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Coffee Shops in Boulder

One thing that distinguishes Boulder from other Colorado towns is its robust coffee shop culture. There are over twenty dedicated coffee and tea shops in Boulder — plus dozens of other outlets that serve hot drinks. Below are some much-loved local spots.

The Trident

940 Pearl Street (map)
(303) 443-3133

A Boulder classic. Characters abound here like extras from a Fellini movie. Sit outside at the shared sidewalk tables and immerse yourself in conversations about politics and philosophy. Or settle inside for a quieter, wood-softened experience. Trident is one of the last bulwarks of Boulder literary culture. Chat about your favorite author over espresso, then slip next door to browse at the shared-space used bookstore.

Cafe Sole in Boulder

Caffe Sole

637R South Broadway (map)
(303) 499-2985

If you want to sip slowly and stare at the mountains, Caffe Sole is the place to be. Located in South Boulder, the spacious patio at Caffe Sole is a great site to watch the sun drift into the west. Eldo climbers and hikers meet here before and after their workouts. SoBo residents congregate to chat. On autumn afternoons, it's one of the best spots in town. Ask the baristas for recommendations on the wide selection of loose-leaf teas.

The Laughing Goat

1709 Pearl Street (map)
(303) 440-4628

Rising from the ashes of the old Penny Lane, the Laughing Goat offers some much-needed quirkiness on staid East Pearl. Students mingle with artists here. Open mike sessions feature talented local poets and musicians. The glass front opens on warm days, and tables spill out onto the sidewalk. The "Goat" — named after an Ethiopian coffee fable — also offers a variety of teas.

The Cup

1521 Pearl St (map)
(303) 449-5173

Clean, light, and airy, the Cup is one of the nicest newer coffee shops in Boulder. South-facing with an open front, the shop is a great place to soak up some sun on cooler days. Coffee is top-notch here, as are the food items. The shop is a hub for studying students. For a neighboring option, try Atlas Purveyors (1505 Pearl Street) which is known for its tea and chai.

Jet's Espressoria

2116 Pearl Street (map)
(303) 247-0124

Modest Espressoria is little-known outside of its East Pearl neighborhood. However, its Santa Fe-inspired back patio is a cool escape on hot summer days. Jet's (or Espressoria, as the locals call it) can be bustling or empty; try it at different times for a different experience. Like Folsom Street Coffee (1795 Folsom Street) a few blocks to the southeast, Espressoria offers plenty of outlets for laptops.


2680 Broadway (map)
(303) 440-8209

For a quick, quality coffee drink, Vic's is the place to visit. North-central Boulder residents often kick off their weekend mornings with a stop at Vic's. Built more for flow than for lounging, Vic's nevertheless offers a comfortable space to read, study, or chat. Local musicians regularly perform at the in-store piano. Check out the art throughout the store — it's likely the work of a local artist or photographer. Vic's also has a second location at 3305 30th Street.

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