It’s easy to forget how many exciting businesses and ideas are being built in Boulder. Andrew Hyde knows better than most because he’s one of city’s most active participants in and advocates for the startup community. From Ignite Boulder to TEDxBoulder, Andrew is part of the reason you’ve heard so much chatter about Boulder-as-the-next-Silicon-Valley lately.
He’s also the author of This Book is About Travel and a series of excellent travel guides, including one for Boulder itself. To top it all off, Andrew has not only built a cabin in Alaska and finished the NYC Marathon, he’s a goddamn Eagle Scout to boot. Dude is a certified renaissance man. He also knows where to get down on eats and, like a good Boulder resident, encourages you to work out before you dine. So put down your Tibetan prayer flags and seitan, Boulder, because it’s time to hit the town.
andrew's "perfect for" picks
"Trident Cafe is my favorite coffeeshop in the world. It was one of the first places in the states to sling espresso and has a very calming feel. Perhaps the most impressive thing is watching the barista go 30 customers without asking what the regulars would like and serving up their usuals. It is great for some quick work, afternoon tea or a late night catch up with friends. Bonus: there is a group that has been doing the NYTimes crossword together on Sundays since 1988. "
"Bike or ride up to Chautauqua for a hike and unique dining experience. The park is at the base of our flagship icon in the flatirons. After your hike the Chautauqua Dining Hall is a great choice. A Boulder favorite since 1898 the food is as farm to table as you can get. Try to sit on the porch overlooking town."
"Boulder is the most european city I've found in the States. Mountain Sun is the closest thing we have to showing off just how wrong (or right) that we achieved this status. Known for its beer, smell of Dave Matthews Band, and hippie bro chic level of hipsterdom. What you wear in Boulder is mostly just picking what layers of Patagonia you are suiting up with and this pub has quite a few coat racks. Play a board game while enjoying a locally made beer via nitro tap. "
"One thing I love about this town is that you will never be the best at anything you do. Whatever you try, no matter how obscure, will be bested by someone in this little mountain town. Write a book? Several NYTimes bestselling authors are in the same coffeeshop you are in. Ride a bike? Prepared to be passed by several groups of grandmothers casually talking about their last trip to France. Start a restaurant? Someone that has won Top Chef just opened up another. Head to Blackbelly to experience Season 5 winner Hosea Rosenberg's new space."
"I've met more people in Boulder that despise brunch than love it. Why would you ruin perfectly good outdoor hours to sit and eat? Get your bike tuned up and ride for 8 hours to earn your pancakes. You don't have to despandex for the post "I just scaled Everest" meal. Snooze might have the best overall experience in town, but if lines scare you head to Southside Walnut Cafe for some of the friendliest people in town.