Salt Lake Food Scene
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Downtown Salt Lake

Downtown Salt Lake City is a vortex of entertainment, with hundreds of upscale and unique restaurants, a spectrum of bars and clubs, symphony, opera, NBA games and more. Downtown has embraced the urban living movement, providing light-rail transportation, lofts, shop- ping—both high-end and o beat—and hotels that range from swanky to cozy. Hop aboard Trax trains for a ride into Downtown. The young, hip residents make the heart of SLC an exciting place to stay.

Salt Lake City - Downtown

Kaytranada 2017 Twilight by Photo Collective Studios


Most nights, anywhere in Downtown is walking distance to a symphony, Broadway show, the opera or a world- class dance performance.

The heart of Downtown is Temple Square, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ cluster of historic buildings that includes the Temple itself, the domed Tabernacle, Church History Museum and Assembly Hall. Stroll through the famous seasonal flower gardens. Just off the square, genealogy bus will be drawn to the Family History Library and, for beginners, the Discover Experiences at the Family History Library. Gallivan Center, “Salt Lake’s living room,” hosts festivals and events all season. At the south end of downtown, City Library is the secular center of town, the landmark building and anchor festival space.

Eating in Downtown Salt Lake

Eat & Drink

You're surrounded by cutting-edge restaurants and watering holes.

It’s best to just surrender to eateries like Copper Onion, which under Chef Ryan Lowder has set the pace for robust, innovative cooking. Tin Angel Cafe (, a unique bistro south of Pioneer Park and Finca (, specializes in Spanish tapas and great drinks. If you’re parched, pop into Beer Bar (, where you can try a wide selection of brews along with locally made meats, or walk through the passage to Bar-X ( for a high-class cocktail.


Strolling through City Creek


Puttin' on the glitz?

Head uptown to City Creek Center where you’ll find Nordstrom, Tiffany & Co. and Utah Woolen Mills. Feeling funky? East Broadway (300 South) is lined with vintage and antique shops, including Jitterbug Antiques & Toys, and The Green Ant with mid- century modern furniture. Bibliophiles can pursue their bliss at Ken Sanders Rare Books.

Utah Museum of Contemporary Art

What the Local's Know

Visitors may overlook the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art ( tucked in by the Salt Palace. It’s a mistake—UMOCA offers mind-blowing modern art exhibits—absolutely free.

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