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Where the Stylish Things Are: Boulder's Hippest, Most Affordable Malls



The beauty of shopping in Boulder, Colorado is that it affords an eclectic mix of mainstream and local uniqueness. Big name retailers like Patagonia, Nordstrom Rack, and Macy's offer you elegance and the latest styles, while local joints such as rags Consignment, Peppercorn, and Boulder Ski Deals, hook you up with fabulous gear and decor you may not be able to find anywhere else. The Malls of Boulder offer outdoor gear and apparel, high-end professional wear, home decor, and much more all conveniently located on strips or in little nooks of the city so that you can shop 'til you drop in one convenient location.


Topping our list, Pearl Street Mall is not only a shopping strip but is a tourist destination where you can eat, drink, and catch a show before or after you spend your dough. This gorgeous mall is decorated with festive holiday lights during the winter months and is dotted with colorful tulips in the Spring.

Another Boulder favorite, the 29th Street Mall offers high-end fashion, fine dining, and is close to the local movie theater so you can catch the latest blockbuster after you shop.


With a variety of malls to choose from, you'll have no trouble adorning yourself, picking up souvenirs, or purchasing that sought after outdoor gear that you've been eying during your stay in Boulder.


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For over three decades, this gallery, owned and operated by more than 100 artist members, has been a venue for fine arts and original crafts. Look for contemporary watercolors, blown glass, stained glass, pottery, hand-wovens, woodwork, and jewelry hand-crafted by local artisans. Uniquely designed toys, kites, and puppets are also featured. A Visiting Artist Series features a rotating schedule of fine art and craft exhibitions. Occasionally, you'll glimpse one of the artists featured in the store painting outside, drawing inspiration from Boulder's charming Pearl Street. A perfect stop to purchase rare and beautiful gifts that can't be found anywhere else.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: The arts and crafts cooperative offers a unique opportunity to purchase exquisite pieces from local artists.

Hope's expert tip: Be sure to take a peek at the variety of metal work that many artists have on display.

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The pride of the city, the Boulder County Farmer's Market is as local and local gets. Not only can you purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, but you can also find vendors selling locally made honey, wine, cheese, jewelry, pottery, and much more. Better than any grocery store or indoor shopping mall, this farmer's market entertains shoppers with live music and feeds the masses with food carts from local eateries such as Felafels and Boulder Ice cream. Be sure to bring cash and several reusable shopping bags. Trust us, you're gonna need all the bags you can bring and a few more hands for all the treasures you'll find on market day.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Though seasonal, the Farmer's Market offers local treasures not to be missed.

Hope's expert tip: Be sure to purchase local cheeses, wines, and honey to take back home.

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This area of Boulder boasts some great shops, eateries, and recreation. One of our favorite clothing consignment shops, Rags, offers designer consigned clothing at amazingly affordable prices. Just across the street, Sports Authority is the perfect place to find your running, cycling, and active gear that will get you down the mountain trails or peddling up the Colorado canyons. Dining and recreation can also be found in this area. Movement Climbing and Fitness Gym offers the perfect place to climb indoors. Agave Mexican Restaurant and Curry N Kabob are two of the tastiest places to grab some grub in town.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: This area of Boulder boasts one of the areas best consignment shops, eating, and sporting gear hubs.

Hope's expert tip: Be sure to stop into Rags Consignment for hot, designer deals, at low prices.

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South Boulder Mall is a conglomeration of sporting goods stores, coffee shops, breakfast joints, and one heck of a brewery. Neptune's Mountaineering and Play it Again Sports offer you the chance to purchase quality gear at affordable pricing. Not to mention, the employees of both stores are extremely knowledgeable and capable of making helpful gear recommendations. Wanna relax with a cup of coffee or beer after a long day of gear perusal? Cafe Sole and Southern Sun Brewery are perfect for you. Plan on early-bird shopping and need a place to grab some breakfast or brunch? The South Side Walnut Cafe offers delicious food that will fuel you for your shopping extravaganza.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: South Boulder Mall offers local beer, outdoor gear, and coffee shops galore.

Hope's expert tip: Be sure to stop into Neptune's Mountaineering for all your gear needs.

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Downtown Louisville is about as quaint as it gets. Vintage diners, coffee shops, stores selling kitchen ware, and hole-in-the-wall bookstores are just a few of the fun little shops that you'll find on your adventure just outside the Boulder city limits. One of our favorite consignment shops in all the county can also be found in Louisville; Switch Boutique offers designer clothing, shoes, jewelry, and accessories at affordable prices. Also, don't forget to check out their weekly farmer's market during the warmer months or one of their many local festivals where handcrafted jewelry, clothing, art, and pottery can be found.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: The Louisville Downtown Mall is a charming area where you can dine, shop, and drink all in a few walkable blocks.

Hope's expert tip: Be sure to stop into Switch Boutique for awesome consignment finds!

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A gem of Boulder, 90% of The Villiage is comprised of locally owned businesses. As such, this is a great spot to purchase local and discover treasures you simply cannot get anywhere else. Boulder Ski Deals offers you the chance to complete your ski gear collection before heading to Breckenridge or Eldora to hit the slopes. Becoming Mothers offers fashion forward maternity clothing for Mommies-to-Be. Changes in Latitude Travel Store offers luggage, maps, travel guides, and travel wear for all of your Colorado adventures. And Colorado Mutilsport is the perfect place to take your bike for a tuneup before hitting those mountain trails. There's truly something for everyone at The Villiage.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: The Village offers unique, local, businesses and items you can't find anywhere else.

Hope's expert tip: Be sure to visit Colorado Ski Deals before you hit the slopes.

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Love to shop but don't really care for all the walking involved? Never fear! 16th Street Mall of Denver offers a free trolly service that you will take you up and down the mall from store-to-fabulous store. This mall features the Virgin Records Megastore, Nikitown, the Gap. Awesome and funky places to dine and drink include, the Hard Rock Cafe, Maggiano's, Little Italy, and Rock Bottom Brewery, who got its start here in Colorado. This mall puts you in the epicenter of Denver and gets you within walking distance to Coors Field and the Pepsi Center, so you can shop before or after you catch a game or concert.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: A Denver favorite, 16th Street Mall offers food, a free bus ride, and shopping all in one convenient location.

Hope's expert tip: Be sure to stop into Nikitown for shoes and Rock Bottom for delicious beer.

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At first glance, FlatIron Crossing is just another mall that is, until you look closer. The innovative shopping center was designed to connect to biking and hiking trails and to open walls and ceiling to the elements. Constructed of local materials, it boasts water features and a good selection of shops, restaurants, galleries, and services. In fact, you'll likely find anything you're looking for electronics, shoes, toys, clothing, specialty gifts, and more. For evening entertainment after you've shopped, stop into the state-of-the-art movie theater, where you can catch all of the latest blockbusters. Need a place to hang your hat? Renaissance Boulder Flatirons Hotel will due quite nicely.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Fine dining, a movie theater, and the latest fashion trends earn FlatIrons at the Crossing a place high on our list.

Hope's expert tip: Be sure to stop into the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory for gifts that will easily fit in your suitcase or car.

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Known as the "less local" more mainstream mall of Boulder, the 29th Street Mall boasts big names such as Nordstrom Rack, Macy's, and Victoria's Secret. Dining can be found just around the corner at Colorado Pizza Kitchen, Noodles & Company, and Mad Greens. Catch a movie at Boulder Century Theater and then grab dessert at one of Boulder's best frozen yogurt spots, Spooners, where you're charged by the ounce and toppings abound. Other not-to-be-missed shopping destinations include Anthropologie, Moosejaw, Lucy's and Lululemon. This is the perfect mall for anyone coming from a smaller town, who might not have easy access to larger, namebrand, stores.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: The Nordstrom Rack, Colorado Pizza Kitchen, and Mad Greens are some of the reasons to visit the 29th Street Mall.

Hope's expert tip: You can easily spend your whole day eating and shopping at this exceptional mall, so plan plenty of time for exploring.

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Named by the "Wall Street Journal" as among America's leading open-air pedestrian malls. Whether it's books, clothing, sporting goods, candy, or jewelry, there's a little something here for everyone. The area includes galleries, entertainment venues, historic sites, and architectural landmarks, while the extensive dining options range from Russian to Thai. The site of frequent outdoor concerts and community events, the Pearl Street Mall is frequented by locals of all ages. Big names such as Patagonia, Athleta, and Prana can be found on the mall, as well as local favorites like Boulder Art Mart, Peppercorn's, and the quaint Boulder Book Store.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Shopping, dining, and the arts can be found on Pearl Street landing it at the tip-top of our list.

Hope's expert tip: Be sure to hit up all of the local spots, including Boulder Art Mart, Peppercorn's, and the Boulder Bookstore.

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