Boulder is a city renowned for its vibrant culture, outdoor adventures, and distinctive neighborhoods. Among these neighborhoods, one stands out as a true local treasure – The Hill. This iconic area has become an integral part of Boulder’s identity, offering a unique blend of history, community, and a laid-back atmosphere.

In the past ten years The Hill became run down, and far less visited than other parts of town. Thanks to organizing by The Hill Merchant Association, vision and dedication of small business owners and the soon-to-open hotels, The Hill has begun a renaissance. In this moment of re-awakening, Boulder locals should pay a visit to the area, and get a taste of this iconic area as it fully blooms once again. 


A Historical Tapestry

The Hill has a rich history that dates back over 100 years when it first emerged as a residential district near the University of Colorado Boulder. Over the years, this eclectic neighborhood has evolved, effortlessly blends the old with the new. Strolling down its charming streets, you’ll encounter a diverse mix of architecture, from historic homes to modern apartment complexes, each contributing to The Hill’s distinctive character. 


The Heartbeat of Boulder’s Culture

What makes The Hill truly invaluable is its role as a cultural hub within Boulder. Lined with a vibrant array of shops, boutiques, and eateries, it’s the perfect slice for those seeking a taste of Boulder’s unique character. The Hill is also deeply intertwined with the spirit of the University of Colorado Boulder. As the neighborhood adjacent to the university, it pulsates with the energy of students, creating a dynamic and youthful atmosphere. From lively bars and music venues to student-friendly hangouts, The Hill captures the essence of the university experience, making it a hotspot for both current students and nostalgic alumni. The infamous Fox Theater has attracted music lovers for over 30 years, showcasing nightly everyone from up and coming talent to headliner bands. 


A Budding Culinary Delight

Whether you’re craving a reliable burger and beer, quaint brunch, international cuisine, or a quick grab-and-go lunch, The Hill has it all. The Sink recently celebrated their 100th Anniversary and is sought out by visitors, and locals alike. This funky, basement-esque restaurant is often filled with diners of all ages. The best place to grab an elevated nosh and glass of wine is Cafe Aion. A thirteen-year old cafe that serves up Spanish tapas, killer paella and a bespoke brunch, Cafe Aion is another must-visit. On the same end as The Sink and Cafe two new spots opened up in 2023 –  Ginger Pig and Alice and Rose. Ginger Pig is a Michelin Bib Gourmand slinging Asian street food from a brilliantly design mural brick wall. Tasty dishes such as Chinese BBQ Pork, Bahn Mi and the Taiko Tots are keeping diners coming back for more. Alice and Rose is an “Alice inspired” restaurant featuring all day brunch featuring a huge menu ranging from whimsical towers of fruit or pancakes to savory chicken curry sandwiches, from lobster eggs benedict to a meat lovers flatbread. 

Further up the Hill is Ado’s on The Hill and The Corner, capturing the foot-traffic of the thousands of college students walking through every day. Ado’s on The Hill serves up a variety of Italian-inspired fresh pastas and classic entrees for dinner nightly along with a hand-selected wine list. The Corner attracts the patio diners to linger awhile, with their sunny location and flatiron view. They serve breakfast all day, lunch and dinner as well as an impressive happy hour. Everything is made in-house with all-natural ingredients with a clear focus on a variety of options for dietary restrictions and preferences.


Community and Events

Beyond its food offerings, The Hill hosts a variety of events that bring the community together. From block parties to live music performances, there’s always something happening on The Hill. These events not only foster a sense of community but also showcase the neighborhood’s commitment to celebrating local talent and creativity. More and more energy will be added as the first of the hotels, Moxy Boulder, opens later this Spring. 

The Hill is more than just a neighborhood in Boulder – it’s a living testament to the city’s history, culture, and community spirit. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, taking the time to savor the unique charm of The Hill is an essential part of the Boulder experience. So, wander its streets, indulge in its culinary delights, and share in the vibrant culture that makes The Hill an invaluable gem in the heart of Boulder.

Author : Jessica Benjamin

Jessica Benjamin

Jessica Benjamin is the fearless leader behind Savor Productions. With her unmatched dedication to the local community, and her more than 20 years of experience in event production and marketing, Jess guides the Savor team with heart and passion. Tacos are the way to her soul, and when she's not working, you'll find her in her garden and kitchen with her family.

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