The Best of Boise Idaho via Simply Grove

Illustration by Morgan Wolf Design

It’s no secret that I live in Boise, Idaho. It’s been my city for the past 18 years, which seems crazy to me! I moved here at the tail end of my senior year and I haven’t left. I’ve had people ask me how I ended up in Boise. Family is what got me here and my husband is what got me to stay…:) I met him through my cousins and immediately fell smitten. He was born and raised in Boise and has always been a huge fan. When we got married, we naturally knew that Boise would be our forever home. I am Boise’s biggest fan! I love this city for so many reasons. The quality of life is unbeatable here. Raising a family is easy and fun. The community surrounding this city is invested, friendly and passionate to make Boise the best. Boise is also growing and evolving beautifully. Start up companies are moving here and creating an entrupanierhl buzz. The landscape of this city is maturing thanks to investors that love Boise and see major potential. We have been 0n more national lists than I can count! So to say the least, I love Boise.

I decided to put together a list of what I love about this city. Everything from the best thrifting to the best coffee. Now, if we missed something, don’t get mad. Simply email me and we will add it to this list of Boise awesomeness.

 

The Best of Boise

 

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THRIFT/CONSIGHNMENT/ANTIQUE

Renewal Home

517 S 8th St.

Once upon a time

4774 W State St.

Killer accessories, art and ceramics.

Enchanting Objects

4906 W state St.

Shabby Chic Antiques

Idaho youth ranch Thrift Store

1417 W Main St

250 N Orchard

10353 W Fairview Ave

Pots, vases and occasional furniture finds.

Goodwill

8300 W Overland Rd

Watch monthly for great target deliveries.

Savers

10475 W Fairview Ave

DI

10740 W Fairview Ave

L.A. Junk Antiques

1911 W State St

St. Vincent de Paul Thrift

251 N Orchard St

Low cost shopping alternative of quality goods.

Antique Wold Mall

4544 Overland Rd

The Recycled room

9115 W chinden Blvd #102

Consigned furniture and home decor.

A.E. Hudsons Antiques

1810 W State St.

 

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HOME

Boise Vintage

1524 S Broadway Ave

The best of mid-century can be found here.

Beatnik

108 N Latah St.

Another winning mid-century shop. Some of my favorite vintage furniture pieces have been from Beatnik.

Bee Wise Goods+Bakery

3017 W State St

Handmade, vintage, antique, and quirky items for your home.

HOME by Melisa James

3011 W State St.

If you love vintage pieces with a shabby chic flair, this is your spot!

The Speakeasy Gallery

850 W. Main St.

Boise Vintage sells their high end items here.

Chandi Lighting 

1110 W Jefferson St

Owner Meredith Clark creates some of the most beautiful custom lighting. You must visit to believe.

Echelon

1404 W Main St

All of your modern and contemporary furniture and home goods can be met here.

Mixed greens

237 N 9th St

The perfect place to find unique home decor.

36th st Nursery

3823 Garden Center Way

Some of the best indoor plants can be found here, as well as awesome decor and items to style your home with.

Alloway Lighting

1420 Grove St

A lighting one stop shop with the best customer service.

Lit & Co.

3019 W State St.

The best smelling candles in the city.

Sevoy

650 E Fairview Ave

Mid-century and antiques fill this space.

Bloom

1220 W State St.

Flowers and gifts fill this yummy space.

Paperie and Pen

The Village at Meridian. 3540 E Longwing Ln

All things paper! And they have awesome art and home decor goods.

Tai pan trading

1123 N Milwaukee St

Kitchen accessories here are on point.

Flowers At Will

2500 W Overland Rd.

A mix of home decor and flowers.

Furniture Outfitters

76 N Cole Rd.

They have lots of budget friendly furniture pieces.

Anthropologie

The Village at Meridian. 3540 E Longwing Ln

World Market

Milwaukee Marketplace, 1157 N

Target

633 N Milwaukee St.

Pottery barn

350 N Milwaukee St

DownEast

3503 n Eagle Rd

Furniture and drapery finds.

 

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BEAUTY & FASHION

Fancy pants

825 W Idaho St

Blush by Jaime Rose

405 S 8th St #109

Piece Unique

205 N. 10th

Lux

817 W. Idaho

Urban Outfitters

328 S. 8th

Anthropologie

The Village at Meridian, 3600 E Fairview, Meridian, ID

Nordstrom Rack

Boise Towne Square, 534 N Milwaukee St

Boise Towncenter

350 north Milwaukee

(Includes stores like H&M and JCrew)

The Village at Meridian

3600 E Fairview, Meridian, ID

(Includes stores like Lulu Lemon, Lush, Robert Comstock, Walla Walla Clothing Company)

 

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COFFEE

Slow by Slow

403 S 8th St

Java

223 N 6th St #110 and 612 N 13th St

The District Coffee House

219 N 10th St

Hyde Perk Coffee House

1507 N 13th St

Flying M Coffeehouse

500 W Idaho St #100

Janjou Patisserie

1754 W State St

Thomas Hammer

298 N 8th St

Neckar Coffee

The Boise Farmers Market every Saturday

 

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BREAKFAST/BRUNCH

Guru Donuts

204 N Capital BLVD

Goldy’s Breakfast Bistro

108 S Capitol Blvd

Moon’s Kitchen Cafe

712 W Idaho St.

Addie’s

501 W Main St

Trolley House

1821 E Warm Springs Ave

Wild Root Cafe & Market

276 N 8th St

Juniper

211 N 8th St

Saint Lawrence Gridiron

705 W Bannock St

*Saturdays & Sundays only

Red Feather Lounge

246 N 8th St

*Saturdays & Sundays only

Capri Restaurant

2520 W Fairview Ave

Big City Coffee & Cafe

1416 Grove Street

Joe momma’s

600 S Rivershore Ln #170

Sunrise Cafe Boise

7135 W State St

Dutch Oven Cafe

1621 N Orchard

Java 

223 N 6th St and 1612 N 13Th st

Cottonwood Grille

913 W River St

*Saturdays & Sundays only

Janjou Patisserie

1754 W State St

 

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LUNCH

Bleubird

224 n 10th St

On The Fly Deli

800 W Main St #200

Jenny’s lunch line

106 N 6th St

Boise Co-op

888 W Fort St

Bowl Of Heaven

5628 W State st

Whole Foods

201 S broadway Ave

Java

223 N 6th St and 1612 N 13Th st

Boise Fry Company

204 n Capitol Blvd

The Dish

205 N 10th St #110

Bittercreek

246 N 8th St

Sandbar at the Riverside hotel

2900 W Chinden Blvd

Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria

800 W. Main St #230

Fanci Freez

1402 W State St

Red Feather

246 n 8th

Pie Hole

205 N 8th

Flying Pie

4320 W Fairview

Mai Thai

750 W Idaho St

Pho Nouveau

780 W Idaho

 

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DINNER

State and Lemp

2870 W State St

Juniper

211 N 8th St

10 Barrel Brewing

830 W Bannock St

Chandlers

981 W Grove St

Barbacoa

276 Bobwhite Ct.

Fork

199 N 8th St

Bardenay Restaurant & Distillery

610 W Grove St

Bittercreek

246 N 8th St

Cafe Vicino

808 W Fort St

Alavita

807 W Idaho St

Lucianos

11 N Orchard St

Reef

105 S 6th St

Cottonwood

913 W River St

13th st pub and grill

1520 N 13th St

Casa Mexico

1605 N 13th St

Asiago’s

1002 W. Main St

Saint Lawrence Gridiron

705 W Bannock St

Matador

215 N 8th St

Pho Nouveau

780 W Idaho

Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria

800 W. Main St #230

Mai Thai

750 W Idaho St

The Brickyard

 

FOOD TRUCKS

The Funky Taco

Archie’s Place

B-Town Bistro

Tiki Teriyaki

Murphy’s Mini Donuts

Bowld Over

Brown Shuga SouldFood

Boise Fry Company

Rice Works Asian Food

Mad Mac

 

SMOOTHIES/JUICES

Bowl of heaven

5628 W State St

Kind Cuisine Cafe

4628 W State St

Boise Co-op

888 W Fort St

On the fly Rotisserie Deli

800 W Main St

Tree City Juice 

1265 S Capitol BLVD

Whole foods

201 S broadway Ave

Boise Juice

 

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BEER

10 barrel brewing Co

830 W Bannock St

Prefunk Beer Bar

1100 W Front St

Bittercreek

246 N 8th St

Payette Brewing

111 W 33rd St

Sockeye

3019 N Cole Rd

Prost!

274 N 8th St

Boise brewing

521 W Broad St

 

COCKTAILS

The Atlas Bar

108 S 11th St

Juniper

211 N 8th St

Mai Thai

750 W Idaho St

Modern Hotel

1314 W Grove St

The Mode Lounge

800 W Idaho St

Red Feather Lounge

246 N 8th t

Fork

199 N 8th St

Bardenday 

610 W Grove St

Alavita

807 W Idaho St

 

HOTELS

Modern Hotel

1314 W Grove St

The Grove Hotel

245 S Capitol Blvd

Hotel 43

981 W Grove St

Boise Guesthouse

614 N 5th St

 

ENTERTAINMENT

Museums

boise art museum

670 Juila David Dr

idaho state historical museum

610 Julia Davis Dr

old idaho penitentiary

2445 Old Penitentiary Rd

Idaho State Capitol Building

700 W Jefferson St

 

BOISE PARKS & RECREATION

Hiking & Trails

biking

Greenbelt

Zoo

Discovery center

Boise Public Library

Boise Water Activities

-paddle boarding

-rafting

-kayaking

-river floating

Bogus Basin Ski resort

-Skiing

-Snowboarding

-Snow tubing

 

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NEIGHBORHOODS OF BOISE

NORTHEND BOISE

24th and Ridenbaugh

This neighborhood is full of personality with streets of historic homes, huge trees and tons of parks. Definitely a Boise favorite!

NORTHWEST BOISE

Anything west of 28th St.

Easy access to Boise River Greenbelt and the foothills for some awesome hiking. This area is a mid-century gold mine.

THE SYCAMORE DISTRICT OF BOISE

Between 36th & Collister North & South of Catalpa

Most tranquil of all the neighborhoods. It has an historic and northend vibe with more reasonable prices. Also has easy access to trails and hiking.

SOUTHEAST BOISE

Here you will find new construction and modern subdivision with large landscapes.

BENCH

Glen Haven Street, Morris Hill, Alpine and Roosevelt

Another mid-century dream. Affordable living for eclectic neighborhoods.

SOUTHEND

Considered Boise Bronco’s Territory. Super close to BSU campus with lots of great, older homes.

Events

Treefort Music Fest

An event that welcomes well-known and independent artists from all over the globe. With dozens of venues throughout the city you are able to discover new bands from sun-up to sun-down.

First Thursday

An event that occurs every first thursday of the month. It takes place all throughout Boise from 5:00-9:00 pm and provides visitors and locals to roam the streets of downtown and visit shops and galleries. In-store entertainment, tastings and special events are all for your enjoyment.

The Boise Farmers Market

Every Saturday from 9:00am to 1:00pm at 10th and Grove in downtown Boise. A family oriented market that provides you with some of the best food trucks and local vendors.

Capital City Public Market

This giant market is also every Saturday from 9-1pm on 8th St. You will find tons and tons of amazing makers, food vendors and local awesomeness.

Wintry Market

A space full of some of the best local makers! Plan to attend this every November.

 

2 comments

 

14

Oct

2011

I have a friend.  She should be really really famous.  She is tall, beautiful, extremely nice and genuine to EVERYONE.  The first time that I visited her home, I squealed with delight!  Her home reflects her young, relaxed and stylish personality.  She has a mix of mid century pieces with a few antiques and global pieces.  See the amazing sofa?  She reupholstered the whole thing with her mom!  Yep, Tanna is really cool.

PS:  I have a few more Boise home tours that I want to share with you.  Some that I have helped and some that are excelling in the design department.  So expect to see some more rad homes over the next few months.

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