Unique to Colorado, this teahouse was a gift from Boulder's sister city Dushanbe, Tajikistan, and opened in 1998. Tajik artisans decorated the building in a traditional style that includes ceramic Islamic art and a carved, painted ceiling. The menu presents a culinary cross section of the world; your meal could include such dishes as Basque-style steak, Tajik shish kebab, or Tabrizi kufteh (Persian chickpea balls with dried fruits, nuts, and herbs in a tomato sauce). Relax during high tea at 3 pm (reservations required) with one of more than 80 varieties of tea. Charming patio tables alongside Boulder Creek are popular with locals. Brunch is served on weekends.