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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Art Gallery
“Great rotating permanent collection and always hosting new and featured artists. They have an incredible kids section too. ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Nature
“Summer hiking for when it’s too hot in town. Amazing skiing - only a 45 minute drive. Oh and they have a mountain roller coaster.”
  • 64 locals recommend
Park
“Head to Camel's Back Park for some great hiking trails! There is also a great playground for the kids to let out their energy. ”
  • 69 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“The Village is a new and upcoming venue in the Treasure Valley and worth the trip. Loads of shopping, restaurants, breweries, parks and outdoor areas for everyone. In the summer there is a playground and grassy area for the kids to play and in the winter, a small outdoor ice skating rink. The Village also has a movie theater and Big Al's Bowling. ”
  • 85 locals recommend
Capitol Building
“Green capital heated by geothermal water, new wings underground to preserve the classic look. Stone harvested from Table Rock by prisoners.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Table Rock is a local favorite trail that many hit on the weekends either for leisure with a view of the whole Treasure Valley, or for exercise.”
  • 63 locals recommend
Zoo
“Zoo Boise is a wonderful city zoo with all the various animals you will love. Right next to the Boise River Greenbelt and Julia Davis Park.”
  • 34 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“These days, the foodie and restaurant world is abuzz with buzzwords. “Local,” “sustainable,” and “hand-crafted” get tossed around more than a good salad. Well, it is one thing to say it and another thing to live it. So when, after 23 years of starting and running restaurants, my wife Amanda and I first started playing with the idea of Fork, we knew it would take a lot of effort to make these words mean something. And that’s what we’re trying to do, by making the ideas—the big ideas—behind these words not just marketing slogans, but at the core of how we spend our day.”
  • 53 locals recommend
Latin American Restaurant
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“Barbacoa’s culinary delights are a tribute to the rancher and cowboy of the Pacific Northwest. Basically, “Barbacoa” as a restaurant celebrates the influence of: The Vaqueros of Spain The Gaucho of Argentina The Llanero of the Brazilian Plains The Charro of Mexico”
  • 59 locals recommend
Museum
“The Old State Pen is a great place to visit for all types of people. Whether you just like history or want to see the Ridge to Rivers Trail System that this location connects with, it's a blast. There have been concerts at this location, brewery events and Halloween gatherings here as well. Keep and eye on facebook to see upcoming events. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Cinema
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“Take in an arthouse movie with gourmet snacks and beer/wine. Also you can get great lunches (weekends) and dinners. Downtown.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Bar
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“Bittercreek is a great go to for local food, drinks, and a great atmosphere. Located in the heart of downtown, Bittercreek has been a Boise favorite for years!”
  • 44 locals recommend
Garden
“Highly recommend taking a stroll through this beautiful garden, touring the old penitentiary, and catching an outdoor concert in the Spring and/or Summer. ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“Albertsons is the closest local grocery store with Aave-on Pharmacy and a Starbucks. Just down State Street to the east a few blocks.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Another great breakfast place. Their pastries are super delicious and very shareable. The portion sizes are large too. Coffee is fresh and bottomless. In the summer the front opens all up and feels like you are outside.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Plaza
“Coffee shop with pastries, lunch and breakfast - in the nearby Hyde Park district.”
  • 32 locals recommend

Top restaurants

American Restaurant
“These days, the foodie and restaurant world is abuzz with buzzwords. “Local,” “sustainable,” and “hand-crafted” get tossed around more than a good salad. Well, it is one thing to say it and another thing to live it. So when, after 23 years of starting and running restaurants, my wife Amanda and I first started playing with the idea of Fork, we knew it would take a lot of effort to make these words mean something. And that’s what we’re trying to do, by making the ideas—the big ideas—behind these words not just marketing slogans, but at the core of how we spend our day.”
  • 53 locals recommend
Latin American Restaurant
“Barbacoa’s culinary delights are a tribute to the rancher and cowboy of the Pacific Northwest. Basically, “Barbacoa” as a restaurant celebrates the influence of: The Vaqueros of Spain The Gaucho of Argentina The Llanero of the Brazilian Plains The Charro of Mexico”
  • 59 locals recommend
Bar
“Bittercreek is a great go to for local food, drinks, and a great atmosphere. Located in the heart of downtown, Bittercreek has been a Boise favorite for years!”
  • 44 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“A favorite breakfast place for sure. Its a local hot spot and can get pretty busy. They have an adjoining coffee shop for you to wait at while waiting to be seated.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Lounge
“Great food and drink selection. Have an exceptional brunch menu on the weekend”
  • 36 locals recommend
Brewery
“Right in the action of downtown Boise. One of our oldest brewpubs, churning out award winning beers and delicious pub grub. This 10 barrel brewhouse and our hop-king headbrewer Shawn Kelso make this brewpub the hoppiest place in Idaho and a hub for all your pre-game warm-ups, post-adventure hunger, and quaffing needs. Come crush a beer with us in downtown Boise!”
  • 35 locals recommend
Bar
“13th Street Pub & Grill is located in the historical Hyde Park region of Boise’s North End. Patrons enjoy open-air, patio and fireside seating for a comfortable year-round dining experience. The Pub is known for it’s relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff and large selection of delicious menu items. Huge selection of local/regional beers on tab, excellent food, locally-sourced whenever possible. One of our favorite places! ”
  • 34 locals recommend

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