Welcome to Lafayette
Lafayette is a slice of small-town charm.
Located in southeastern Boulder County, Lafayette is located approximately 18 miles north of Denver and 10 miles east of Boulder. The town has a population of approximately 28,000 and is nestled snugly in the rolling hills of Colorado’s stunning Front Range.
Lafayette was founded in 1888 by Mary E. Miller. She and her husband, Lafayette, moved to the area to farm the land they purchased. It wasn’t long until Lafayette became a part of the coal-mining boom that spread over eastern Boulder. By 1914, the town was thriving and had two banks and four hotels. Since its humble origins, Lafayette has evolved into a diverse and hip place to call home.
Architectural styles here vary from Craftsman to Ranch. The wide range of styles available here allows you to find something that fits your desires.
What to Love
- Family-friendly environment
- A sunny afternoon at Waneka Lake Park
- Casual dining at The Post Brewing Co.
People and Lifestyle
One of the reasons that people are attracted to Lafayette is the great location. Being close to two large cities—Denver and Boulder—offers residents endless opportunities for entertainment and amenities. Plus, another perk is that you’ll have easy access to the Denver International Airport. However, Lafayette is far enough away for residents to enjoy a more laid-back lifestyle, making it the perfect oasis for those who want an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Lafayette has become an increasingly popular place to raise a family. Families with young children are drawn to the excellent schools, active lifestyle, and small-town charm.
Dining, Shopping, and Entertainment
If you’re looking to grab a quick yet delicious lunch, check out Efrain’s
. This quaint institution specializes in its homestyle Mexican food, which is best enjoyed with their famous margaritas. If you’re looking to enjoy some Ethiopian food—or perhaps try it for the first time—head over to Ras Kassa’s
. With friendly customer service, mouthwatering food, and a cozy environment, it’s hard to beat a dinner here. The Post Brewing Co.
is a brewery and comfort food restaurant located in Lafayette. They are famous for their fried chicken, which was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. Don’t forget to stop by for their happy hour! Looking for some cheesy and delicious pizza? We’ve got a place in mind: Proto’s Pizza
. This trendy sit-down restaurant has brick-oven Neopolitan pizzas, craft beer, wine, and cocktails.
If you’re looking for additional options for dining, shopping, or entertainment, head over to The District
. Located on West South Boulder Road, this happening spot has something for everyone.
Things to Do
Lafayette is an up-and-coming town that offers plenty for residents to enjoy. Spend a sunny afternoon at Waneka Lake Park
. This tree-dotted park features a small lake, playground, trails, basketball courts, and picnic tables. You can even enjoy fishing or paddle boating on the lake!
Kick off your weekends at the Lafayette Farmers Market
. Located in the Lafayette Commons, this weekly event occurs on Thursdays from 4 to 8 PM. Enjoy exploring the booths featuring fresh produce, baked goods, and more! If you have little children, then it’s worth exploring the WOW! Children's Museum
. This interactive museum, founded in 1996, aims to educate children in areas of science, art, and life through exhibits that children can touch, play with, and discover.
Lafayette is part of the Boulder Valley School District, which is considered one of the best in the entire state. Top educational institutions in Lafayette include:
- Lafayette Elementary School, K-6
- Peak to Peak Charter School, K-12
- Centaurus High School, 9-12