Local Guide To Fort Collins

Local Guide To Fort Collins

By Emily Beard

Local Guide To Fort Collins

 Fort Collins is the ideal place for visitors, families, and college students to have some serious fun. If you're new around here, welcome! No matter who you are or what stage of life you're in, there is no shortage of places to enjoy and make memories. From boutique shops, to delicious restaurants and tasty dessert spots - we are sharing the very BEST things to do in Old Town, Fort Collins. You'll find the best local guide around right here, friends!


Delicious Treats + Eateries

Little Bird Bakeshop is a Fort Collins staple! This cute mom and pop shop is where you'll want to go for all kinds of baked goods. They have fresh baked bread on the daily - try a slice with house made ricotta and jam for a total delight to the senses. Find a decadent selection of croissants and split a french press full of coffee with a friend. Plan to bring a book or a companion - Little Bird skips the WI-FI so you can sit back, sip, and enjoy the present moment. 

Snooze, an AM Eatery has some of the best breakfast and brunch in town! Try one of their fluffy omelets or seasonal pancakes for the sweetest treat of your week. Want to get your socks knocked off? Order one of their strawberry martini mimosa's. The staff and atmosphere is about as warm as one of their mouth-watering pieces of french toast lightly dusted with powdered sugar. PRO TIP: Download the Snooze app and get in line before you arrive because this place is always poppin'.

Looking to have a nice dinner out? The Regional has the best burger in town! Visit on Tuesdays for a dreamy all day happy hour! The vibe is cozy and chic and the food never disappoints. Keep your eyes peeled for the Julia Child quote we love so much (hint: it's right when you walk in!)

For an after dinner treat, be sure to visit Mary's Mountain Cookies. They have the widest selection of cookies, from household favorites like soft chocolate chip, to gourmet options like their mouthwatering s'mores cookie. We're talking toasted marshmallows, rich chocolate, and a graham cracker dust - be careful, it might make you drool a little. 

Boutique Shopping For Everyone

Sunday Supply Co: Stop in at our brick and mortar shop to say hello! We’d love to meet you. While you’re here, let us help you find the perfect outfit for any occasion. Shop from our range of sustainable home goods and locally made art and jewelry. Whatever brings you in, you’re welcome here!

Kansas City City: Discover hand drawn designs on the softest t-shirts! Although this is what Kansas City Kitty is best known for, they've got SO many other goodies to shop. You'll peep some of your favorite brands here and boho styles that will make it a breeze to piece together your next go-to outfit. 

Topo Designs: For our local lovers who are always down for an adventure! Topo is known for having the best backpacks and bags around. They also have the coolest clothes for both women and men. You won't want to miss this amazing shop that started in a Fort Collins basement and has grown into a nationwide favorite!

Fun Things To Do In Old Town 

Make an appointment at Velvet Files and enjoy a manicure and pedicure that you won't be able to stop staring at. The best part about this place is that they use all natural products every step of the way! The atmosphere is inspiring and relaxing with beautiful local art decorating the walls, pretty plants hanging from the ceiling, and historic exposed brick. Velvet Files also has one of the best apothecaries in town! Find all kinds of natural beauty products, delicious candles, and even some pretty jewelry to shop while you sip on your complimentary sparkling water. 

Spend an afternoon or evening at Extra Arts & Drafts - Fort Collins' first maker's bar! Extra Arts & Drafts is a hands-on studio where you and your friends create do-it-yourself, upscale art projects while enjoying your favorite drinks. It’s perfect for a friends’ night out, date night, or just an excuse to have some fun!

We hope this mini-local guide inspires you to get out and have fun with your loved ones! Old Town, Fort Collins is an extraordinary place, and the magic is meant to be shared. 

Sincerely, Sunday


 Photos: Jackie Nunnally @jackienunnaly