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  • Writer's pictureJenna King


The Boise Bench is a popular area to be in the city. The area includes attractions like the Aquarium of Boise and the Boise Depot, parks like Cassia and Borah, multiple restaurants, playgrounds and shopping centers.

The large area is also home to several types of animals, including wild bunnies and turkeys this time of year. 🦃 The Boise Bench is just 8 minutes from downtown Boise and 10 minutes from the airport. It’s a pretty walkable area and includes areas like Vista Avenue and Kootenai Street.

The Bench area is home to lots of delicious restaurants and places to pick up sweet treats and coffee. Lee’s Candies has been operating since 1947 and is located in the Vista Village Shopping Center. They make gift boxes that would be a great treat for people heading into the holiday season.

Red Bench Pizza and Tango’s Empanadas are staples in the Treasure Valley. Red Bench offers fresh pizza and even has family-style meals available with 24-hour notice if you have a special event coming up. Tango’s has two locations in the Treasure Valley, but the one on the Boise Bench is located on Orchard Street. They also have a food truck!

Newer to the Boise Bench is Push and Pour, a coffee shop with standard food you can expect at one. The new location on the Bench has a large outdoor patio and is next to The STIL, a local ice cream shop, making for the best of both worlds.

The Boise Bench also has quite a bit of history, especially with the landmark Boise Depot. The Depot is located on the rim at the south end of Capitol Boulevard and you have probably seen one of the many photos taken of downtown Boise from the location. It was built in 1925 to be used as a Union Pacific railroad depot. In 1993, it underwent a $3.4 million renovation which returned the building to its original state with beige interior walls and trim painted in red, blue and yellow.

The lobby now features Spanish trusses with decorative rail cars. There are two sets of glass-paned wooden doors and a large brick plaza on the north side of the building. Platt Gardens on the property feature a winding walkway, benches, a koi pond and a monument of volcanic rock and planter beds with seasonal flowers. The gardens were designed by Spanish landscape architect Ricardo Espino.

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