Posted September 4, 2009 by Kate Hamman
Runners, hikers, and bikers have made Boulder a prime meeting spot for outdoor enthusiasts. However, the city also caters to students, with cheap eats, caffeine joints, and places to unwind. Here, you will find a small college town that's as big on down time as it is on activity.
The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse: When it's high time for tea, students, locals, and visitors know there's only one place to properly enjoy a spot of chamomile. Received as a gift from Dushanbe, Tajikistan, Boulder's sister city, the building was shipped piece by piece and reconstructed here. The exterior panels, interior columns, and ceiling were hand-carved and hand-painted in Tajikistan, which gives the shop an authentic and ethereal atmosphere. The decadent afternoon tea costs $18.95 per person and reservations are required 24 hours in advance.
Boulder Book Store: This independently owned bookstore serves as a haven for the city's literati. With a passage to the adjacent BookEnd Espresso Café, it's easy to pick up a latte on the way to the stacks. The bookstore is filled to the brim with a wide range of reading options, and many of the events held here are free. After you've found your book of choice, you can then grab a seat and a bite next door. The cafe serves a wide range of coffee, teas, and baked goods, and the deli section sells tempting sandwiches such as the Great Gatsbrie, a croissant filled to the brim with brie, avocado, fresh basil, and sundried-tomato pesto for $6.25.
The Sink: In a college town, one comes to expect pizza and burger joints at every turn, but this University Hill dive is one-of-a-kind for atmosphere, food, and history. Since 1950, millions have admired the caricature-covered walls—even Robert Redford, who once swept the floors as a janitor. The Sink's burgers are the best on the Hill, but the specialty pizzas are particularly tasty, especially since you can drizzle the remaining crust with honey for dessert. Happy hour specials run Monday through Friday between 3:30 and 6:00, when specialty appetizers cost $3 and most draft beers cost $2.50.
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