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Top 8 Things To Do in Downtown Salt Lake

See a New Side of Salt Lake

Wednesday September 6, 2017

Downtown Salt Lake, like most cities’ downtowns, is a hub for business, arts, entertainment, dining, and nightlife. Young professionals are moving to this neighborhood in droves to be close to transit and occupy dozens of new apartment buildings and condos, a hip new restaurant or bar opens seemingly every day, Greenbikes cruise from shop to shop, and exciting events hit the city center night after night. But amid all the urban action, historic Temple Square remains the most visited attraction in the city, and views of the venerable Wasatch Mountains can be had from almost every street corner, giving downtown Salt Lake a unique feeling of rootedness and ruggedness. When it comes to planning out your day and night downtown, there’s a lot to choose from. Here are a few crowd favorites. Don't miss your chance to check some of the best food and drink in downtown Salt Lake.

Performance at the Downtown Eccles Theater

Eccles Theatre

Brand spanking new and quite a sight to see, this performing arts theater books everything from Broadway musicals to bluegrass bands to big name comedians. Be sure to take in the star-speckled ceiling after finding your seat, and head to Fireside on Regent Street for artisanal pizza and drinks after the show.

Vivint Smart Home Arena
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Vivint Smart Home Arena (Utah Jazz)

Home of the beloved Utah Jazz NBA team, and stage to many a mega popstar. Catch a game or a concert if you can.

Vivint Smart Home Arena
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Vivint Smart Home Arena (Utah Jazz)

Home of the beloved Utah Jazz NBA team, and stage to many a mega popstar. Catch a game or a concert if you can.

Temple Square

Temple Square

The grounds are beautifully landscaped, the towering LDS temple and surrounding architecture are stunning, and the multilingual tour guides are happy to fill you in on the unusual sights, sounds, and texts you’ll encounter in this utterly unique corner of the city. 

Salt Lake Public Library
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City Library

Designed by renowned architect Moshe Safdie, the downtown library is a gorgeous place to read, relax, catch up on emails, browse books and zines, see an art exhibit, and admire sweeping views of the city.

Salt Lake Public Library
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City Library

Designed by renowned architect Moshe Safdie, the downtown library is a gorgeous place to read, relax, catch up on emails, browse books and zines, see an art exhibit, and admire sweeping views of the city.

The Depot

The Depot

Not too small, not too big, The Depot is a super fun place to see shows. The venue books a good variety of touring bands and musicians, and it’s almost always easy to get a drink and see the stage.

Note: If any of the following events are happening during your visit to downtown Salt Lake, definitely check them out: Twilight Concert Series, Craft Lake City, Utah Arts Festival, Gallery Stroll, Downtown Dine O’ Round, Utah Pride Parade, Utah Beer Festival.

Couple at City Creek Center Fountains
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City Creek Shopping Center

This award-winning, state-of-the-art shopping mall has something for everyone, including waterfalls, a fish-stocked stream, and an enormous glass ceiling that opens and closes based on the weather.

Couple at City Creek Center Fountains
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City Creek Shopping Center

This award-winning, state-of-the-art shopping mall has something for everyone, including waterfalls, a fish-stocked stream, and an enormous glass ceiling that opens and closes based on the weather.

 

Locals’ Secrets

The following are a few places we probably shouldn’t tell you about. Go there only if you’re a genuinely cool person who wants to chat with some Salt Lakers and take a step off the conventional visitors guide path.

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