Is there a better way to kick off a Saturday or Sunday than with brunch? The term is so synonymous with the weekend that just the thought of it conjures up the feeling of relaxation and refreshment. National Geographic named Boulder the happiest city in the U.S. in 2017, and with a plethora of brunch options, it’s easy to see why. After all, the way to a person’s heart is through the stomach. Try one, try all—your taste buds will thank us later.
Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse
This magnificent teahouse was created as a gift to the city of Boulder from its sister city Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, as a symbol of friendship and cultural exploration. More than 40 Tajikistan artisans designed and built the teahouse by hand, then disassembled it and sent it all the way to be rebuilt in Boulder. The result is a stunning architectural gem unique to the city. Though famous for its afternoon tea, it also has weekend brunch with global-inspired plates made with farm-fresh ingredients such as Indian Dosa, Persian Chickpea Kufteh, Breakfast Banh Mi and Lapsang Souchong Benedict. Come for the atmosphere, stay for the food. 1770 13th St., Boulder, 303.442.4993.
The Buff Restaurant
A Boulder institution since its inception in 1995, this family-owned and -operated restaurant is at the top of most locals’ lists. For those who like to stick with the classics, the Buff has got you covered with basics like steak and eggs and biscuits and gravy. For more adventurous fare, they offer elevated eggs Benedict, such as “Leahy’s Benedict,” with homemade cornbeef hash on rye topped with two eggs and covered with hollandaise, or creative twists on pancakes like the “Saddlebags,” which are pancakes filled with either bacon or sausage and topped with two eggs. The “Saddlebags” were even featured on an episode of “Man v. Food!” 2600 Canyon Blvd., Boulder, 303.442.9150.
Snooze: an AM Eatery
Snooze has now expanded into neighborhoods in four different states, but it originated right here in Colorado. Brothers Jon and Adam Schlegal thought up Snooze as a way to take the a.m. dining experience to a whole new level, so you know you can trust them with getting brunch right. They have a bevy of fun, creative and delicious menu items to choose from, but they also encourage customers to make their own custom creations. From French toast to sammies, lattes to drunken chais—your taste buds are sure to be satisfied. 1617 Pearl St., Boulder, 303.225.7344.
Brasserie Ten Ten
Nestled in the heart of downtown Boulder is a charming bistro serving up French-inspired cuisine. For a true French experience (weather permitting), opt to sit out on their open-air terrace as you sip on a latte and enjoy their in-house bakery selection of fresh patisserie. Croissants, crepes, waffles and omelettes—you may be in Boulder but for a couple hours, you can be transported to Paris. 1011 Walnut St., Boulder, 303.998.1010.
Shine Restaurant & Potion Bar
Boulder is a town famous for food and being environmentally conscious, so farm-to-table is a big deal here. Shine delivers on that concept, serving up farm-to-table comfort food with 100 percent grass-fed meats and wild seafood in a 100 percent gluten-free and GMO-free kitchen. Using local ingredients, they whip up menu items like fresh pickled veggie scramble with crispy yams, buttermilk biscuits with mushroom gravy and pulled pork with green chili—all made from scratch! They also have options for vegetarians, vegans and those on a Paleo diet. 2480 Canyon Blvd., Boulder, 303.449.0120.