe, restaurant, and tourist attraction. Truly one of a kind, with stylish and affordable European fare. Great Happy Hour! Do not miss this one!
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Cheese Importers
103 Main Street
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On 2nd and Main, in the old power station, you’ll find a cheese and cured meat lovers dream! Cafe, restaurant, and tourist attraction. Truly one of a kind, with stylish and affordable European fare. Great Happy Hour! Do not miss this one!

Arts & Culture

Explore Boulder Counties Agricultural Roots. Free admission, but check website for opening days and times. April 01-Oct 31. Fri-Sun 10-5.
Agricultural Heritage Center
8348 Ute Hwy
Explore Boulder Counties Agricultural Roots. Free admission, but check website for opening days and times. April 01-Oct 31. Fri-Sun 10-5.
Cute little art gallery downtown, the old firehouse tall windows make a great space to display are!
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Firehouse Art Center
667 4th Avenue
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Cute little art gallery downtown, the old firehouse tall windows make a great space to display are!
Niwot Boasts a tiny firehouse museum, the best playground in miles Niwot Children’s Park (with bathrooms open all winter) and an adorable and walkable downtown. On the list to see are little bird boutique, oak tree coffee house, Niwot Market.
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Niwot
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Niwot Boasts a tiny firehouse museum, the best playground in miles Niwot Children’s Park (with bathrooms open all winter) and an adorable and walkable downtown. On the list to see are little bird boutique, oak tree coffee house, Niwot Market.
Really good quality affordable plays, sweet vintage atmosphere.
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Longmont Theatre Company
513 Main Street
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Really good quality affordable plays, sweet vintage atmosphere.
All summer long, world class theatre productions, I the beautiful Mary Rippin Outdoor theatre.
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Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre
277 University Avenue
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All summer long, world class theatre productions, I the beautiful Mary Rippin Outdoor theatre.
Impressive modern building with affordable entry and some interesting changing displays. Great on a rainy day! Don’t miss the top floor playroom with stunning views of Longmont and the old sugar beet factory.
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City of Longmont Museum
400 Quail Road
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Impressive modern building with affordable entry and some interesting changing displays. Great on a rainy day! Don’t miss the top floor playroom with stunning views of Longmont and the old sugar beet factory.

Essentials

Expanded version with eateries onsite, but very quiet compared to the madhouse WF in Boulder. Check out the views of Longs Peak from the patio
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Whole Foods Market
1250 S Hover Rd
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Expanded version with eateries onsite, but very quiet compared to the madhouse WF in Boulder. Check out the views of Longs Peak from the patio
Best local grocery, good mix of organic and conventional.
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Lucky's Market
700 Ken Pratt Boulevard
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Best local grocery, good mix of organic and conventional.
True hippy Mecca, not the hipster Mecca that is Whole Foods! Go here if you find yourself battling any illness while traveling! The nutrition section has naturopathic divas and divos who can advise on healing any ailment.
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Natural Grocers
1745 Main Street
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True hippy Mecca, not the hipster Mecca that is Whole Foods! Go here if you find yourself battling any illness while traveling! The nutrition section has naturopathic divas and divos who can advise on healing any ailment.

Parks & Nature

Closest in foothills hiking trails, stunning views and fairly easy trails. A bit off the beaten path.
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Heil Valley Ranch
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Closest in foothills hiking trails, stunning views and fairly easy trails. A bit off the beaten path.
Most magical playground in Colorado, nestled in a stunning canyon, with a mountain stream snaking around it.
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LaVern M. Johnson Park
600 Park Drive
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Most magical playground in Colorado, nestled in a stunning canyon, with a mountain stream snaking around it.
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Rabbit Mountain Open Space
15140 N 55th St
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Golden Ponds Park
2651 3rd Avenue
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