Boise is always a great place to visit. I feel like it’s one of those hidden treasures that is always underrated. When I grew up, and actually I am still not the biggest fan of this city. But I think it’s because it’s not a big city and I’ve grown up here so I feel like I have seen everything about the city. There are special hidden gems around the city that I love to visit.
Whenever I come home, I have a few places that I have to visit when I’m back.
- Rembrandts. This is a church converted to a coffee shop. It has mismatched furniture and adorable pillows. It’s a locally owned coffee shop with great food and my favorite Mexican Mocha.
- Flying M. This coffee shop has always held a special place in my heart. I think it’s because deep down I wanted to be a cool kid and the Flying M was where all the artistic cool people in Boise hung out when I was growing up. So now, I tell myself I’m one of them and I deserve to be there (note that Flying M is really just a local hang out for people on that side of the city while Rembrandts is the local hang out for the west side…)
- Moxie Java. I love Moxie Java. It’s another coffee shop and it has delicious drinks. They are quickly becoming few and far between but there’s a nostalgic feel for them because it was one of the few coffee shops open for a few hours on Christmas by the main movie theater. So on Christmas Day I would get a Moxie Java coffee right after the family movie. It was tradition.
- The Record Exchange. This is an independent record store. I love it and I will always love it.
- Pita Pit. Seattle closed all the Pita Pits so the one in Boise downtown is the only time I can get those pitas at 3 AM.
Reviewing this list, I think that Boise is what started my obsession with food…. Seems fitting for today…