When I’m not out hiking in Boulder, Colorado I walk the busier streets like Pearl Street in search of new shops to explore. Wandering around has led me to several quaint book shops that I now frequent. Here is a list of three independent bookstores that have pointed me to some great reads, great reading spots and great people:
1. Trident Booksellers & Cafe
Trident Booksellers & Cafe is a small independent bookstore located in the heart of downtown Boulder. Opened in 1980, the charm of the place is easily captured in the wooden shelves and cozy feels. They have expansive walls of books in every category, art, merchandise, and coffee and tea drinks. They have outdoor seating that makes for a perfect morning reading spot. This little cafe stays open at night, serves beer and wine, and hosts events ranging from writing circles to language exchange nights. From morning to night, this cafe can offer you a peaceful spot to read or a place to enjoy the company of others.
2. Boulder Bookstore
A bit more modern is the Boulder Bookstore located in the thick of Pearl Street. This store is vast and has all the contemporary books you could desire in the summer to-read list. It’s easy to get lost in all of the options here. The staff is lovely and is always around to help you navigate what you are looking for and will even throw in a complimentary bookmark. Beware, though, you will not leave without a book in your hands.
3. Barbed Wire Books
Barbed Wire Books is located in a neighboring town to Boulder and Longmont. It has everything a bookstore should have, ranging from classics to some more obscure finds. The staff is helpful and knowledgeable if you go in open-minded or unsure of what reading journey you will take next. Barbed Wire Books also provides space for groups and book clubs to meet and rejoice with friends over a good book.