Pearl Street Mall

Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, Colorado, is a popular destination for locals and tourists. It is one of the most vibrant places in the city with its unique attractions, shopping, and dining options. The pedestrian-only mall stretches from 11th Street to 15th Street and is the heart of Boulder. The University of Colorado is just a few blocks away, and Peal Street is home to much of Boulder’s nightlife. Pearl Street is the hub of Boulder, with a mix of metropolitan features radiating out from there.

Explore Pearl Street

There is much to explore as you walk along the open-air mall, from unique boutiques to world-class restaurants. The attractive brick-paved street and park-like finishes, including grassy areas, children’s sandboxes, trees, benches, flower beds, poster boards, numerous fountains and sculptures, and artisan lighting, exude a small-town vibe meets Rocky Mountain high. The mall has something for everyone.

Throughout the year, you will find ongoing cultural activities such as street performers, busking, art exhibits, and other attractions, making it a great place to spend an afternoon or evening.

If shopping for something unique is on your list. A selection of original marketplaces, such as antique shops, handmade cosmetics, meditation shops, crystals, and boutique apparel, can be found. More trendy shops like The North Face, Prana, and Athleta also have storefronts along the mall.

Pearl Street

Pearl Street Dining

Cafes, coffee shops, fine dining, and other specialty food stores are abundant, in addition to an assortment of pubs. You can satisfy yourself with a wide variety of American cuisine, Asian fusion, Indian restaurants, and more.

Boulder Historical Landmarks

Boulder County Courthouse

The Pearl Street area is a historic district; many buildings are among the oldest in Boulder. The Boulder County Courthouse, for example, located on the 1300 block, is one of these buildings. Although the courthouse no longer houses actual courts, it remains the seat of county government.

Hotel Boulderado

What makes Hotel Boulderado so special is its rich history and unique location. It is a reminder of the city’s past and commitment to preserving the area's beauty. The hotel has hosted many famous guests, including presidents and celebrities, adding to its significance. Additionally, it offers breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains and downtown Boulder.

Pearl Street Court House

Arnett-Fullen House

Known as the Gingerbread House, located at 646 Pearl Street and listed on the National Registration of Historic Places. This house features a mix of architectural styles and is a two-story private residence, sometimes open to the public.

Pearl Street High School

Founded in 1875 as a prep school for the University of Colorado. In 1876, it was the first high school in Colorado to graduate a class.

The Carnegie Library

A building from 1906 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Now known as the Carnegie Library for Local History.

Mt. St. Gertrude's Academy

Mt. St. Gertrude’s Academy (The Hill)

The academy is associated with the early development of education in Colorado and the development of Boulder’s University Hill neighborhood. Originally a Catholic boarding school for all, that quickly became a women's only school. Today it has reinvented itself and has opened its doors as a senior academy.

A Day or Two on Pearl Street

Spending a day or a few days in the Pearl Street area of Boulder will satisfy your curiosities. The Colorado Culture, ongoing events, and exhibits, formal or happening live on Pearl Street Mall, will fill you with today’s inspirations and trends. Pearl Street Mall is a casual, welcoming place with plenty to explore.  Engross your curiosities, wake your being, tantalize your palette, and leave inspired with a visit to Pearl Street Mall.

by Kathleen Fitzsimons 

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