Insider Guide: Boise, Idaho
Léa Rainey and Zach Yunker, owners of Roots Zero Waste Market, tour their favorite spots in Boise and Garden City.
Sunset’s Insider Guide series highlights seasonal diversions and secret travel tips from local experts. Follow along as we learn where to eat, drink, stay, and shop.
Meet the insiders: Léa Rainey and Zach Yunker, owners of Roots Zero Waste Market
Head east just beyond Boise, and you’ll find Roots Zero Waste Market in Garden City, a must-stop on any trip to Idaho’s capital. Bring your own jar to stock up on beans, vinegars, and spices. Léa Rainey and Zach Yunker opened the shop to help you “buy the amount you need when you need it,” as they say. Here are their favorite spots in the two cities.
WHERE TO EAT:
Bacon jam and cheese sandwiches and spicy prawn fettuccine abound at The Hyde House, where you’ll eat inside the 1890s historic home or outside on the dog-friendly patio. Located in an area called the Boise Bench, Petite 4 offers French-inspired fare like chorizo croquettes and vol-au-vent.
WHAT TO DO:
“Take a break and swing under the pink shimmering tree” at Cherie Buckner-Webb Park, Rainey says. Boise is also home to the only Anne Frank Memorial in the country; it’s near the Boise Greenbelt, which winds along the Boise River. While you’re cruising around town, turn on KRBX Radio Boise 89.9 or 93.5 FM downtown. “Or throw on some headphones and pick new vinyl or a CD at The Record Exchange,” Rainey says. “Do rental cars even have CD players anymore?”
WHERE TO DRINK:
Start your day at Garden City’s adorable coffee shop Push & Pour, where the breakfast sandos are as delicious as the roasts. Later, order a Method 104 at Boise cocktail bar Suite 104, where you pick the spirit and bartenders take care of the rest.
WHERE TO SHOP:
Grab a gift at a’Tavola marketplace, or take a seat in the cafe for espresso and baked French toast topped with praline. Alternatively, you can find eclectic accessories, trinkets, and home goods at Crazy Neighbor and Hyde and Seek.