Boulder and North Central Colorado

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Boulder and North Central Colorado - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Boulder Book Store

    Boulder's largest independent bookstore stocks thousands of new and used books, including a great selection of photography, history, and art books about Colorado. The bookstore hosts hundreds of community events each year.

    1107 Pearl St., Boulder, Colorado, 80302, USA
  • 2. Boulder County Farmers Market

    This bustling farmers' market brings a hive of activity to 13th Street between Arapahoe Avenue and Canyon Boulevard on Wednesday afternoon from early May to early October, and on Saturday, from April through mid-November. This growers-only market, which has been named the number one farmers' market in the country, features produce, baked goods, flowers, wines and spirits, cheeses, meats, and more straight from the local producers (cherries and peaches are prime in late summer).

    13th St. between Canyon Blvd. and Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, Colorado, 80302, USA
  • 3. Neptune Mountaineering

    Among Boulder's many outdoor equipment stores, Neptune is the longtime local favorite that has been outfitting Boulderites for rock climbing, skiing, camping, and mountaineering since 1973. It’s the real deal, and shopping here comes with a direct view of the Flatirons. The shop is home to one of the largest selections of climbing gear in the country, and it displays one of the largest collections of mountaineering artifacts in the world in its on-site museum. Bonus: Refuel on food, local beer, and coffee at the Neptune Café and Bar.

    633 S. Broadway, Boulder, Colorado, 80305, USA
  • 4. Alpaca Connection

    The gorgeous alpaca garments here—including sweaters, hats, socks, and gloves—as well as cotton and linen dresses, are mostly from Peru.

    1334 Pearl St., Boulder, Colorado, 80302, USA
  • 5. Alpine Arts—The Colorado Showcase

    The family-owned Alpine Arts is the place to go for unique apparel, hats, and souvenirs, as well as beautiful handcrafted pottery, carved wooden boxes, jewelry, and other gifts—most made by Colorado artists and all embodying the state.

    112 N. College Ave., Fort Collins, Colorado, 80524, USA
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  • 6. Art Source International

    With more than 40 years in business, Colorado's largest antique print and map dealer is the place to go if you're looking for rare maps or historic photos of Colorado. Framing and puzzles are also available.

    1237 Pearl St., Boulder, Colorado, 80302, USA
  • 7. Bliss

    Locally owned and operated, this gift shop is a treasure trove of trendy collectibles and unique home accents from around the globe.

    1643 Pearl St., Boulder, Colorado, 80302, USA
  • 8. Cheese Importers

    This family-run business boasts the largest walk-in refrigerator of cheese and cured meat in Colorado. With more than 350 types of cheese, it's no doubt the best place in the state to stock up on all things cheese. Be sure to also check out the massive selection of imported kitchen and household items as well as perfumes.

    103 Main St., Longmont, Colorado, 80501, USA
  • 9. Classic Facets Antique Jewelry

    One of the most respected antique jewelry stores in the state features more than 20,000 one-of-a-kind treasures, some dating back to the 1700s. Look for famous pieces. In the past, it carried the jewelry that once belonged to Hollywood star Mae West. It's closed on Sunday and Monday.

    942 Pearl St., Boulder, Colorado, 80302, USA
  • 10. Clothes Pony and Dandelion Toys

    The shopkeepers here enjoy playing with the toys as much as their young customers do. This independent shop carries books, imported toys, games, and classics like marbles, dolls, and stuffed animals, as well as adorable clothing.

    111 N. College Ave., Fort Collins, Colorado, 80524, USA
  • 11. Earthwood Collections

    This fine art and handicrafts shop sells a wide assortment of art, including ceramics, frames, jewelry, oil paintings, and more.

    141 E. Elkhorn Ave., Colorado, 80517, USA
  • 12. Grandrabbit's Toy Shoppe

    A Boulder institution since 1977, Grandrabbit's is every kid's dream come true, with shelves stocked from floor to ceiling. The independently owned specialty toy store has grown to three Colorado locations and is known as the place to go to find toys that contribute to learning and development. It's not uncommon to find adults wandering the aisles, sans children, enjoying the offerings.

    2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, Colorado, 80302, USA
  • 13. Images of Rocky Mountain National Park

    This shop showcases photographer Erik Stensland's stunning images of the park—a must-see collection of local photography.

    203 Park La., Colorado, 80517, USA
  • 14. Into the Wind

    In addition to carrying traditional and out-of-the-ordinary kites, this shop carries an imaginative selection of unique toys and quirky gifts.

    1408 Pearl St., Boulder, Colorado, 80302, USA
  • 15. Jacque Michelle

    Shop here for fashionably casual and unique women's clothing and accessories, as well as clever, appealing gifts.

    2670 Broadway, Boulder, Colorado, 80304, USA
  • 16. McGuckin Hardware

    A Boulder institution, McGuckin Hardware stocks home appliances and gadgets, hardware, and a mind-boggling array of outdoor merchandise. The seemingly omniscient salespeople know where everything is.

    2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, Colorado, 80302, USA
  • 17. Nature's Own

    You can browse an extensive collection of rocks, fossils, educational games, gifts, and beautiful onyx bowls here. There are also branches in Boulder, Nederland, and Breckenridge.

    201 Linden St., Fort Collins, Colorado, 80524, USA
  • 18. Never Summer Mountain Products

    Gear up with kayaks and SUPs in summer or snowshoes in winter at this year-round shop.

    919 Grand Ave., Grand Lake, Colorado, 80447, USA
  • 19. Nuance Chocolate

    Family-run, this bean-to-bar chocolate shop claims to have the world’s biggest selection of single-origin chocolate, meaning the beans come from one region in the world and aren’t blended. Beans are ground nearby in Old Town to produce more than 20 single-origin bars. Nuance also makes indulgent truffles with local ingredients. You can sit inside or outside at a few tables to sample a flight of chocolate or sip rich hot chocolate.

    214 Pine St., Fort Collins, Colorado, 80524, USA
  • 20. Patterson Glassworks Studio and Gallery

    Watch glassblowing in action and browse a wide variety of glass creations.

    323 W. Elkhorn Ave., Colorado, 80517, USA

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