940 Pearl Street
Closest B-station: 9th & Pearl
Half book shop, half coffee shop, Trident has served the Boulder community for more than 30 years. Trident slings locally-roasted Boxcar Stella Espresso and a custom-blended drip coffee in addition to a wide selection of loose leaf teas. The back patio offers a play area for kids as well as great spot to pore over a book and some pour-over. In the summer, this outdoor space hosts poetry readings, live music and other events.
1035 Walnut Street
Closest B-station: 11th & Pearl
Amante is all about coffee the Italian way. Exclusively using beans from a third-generation roaster in northern Italy, Amante serves up traditional Italian cappuccinos and espressos, with the addition of some of their own spins on classic styles. Don’t skip out on the gelato either—they’re one of the few places in Boulder to offer it. If you’re looking to catch a soccer game or unwind later on in the day, they also offer a full liquor bar focused on Italian wines, coffee-based martinis, and traditional Italian cocktails.
1770 13th Street
Closest B-station: 13th & Arapahoe
In 1987, artisans in our sister city of Dushanbe, Tajikistan hand-built this tea house, disassembled it, and shipped it to Boulder for reassembly. It wasn’t rebuilt on our end until 1998, and in exchange we gave the citizens of Dushanbe an internet cafe. That must have been one hell of an internet cafe, because the Dushanbe teahouse is stunningly beautiful. Inside, the ceiling is intricately painted and carved by hand, and help up by equally intricately carved cedar columns. In the center of the tea house sits a beautiful copper fountain, and outside a rose garden sits along a babbling brook. Come for an elegant afternoon tea (reservations required), or a slightly more casual Tajik lunch or dinner. If you go one place for tea in Boulder, make it here.
1225 Alpine Avenue
Closest B-station: Broadway & Alpine
What exactly is a Sip House? I don’t know, but it certainly involves a lot of tea. Make no mistake—while Pekoe offers coffee and espresso, tea is king here. Hot tea, iced tea, chai, blended tea and bubble tea fill the menu in as many varieties as you could possibly imagine. Tea heads can also buy loose leaf tea in bulk and bottled iced tea to go. What clinches the deal for us is the availability of hot breakfast, as well as gluten free and raw options for all you hippies.
1521 Pearl Street
Closest B-station: 15th & Pearl
It’s no surprise that our most popular station is right across the street from Boulder’s most popular coffee shop. There’s a reason that The Cup sees the kind of traffic it does—darn good coffee and tea. The Cup has a wide selection of coffees, teas, espresso drinks, iced beverages and even coffee and chai milkshakes. Pair that with more pastries than you can shake a stick at, and you’ve got a recipe for success. You might have trouble finding a table, so grab that coffee and pastry to go and have a stroll down the Pearl Street Mall.
1709 Pearl St.
Closest B-station: 15th & Pearl or 20th & Pearl
It’s hard to pick the best thing about The Laughing Goat. You can count on something always going on, with live music and events every night of the week. Unlike most spots in Boulder, they’re open until 11:00 PM, which makes this an ideal late-night hangout spot. They serve Kaladi Brothers coffee, widely regarded as among the best roasters in Colorado. In warm weather, their patio offers wonderful people watching, and they even offer a wonderful selection of craft beer. The Laughing Goat is a truly special fusion and a genuine community gathering place. You owe it to yourself to check it out.
1725 Pearl Street
Closest B-station: 20th & Pearl
Boxcar is undoubtedly Boulder’s hippest coffee shop. You know the type: Baristas adorned in industrial aprons and manicured beards serve a small menu of Denver-roasted beans in a gorgeous space. If you’re looking for fancy, sugary drinks, look elsewhere. If you’re looking for serious coffee, there’s no better spot in town. Founded in 2010, Boxcar’s reputation has led to their beans turning up in some of the best coffee shops in Colorado. This original Pearl Street storefront shares space with another Boulder Gem, Cured, which serves up meats, cheeses and other gourmet foods.
2721 Arapahoe Avenue
Closest B-station: The Village
Flatiron Coffee stands out for its fantastic bulk coffee selection and friendly service. It certainly doesn’t hurt that you can place your order online to have it ready when you get there, either. Flatiron Coffee offers up plenty of small tables and free wi-fi if you’re interested in hunkering down and working on that novel you’ve been writing.