Avenues / Capitol Hill
On the hill rising from the Downtown and Central City districts, this neighborhood is a world unto itself. Historic bed and breakfasts, artisan coffee, craft beer, charming local restaurants, cathedrals and politically liberal residents give this charming neighborhood its’ unique character.
EAT & DRINK
Neighborhood pub Avenues Proper (avenuesproper.com) specializes in lesser-known brews and puts a new spin on contemporary American grub. For an artisanal yet homey dining experience, check out Avenues Bistro on Third (801-831-5409). Publik (publikcoffee.com) offers a java fix with inspired toast. If you want a sweet treat, Hatch Family Chocolates (hatchfamilychocolates.com) is famous for amazing hand-dipped chocolates and confections. For nightlife, there are two prominent options: roadhouse The Garage on Beck (garageonbeck.com) with its menu of comfort food and live music, and Club Jam (jamslc.com), the hottest gay bar in town.
Make it a “must do” to see one of the fine, often-original, plays staged by Salt Lake Acting Company (saltlakeactingcompany.org). City Creek Canyon, above Memory Grove, is fun to explore on snowshoes and nature watch. Bonneville Shoreline Trail (bonnevilleshorelinetrail.org) is accessible, dog-friendly and filled with trail runners and mountain bikers. Need some pampering? The Kura Door, a holistic Japanese spa (thekuradoor.com) will melt away all your stresses.
A walk is an architect’s delight, including the Utah State Capitol Building (utahstatecapitol. utah.gov), the Salt Lake Masonic Temple (wasatchlodge.org) and the Cathedral of the Madeleine (utcotm.org), along with some of the state’s mansions.
WHAT THE LOCALS KNOW
In the Avenues, you’ll finnd a great view and Salt Lake’s oldest grave in the Salt Lake City Cemetery (ci.slc.ut.us): Mary B. Wallace, a toddler who was buried on Sept. 27, 1847.