Nestled between the 800 – 1000 blocks of Pearl Street lies the West End, filled with fabulous shopping, dining and entertainment options.
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As you step off the bricks at 10th Street and head toward the mountains, you encounter a culinary wonderland that includes a plethora of delectable options to tantalize your taste buds. Located across 10th Street in the old Tom's Tavern building, SALT the Bistro brings locavore-centered fare to the venerable corner. Just a door down, newbie Wild Standard (1043 Pearl St.), inhabits the historic space that was Juanita's and has a constantly changing menu that takes you on a globe-trotting seafood expedition.
Continuing down the block, of course there’s The Kitchen and eponymous neighbors The Kitchen [Next Door] & The Kitchen [Upstairs], whose now legendary commitment to quality, green ideology, local and seasonal cuisine has made them a must-see on travelers’ and locals’ lists alike. Try The Kitchen’s community night on Mondays when all of their food is presented family-style and families, friends, couples and singles come together to get to know each other and share the wonderful tastes of Colorado.
From Tahona’s (1035 Pearl St.) tasty tequila selection (try a flight and educate yourself on anejo vs reposado) and Latin inspired food to cute-as-a-button Two Spoons (1021 Pearl St.), whose soups, gelatos and paninis are perfect on both hot and cold days, the West End is truly a foodies paradise. Another not-to-be-missed West End dining destination is the always popular red checkered table cloths of Pasta Jay's (1001 Pearl St.), whose Italian favorites are known far and wide. From Pasta Jay’s turn the corner to find some of the best Sushi in town at Sushi Tora (2014 10th St.) as well as a Macbook laptop haven inside Ozo Coffee (1015 Pearl St) which boast some of the best coffee in the West (End)!
Rounding out the dining options on the West End, it goes without saying that Hosea Rosenberg’s (Bravo TV’s Top Chef New York) Jax Fish House (928 Pearl St.) serves up the best fish in town and the innovative, soulfully delicious Latin cuisine from Centro Latin Kitchen & Refreshment Palace (950 Pearl St.) is sure to make your mouth water. From Boulder’s best bourbon selection (and fantastic roof-top dining) at West End Tavern (926 Pearl St.) to Chipotle’s (919 Pearl St.) quality lunch stop burritos, it all can be found on one block in the historic West End.
For a one-of-a-kind shopping experience in the West End, don’t miss the shoe selections from West End's Shoe Fly. Trendsetters will find their unique styles at Old Tibet (948 Pearl St.) and Urban Outfitters (934 Pearl St.). Jewelry lovers will appreciate Classic Facets Ltd. (942 Pearl St.), a premier antique jewelry store featuring thousands of authentic antique, vintage and estate pieces from the 1700's through the 1940's and j.Albrecht Designs Master Goldsmiths (951 Pearl St.), a family owned and run custom jewelry shop and retail showroom. The West End is also home to jewelry designer Carla Morrison (2017 10th St.)– named Editor’s Choice as Top Fine Jewelry in this year’s 5280 Best Of issue.
Trident Booksellers and Café (940 Pearl St.) offers an array of literary titles and specializes in used and collectible books. Indulge standard European coffee house drinks and pastries, as well as a large selection of loose-leaf teas while enjoying their sidewalk seating.
A trip down the West End’s sidewalks will not disappoint the retail therapy inclined! Cycling enthusiasts will love University Bicycles located at 9th and Pearl streets. This Downtown Boulder retailer has been around for 24 years and is filled with rows and rows of the latest and greatest on two wheels. They also have a large selection of clothing & accessories and an extremely knowledgeable and friendly staff. Tots can take a free ride on the classic elephant at the front of the store and out-of-town guests can take advantage of bike rentals.
The West End is also where you’ll find some of Pearl Street’s more unique shops: Farfel’s Farm (906 Pearl St.) is a favorite of pet lovers citywide, catering to canines and felines. And for a very “Boulder experience” try Tonic Herban Lounge (2011 10th St.) where healing, rejuvenative elixirs, teas, tinctures, superfoods, as well as oxygen sessions can be found in a zen like setting.
The West End is also home to businesses focused on health and wellbeing. Since 1966, Envision Boulder (1011 Pearl St.) has been Downtown Boulder’s premier eye care and eyewear destination. Since 2002, Six Persimmons Apothecary (840 Pearl St.) has served as a destination where people could come for natural remedies and speak with experienced health professionals about Oriental & Functional Medicine, Classical Homeopathy.
Crossing 9th Street you’ll hit the far West End. Here, the atmosphere is soothing, calming and space seems more wide open and bucolic. The calm part of Pearl, they should name it. Not that Pearl Street is the Champs-Élysées, but there is something settling about the change in its character here. There is also something about that strip of garden that leaps towards the sky in front of the carriage house mid-block on 8th and Pearl. Maybe it is Two Hand Paperie’s (803 Pearl St.) elegant paper, draping over itself outside their door that appears so inviting. Across the street Lolitas (800 Pearl St.), offers a wondrous medley of useful items and delicious foods and snacks and the only place to buy cigarettes, candy and sandwiches all night long. It’s a store which seems to sells something new every time you visit. You are always sure to find hipsters taking refuge in the shade enjoying the leisurely pace of life in the West End.
Perhaps it’s the variety and qualityof businesses that lends itself to the mood of this district. At Spruce Confections (767 Pearl St.) you can delight in wondrous treats and powerful iced coffee. Peruse the West End Wine Shop’s (777 Peal St.)dazzling array of vintages in their cozy and approachable space. Experience Nick and Willy’s (801 Pearl St.)neighborhood charm, where many in Boulder insist the best pizza resides. Find treasures in antiques shops 8th & Pearl Antiques (740 Pearl St.) and Bedell and Co (767 Pearl St.) which offer a refuge back into a world of sublimely crafted creations and things you never knew existed, but couldn’t possibly live without.
A peak inside the window to the West End of Pearl Street does not do this area justice! Head west to discover the charm of this district, as well as the many businesses that call the West End home.