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Around Boulder

There are many things to do and see around Boulder, MANY restaurants, many bars and a large number of breweries and brew pubs too. This list can not be exhaustive, but gives you an idea.

Pearl Street Mall
The pedestrian downtown of Boulder, full or restaurants/bars/buskers/unique shops.
Downtown Boulder [Wiki page]

29th Street Mall
An outside mall with more shops(Macy’s/Apple/Target/etc) than Pearl Street, but again many restaurants, some bars and the cinema.
29th Street Mall

Chautauqua (10 minute car ride)
Beautiful hiking trails up into the Flatirons, you get some lovely views of Boulder and the surrounding area. You can make the hikes as easy or as hard as you’d like!
Chautauqua Park


Backcountry Pizza & Tap House is a very extensive Tap House (50+ draft beers, plus restaurant), and a short walk from the Millenium.
Also a short walk from the hotel on 29th is BJ’s Brewhouse & Restaurant (a chain pub though). A short walk from SPSC is FATE Brewing Company. Another local favorite of the students in town is Dark Horse.

On/near Pearl Street mall is Boulder Beer(was previously the Walnut Brewery, still popular with SwRI Boulder-ites, because you can see their building from it), and West Flanders, a Belgium Style brewer.
The Mountain Sun is at east end of Pearl, 1.5 blocks east of the pedestrian part, and is probably my favorite. February is Stout month, the Girl Scout Stout (made with Girl Scout cookies) is goooood, but the place is not that large so expect to have to wait for a table.
If you have a car then these three breweries are also good: Avery, Asher (all organic), Southern Sun (the Southern Sun is sister brewery of the Mountain Sun, but is much larger and far easier to get a table). Many of these breweries offer tours, see websites.

Restaurants Around Boulder

  • Il Pastaio Ristorante – Across the street from SPSC, casual Italian cuisine
  • Dushanbe Teahouse – Most ornate restaurant, built in Tajikistan.
  • Sherpas – Nepalese, Indian, and Tibetan food
  • Leaf – Vegetarian (and Vegan) restaurant
  • The Med – Mediterranean food, tapas, paella, pastas, etc.
  • Tiffin’s India Cafe – Spicy curries with many Veggie/Vegan options, more casual but takes a little longer (worth it!), CLOSED ON MONDAYS
  • T|ACO – Unique tacos made from fresh ingredients and a fun variety of creative drinks
  • Hapa Sushi Grill – Great selection of sushi and sashimi (and sake)
  • River and Woods – Recipes served here are inspired by local Boulder-ites submissions of their favorite recipies

Faster Food Around Boulder 

  • Mod Market – Fresh/healthy ingredients, good for lunch or a quick dinner
  • Larkburger – Burger joint originating from Vail
  • Five Guys – A chain restaurant, but still a great burger!
  • Rincon Argentino – Diverse empanada menu and nice outdoor seating (You never know about weather in Boulder!)
  • Kalita Grill – Wide variety of Greek foods, the fries are a must-have
  • Cheba Hut – A favorite of students, great subs with lots of character, lots of Veggie/Vegan options
  • Illegal Pete’s – Local to Colorado, Chipotle-style restaurant with a bar, best of both worlds!
  • Cosmo’s – Famous around Boulder for their huge slices and spicy ranch, a favorite casual pizza parlor

High End (Reservations Highly Recommended)

  • Black Cat Bistro – Food from their own local farm!
  • Arcana – Has “Terroir Tuesdays” of wine at nearly wholesale price and a cheeseburger and fries
  • L’Atelier – Lots of excellent seafood options
  • Frasca Food and Wine – Food inspired by a region of northeastern Italy, with over 200 wines
  • Emmerson – Breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks are all provided with spectacular quality
  • Bramble & Hare – Has their own cookbook to recreate the same quality meals at home

Brunch – The best meal of the day

  • Foolish Craigs – on Pearl (they also do lunch/dinner)
  • Snooze – An “AM eatery” so specializes in brunch
  • Walnut Cafe – Two Boulder locations, different coffee drinks, but always busy!
  • Lucile’s – A classic style Creole Breakfast joint (they have beignets!)
  • The Buff – Large menu with a wide varitety of locally sourced food

Around Colorado

Rocky Mountain National Park
If you have a car, Rocky Mountain Nataional Park is just an hour north. There are many hikes, but a shorter one 0.6 miles each way to a frozen waterfall (Alberta Falls). Also the town of Estes Park is nearby with the historic Stanley hotel where Steven King stayed and based The Shinning on.

Pikes Peak
About 2 hours south (100 miles) is Pikes Peak, a 14,000ft + mountain that you can get to the top of by a Cog Railway. There is also a toll road that you can take to drive the 13 mile route to the top, although the top few miles may still be closed off due to snow.
Near Pikes Peak is Garden of the Gods, an out of place landscape, very reminiscent of the area around Los Alamos.

Ski Resorts
Many ski resorts in the area, and ski towns. From nearest going outwards to around 2.5 hours drive:
Eldora (45 mins from Boulder, local bus goes there. Also good for Nordic),
Winter Park, Loveland, A-basin, Keystone, Breckenridge, Copper, Cooper, Vail, Beaver Creek