Boulder is the mountain city with a thriving tech scene – an entrepreneurial powerhouse with an incredible quality of life. Don’t let Boulder’s small size fool you into thinking it’s easy to make it here. The city is full of international talent and the environment is as competitive as it is collaborative. Also known as the Silicon Valley of the natural food scene, brands such as Justin’s food products call the city home – think “Peanut Butter Cups”!

WHERE TO STAY

  • BOULDER ADVENTURE LODGE – Rustic lodge style accommodation 2-miles (5-mins drive) from Pearl St. The location is great if you want to embrace the outdoors. Skiing, rock climbing, biking, running and hiking trails are all nearby. Super friendly staff with a laid back but professional vibe. Awesome value for longer stays versus a typical chain hotel.
  • BOULDER MARRIOTT – Great “go-to” option with an awesome location next to Village Boulder Shopping Center. A nine-minute walk from the University of Colorado Boulder and very close proximity to Pearl St.
  • ST. JULIEN HOTEL – Upscale spa hotel and conference center located approx. 1km from the University of Colorado Boulder Campus and a 5-minute walk from the Pearl Street Mall entertainment area. Amenities include a fine-dining restaurant and bar, a lap pool, whirlpool and fitness center. There’s also an expansive conference center and a full-service spa.
  • HOTEL BOULDERADO – This historic downtown hotel was built in 1909 and is known for its beautiful stained-glass ceiling. It’s a short, 5-minute walk from Pearl Street Mall. Rooms and suites have distinct Victorian-style decor with downtown or foothill views. Amenities include a steak and seafood restaurant, two bars, a fitness room and multiple meeting/event spaces. Free valet parking is also available.

CO-WORKING

CO-WORKING SPACES
Boulder’s ultra-collaborative startup scene sees every coffee shop become a hive of co-working activity. For the traditional approach try the following.

  • IMPACT HUB – Our pick for your home away from home in Boulder! A 10,000 square foot space that is networked to other impact hubs across the US.
  • WORKEASY – Newer to the scene and a totally different vibe. A small collective of highly curated residents. Famous for their late night shifts.
  • WEST END PLAZA – Offering longer term accommodation with great corporate suites. Flexible monthly terms with options for single or multi-person offices.
  • THE STUDIO  Located in east Boulder, The Studio is a collection of private workshops and offices contained within a large collaborative, shared space environment. Public spaces include a lounge, community kitchen and multiple conference rooms (we have been told that a meeting room will soon be located inside a renovated vintage airstream trailer).

ACCELERATORS
For the advanced play on startup life in the city check out BUILT IN COLORADO. It is run in partnership by both private sector and local govt. It’s a great way to keep up-to-date on job boards and events calendars.

  • TECH-STARS – A core Boulder community project. These guys are a startup accelerator, definitely not your average shared office space.
  • BOOMTOWN – A co-working space and incubator with awesome 12-week start-up programs founded by former advertising guru Alex Bogusky.

COFFEE & KAI

FOR COFFEE

  • BOXCAR COFFEE ROASTERS – Our favorite coffee in town, some might say the best coffee in the US! (and with an awesome social scene!)
  • CURED – Gourmet grocery store with the most amazing cheese plates. Awesome spot to drink wine and eat charcuterie boards among other delicious treats.
  • OZO COFFEE COMPANY – The Pearl St. branch is a must-do. Great scene and outstanding coffee.
  • TRIDENT BOULDER – An old style working book store making for a revered scene popular with the ‘literati’ and other bohemian/poet types. It often hosts readings, live concerts and plays.
  • KITCHEN NEXT DOOR – This fun bar/restaurant has the coolest vibe. It comprises one big open space with communal tables to share locally sourced home/family-style food and drinks. Definitely a younger scene, it gets packed on a Thursday or Friday evening so get ready to wait – but totally worth it! The Bangers n’ mash is incredible!

FOR LUNCH AND DINNER

  • BASTA – Serves the best wood oven pizza in Boulder. Basta means “enough” in Italian which reflects the restaurant’s passion for creating magnificent flavors from simple, local, seasonal foods
  • SNARF’S – An amazing range of award winning sandwiches that can only be described as ‘snarfalicious’. A very popular choice with the tech crowd.
  • ILLEGAL PETE’S – Check out the Pearl St. branch for amazing take-out burritos.
  • ZOE MA MA – The perfect place for cheap and cheerful Chinese.
  • BLACK CAT – An upscale bistro in downtown Boulder with its own farm from which it sources most of its produce.
  • FRASCA – Michelin Star restaurant serving refined Norther Italian cuisine, located in downtown Boulder.
  • PIZZERIA LOCALE – Features artisan pizzas that are wood-fired in full view of the diners, served in a warm, inviting and relaxed casual setting.
  • THE KITCHEN – A community bistro located in historic downtown Boulder. It offers farm-to-table American food in a contemporary urban space.
  • FRESH THYMES EATERY – This small, family-run restaurant is the recent winner of the Boulder People’s Choice award. It offers a simplistic menu featuring locally grown produce including paleo and vegan options. It’s the epitome of honest food. You can order by specials or build your own plate.
  • OAK  a stylish neighborhood restaurant serving local and seasonal New American cuisine. It has a one-of-a-kind, oak-fired oven and grill cooking locally sourced meats, sustainably raised seafood, and house-made pastas.
  • JAX FISH HOUSE – A local institution since 1994. It’s the first choice for fresh seafood in Boulder. Ranked top 25 Best Seafood Restaurants in America by Travel + Leisure Magazine.
  • BRASSERIE 1010 – A vibrant, cozy cafe offering homestyle French fare. On warm days, the cute outdoor terrace is particularly inviting for a morning french press and a croissant or a quick lunch with a bowl of mussels and glass of rosé.
  • ZEAL – A vibrant vegetarian/vegan restaurant offering fresh ingredients, served as simple combinations. The menu includes a range of macrobiotic dishes and delicious smoothies. Zeal refers to their menu as “Food for enthusiasts”
  • MOUNTAIN SUN PUB – A classic ‘Boulder’ brewery. It’s a cash only establishment… but if you forget, they’re so laid back and friendly, they’ll probably send you home with the bill and instructions to return the cash by mail, at your convenience!

NIGHTSPOTS

  • THE BOHEMIAN BIERGARTEN -Boulder’s only European-style Gastropub featuring traditional cuisine from Germany, the Czech Republic, and Central Europe. A fun open space with communal tables. The Biergarten is stocked with 15 euro-centric beers and rotating local favorites.
  • THE FOX THEATER – A must if you’re in Boulder. The Fox Theater hosts an eclectic mix of live music. The venue is mid-sized and fits enough people for a good time without getting too tight. It’s conveniently located downtown next to the Pearl Street Mall. Our tip is to walk over if you know there’s a big band playing as parking might get difficult.

BOULDER’S SURPRISINGLY GREAT & PLENTIFUL SUSHI OPTIONS

  • KASA SUSHI – The perfect place for quick and easy sushi, located in the heart of Pearl Street.
  • IZAKAYA AMU – Highly regarded for their amazing Japanese food and sake pairing, very popular with Boulder foodies.
  • SUSHI TORA – Definitely our pick for fancy Japanese. Their bento lunches are a specialty.

COOL HUNTING

  • In Boulder, you’ll arguably meet the fittest people in the world. No matter how in shape you think you are, Boulderites are probably fitter! The overall level of sporting activities is out of control – made possible by the natural environment and a great year-round climate.
  • BOULDER CREEK TRAIL – Ten miles long, stretching from the prairie to the mountains while passing two blocks south of downtown. Amazing for running and hiking.
  • TUBING BOULDER CREEK – An adrenaline-fueled adventure that is often referred to as a local rite of passage. Big drops, roiling rapids, cold water and a leafy canopy make this the perfect outing for a hot day.
  • BOULDER FARMER’S MARKET – A “must” for the fantastic food stands and local goods. Our hot tip for amazingness is The Orange Tent. They offer a combo platter containing a delectable sample of everything on the menu – for only around $10. The Farmer’s Market is the ideal location to get a real feel of what Boulder is like – collaborative, happy, healthy and honest people who enjoy a good quality of life fueled by great food. Look out for the lady who makes bread, she has amazing sugar cinnamon pretzels – ask about her white chocolate and lemon bread – beyond delicious!
  • RESOURCE – The best tip we could give to anyone moving to Boulder. ReSource is a recycling center for building materials where locals donate their leftovers which then become someone else’s gold. If you love renovating or searching for unique things to add to your house (at great prices) this is the best place to go. They have a showroom which is great for inspiration on how to recycle things into amazing home goods.
  • For more information on local events, activities and experiences check out BOULDER TOURISM.

GETTING AROUND

  • The center of the action is Pearl Street between 9th and 20th. This corridor of the city is Boulder’s heart and soul where you’ll hang out at the coffee shops, restaurants and co-working facilities. Everything is within a walkable reach, however, bus service is good and Uber is also here.
  • Boulder is also the gateway to Colorado’s ski fields – probably the only reason you’ll need a car. Otherwise bike, walk and Uber. For biking check out B CYCLE who have 40 stations around the city.
  • Given the city’s small size and huge start-up scene, Boulder can feel like one big happy co-working community. At the heart of the Boulder calendar is BOULDER START-UP WEEK. Every May the event sees 8,000+ attendees come for 200 free events over 5 days.
  • Be mindful of the high altitude. Drink lots of water and avoid drinking too much alcohol to evade the dreaded “high-altitude hangover”!

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