If you’re new to town or are only here for a quick visit, we’ve designed a one-day itinerary to showcase some of what makes Boise living so hard to beat. We are excited to share a few of our favorite spots in town.
Start your day with a great cup of joe at Push and Pour. The coffee shop, which just opened last spring, sits in a repurposed, modernized garage. The ambience is breezy and open and feels like a Pinterest board come to life–all crisp white walls and black metal accents and carefully dispersed greenery. The only thing better than the design is the coffee itself. Push and Pour is located in arts-heavy Garden City and is a quick hop to downtown.
Boise’s breakfast game is strong, and we love a good breakfast. Here is a list of some of our best early-morning eats:
Hike (or drive!) to Table Rock. The moderate 3.7 mile walk is manageable for most age groups and the views are killer. If a hike isn’t your thing, you can easily drive to the big cross that overlooks the Treasure Valley.
Hyde Park, tucked in the heart of the North End and just a few blocks from iconic Camel’s Back Park, is a sure-bet for lunch. Tacos at Parrilla (extra cheap on Tuesdays and Thursdays), an impressive slice at North End Pizza, or something a little fancier at Camel’s Crossing are all solid winners. Granted, Camel’s Crossing doesn’t technically do lunch, but their happy hour delivers upscale eats for a steal. And the 4:00 start time makes it a late lunch in our book.
This time of year, a great way to beat the heat is by wandering the Boise Art Museum. The museum is home to a wonderful collection and has brought amazing art to the Treasure Valley, including work by Georgia O’Keefe, Edgar Degas, and James Castle. The museum store is the perfect spot to nab a quirky or avant garde gift or travel memento.
If there’s one thing we especially love about Boise in the summer, it’s the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. We start the night at the Boise Co-Op where we build the ultimate picnic (the wine and cheese options are top-notch) and then drive along the river to the stunning outdoor theater. Watching a bit of fine drama beneath a stunning, high–desert sunset is the perfect way to ease into evening.
The right nightcap can take a good day and make it great. Press and Pony has mastered the cocktail (even their tonic–muddled with Cinchona bark and spices–is memorable), but if a late-night snack is the name of your game, head to Bar Gernika in the Basque Block. The croquetas are something of local legend.
Boise is a beautiful city, but it’s the people (and the businesses they create) that make it truly special. So spend a little time in our town. Explore. Have fun. We’re so glad to have you.