Download the maps of Boulder from the association of downtown merchants. The Directory Map, of downtown, and Best of Boulder Map, of the larger area that includes the campus and conference hotel, are particularly useful.
Getting around town
Boulder Creek Path: a 5.5 mile (8.8 km) walking and biking path that runs along Boulder Creek from the foothills, through downtown (including underneath the public library), and out to the east campus of the University where INSTAAR and NSIDC are located. The path connects to a network of bike and walking trails that can take you to most of the interesting places in Boulder – if you have good walking shoes.
Bus routes: a fleet of buses criss-cross Boulder; buses arrive at stops every 10 minutes or so. One fare is $2.25 ($1.10 for people over 65 – you will have to show i.d. if asked by the driver). Get info from the City's web site or from RTD-Denver.
Pearl Street Mall: a downtown street converted to a pedestrian outdoor mall, lined with shops, restaurants, and bars. Nice weather brings out everyone in town to window shop, admire the tulip beds, see and be seen, or sit in an outdoor café for happy hour snacks.
Amante Coffee: Italian-style cafe offers gelato and football (soccer) on the telly at two locations: Walnut Street downtown and Broadway at the north edge of town.
Brewing Market: Three locations in Boulder and one each in Longmont and Lafayette.
Flatiron Coffee: Used to be a Peaberry Coffee until they terminated their franchise agreement unexpectedly—the employees kept going as an indie shop with great iced coffee just a block away from us.
Ozo Coffee: A location on Pearl Street and other on Arapahoe bracket INSTAAR.
Trident Cafe: Sister to an independent bookshop, Trident's wooden booths and outdoor patio make it the quintessential Boulder coffeehouse.
There are more restaurants in Boulder than you can shake a stick at. Go ahead, pick up a stick and try; it’s exhausting.
Agave: Mexican food with a twist. 2845 28th St. 303.444.2922
Brasserie Ten Ten: French bistro. 1011 Walnut Street
Carelli’s: Pasta, veal, and salads served in a lounge-like environment: think firepit, martini glasses, and high booths with swooping backs. 645 30th Street
Dark Horse: A den of iniquity/sports bar near the conference hotel, with walls collaged over decades. Juicy burgers are cooked to order.
Dushanbe Tea House: A gift from our sister city in Tajikistan, this cypress-and-tile-sheathed local landmark features a variety of eastern and western inspired dishes. You’ll be tempted to sit outside by the creek, but don’t miss a trip inside for the singular painted ceiling. 1770 13th Street
The Med: Tapas, pizza, paella, salads, and grilled meats march down the long and delicious menu at this crowded, loud, and convivial Boulder landmark. 1002 Walnut Street
Modmarket: Fresh, made to order salads, pizza, and sandwiches make for a tasty, healthful, and affordable light dinner. 1600 28th St #1212 (in 29th Street Mall) 720.440.0476
The Rio: Famous for their margaritas, this Mexican-style joint makes decent burritos as well. 1101 Walnut Street 303.444.3690
The best of Boulder happy hours combine a nice drink, local atmosphere, and tasty snacks for bargain prices. Perfect for diners on a budget.
Boulder Café: 3:00 to close Half-priced appetizers – share the alpine fondue with a friend.
Brasserie Ten Ten: 3:00-6:30 pm Snacks like fried green beans, small crepes, and mussels pair with house wine ($3.75), local beer ($3.25), or a well cocktail ($3.75).
The Kitchen [Next Door]: 3:00-6:00, Wed-Sun 9:00-close A friendly, pub-style offshoot of the renowned (and pricey) locavore champion The Kitchen offers $2 local beer or $3 wine with lamb sliders ($2.50) and a number of $1.50 sides and snacks.
Q’s: 5:00-7:00 40% off wines and a selection of gourmet small plates: try the seasonally garnished gnocchi. Q’s is the house restaurant in the Boulderado, a showy 19th century hotel. Ask to ride the elevator – it’s an old Otis, with an operator.
Brew pubs and breweries
Colorado is an epicenter of highly hopped local beer.
Avery: Tasting room and outdoor seating reward you for finding this popular local brewery in a light industrial strip mall. 5763 Arapahoe Avenue
Boulder Beer: The first microbrewery to set up in Colorado. 2880 Wilderness Place, near Foothills Parkway
Twisted Pine: Small, cozy, and close. 3201 Walnut Street Suite A
Upslope: Relative newcomer in north Boulder, featuring a few classic styles and some wild cards. 1501 Lee Hill Road #20
Walnut Brewery: Pub-style dinners in a high-raftered historic building downtown. 1123 Walnut Street 303.447.1345
Boulder Bookstore: More than 100,000 titles await your browsing pleasure in Boulder's largest, oldest independent bookstore. 1107 Pearl Street
A good list of Boulder attractions, arts organizations, and restaurants from the Visitor’s Bureau.