My dad and his family grew up around the Boulder area and I’ve had the opportunity to visit or live there at various points (my twin sister also currently lives there). Boulder is known for its beer and its proximity to amazing hikes although it has an emerging food scene as well. With Tech companies continuing to open offices there and young people flocking for the high quality of life (and housing that is only affordable compared to the Bay Area), Boulder will continue to change. That being said, the things that make it the best are here to stay. 

Activities (The best part of Boulder)

  • Pearl Street Mall – Touristy but still feels like a must do?
  • South Boulder Creek Fly Fishing
  • Estes Park
    • Rocky Mountain National Park
    • Paddle Board in Lake Estes
    • Eagle Plume’s 
  • Winter Park
    • Hot Sulpher Springs
    • Pepe Osaka’s Fish Tacos
    • Fraser Tubing Hill
    • Crater Lakes Trail via South Boulder Creek Trail (AllTrails)
    • St. Mary’s Glacier near Idaho Springs, Colorado
  • Steamboat Springs
    • Mountain Tap Brewery
    • Fish Creek Falls

Food (an emerging aspect of Boulder)

  • Zoe Ma Ma (Dumplings)
  • Rosetta Hall (Food Hall) – Rosetta Hall is a relatively new establishment founded by local chefs. It contains ~10 restaurants from Italian to Asian Street food.  
  • Chez Thuy Restaurant (Vietnamese) – Unassuming Vietnamese restaurant with the best Pho in town (for those cold Winter nights). 
  • Frasca Food and Wine (Northern Italian) – The flagship Boulder restaurant. Frasca single handedly brought Boulder several steps forward in the food front. Worth a trip for a special occasion! 
  • Corrida (Tapas) – Great wine list in an awesome location. If anything, worth getting a glass of wine on the balcony. 
  • Moxie Feed & Seed (Bakery) – Moxie has two locations (Boulder and Louisville). The Louisville is a little better but both have incredible, interesting bread as well as sandwiches. 
  • Snarf’s (Sandwiches) – A Boulder classic. Sometimes you just need a really delicious sandwich filled tons of goodies.

Drink (Boulder is the OG Beer town) 

  • Upslope – A neighborhood favorite. They offer a wide variety of beers from Stouts to Lagers to Hazys and nearly every one of them is amazing. 
  • Vision Quest – If you’re into farmhouse ales and sours then this place in East Boulder is definitely a fun trip. Some of the beers on-tap when I last looked include a Imperial Fruited Kettle Sour, a Puncheon Cuvée Mixed Ferm Berliner Weisse Sour, and Fermented green tea. 
  • Avery – Every beer town has one brewery that makes it big and builds a shiny, state-of-the-art brewery. Avery is that for Boulder. So many delicious beers and lots of outdoor seating. 

Shopping (not a Boulder Highlight)