I love Boulder and tend to gravitate that direction instead of Denver. Boulder is much more approachable in my opinion and it reminds me somewhat of Austin. I thought this little blurb in the Design Sponge post perfectly summed up this town I've grown to love:
"For a long time, Boulder got a bad rap as the patchouli-scented free-love enclave that spawned Crocs, but it’s much more than that. The college town, endorphin mecca and tech hotbed is the kind of place where it’s impossible to get bored, sit still or go hungry. It was ranked the foodiest city in the country by Bon Appetit in 2010; is home to scores of creative thinkers, thanks to the University of Colorado; and is situated at the base of some of the most beautiful mountains in the world. Boulder has grown up and gotten classier, and its hippie roots have shaped it into one of the most progressive, sustainable and fun places in the country." ~Design Sponge
We've eaten at A LOT of restaurants in Boulder, but the article had some new ones I haven't tried yet. I've added them to our Colorado Bucket List!
The above photo is from the Dushanbe Tea House in Boulder, which she lists as a must see and I agree!