Is Boulder Shopping for Everyone?

Yes, Boulder Colorado shopping is fun, and is an experience full of surprises. Why? To start out with, there are generally no "traditional mall's" in Boulder. So if you're visiting, you won't say "this is just like back home". Also, Boulder Colorado shopping really does reflect its diverse community. Boulder stores and shops serve everyone from struggling artists and college students to millionaires, and yes, tourists.

So, do you want to shop? Or do you need to shop. Well, we'll assume you want to shop. And, we'll assume you want to have a good time (even if someone is with you that generally doesn't like shopping). The Pearl Street Mall, University Hill, and 29th Street have nothing in common to each other. So as you would expect, they offer totally different Boulder Colorado shopping experiences.

So if you'll really into shopping, go to all three areas. And go ahead and spend a little, it's more fun that way!

Here's What "Mindy's Guide" says about Boulder Shopping -


There are a number of key shopping areas in Boulder. Three of the most popular are the Pearl Street Mall, 29th Street, and University Hill. Depending on the area, you will find stops that unique to Boulder as well representing a national brand. You’ll have no trouble picking out something for yourself, those traveling with you or the folks back home.

Pearl Street Mall

One of the first pedestrian malls in the U.S. the Pearl street mall is 4 blocks of shops, restaurants, and fun.

During the good weather of late spring through early fall, you will enjoy many buskers (street entertainers) such as the “zip code man”, the “box man”, magicians,  and others, The balloon man has for many years been delighting all ages with wonderful balloon art personalized to take with you.

Peppercorn is a great place for gourmet treats, coffee, tableware and select home furnishings. The Pedestrian Shops have an incredible selection of Crocs

There are numerous places to snack or sit down for a real meal. Japanese, Italian and Mediterranean fare as well as brew may be found.

29th Street Shopping District

This is an upscale mall turned inside out. There’s Macy’s, Victoria Secrets and an Apple store along with clothing stores for men and woman, an eclectic home furnishings store, a high-end doggie boutique and many others. There are also practical places like Home Depot, Staples, and a mega-plex movie theater (summer 2007).

University Hill

This is the funky and trendy area just west of the University. There are coffee shops, restaurants, clubs, and stores geared to the college crowd.

-- Excerpt from: "Mindy's Guide to Boulder, Colorado" by Mindy Makuta