Whether you're an early riser or a late sleeper, you'll enjoy breakfast in Boulder. Below are some spots that visitors and locals love.
Over the years, many breakfast spots in Boulder have come and gone — but Snooze has been packed since the day it opened. Pineapple upside-down pancakes, multiple versions of Eggs Benedict, and organic Guatamalan coffee has established Snooze as the top breakfast spot in Boulder. It's a fun, buzzy place with a 1950s diner flair. Only Lucille's, below, has comparable crowds. There is usually a wait for a table. You can join the standby list via their website. Stop by Ozo, a few doors down, for coffee while you wait.
Tangerine is in north-central Boulder, a medium bike ride or short car ride away from Pearl Street. It's a slightly healthier and more gourmet alternative to Snooze, with plenty of fun pancakes and other treats. The coffees and teas are wonderful as well. The Elmer's Two Mile Creek Greenway bike path (connecting with the Goose Creek path near Mapleton and 28th) will pop you almost to Tangerine's doorstep, near the corner of 28th and Iris.
If you're craving southern creole food in Boulder, Lucile's is the place to go. A popular local spot, lines for a table at Lucile's can spill out the door. However, you'll probably find that the wait is worth it. Fresh-baked biscuits, homemade jams, New Orleans beignets, and cajun omelets are some of the specialties. Great coffee and a cozy Victorian home setting help make Lucile's one of Boulder's best comfort breakfast spots.
Located right within Chautauqua Park, brunch on the porch of Chautauqua Dining Hall is a delight. Standards include blueberry pancakes and western omelets; however, the real draw is the unparalleled view of the Chautauqua grounds. Your meal can be followed by a late-morning stroll up the Mesa or McClintock trails. The Chautauqua porch is often rated one of the best open-air dining spots in Boulder.
A meal at Dushanbe is more about atmosphere than food. The tea house, a gift to Boulder from its sister city in Tajikistan, is an elegant and lovely place to eat. Breakfast is standard fare; weekend brunch is more sophisticated. But it's the tea house itself that charms. The carved ceiling and columns were crafted by Tajikistan artists. The creekside patio is a tranquil mid-city escape. Try a selection from the world-spanning tea menu when you're there.