Are you moving to Fort Collins? There are so many reasons to love this city.
Located 65 miles north of Denver Colorado, Fort Collins is a culturally rich and distinctly unique city with an estimated population of 161,000 people. Home to CSU and built on the Cache la Poudre River, it is the county seat and the most populous city in Larimer County.
Fort Collins is home to many well-known microbreweries and has a diverse, live-music scene influenced by its college town culture. Hosting a different festival nearly every month, Fort Collins is the perfect setting for your new home, no matter your interests and activities.
In addition to 16 microbreweries, the city also offers a wide range of restaurants, activities, and nightlife. If nature is your thing, outdoor activities and water sports await you at Horsetooth Reservoir, located just west of Fort Collins at the base of Horsetooth Mountain. We’ve come to love this city so deeply; here’s a handful of our favorite places in and around the city.
Old Town Fort Collins
If Old Town looks familiar to you, you’re not dreaming. You’ve probably been to Disneyland. We’re very proud that Disneyland’s Main Street USA was modeled after this very space. Lined with restaurants, candy shops, retail stores, and boutiques, Old Town has been named a national and local historic district, with 28 buildings on the National Historic registry.
- Coopersmith’s Pub & Brewing – 2 restaurants, 1 brewery, and pool tables. Open 11am to 11pm Sunday – Thursday, and 11am to Midnight Friday and Saturday. 5 Old Town Square.
- Lucky Joe’s Sidewalk Saloon – Irish saloon with pub fare. Open 11am to 2am daily. 25 Old Town Square.
- The Kitchen Bistro – Garden-to-table American meals. Opens at 11am Monday – Friday, and 9am Saturday and Sunday. 100 N College Avenue.
- Mainline Ale House – Two-level tavern, serving comfort food and craft beer. Opens at 11am. 125 S College Avenue.
- Blue Agave Grill – Southwestern cuisine. Opens at 11am, Monday through Friday, and 10am Saturday and Sunday. 201 S College Avenue.
- Tasty Harmony – Vegetarian and vegan food. Opens at 11am, Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Monday. 160 W Oak Street.
Fort Collins Restaurants
- Cafe De’ Bangkok – Traditional Thai cuisine. Open each day 11am to 2:30pm and 4:30 to 9pm according to their Google listing. 1232 W Elizabeth Street.
- Mo Jeaux’s Bar and Grill – Southern Barbecue and Cajun food. Open 11am to 10pm Monday – Saturday, and 10:30am – 10pm Sunday. 820 City Park Avenue.
- JAWS sushi – Sushi. Opens at 11am daily. 1205 W Elizabeth Street.
- Krazy Karl’s Pizza – Late Night Pizzeria. Open 10:30 am to 3am daily. 1124 W Elizabeth Street.
- Waltzing Kangaroo – Handheld savory pies. Open 7am to 8pm, Monday through Saturday. Closed Sunday. 1109 W Elizabeth Street.
- Farmer’s Table – Comfort foods. Open 6am to 2pm daily. 2140 W Elizabeth St.
- Maza Kabob – Afghan food and kabobs. Opens at 11am, Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday. 2427 S College Avenue.
- Island Grill – Mexican-American food with an island twist. Opens at 11am Monday – Saturday, and 10am Sunday. 2601 S LeMay #12.
- La Creperie & Bakery of Fort Collins – Light French food for breakfast and lunch. Opens at 7:30am, Tuesday – Sunday. Closed Monday. 2722 S College Avenue.
- Everest Cafe – Nepalese and Tibetan cuisine and buffet. Open Monday – Sunday, 11am to 2:30pm and 5-9pm. 1113 W Drake Road.
- Star of India – Indian food and buffet. Open Monday – Sunday, 11am to 2:30pm and 5-9:30pm. 2900 Harvard Street.
Nightlife in Fort Collins
- Hodi’s Half Note – Live Music and Bar. 167 N College Avenue. Nightlife
- Aggie Theatre – Historic Music Hall featuring local and national acts. 204 S College Avenue.
- Ace Gillett’s Lounge – Live Jazz and sophisticated food. 239 S College Avenue.
- Surfside 7 – Live Music and Bar. 238 Linden Street.
- Chipper’s College Lanes – Bowling Alley. They have 2 locations in Fort Collins. One is located at 830 N College Ave. The other location is at 217 W Horsetooth Rd.
Fort Collins Outdoor Adventures and Water Sports
With Horsetooth Reservoir located to the west of the city at the base of Horsetooth Mountain and many open spaces and parks, you will never be short on adventure. From horseback riding to golfing, kayaking, hiking, fishing, and biking, unforgettable outdoor experiences are steps away, year-round.
Many businesses in Fort Collins offer brewery tours, bike tours, ghost and history tours, and foodie tours. Feel free to explore on your own as you cruise around the Cache la Poudre River and check out Rocky Mountain National Park, Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, Lory State Park, and the Pawnee National Grasslands – all within short driving or biking distance.
We’re glad you’re moving to Fort Collins. We hope you enjoy your new home and we’ll see you around town.