This is Boulder's longest standing coffee shop. It originated as a Buddhist bookshop in 1972, and later added the cafe in 1982. In 2011, the shop expanded into publishing and now owns their own publishing house, Trident. Besides selling books, the shop offers book readings as well as other quirky events. During COVID-19, eight longterm employees signed their names on the bottom line, making this an employee-owned bookstore in its forty year history.
In 1983, a group of Boulderites led by Sophia Stoller and Mary Axe, went to the Soviet Union in search of establishing a sister-city relationship with a fellow community. Their hopes to establish international peace went against the political mainstream at the time. Throughout their search they established a match with Dushanbe in Tajikistan. The commonalities established this bond as both places were university towns, centers for scientific study, and both surrounded by mountains of similar latitude.
Sitting alongside the Boulder Creek is this vibrant teahouse that symbolizes peace and global friendship. Popular with locals and tourists, some choose to eat lunch here while others come for a cup of hot or iced tea.
Constructed entirely by hand in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, this teahouse was a gift to its sister-city of Boulder.The teahouse was dismantled and then shipped and reconstructed. What stands today is a symbol of friendship and cultural exploration that goes beyond just selling tea. Some visit to admire the architecture, where others come for lunch or tea. The outdoor seating is a very pleasant atmosphere sitting underneath a trellis while sipping iced chai tea.
The Boulder Theatre has been in operation since 1906, showcasing the best of music and film. The facade features a fine display of art-deco architecture, and today is available for rent for weddings, parties and other major musical events. Check the Boulder Theatre website for COVID updates as the theatre remains closed to facility rental, but if in Boulder, it is worth checking out the brightly lit neon sign and Art Deco design.
Although many people wouldn't' think of a Farmers' Market as a historic site to see, this Farmer's Market has been in operation since 1986 and has been rated the Number 1 Farmers' Market in America by USA Today readers. Boulder has some of the original out-west hippie foundations of natural food and organic farming, so its a great way to experience the authentic granola-munching vibe.
For a completely different vibe than the Farmers' Market, be sure to check out the Dark Horse Bar, Boulder's "World Famous" bar since 1975. This dive bar has long been known for its five-dollar "Burger Madness," and eclectic antique and kitschy decor. Chocked with dive-bar locals, one would not expect anything other than the out-of-the-ordinary decor and clientele.
Boulder Beer Company
Boulder Beer Company is Boulder's first craft brewery. Sadly, in 2020, the owner decided to close it's beer tap doors; however, one must experience the concoctions of local hop's history through trying their brews at local restaurants or picking ups six-pack from the local grocery store. Top sellers include the Hazed and Infused Pale Ale and Boulder Chocolate Shake Porter.
Discover all you need to know about Boulder's history at the Museum of Boulder. Explore Boulder's Native roots, and discover how or why Boulder is so health-obsessed. The museum is interactive for children and don't miss the museum's rooftop, which displays some of the best views of the Flatiron mountains.
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