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Things to do in Boone

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.
Brewery
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“Our favorite brewery in town. They often have live music and on nice days you can play cornhole down by the water.”
  • 41 locals recommend
University
“Films, concert, and theater at the university. See the appstate.edu website, under Events. Check out The Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Located in a lovely garden in downtown Boone, Melanie’s Food Fantasy serves breakfast and lunch that has been satisfying everyone’s fantasy since 1991 and is now a Boone institution. Farm-to-fork ingredients that are fresh and seasonal, farm-raised eggs, organic coffee, and freshly squeezed juice feature on the traditional American menu, and a great atmosphere fills this place pretty fast”
  • 40 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
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“Coyote Kitchen is lively, brightly colored Caribbean restaurant located in an uninspiring location near the Walmart shopping plaza in Boone. The place is colorful and relaxed, with vivid murals on the walls and lots of local art everywhere. While they advertise their cuisine as Southwest Caribbean Soulfood, it does not really belong to any national cuisine and contains something from all of them.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Bakery
“This is an excellent bakery and coffee shop. They also have great smoothies. ”
  • 31 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“This is my go-to for great food and a casual atmosphere in Boone. The brussel sprouts are the bomb! I also recommend the woodfire pizzas. Great bar as well.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Japanese Restaurant
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“Opened in May 2013, CoBo Sushi Bistro and Bar is a one-of-a-kind dining experience that not only includes the Japanese art of sushi, but also has plenty of non-traditional and contemporary menu items. We have a fun-loving, casual, yet elegant atmosphere that welcomes all. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“great gallery with international and local artists sponsored by the college, usually have fun activities for children too. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Craft beer pairs with wood-fired pizzas & seasonal fare in a hip space offering frequent live music.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
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“In the heart of downtown Boone. Wild Craft has a great menu with patio seating. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Bar
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“We loved hanging out here early on Friday evenings with other families and folks from the university. They have delicious bar food. Taco Tuesday is amazing.”
  • 21 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“The Cardinal is one of our favorite places to eat! They have the best burgers and cocktails in town. The atmosphere is fun and they even have toys for kids to enjoy at the table. Very family friendly!”
  • 28 locals recommend
Sandwich Place
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“This place is a simple sandwich and soup shop, but on a cold winter day, it is exactly what you need. My favorite thing there is the Cali Croissant, but my wife tells me there are very good vegetarian options there as well.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Bakery
“Our go-to place for coffee. Also have delicious homemade and huge muffins, scones, and egg biscuits.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Featured in Southern Living Magazine for great food. Homestyle Southern Restaurant. Family style and eat as much as you like.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Bar
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“Amazing food and fun atmosphere! This place is more upscale and suitable for adults. ”
  • 19 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Breakfast Spot
“Located in a lovely garden in downtown Boone, Melanie’s Food Fantasy serves breakfast and lunch that has been satisfying everyone’s fantasy since 1991 and is now a Boone institution. Farm-to-fork ingredients that are fresh and seasonal, farm-raised eggs, organic coffee, and freshly squeezed juice feature on the traditional American menu, and a great atmosphere fills this place pretty fast”
  • 40 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
“Coyote Kitchen is lively, brightly colored Caribbean restaurant located in an uninspiring location near the Walmart shopping plaza in Boone. The place is colorful and relaxed, with vivid murals on the walls and lots of local art everywhere. While they advertise their cuisine as Southwest Caribbean Soulfood, it does not really belong to any national cuisine and contains something from all of them.”
  • 37 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“This is my go-to for great food and a casual atmosphere in Boone. The brussel sprouts are the bomb! I also recommend the woodfire pizzas. Great bar as well.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Japanese Restaurant
“Opened in May 2013, CoBo Sushi Bistro and Bar is a one-of-a-kind dining experience that not only includes the Japanese art of sushi, but also has plenty of non-traditional and contemporary menu items. We have a fun-loving, casual, yet elegant atmosphere that welcomes all. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Brewery
“Craft beer pairs with wood-fired pizzas & seasonal fare in a hip space offering frequent live music.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“In the heart of downtown Boone. Wild Craft has a great menu with patio seating. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Bar
“We loved hanging out here early on Friday evenings with other families and folks from the university. They have delicious bar food. Taco Tuesday is amazing.”
  • 21 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“The Cardinal is one of our favorite places to eat! They have the best burgers and cocktails in town. The atmosphere is fun and they even have toys for kids to enjoy at the table. Very family friendly!”
  • 28 locals recommend

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