Things to do in Downtown Salt Lake

Founded in 1847 by the Mormon pioneers, and still the home of the headquarters for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and one of only two major urban areas in the Great Basin, Salt Lake City has lots to see and do. The downtown area has been up and coming for several years now and continues to grow up. But don’t take my word for it, check some of these places out.

Things to do:

http://thegallivancenter.com/
See what is happening at the Gallivan Center in downtown Salt Lake. From concerts to food events, and the yearly Craft Lake City DIY event, there is always something happening at the Gallivan. And check out ice skating all winter long at the ice rink starting in November. And every Thursday for all the businesses in the area, there are a collection of food trucks where you can swing by for lunch.

https://saltlakefilmsociety.org/
If you don’t want to be outside, why not catch a film at the Broadway Center Cinema. As part of the Salt Lake Film Society, the Broadway features some of the best independent films all year, and during the Sundance Film Festival, you can catch many of the Sundance films there as well.

https://www.slcfarmersmarket.org/
Just down the road from the cinema, at Pioneer Park during the summer and at the Rio Grande Depot during the winter, check out the downtown farmers market.
Every Saturday from June to October, swing by Pioneer Park in the AM for fresh produce, local meat, eggs, and other locally made sauces, spreads, baked goods, and culinary accouterments. The market moves indoors to the Rio Grande Depot from November to April where you can still find great local products.  

 

Where to Shop:
 
https://squareup.com/store/boozetique
Also on Broadway is Boozetique, a great little shop for all your cocktail needs. From glassware, corkscrews, and shakers to bitters, simple syrups and more, you will find all your drinking needs. 

https://www.goldenbraidbooks.com/
Down the street and around the corner a little ways, you will find Golden Braid Books, a little oasis in the busy city. Offerings include gifts and books for feeding the mind, spirit, and soul.  Find items to fix your feng shui or find that best seller you have been looking forward to reading all year.
When you’re shopped out and need a bite to eat, there are fantastic restaurants within a few minutes walk.

 

 

Where to Eat: 

http://hslrestaurant.com/
You’ve been out all day shopping or playing, or working for that matter, and you need to unwind a little. You’ll want a reservation for this one, but Chef and owner and James Beard award winner Briar Handly is doing some fantastic things here. Get the cauliflower; you will not be disappointed.

http://www.undercurrentbar.com/
After dinner, head around the corner to Under Current, an upscale neighborhood bar. They can make all the classic cocktails you might want and have a bar-tending staff that can create just about whatever you are in the mood for. If you still need a bite after dinner, they make some killer fries.

http://www.beerbarslc.com/
And speaking of fries, head on over to Beer Bar where you can find all things beer, of course, and grab some excellent Belgian style frites. With German-style beer hall tables, and a menu that consists of sausages and fries, what’s not to love. But if beer is not your thing, step through the door to the adjoining Bar X and grab yourself another cocktail.

Things to Do at Liberty Wells

One of the up and coming neighborhoods in Salt Lake City is the Liberty Wells area. Southeast of Downtown and Northwest of Sugar House, with quick access to both spots, Liberty Wells has its own little gems to check out.

Things to do:

https://www.visitsaltlake.com/listing/liberty-park/55159/

https://www.tracyaviary.org/

On the north end of Liberty Wells, you will find Liberty Park and Tracy Aviary. One of the largest parks in Salt Lake City, it is rarely empty. With a wooded path around the park, and a driveway encircling the park as well, you will find runners, cyclists, and pedestrians making their way around the park for exercise or leisure. There are also volleyball courts, playgrounds, covered pavilions and plenty of open space to enjoy. 

And right in the middle of the park, you will find Tracy Aviary. A little oasis of learning and conservation in the middle of the city.

https://www.milb.com/salt-lake

During baseball season, catch the Salt Lake Bees on one of their home game stretches. 

Grab some friends and head to the game, tickets are relatively inexpensive, and it is always a good time. And several nights during the year, after the game, stick around as fireworks are common at the park.

 

 

Where to Shop:

http://www.redkiln.org/

Down the road, you can stop into the Red Kiln Clay Studio and Gallery for a little shopping or a little pottery throwing. Pick up the perfect mug as a gift, or gift a pottery class to that budding sculptor in your life. 

http://www.dancingcranesimports.com/

On the south end of town is a little gem called Dancing Cranes Imports. Full of Asian inspired gift 

https://saltlakerunning.com/

And for all your running needs, run over to Salt Lake Running Center. If you already know what you need, the staff are friendly and helpful and can get you in and out as quickly as you want. If you are new to running and are overwhelmed by the choices, well, they can help with that too. Hop on their in-store treadmill for a biomechanical analysis to find out which shoe is right for you.

 

 

 

Where to Eat:

http://www.beltexmeats.com/

One of the newer additions to the Liberty Wells area, you will find some of the best meat products in Salt Lake City. Many of the area restaurants source their menu items from Beltex, so why shouldn’t you? Ever want to learn how to make sausage, or break down a hog? They can teach you that here.

http://amourslc.com/

The owners of Amour Cafe started making and selling artisan jams and jellies at the Downtown farmers market. They still make those fantastic jams and jellies, but now they are incorporating them in their products at their cafe. Pastries from Bubble & Brown, house-made sodas and gelato, coffee, artisan toast, and farm fresh eggs, Amour Cafe may just become your new favorite brunch place. 

https://www.traditionslc.com/

If breaking down a hog at Beltex is a little daunting, step next door to Tradition where they source many of their items from Beltex. Tradition is also one of the newer additions to the Liberty Wells area but has quickly become one of the staples of the city. Go for brunch or dinner. 

 

Summer Salt Lake Festivals

Summer in Salt Lake is the place to be! There are so many fun festivals that happen throughout the summer, you are sure to find one or two that meet your fancy.

Here are a few of our go-to’s that help make our summer time entertainment tons of fun.

 

Utah Pride Festival- Happening this weekend. The Utah Pride Festival features a parade, food and vendor booths and lots of celebratory activities. Events on both Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2, parade takes place Sunday 10am-noon. Festivities take place at Washington Square in downtown Salt Lake City.

June 1-2

Washington Square

Utah Arts Festival– Taking place this summer June 20-23 at Library Square in Salt Lake City. The Utah Arts Festival has something to offer everyone, from the young to the young at heart. There are amazing local artist exhibits, live music, festival eats, documentary short films and even hands-on workshops.

June 20-23

Library Square, Main Library

Utah Blues Festival- Get your blues on at the Utah Blues Festival. Now in its 5th year, the festival is a fundraiser for the Utah Blues Society. This unique music festival connects attendees to national and local Blues artists. There is also a youth showcase and workshops.

June 14-15

Gallivan Center

Deer Valley Music festival– Cool mountain air and live talent make the Deer Valley Music Festival on the top festivals to partake in during the summer months. The Main Stage kicks off with Chris Botti with Utah Symphony and wraps up the Indigo Girls. For a complete list of concerts visit www.deervalleymusicfestival.org

June 28-August 10

Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater

Oktoberfest -Taking place every weekend from mid-August and running until mid-October, the Oktoberfest at Snowbird is a fun way to transition summer into fall. Live music, vendors and of course plenty of German food and drinks, coupled with mountain views and air, make this a festival not to be missed.

August 17-October 19

Snowbird

Best Places to Grab a Coffee In Salt Lake

We have some of the best coffee roasters right here in Salt Lake. The coffee culture is alive and well, whether you are a hot, iced or blended fan, decaf or caf, going for coffee is a social experience that appeals to the masses all year long.

Here are some of our favorite spots to grab a coffee.

Publik Coffee Roasters- Offering 4 unique blends. Beans are sourced from Brazil, Guatemala, Ethiopia, Peru, Planadas and Tolima and roasted in house. Each flavor blend is unique and the profiles range from dark chocolate to nutty. Baristas prepare a beautifully crafted finish, a work of drinkable art. The atmosphere is fun but also can be a great space to plug in and work.

Various Locations

975 S. West Temple

931 E. 900 South

Campos Roastery & Kitchen– The Australian coffee roaster not only has delicious coffee with amazing flavor profiles, but the company also has a social conscience that is evident in their simple statement, “Quality Coffee Cultivated by Good”. Fun vibe, delicious food offering sand a rooftop space opening soon.

228 Edison Street

Millcreek Coffee Roasters – This family owned business, has been roasting coffee in Salt Lake since 1992. They visit the countries of origin to source the beans they roast and are focused on an environmentally-friendly way to produce.  Beans are roasted daily to ensure the best quality and flavor. Free Wi-Fi, breakfast and lunch items are also available.

657 South Main Street

3 Cups-Brewing beans from local roasters, Blue Copper and La Barba, this happening coffee hub has some of the best coffee and treats in town. There are house made savory and sweet items along with some refreshing gelato to add to your daily brew.

4670 South 2300 East

Salt Lake Roasting Company- Founder John Bolton set out to travel the world on a mission to find the best organic, shade-grown beans on the planet. SLRC roasts beans from North, South and Central America. The flavor profiles range from dark roasts to blends and green, unroasted beans are also available. Stop in for a cup and take home a pound.

820 East 400 South

Sugar House Coffee- It really is a community gathering space, and they serve great coffee. Awesome patio, fun and energetic vibe, you will want to linger there so we recommend getting a large coffee and maybe a sandwich.  With locally sourced products wherever possible, it is the perfect spot to spend a few hours.

2011 South 1100 East

Our Favorite Salt Lake Farmers Markets

It is almost that time! Salt Lake farmers markets bring local farmers, producers and purveyors together in a centralized, open-aired market to sell their fresh products to the public. Farmers Markets are popping up all over the state, and we could not be happier. Supporting local is paramount to building our communities, keeping money in our economy and making connections.

 

Here are a few of our favorites:

Sugar House Farmers Market – This family-friendly neighborhood market focuses on local products with a Sugar House flair. Enjoy fresh produce, unique craft artisans and delicious foods on a Wednesday evening.

Fairmont Park

June-October

Wednesdays, 5-8pm

Downtown SLC Farmers Market – Now entering its 28th year as Salt Lake’s long running summer tradition, the Saturday market supports local farmers and producers by offering a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, grass-fed beef, dairy, eggs, honey and locally made baked goods and other culinary delights.

Pioneer Park

June 8- October 19

Saturdays, 8am-2pm

Liberty Park Farmers Market – one of SLC’s newer markets, this market is great for families with fun kids activities, an art market and a robust produce market.

Liberty Park

June – October

Fridays 4 pm – Dusk

 

Daybreak Farmers Market – This market launched last year and has been a huge hit. Here you will find small producers, local crafted good, organic produce, wild seafood and many other fun vendors creating leather goods, pottery etc.

Daybreak-11274 Kestrel Rise Road

June 1-September 28

Saturdays, 10am-1pm

BEYOND SALT LAKE CITY

Park Silly Market – Entering its 13th season, the Park Silly market takes place on Sundays on Park City’s Main street and includes artisans, local foods, jewelers and local products. The Park Silly market is full of fun vendors, energetic vibe- some folks dress in costume, and great treats.

Park City’s Historic Main Street

June 2-September 22

Sundays, 10am-5pm

A Short History of Sugar House in Salt Lake City

It is no secret that we have a fondness for Sugar House. Its rich history coupled with the area’s current vibe, and thriving communities, make the Sugar House neighborhoods quaint, welcoming and full of opportunity.

How it came to be:

Sugar House was established in 1853, six years after the Mormon pioneers settled in the valley, making it among Salt Lake City’s oldest neighborhoods. Today, the tree-lined streets and character filled bungalows make walking the best way to experience all that Sugar House has to offer.

 

Situated west of the mouth of Parleys Canyon and the area southeast of Salt Lake City, Sugar House is located from 1700 South to 2700 South and 700 East to 2000 East. Sprawling retail developments, eateries and mountain views are just a few of the treasures found here.

What’s in a name?

Sugar House was aptly named in reference to the sugar beet test factory owned by the Deseret Manufacturing Company in the area. The name came about as a suggestion by Margaret McMeans Smoot, the wife of the then mayor of Salt Lake City, Abraham O. Smoot.

 

Sugar House was the home of Utah’s first state prison for nearly a century, operated by the federal government until Utah gained statehood in 1896. Today, the spacious Sugar House Park and Highland High School, occupy the space after a decade long campaign run by businessman Horace Sorensen to turn it into a park. The Legislature passed the statute to create a state park from the old prison site in 1947. The prison was then moved to the point of the mountain in Draper in 1951.

 

Our Tribute: 

Today, Sugar House is booming with local businesses, restaurants and shopping and has become one of the state’s most desirable locations. We admire it so much, we had an artist recreate this historical scene on our building, we think it turned out amazing!