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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.
Dive Bar
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“Hip recently renovated bar right off the highway and main street. This place is hopping on Friday and Saturday nights with bands from all over the country. They've got pool tables, darts, and karaoke (sometimes). An excellent place to hang out.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
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“A wide variety of Asian foods, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese. The quality is outstanding.”
  • 29 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Best spot for healthy food and great beer. Patio is sunny even in the winter and has a great vibe. It has actives for kids and a delish menu. We stop here almost every trip.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Bar
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“Great restaurant located a stone's through from the river. A local favorite! They brew their own beer on the other side of town and do a good job.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Delicious lunch and fro-yo scene. Homemade breads and soups, and it's connected to an outdoor store- what more could you ask for?”
  • 16 locals recommend
Beer Bar
“Excellent lineup of craft beers in a super cool setting: the former Buena Vista jailhouse. If you like beer, this is a must visit! About a 4 min walk.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Bar
“If you're looking for a stiff drink, this is the place to go! They've got a wonderful western vibe and distill their own whiskeys, gins, and more. They have live music most Friday and Saturday nights.”
  • 20 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“It's a little more upscale, but relaxed. Smallish but excellent Colorado beer selection, delicious variety of fresh and local ingredients, homemade bread, and a nice, sunny space and patio. They may require reservations for large groups, or dinner.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Trail
“Outdoor supplies, and gear. Rentals for certain sports and seasons, and great trail advice! Also, a great space to find the perfect gift to remember your time in Buena Vista.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Bakery
“Great morning cup 'o' joe. Friendly folks, free wi-fi and a space you can really experience living like a local.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Cafe
“Excellent espresso bar, baked goods, and hand-made gelato right by the Arkansas River. Has excellent shaded outdoor seating and is located next to a park. Highly recommend you visit! About a 5 min walk.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Yummy grab and go food and drinks. They also roast their own coffee for you to take home with you. They have tasty light lunch food as well.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Distillery
“Suuuuuper great pizza, and excellent local brews. Worth the drive to BV or a stopover on your way to/from the area hiking/skiing trails.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Clothing Store
“For all things water sports! Grab a rental and head down to the river park and kayak the day away.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Cafe
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“Best breakfast spot! Not fancy, but it's worth a wait - call ahead, this place can get busy.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Store
“Family friendly ice cream parlor. Outdoor seating only: so much for the kids to do!”
  • 9 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Asian Restaurant
“A wide variety of Asian foods, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese. The quality is outstanding.”
  • 29 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Best spot for healthy food and great beer. Patio is sunny even in the winter and has a great vibe. It has actives for kids and a delish menu. We stop here almost every trip.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Bar
“Great restaurant located a stone's through from the river. A local favorite! They brew their own beer on the other side of town and do a good job.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Bakery
“Delicious lunch and fro-yo scene. Homemade breads and soups, and it's connected to an outdoor store- what more could you ask for?”
  • 16 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“It's a little more upscale, but relaxed. Smallish but excellent Colorado beer selection, delicious variety of fresh and local ingredients, homemade bread, and a nice, sunny space and patio. They may require reservations for large groups, or dinner.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Cafe
“Excellent espresso bar, baked goods, and hand-made gelato right by the Arkansas River. Has excellent shaded outdoor seating and is located next to a park. Highly recommend you visit! About a 5 min walk.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“Yummy grab and go food and drinks. They also roast their own coffee for you to take home with you. They have tasty light lunch food as well.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Distillery
“Suuuuuper great pizza, and excellent local brews. Worth the drive to BV or a stopover on your way to/from the area hiking/skiing trails.”
  • 12 locals recommend

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