Pearl Street is downtown Boulder’s main thoroughfare. It’s thought to be named after the wife of one of Boulder’s 54 founders. In 1917, the stretch between 11th and 17th streets became the first paved street in the city. Throughout the years, the buildings on Pearl have been renovated and modernized, and in 1974, the blocks of 11th to 15th streets became the Downtown Boulder Mall and has since been known as the cultural heart of the city. While Pearl Street Mall has become the hub of the city, we can’t forget about the rest of the historic street that stretches all the way across the city.
Boulder culinary school students and residents alike find themselves on Pearl Street quite often. Is it possible to spend an entire day on the most bustling street in the city? Let’s find out.
You wake up early one Sunday morning, ready to take on the Pearl Street Challenge. Hungry for an omelet and thirsty for a mimosa, what are some of Pearl Street’s top breakfast or brunch hotspots?
- The Kitchen at 1039.
- Foolish Craig’s at 1611.
- Snooze: an AM Eatery at 1617.
- Turley’s at 2805.
- The Parkway Cafe at 4700.
That breakfast hit the spot, giving you the energy to shop until you drop. You’ve done a lot of shopping, but want to avoid dropping. It seems that you’re ready for lunch. You’re not sure if you’re feeling a nice deli sandwich or some Latin cuisine. Luckily, Pearl Street has both of those kinds of restaurants, plus some. What to choose?
- Centro Latin Kitchen at 950.
- Salvaggio’s Italian Delicatessen at 1397.
- LYFE Kitchen at 1600.
- Aji at 1601.
- Dish Gourmet at 1918.
You texted your friend about your Pearl Street Challenge and she thinks that sounds like fun. Even though you’re halfway done with the challenge, she wants to meet you for coffee or a snack and finish the day up with you. Where should you meet?
- Two Spoons at 1021.
- Riffs Urban Fare at 1115.
- The Cup Espresso Cafe at 1521.
- Snarf’s at 2128.
- Nekter Juice Bar at 2660.
A long day of wandering the streets and experiencing the cuisine Pearl Street has to offer has left you tired … and surprisingly hungry! Where should you end the day?
- Jax Fish House at 928.
- Oak at Fourteenth at 1400.
- Mountain Sun Pub and Brewery at 1535.
- Pizzeria Locale at 1730.
- Sushi Tora at 2014.
Of course, this is just a small fraction of all of the wonderful eateries located along Pearl Street. What are some of your favorites?