A week before Christmas, my husband and I visited the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse in Boulder, Colorado to enjoy lunch. The teahouse is located along Boulder Creek in the Central park area of Boulder. As the teahouse website states: "Completely built by hand without the use of power tools, the teahouse was constructed in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, as a gift to their sister city, Boulder. It was disassembled, crated up and sent halfway around the world to be rebuilt in Boulder as a symbol of friendship and cultural exploration.The elaborate and creative teahouse now sits as a reminder to the citizens of Boulder to value cultural diversity, global cooperation, and international friendship." You can read the entire history of how the teahouse came about on this link. The teahouse has become one of the city's most attractive and popular tourist destination, as well as a place locals enjoy for good food, tea, and atmosphere.
We love the drive north to Boulder for the wide open views we see of open space and mountain ranges, although the tremendous population growth along the Front Range of Colorado has resulted in more and more roads being widened and express toll roads being installed, and this route is no exception.
The Davidson Mesa Scenic Overlook, along westbound US 36, just east of Boulder, has postcard worthy views of both the city of Boulder and the Rocky Mountains in the distance.
The teahouse was busy the day we visited for lunch, and since we did not have reservations we had to wait about 30 minutes to be seated.
As we walked up the walkway we could see the winter dormant rose bushes that the Boulder Valley Rose Society maintains in season. You can see photos of how the roses look in the teahouse gardens on their website at this link.
Next to the teahouse, ice skaters were enjoying the winter weather on a ice rink.
Time to go in....
One of the first things one notices when entering the teahouse are the twelve intricate hand carved cedar pillar supports. Each one has different carvings, and they immediately cause you to look up at the equally intricately and colorfully painted ceiling that they support!
It is hard not to be amazed by all the traditional Tajikistan folk art work that was painted onto the ceiling panels, and to admire all the beautiful designs.
We chose a tangerine cinnamon herbal tea that we both enjoyed very much!
The teahouse's menus features international cuisine for lunch and dinner, including Moroccan, Indian, Persian, Malaysian, and traditional Tajik dishes that change seasonally. Everything we had for lunch was very flavorful and delicious! There is also a traditional afternoon tea service with sweets and savories served in a three tiered tower. Reservations are required for afternoon tea. The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse is presently run by Three Leaf Concepts and is also available for catering and special events.
By the time we finished our lunch and tea, the winter sun was going down behind Boulder's iconic Flatiron Mountains in the distance. We really enjoyed the break from pre-Christmas preparations and we have decided to go back again in summer to see the roses in the garden and enjoy one of the formal teas. I'll bring you back with us when we do!
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