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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Pedestrian Plaza
“The Pearl Street walking mall is famous for their award winning restaurants and shopping. It also features entertaining street performers and there’s always something interesting to do for everyone. Restaurants, brewpubs, bars, bookshops, art shops, clothing stores and much more. Some of the more popular shops are Peppercorn Gourmet Goods, Boulder Bookstore, Patagonia, University Bicycles, prAna, Athleta, North Face, and the historic Boulderado Hotel. The street entertainers, Boulder Theater, live bands, and nightlife make this a must see experience. ”
  • 277 locals recommend
Trail
“Signature view of Boulder flatirons. Access to great hikes. National Historic Landmark. Dining is also nice, and great artists play concerts in the auditorium throughout the summer.”
  • 256 locals recommend
Tea Room
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“Ornate landmark shipped piece by piece from Tajikistan (Boulder's sister city) & rebuilt creekside, with teas & light bites. In Central Park and a short walk down the Boulder Creek Trail. ”
  • 158 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Farm-to-table American food in an urban space, plus drinks from the upstairs community bar.”
  • 127 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Since 1993 Avery brewery has been committed to producing eccentric ales and lagers that defy styles ​and​ categories. The beers are thoroughly American at heart: blending Old World tradition and expertise with ingenuity, creativity and boldness.”
  • 90 locals recommend
Music Venue
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“Art deco institution since 1906 for various music shows & mostly avant-garde films.”
  • 77 locals recommend
Pedestrian Plaza
“Great restaurants, street performers, art shops, clothing, camping and kitchen goods.”
  • 82 locals recommend
Pub
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“Simply the best spot in town to get a taste of Boulder's culture. The conversations are so loud and passionate you can barely hear yourself thinking about how amazing your life is right now. ”
  • 93 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
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“Yummy Mediterranean food, including tapas and sangria. Happy hour before 6:30 pm, and a lovely flower-filled outdoor courtyard with a tuscan tile fountain.”
  • 94 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“My favorite breakfast place in town. Typically they have a significant wait, so I like to get my name in and walk around the Pearl Street Mall. This is a good option if you are not in a rush. My favorite is the Eggs Benedict, but it is all delicious.”
  • 89 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Fabulous seasonal brick oven pizzas with wonderful digestives and a stellar wine selection. ”
  • 81 locals recommend
Route
“Classic Boulder Hike. Don't be ashamed when pro athletes sprint past you while you trudge up the trail...that's also a classic Boulder experience:)”
  • 63 locals recommend
Cafe
“Wonderful work/reading space all day long, then live music in the evening! Coffee, beer, & wine.”
  • 80 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“we love this place especially if you can get one of the few outdoor table. Happy Hour till 6:30 daily”
  • 83 locals recommend
Trail
“Mt. Sanitas Valley trail is a popular hike. It is not too strenuous or long. ”
  • 76 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Where I buy my locally roasted beans. CURED, the food provisions part of the shop, has lots of beautiful food and home items too. Wine shop in the back.”
  • 68 locals recommend