Boise State University is centrally located near the beautiful Boise River, the Greenbelt, city parks, and downtown and all within walking distance! If you are looking for a ride, Boise now has Uber, Lyft, and several taxi cab companies, such as Boise City Taxi, Green Cab, and Idaho Cab Co. There are several ways to rent bicycles to further enjoy the beautiful summer weather. Boise Green Bike has several hubs located around the city for the convenience of hourly rentals throughout the day. The Cycle Learning Center on campus offers cruiser bike rentals for $15/day and mountain bike rentals for only $35/day. No matter how you get around, be sure to enjoy the various offerings of the city of Boise.
Food and Drink
Downtown Boise offers a large array of delicious local cuisine, breweries, and distilleries. Check out some of our favorites and remember to call ahead for reservations with large groups!
Goldy’s Breakfast– For award winning breakfast and bakery goods, check out their famous hollandaise sauce and from scratch pancakes made with many fresh and local ingredients. Enjoy the espresso bar made with local Dawson Taylor coffee beans.
Big City Coffee and Cafe– Serving breakfast and lunch all day, along with espresso and coffees. Their in-house baked goods are famous! Try the pumpkin chai muffin, the delicious cherry pie scone, or fill up with biscuits and gravy, made with fresh buttermilk.
Bluebird– Boise based sandwich love, specializing in housemade sandwiches, sodas, and sweets. Make sure to visit early to miss the lines, and before they run out of their locally sourced ingredients acquired from local farms each morning.
Superb Sushi– Try the best sushi in Boise with their picturesque plate presentations in a downtown setting.
Reel Foods Fish Market– Enjoy a lunch of fresh specialty fish from around the world, Alaskan king crab, fresh live shellfish, wild salmon and fresh local Idaho fish. Choose from the freshest quality seafood soups, sandwiches, sushi and an oyster bar.
The Basque Block– The Basque community has a long history in Boise and is one of the largest Basque communities in the United States. The community proudly shares their unique heritage on the “Basque Block” in the downtown area. Bar Gernika is the most popular eatery on the block with their famous croquetas and Boise’s oldest distillery, Bardenay, is located just next door. Enjoy their fun handcrafted cocktails and innovative menu. The Basque market offers a wide array of Basque products to explore, including a selection of pintxos — which is Basque for tapas.
Bittercreek Alehouse– Bittercreek provides an ethically and locally sourced food menu and a beer menu with over 40 tap options, not including the extensive cellared collection downstairs. They source as many local food options as possible with over 30 local farms and businesses. Enjoy their “low power happy hour” while conserving power and reducing your energy footprint!
St Lawerence Gridiron– Explore the roots of American cuisine with a gourmet twist. The menu frequently changes with ingredient availability but centers around the enormous smoker on the front patio.
Alavita– Serving fresh, uncomplicated, Italian inspired pasta dishes- with local Northwest flour and egg- Alavita strives to provide a local gathering place to share creative dishes and cocktails with close friends. Many of the cocktails have been handcrafted by the Anthropology department’s very own Royce Johnson- president of the Archaeological Students Association. Stop by and see him!
The Boise River Café (BRC) will be open for breakfast (Wednesday – Sunday, 7:30am – 9am) and lunch (Wednesday – Sunday 1:00pm – 2:30pm). The BRC is located in the first floor of the Student Union Building (see map). It is all-you-can-eat, cafeteria dining. Cost: $7.18 for breakfast, $9.60 for lunch.
There is a small food court in the first floor of the Student Union Building, including:
Moxie Java (coffee) 7:30am – 1:00pm Monday – Friday
Subway 11:00am – 2:00pm Monday – Friday
Moe’s 11:00am – 2:00pm Monday – Friday