Innisfree Poetry Bookstore & Café: Renaissance on The Hill in Boulder, Colorado.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Feb 12, 2011
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Innisfree, along with neighbor Café Aion and green, timeless standby Sink, Hapa Sushi, Espresso Roma…makes the Hill well worth the visit on a consistent basis.

Innisfree is cozy, but expanding into next-door space so spacious. One of only 3 only-poetry bookstores in US, apparently.

Would love to see bake case with more yummies, less plastic wrap, but hey this is coming from one of those eco bicyclist Boulder weirdos everyone likes to make fun of. They do plenty of “eco-minded” things—like compostable corn cups, which though far from perfect are far better than non-compostable, plastic.

Great coffee, service, nice owners, old-timey fun atmosphere. Lots of poetry readings. I find myself going frequently, now. You can even get coffee or tea etc to go out of window on the street.

It’s instantly one of my favorite cafes ever.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


11 Responses to “Innisfree Poetry Bookstore & Café: Renaissance on The Hill in Boulder, Colorado.”

  1. SriDTMc says:

    my 2nd home.
    Brian the owner is super-friendly and welcoming; and Lindsey the only other employee lets me sit there after hours while waiting for Couchsurfing requests to come through.
    Plus, they take recommendations! So if you don't see your favorite poet represented on their shelves, that situation can be easily remedied. Tony Hoagland is now in the house!!

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  3. elephantjournal says:

    Love that they're connecting so wonderfully with the local poetry community at Naropa and all over Boulder. Would be cool to see Innisfree and Beat Bookshop host a night together..!

    Also, more fiddlin' nights with Adam! ~ Waylon

  4. C Chatenever says:

    So excited to see Innisfree already doing so well! I just moved from Santa Cruz, CA, a city full of cozy, bookshelf-lined coffee shops, so Innisfree feels like a little piece of home. Keep it up!

  5. Joe Yeoman says:

    A mecca of culture on the Hill?

    Actually, I am really excited about how they are making poetry interesting. Personally, I can't stand poetry, and most poets, and most cafes. But innisfree does a good job taking the stuffiness and pretentious flavor out of poetry (and coffee shops in general). I really like what the staff has done.

    Hurray Culture! Hurray Coffee!

    Joe Yeoman

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  7. René Cousineau says:

    There's a to-go window!? These guys have got game.

  8. kathrynkonrad says:

    I didn't know they did poetry readings there – huh

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