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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
Shopping Centre
“Something for everyone! Shopping, food, water fountains, movies, playground. ”
  • 84 locals recommend
Park
“Hiking, biking, great views of the city, playground and a staple of Boise. A must see.”
  • 67 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
Latin American Restaurant
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“Nicer restaurant with a fun atmosphere. If you like steak I highly recommend the Hot Rock Filet. The steak comes out mostly cooked on a very hot rock that you finish cooking to your liking. ”
  • 58 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Table Rock offers incredible views of our City of Trees. This is great for everyone because you have a few options to get up to it-- driving and hiking. There are a couple of trail options but I recommend starting at the trailhead by the Old Penitentiary.”
  • 63 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
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.”
  • 52 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
Garden
“Beautiful and educational -- at the base of the foothills and adjacent to the Old Idaho State Penitentiary.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Bar
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“This is one of my favorite standard affairs. The owners are local and eco-conscious (think zero packaging and compost worms in the basement for your scraps), they have lots of brews with a fun lounge next door, and the food is delicious at a great price. ”
  • 43 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Goldy’s is our go-too sport for one of the greatest breakfasts in America (that is a bold statement from people who love breakfast!) We can’t seem to get enough of their breakfast burrito and their stuffed French toast. They don’t take reservations, so be prepared for a wait (at their coffee bar down the street), but you won’t regret the choice to eat here. ”
  • 41 locals recommend
Museum
“In 1872 the Idaho Territorial Prison opened its doors to some of the most desperate and mean criminals the West could offer. In 1973 the Idaho State Penitentiary closed to inmates. Now our doors are open for visitors to explore over 100 years of Idaho's unique prison history. Open year-round, visitors of the Old Idaho Penitentiary can walk through solitary confinement, cell blocks, and the gallows. Visit today and relive the Old Pen's exciting past of daring escapes, scandals, and executions. Call for more details about special events, educational programs and guided tours.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Lounge
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“Great food and drink selection. Have an exceptional brunch menu on the weekend”
  • 38 locals recommend
Park
“On the river at the edge of downtown Boise and housing the Idaho State Historical Museum, the Boise Art Museum, Zoo Boise, the Idaho Black History Museum, and is connected by footbridge to the Discovery Center of Idaho and Boise State University.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Plaza
“Coffee shop with pastries, lunch and breakfast - in the nearby Hyde Park district.”
  • 32 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Latin American Restaurant
“Nicer restaurant with a fun atmosphere. If you like steak I highly recommend the Hot Rock Filet. The steak comes out mostly cooked on a very hot rock that you finish cooking to your liking. ”
  • 58 locals recommend
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.”
  • 52 locals recommend
Bar
“This is one of my favorite standard affairs. The owners are local and eco-conscious (think zero packaging and compost worms in the basement for your scraps), they have lots of brews with a fun lounge next door, and the food is delicious at a great price. ”
  • 43 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Goldy’s is our go-too sport for one of the greatest breakfasts in America (that is a bold statement from people who love breakfast!) We can’t seem to get enough of their breakfast burrito and their stuffed French toast. They don’t take reservations, so be prepared for a wait (at their coffee bar down the street), but you won’t regret the choice to eat here. ”
  • 41 locals recommend
Lounge
“Great food and drink selection. Have an exceptional brunch menu on the weekend”
  • 38 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!”
  • 34 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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