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About Boulder

Welcome to Boulder!

“25 square miles surrounded by reality!”

Common saying about Boulder

The Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, CO

Boulder is a great town!

Okay, we’re biased and we live here. But really, Boulder is a great town! It is consistently ranked one of the best mid-sized cities in America. It has a great climate, great people, lots of outdoor activities, gorgeous views, great restaurants and plenty of quality shops. The two universities – the University of Colorado and Naropa University – give Boulder a vibrant and youthful feeling. There is much to do outside, from hiking and biking, to rock-climbing and kayaking. They even plow the bike paths whenever the snow falls, sometimes before the roads themselves!

Here are some of our Boulder favorites:


Restaurants

Being a “university town”, there are many good restaurants around the area … more than would fit on this page. Being Boulder, the restaurants are all used to taking care of special diets. Chefs welcome special orders and menus often call out gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, organic. Here are some of our favorites.

Type Restaurant Comments
American Murphy’s Bar and Grill A great neighborhood grill. We love their turkey platter with mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce.
Japanese Sushi Tora Great sushi and good sake bar. We’ve known two of the owners for over 20 years.
Chinese Golden Lotus A good Chinese restaurant with a large menu. Great for large parties.
Tibetan/Nepalese Sherpa’s A favorite of ours. Great food. The Nepalese owner climbed Mt. Everest.
Vietnamese Chez Thuy Great food. The noodle bowls with grilled meat are especially good.
Italian Laudisio’s Very good Italian food … especially the fish. They also have a separate gluten-free menu.
Tapas “The Med” What are tapas? They’re really good, little appetizers. Combine a bunch to make a great meal.
Teahouse The Dunshanbe Teahouse A gift from our sister city in Tajikistan. Good food, lots of tea, and outdoor seating next to the creek.
Pizza A tie between Jalino’s
Beau Jo’s
Janlino’s has the best regular pizza, but Beau Jo’s has gluten-free pizzas. Yum!
Fast Food Noodles and Co. Sure, we have the usual fast food places, but try this noodle house. They have a dozen or so pasta dishes, with or without soup or salad. All can be made with rice noodles for the gluten-free folks.

Coffee and Tea

There are plenty of Starbuck’s in town, but there are some great coffeehouses that serve much better coffee. We also have some great teahouses that specialize in really fine teas.

Type Name Comments
Coffee Cafe Sole Some of the best coffee beans in town. On the south side of town.
Coffee Logan’s Great coffee and expresso on the north side of town.
Coffee Vic’s Great coffee next to a great bagal shop named Moe’s.
Tea Pekoe Lots and lots of teas, brewed right.
Tea The Dunshanbe Teahouse A real teahouse … a gift from our sister city in Tajikistan.


Groceries

If you need to get some organic or specialty groceries, there are plenty in Boulder. Boulder has seven large natural food stores, but only five large supermarkets. And we’re happy about that, too!

Type Name Comments
Natural Foods Whole Foods Actually, Whole Foods has four locations in Boulder, and there are only 100,000 people in Boulder. Enough said? One location is very near the Best Western Boulder Inn and the Boulder Outlook Suites on Baseline and Broadway.
Natural Foods Vitamin Cottage Near Whole Foods, just in case you can’t find it at Whole Foods.
Supermarket Safeway There are three locations in Boulder, one north, one central and one south.
Supermarket King Soopers There are two locations in Boulder, one central and one south.

Shopping

Boulder has lots of interesting stores, from the largest and coolest hardware store you’ve ever seen, to clothing stores, to lots of arts and craft galleries. Here are some of our favorites.

Type Name Comments
Best Place to Shop The Pearl Street Mall A pedestrian mall downtown that has great stores. It is lots of fun to walk around, watch the street performers or just people-watch. There are plenty of good stores and restaurants.
Best “Hardware” Store McGuckins Much more than a hardware store. Enormous selection and very well staffed. Nationally recognized. If you haven’t been able to find it, they probably have three different kinds of it.
Best Bookstore Boulder Bookstore On the Pearl Street Mall downtown. We have Barnes and Nobles and Borders, but the Boulder Bookstore is the local favorite.


Activities

So much to do and so little time. Well, in Boulder, we recommend getting outside. It’s beautiful. There are lots of places to hike, both flat and hilly. You can rent bikes at several locations and ride on the bike paths along creeks and away from cars. It is also fun to drive up into the mountains. The Continental Divide is about 20 miles away as the crow flies, and an hour-long drive to Nederland and the Peak-to-Peak highway will give you a nice taste of the mountains.

Available Time Name Comments
An evening The Pearl Street Mall Mentioned in the Shopping section above, this pedestrian mall is our favorite place to go browse a few stores, walk around, watch the street performers or just people-watch. There are plenty of good stores and restaurants.
A morning or afternoon Chautauqua and the Mesa Trail This park is at the foot of the Flatirons, the distinctive mountains directly to the west. There is a good restaurant, an open park, and a hiking trail that transports you into the forest with beautiful views.
An extra day Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park Estes Park is a picturesque mountain town about an hour away. Nearby is Rocky Mountain National Park, a great place to see why the Rocky Mountains are such national treasures. The huge park offers all kinds of hikes amidst mountains and lakes, and also a famous drive up to 12,000 feet with enormous vistas of the mountains.

Feel free to send us an email with your interests and we can suggest some ways to further enjoy your stay in Colorado.