I drove up to Boulder, CO today to do a little thrifting and hole up at a cafe. I found Laughing Goat Cafe on Pearl Street and I’m enjoying the warm spring afternoon at a table outside with an IPA next to me. This area is clearly geared towards tourists, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t exciting little boutiques, cafes, and eateries here. I stopped in nearby Red Letter Books (used books crammed floor to ceiling with only the barest hint of organization), found some comfy pants at Common Threads, and picked up a birthday gift for a friend at a boutique called Bliss.
But back to Laughing Goat-
It is very lively here, even though it’s a Monday afternoon and ostensibly most people are at work or school. Inside the cafe most tables are full and everyone seems to be working on their laptops. I guess I fit right in. The vibe is cozy pub and their selection on coffees is impressive. They keep two beers on tap (both are IPA), and have a long list of bakery and sandwiches. I saw about half a dozen different kinds of kombucha in their refrigerator and my mouth fairly watered. One was called ‘Rowdy Mermaid’ and I nearly bought it just based on the name. The crowd looks to be mostly young professionals and students, but sitting nearby is a woman and two young girls practicing their reading.
I’m not sure if this cafe could accurately be called a neighborhood spot, since Pearl Street is not exactly a neighborhood street, but there is an eclectic mix of clientele, as well as a variety of food and drink options that could keep just about anyone happy. Boulder is a popular spot for visitors due to it’s reputation for ritzy mountain living. Let’s just say Whole Foods is big here. It’s a bit of a haul from Denver, but perfect for daytrips. Plus, you can’t beat the thrifting options at Common Threads. I like this cafe, and even though I don’t spend a whole heck of a lot of time in Boulder, I would come back again.