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BOULDER’S BEST HEALTHY BRUNCH SPOTS

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UPDATED FEB 19, 2020

Boulder is one big outdoor playground and weekends are for playing! Whether you are heading out to hike, bike, run, or climb, fueling up with a healthy and relaxing brunch will get your weekend off to the right start. Check out these nutritious and delicious brunch spots around Boulder.

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HILLARY BENNETTS

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This post started as a boutique selling a curated selection of lifestyle goods that unite modern design with mountain living. Pretty Boulder, huh? The cool vibe at Alpine Modern took off and spawned into a popular cafe with locations on Pearl St and the Hill. It’s easy to sit alone with your laptop, an almond milk latte, and some yogurt and granola. Or maybe bring some friends and sip on Yerba Mate tea while enjoying an Avocado Tartine by the outdoor fire pit. Either way, you’ll love the atmosphere and healthy picks at Alpine Modern.

Small plates, big taste, happy Boulderites. That’s how Café Aion rolls. It’s a small tapas-style eatery with plenty of outdoor seating and a menu that evolves with the availability of local, seasonal ingredients. Chef and owner Dakota Soifer has played a culinary role in both Julia’s Kitchen and The Kitchen, and now he’s using his experience to craft amazing dishes right on the Hill. Even though the menu changes, know that when you go to Café Aion you are getting fresh, local, and thoughtfully-prepared eats.

A staple of Pearl Street, The Kitchen’s consistently delicious food and shabby-chic farmhouse vibe is everything you want in a brunch. The Kitchen subscribes to a “Community through Food” philosophy, so grab a seat at the shared table and make a new friend. Lean toward a light lunch with the Roasted Beets & Pistachio dish, or stay on the breakfast side of brunch with Mushroom Toast with scrambled eggs, braised kale, and ricotta salata.

This place takes their ingredients so seriously that they created their own farm nearby in Lafayette. The chef works directly with the farm to plan which organic vegetables, fruits, and herbs to grow and use in Leaf’s seasonal—and entirely vegetarian—menu. During Saturday and Sunday brunch, try something light and unique, like the Hippy Sandwich made on toasted whole grain bread with avocado,

babaganoush, pickled onion, tomato, and microgreens. For something a little sweeter, look to the seasonal fruit smoothie or blueberry pancakes with a chocolate-hazelnut drizzle.

Sure, you know this spot as a go-to for lunch or dinner when shopping at the Twenty Ninth Street Mall, but have you ever hit Modern Market for breakfast? This place knows how to do breakfast and brunch right, any day of the week. Grab a quick bite or hang around because the vibe is casual and the food is on point. Fitt tip: try the Super Berry Oatmeal with blueberry hemp superfood granola. With numerous Colorado locations, you don’t have to venture far to find a Modern Market near your neighborhood.

Want to start your morning with a steaming mug of local, organic chicken bone broth? Sure you do. So, head over to their space on Canyon Blvd and grab a seat at Shine, a place known for emitting a friendly, community vibe. And the food? It’s 100% gluten- and GMO-free. They even soak and sprout all grains, nuts, and legumes. So give the house-made ricotta toast and seasonal jam or Eggs Biscuit Benny a try.

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At Tangerine, you’ll definitely find all of the classic breakfast foods you crave, just with a healthier take. So instead of blowing off your afternoon plans for the couch, you can eat well and be active. Tangerine isn’t all eggs and potatoes, though. You’ll also find some Mediterranean-inspired options, like the fruit and yogurt bowl or poached eggs over charred asparagus and local mushrooms. The cheery, tangerine decor, locally-roasted coffee, and healthy plates in this North Boulder spot will most certainly start your day off strong. (They've also expanded to Lafayette and Longmont.)

Born in Denver and loved throughout Colorado, Snooze is all about breakfast. Their menu is filled with innovative and customizable choices, so there's something for every taste. To keep it strictly business, the “Light As A Feather” selections have the fit(t)-friendly grub. Think quinoa breakfast bowls and egg white frittatas. And no need to wait for the weekend; you can snag all-day brunch any day of the week. That's what we're talking about!

This spot is incredible, and it’s worth heading over to the Pearl Street Mall to see for yourself. The Dushanbe Teahouse was hand-crafted and shipped over from Tajikistan in the early 1990s, and more than 40 artisans created the intricate ceramic designs, exterior, vaulted ceiling, and carved cedar columns. But besides the beauty of the Teahouse, the food is just as stunning. Brunch (served on Saturday and Sunday) can go sweet or savory, with Asian- and European-influenced dishes, like Indian samosas, Austrian crepes, and Korean pan-fried noodles. Oh, and tea! Lots of it.

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