Written by: Kristin Agnes
Boulder is a tiny vivacious college town nestled against the Rocky Mountains—the Flat Irons, to be exact. You’ll fall in love with the eclectic crowd and the nonstop activity with just one trip. Voted as America’s happiest and healthiest city, you are bound to find both fabulous happy hours and awesome gluten-free bites while you socialize with the welcoming locals. Boulder was also voted America’s foodiest town by Bon Appétit in 2010, which makes choosing between top-notch restaurants the daily dilemma. With gorgeous landscapes to hike, bike, and ski, it’s never a dull moment in this town. Stroll amongst the street performers along the Pearl Street Mall while you happy hour hop and boutique shop, with a glance at the lovely Flat Irons every now and then.
1730 Pearl Street, Boulder, Colorado 80301
The staff take frequent trips to Italy in order to bring authentic Italian culinary culture into the heart of Boulder. Every pizza is baked in their genuine Stefano Ferrara brick oven, where one can watch with awe as the makers prep and bake right in front of you. Not only is this place praised by the locals, it has also received national recognition by multiple food magazines, including Food & Wine Magazine and Food Network Magazine.
103 Main Street, Longmont, Colorado 80501
Although this venue requires a drive out of town, visiting Cheese Importers will not be a regret. This Parisian marketplace and bistro is quite unique to Colorado. After nibbling on the quiche du jour and salted caramel macaroons, peruse La Fromagerie—Cheese Importers’ very own European cheese, meat, and olive market with over 350 varieties of cheeses to choose from.
1710 Pearl Street, Boulder, Colorado 80302
A new addition to the eateries of Boulder, Zeal is the epitome of Boulder character. With the majority of the cuisine either gluten-free, vegan, or a part of a cleanse, you can ensure that you will be fueled properly for a day on the town. Not on a cleanse? No problem! You can add protein to your meal and a fresh-pressed cocktail to your palate. There is something for everyone at this spot.
1015 Pearl Street, Boulder, Colorado 80302
If you want to feel like a local and sip from an array of organic coffees, then Ozo Coffee Co. is the place to go. Full of college students hidden behind computers and books, this venue is a one-stop shop where you can truly experience the brilliance of the town. Although there are multiple locations, the spot downtown on Pearl Street is burrowed between boutiques and yummy eats, making this location the ideal pit stop amid your adventures.
1122 Pearl Street, Boulder, Colorado 80302
Island Farm is the ideal place to escape from the snow as you shop around one-of-a-kind home décor, clothing, and locally made jewelry. The staff puts as much love into the store’s ambiance as they do to their customers, so upon entering this shop you will feel quite at home. With top-quality products and a limited supply of each, every visit to this store brings a whole new experience.