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Brunch in Boulder

As if it needs to be said, brunch is always a good idea. Brunch in Boulder, with buckets of sunshine, sweeping mountain views and fresh farm-to-table cuisine? It might be your best idea yet. Boulder has options for every kind of brunching style: leisurely and sun-soaked, classic hangover diner food, a lively round of Bloodys with the crew and more.

Classic Brunch

The Buff

This mom n’ pop eatery is one of the top places to brunch in Boulder. With that in mind, be prepared for a wait… and for it to be well worth it! Friendly staff, a warm atmosphere and all the brunch classics deliciously prepared (with many gluten-free and vegan options) make The Buff a staple in Boulder’s brunch scene.

Try: The homemade buttermilk biscuits and gravy served with two eggs.

Walnut Cafe

A brunch favorite in Boulder, Walnut Cafe and sister restaurant Southside Walnut Cafe offer a family- and pet-friendly vibe (dogs are welcome on the sunny outdoor patio area) with unique coffee concoctions and all the brunch staples done right.

Try: The giant, fresh-baked sweet roll served with gooey icing. 

Village Coffee Shop

If you’re looking for no-frills, classic (and tasty as heck) diner food that will fill your belly without emptying your wallet, Village Coffee Shop is your place. Psst: NY Daily News named this spot one of America’s best hole-in-the-wall diners.

Try: The breakfast burrito and a bottomless cup o’ joe. And the hash browns...definitely the hash browns.

Brunch with a View

Chautauqua Dining Hall

Sitting pretty at the foot of the Flatirons, the historic Chautauqua Dining Hall opens its large, scenic veranda on warm days, and the menu is supplied by the chef’s own farm. A casual stroll through Chautauqua’s gardens and trails before or after your meal might be in order.

Try: The Bistro Benedict with maple braised pork belly.

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Budget Tip

Sit outside on the lawn in front of the Chautauqua Auditorium to overhear rehearsals of the Colorado Music Festival June-August.

Rye Society at Avanti F&B

Grab a New-York-style bagel (made from scratch) and head onto Avanti F&B’s rooftop deck. Rye Society uses old family recipes to craft Jewish delicatessen staples on their affordable, pared-down menu, complemented by stunning views of the Flatirons. A great place to hang and taste all the food and drink Avanti offers in their “food hall” featuring various vendors.

Try: The Rye Egg bagel or brioche with pastrami and swiss.

Greenbriar Inn

The quaint Greenbriar Inn off of Highway 93 in north Boulder offers fine dining in a country-like setting where you can get up close with those gorgeous rolling foothills. Sunday Brunch is served in their dining room, patios (seasonal) or you can even take it to go and have a picnic on the serene grounds.

Try: The Orange Mascarpone Pancakes.

 


International Eats

Centro Mexican Kitchen

Think huevos rancheros, breakfast enchiladas and brunch margaritas on an enviable patio ringed with fluttering aspen trees. Tasty Latin-meets-Baja fare combined with a view of the action on Pearl Street makes Centro a favorite weekend spot.

Try: The tres leches cake French toast with a Mexican coffee.

Cafe Aion

This cozy gem is famous for its locally sourced and delicately spiced Spanish- and Morrocan-inspired cuisine. Cafe Aion is open for Sunday brunch in its tucked-away location on The Hill. 

Try: The Croque Madame, grilled ham and gruyere cheese topped with béchamel sauce & a fried egg, and maybe some donuts for the table.

Lucile's Creole Cafe

Located in a charming historic house near downtown, Lucile’s has been pleasing palates with Creole specialties for nearly 40 years.

Try: Start with beignets, then move on to Eggs Sardou, which involves creamed spinach, Gulf shrimp, poached eggs and hollandaise. And DO NOT forget the biscuit on the side.

Boozy Brunch

The Roadhouse Boulder Depot

This east-Boulder establishment is one of the only places to get bottomless mimosas (plus bottomless coffee!) in Boulder; they’re served up with brunch here until 3pm. And don’t miss Roadhouse's dog-friendly, sunny outdoor patio.

Try: The pesto vegetarian Benedict with soft poached eggs, charred asparagus and wild mushrooms. (And the bottomless mimosa, of course.)

Tangerine

At the cozy, colorful Tangerine cafe you’ll find creative brunch foods with plenty of gluten-free and vegetarian options, plus all the boozy favorites like bellinis, mimosas and Bloody Marys with options to order by the bottle and save. 

Try: One of their unique “beermosas”  a combination of wit beer and fresh orange juice with the option to add fruit puree.

Foolish Craig’s

A popular brunch spot on Pearl Street, you’ll find all the classic brunch drinks on Foolish Craig's lengthy drink menu, including several variations of Bloody Marys and mimosas. As for food, they also offer all the brunch staples as well as a wide selection of savory and sweet crepes.

Try: The “Breakfast Shot”  a shot of Jameson Irish whiskey and butterscotch schnapps with a shot of orange juice and a slice of bacon.

 

Brunch with Ambiance

Snooze, an A.M. Eatery

In Snooze's cheery and retro interior you’ll find all the brunch staples with a creative spin: Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes; brioche French toast stuffed with mascarpone; Breakfast Pot Pie with homemade rosemary sausage gravy.

Try: A flight of pancakes! Mix and match any of their signature flavors, like blueberry Danish and pumpkin pecan pie.

Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse

If you can tear your eyes from the Teahouse's spectacular carvings, painting, sculptures and fountains that decorate this Persian teahouse (gifted to Boulder by its sister city in Tajikistan), you’ll find a feast for the belly as well as the eyes.

Try: Lapsang Souchong Benedict, where poached eggs are joined by Lapsang Souchong tea-flavored sausage over an English muffin, with hollandaise and potatoes.

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Only in Boulder

The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse was a gift from our sister city, Dushanbe, Tajikistan. It was hand-crafted in Dushanbe, then packed into 200 shipping containers and sent by train, ship and tractor trailer to Boulder in 1990.

River and Woods

This quaint gem on east Pearl has stayed true to its roots as a century-old miner's cabin. You can sit inside, where you’ll find plenty of wood paneling and edison bulbs artistically hung from the ceiling, or outside in River and Woods' backyard at a picnic table or globe tent. But back to the food  you’ll find all the comfort-food classics with an emphasis on local and organic produce.

Try: The brunch poutine with redskin wedges, green chile queso, cheese curds, duck gravy and a sunny local egg.