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 lattes and espressos. Below are some much-loved local spots.
The Trident is 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. In the heat of the summer, the shady back patio is a cool escape.
There are actually two Ozos to choose from on Pearl Street: West Pearl near 10th Street, and East Pearl near 15th. Both are southern-facing for warm winter sipping. Popular with college students, both Ozo's usually have a buzz. The West Pearl site is a bit more cozy — and also crowded.
Rising from the ashes of the old Penny Lane, the Laughing Goat offers some much-needed quirkiness on 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.
Boxcar feels like a European cafe, with cozy nooks and corners. Co-located with the Dedalus wine, cheese, and charcuterie shop, Boxcar tends to be packed with loyal customers. Lines are frequently out the door. A second shop at 637R South Broadway in the Table Mesa Shopping Center (former site of Caffe Sole) is slated to open in late 2023 or early 2024. Catch some great sunsets over the flatirons there when it opens.
January Coffee has some of the highest-quality coffee and friendliest baristas in town. It's a bit of a walk from the Pearl Street mall area, although if you're heading over to watch a movie at the 29th Street Cinemark or catching a yoga class at Yoga Pod, it's just a stone's throw away. January prides itself on inclusivity, community, and kindness. Highly recommended.