Guidebook to SLC!

Madelyn
Guidebook to SLC!

Food scene

This is one of our favorites. Always super yummy. NY Times "13 Hours" recommended.
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Himalayan Kitchen
360 South State Street
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This is one of our favorites. Always super yummy. NY Times "13 Hours" recommended.
Best Delivery Chinese, and great in-restaurant dining (free delivery to our address).
J. Wong's Thai & Chinese Bistro
163 West 200 South
Best Delivery Chinese, and great in-restaurant dining (free delivery to our address).
This is a locally owned coffee shop for those coffee people - this one is strictly drive through.
Java Jo's
3333 South 2300 East
This is a locally owned coffee shop for those coffee people - this one is strictly drive through.
We eat here often, great flavors. There is also a bar attached "The Bank".
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Bambara Salt Lake City
202 Main Street
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We eat here often, great flavors. There is also a bar attached "The Bank".
This is one of the restaurants in town, and is definitely one of our favorites! Big lovers of sea food here.
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Current Fish and Oyster
279 East 300 South
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This is one of the restaurants in town, and is definitely one of our favorites! Big lovers of sea food here.
Best Fast Slice of pizza in Salt Lake. Try the Potato-Bacon. Right on State Street. Fun Vibe!
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Pie Hole
344 South State Street
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Best Fast Slice of pizza in Salt Lake. Try the Potato-Bacon. Right on State Street. Fun Vibe!
These guys are artisans, amazing bakery and selections for the coffee lovers.
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Three Pines Coffee
62 E Gallivan Ave
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These guys are artisans, amazing bakery and selections for the coffee lovers.
Best Sushi in Salt Lake City. Be prepared for a wait (but it is worth it). I recommend getting your name on the list then going next door to "Post Office Place" for a drink and appetizer (same owner as Takashi)
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Takashi
18 West Market Street
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Best Sushi in Salt Lake City. Be prepared for a wait (but it is worth it). I recommend getting your name on the list then going next door to "Post Office Place" for a drink and appetizer (same owner as Takashi)
Red Iguana is a pretty popular location for tourists and locals alike. The mexican food is authentic and solid. I know the owners well. Pro Tip: Skip "The Red Iguana" and go to "Red Iguana 2" which always has shorter lines/waits.
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Red Iguana 2
866 West South Temple
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Red Iguana is a pretty popular location for tourists and locals alike. The mexican food is authentic and solid. I know the owners well. Pro Tip: Skip "The Red Iguana" and go to "Red Iguana 2" which always has shorter lines/waits.
This is the hippest place in town to grab a coffee and work on your laptop... or maybe a cup of hot cocoa
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The People's Coffee
221 East 300 South
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This is the hippest place in town to grab a coffee and work on your laptop... or maybe a cup of hot cocoa
I love this little hipster restaurant. The food is fantastic and it has a great vibe.
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SLC Eatery
1017 South Main Street
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I love this little hipster restaurant. The food is fantastic and it has a great vibe.
We LOVE this little restaurant. Food is superb!
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Cucina
1026 2nd Avenue
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We LOVE this little restaurant. Food is superb!
What can I say, it's pizza!
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Este Pizzeria - Downtown
156 East 200 South
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What can I say, it's pizza!
Love Mexican food? Well, don't go too far. Great for a big family or corporate group! You've got to try their Parrillada.
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Chile-Tepin
307 W 200 S
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Love Mexican food? Well, don't go too far. Great for a big family or corporate group! You've got to try their Parrillada.
This is one of my favorites, that of the whole vibe and amazing food options for those with allergies or just want a bit healthier :) Bigger groups might have a harder time going go because of the size.
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From Scratch
62 Gallivan Avenue
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This is one of my favorites, that of the whole vibe and amazing food options for those with allergies or just want a bit healthier :) Bigger groups might have a harder time going go because of the size.
Super yummy pizza! Fun place to visit and our go to when craving pizza.
Michelangelo's On Main
132 South Main Street
Super yummy pizza! Fun place to visit and our go to when craving pizza.

Essentials

Downtown Grocery Store. Great selection of cheeses, award winning bakery. They also stock many local items. Only 10 minutes walk from our house.
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Harmons Grocery - City Creek
135 East 100 South
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Downtown Grocery Store. Great selection of cheeses, award winning bakery. They also stock many local items. Only 10 minutes walk from our house.
This is the drycleaner we use. They can do a 1 day turn around usually.
Henries Dry Cleaners
223 Broadway
This is the drycleaner we use. They can do a 1 day turn around usually.

Parks & Nature

This is a great place to hike or bike, as well as to take a dog for a walk. It is a very short walk from our home, and offers a quick escape from the city.
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Memory Grove Park
300 Canyon Road
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This is a great place to hike or bike, as well as to take a dog for a walk. It is a very short walk from our home, and offers a quick escape from the city.
There are several access points for this trail that gives spectacular views of the valley. It's a favorite for locals.
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Bonneville Shoreline Trail
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There are several access points for this trail that gives spectacular views of the valley. It's a favorite for locals.
This is Salt Lake City's "Central Park". The Tracy Aviary is located here (a gorgeous park of gardens and well-cared-for-winged-friends. It is also not far from the 9th and 9th neighborhood with several great pubs and restaurants.
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Liberty Park
600 E 900 South
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This is Salt Lake City's "Central Park". The Tracy Aviary is located here (a gorgeous park of gardens and well-cared-for-winged-friends. It is also not far from the 9th and 9th neighborhood with several great pubs and restaurants.
These gorgeously tended Gardens require a payment for entrace, but are well worth the trip and a must visit for any local. You'll find a variety of flowers, trees, plants and other life with paved trails and plenty of spots for a picnic.
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Red Butte Garden
300 Wakara Way
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These gorgeously tended Gardens require a payment for entrace, but are well worth the trip and a must visit for any local. You'll find a variety of flowers, trees, plants and other life with paved trails and plenty of spots for a picnic.
This Canyon has both hiking and biking options and is only about a mile away from the house. Within 15 minutes, you feel like you are completely away from the city. It is one of the treasures of living in Downtown SLC. Walk to the city, walk into the mountains, all within about 30 minutes!
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City Creek Canyon Trailhead
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This Canyon has both hiking and biking options and is only about a mile away from the house. Within 15 minutes, you feel like you are completely away from the city. It is one of the treasures of living in Downtown SLC. Walk to the city, walk into the mountains, all within about 30 minutes!
This is a nice park attached to the large Salt Lake Cemetery which is a historic and interesting place to wander. It has a great playground for kids.
Lindsey Gardens Park
426 M Street
This is a nice park attached to the large Salt Lake Cemetery which is a historic and interesting place to wander. It has a great playground for kids.

Others

This is where most major conventions are held in Salt Lake City
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Salt Palace Convention Center
100 South West Temple
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This is where most major conventions are held in Salt Lake City

Entertainment & Activities

Independent Movies Play Here. Sundance Film Festival Location.
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Broadway Centre Cinemas, operated by Salt Lake Film Society
111 Broadway
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Independent Movies Play Here. Sundance Film Festival Location.
This is where to go for mainstream Hollywood movies. There are several restaurants in the same area
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Megaplex Theatres at The Gateway
165 South Rio Grande Street
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This is where to go for mainstream Hollywood movies. There are several restaurants in the same area
Touring Broadway Shows and other spectacular events
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Eccles Theater
131 Main St
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Touring Broadway Shows and other spectacular events
Great spot to take younger kids in downtown SLC at the Gateway Mall
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Discovery Gateway Children's Museum
444 West 100 South
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Great spot to take younger kids in downtown SLC at the Gateway Mall
This place is remarkable. Gorgeous gardens and wonderful exhibits. We visit here several times per year. Also inside Utah's "Central Park" (Liberty Park) which offers some great hanging out.
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Tracy Aviary & Botanical Gardens
589 East 1300 South
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This place is remarkable. Gorgeous gardens and wonderful exhibits. We visit here several times per year. Also inside Utah's "Central Park" (Liberty Park) which offers some great hanging out.
Great Zoo for families
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Hogle Zoo
2600 E Sunnyside Ave
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Great Zoo for families
This only runs on Saturdays throughout the summer, but is a great market with both food and craft items.
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Downtown Farmers' Market
300 W 300 S
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This only runs on Saturdays throughout the summer, but is a great market with both food and craft items.
This is one of our favorite local acting companies.
Salt Lake Acting Company
168 500 North
This is one of our favorite local acting companies.
This museum curates some very interesting contemporary art. Usually with a Utah-twist.
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Utah Museum of Contemporary Art
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This museum curates some very interesting contemporary art. Usually with a Utah-twist.
The permanent and rotating collections of this museum really showcase a lot of interesting Utah and international art
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Utah Museum of Fine Arts
410 Campus Center Drive
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The permanent and rotating collections of this museum really showcase a lot of interesting Utah and international art
I love the dinosaur exhibits (most from Utah!) as well as great explanations of the Utah landscape and history
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Natural History Museum of Utah
301 Wakara Way
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I love the dinosaur exhibits (most from Utah!) as well as great explanations of the Utah landscape and history
We have a fantastic symphony, and a great opera. You can't go wrong with either of these.
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Utah Symphony
123 West South Temple
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We have a fantastic symphony, and a great opera. You can't go wrong with either of these.
You can't visit Salt Lake City and not tour the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint Temple. This, and the Church's Conference Center are just a 5 minute walk away.
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Temple Square
50 N Temple
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You can't visit Salt Lake City and not tour the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint Temple. This, and the Church's Conference Center are just a 5 minute walk away.

Sightseeing

You can't visit Salt Lake City and not tour the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Temple. This, and the Church's Conference Center are just a 5 minute walk away.
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Temple Square
50 N Temple
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You can't visit Salt Lake City and not tour the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Temple. This, and the Church's Conference Center are just a 5 minute walk away.
This is a pretty short, somewhat steep hike, and a great view of Salt Lake and the valley. You could make it a longer expedition and just walk up from the house, or there is parking at the trailhead not too far away.
Ensign Peak Trail
This is a pretty short, somewhat steep hike, and a great view of Salt Lake and the valley. You could make it a longer expedition and just walk up from the house, or there is parking at the trailhead not too far away.
This is a good way to visit the Great Salt Lake. It isn't exactly a place you want to go swimming unfortunately, due to the high mineral content it gets a little smelly and unpleasant. But for the brave, it is pretty fun to take a dip and experience the high buoyancy!
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Great Salt Lake Marina
1075 South 13312 West
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This is a good way to visit the Great Salt Lake. It isn't exactly a place you want to go swimming unfortunately, due to the high mineral content it gets a little smelly and unpleasant. But for the brave, it is pretty fun to take a dip and experience the high buoyancy!
This quirky weird little sculpture park is a must visit.
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Gilgal Sculpture Garden
749 East 500 South
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This quirky weird little sculpture park is a must visit.
This outdoor sculpture is about 2 hours away, and requires some off-roading. But if you are into massive outdoor sculptures, and want to kill two birds and visit the Great Salt Lake (or kill three birds and also visit the Golden Spike National Monument) then this should be on your must-see list.
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Spiral Jetty
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This outdoor sculpture is about 2 hours away, and requires some off-roading. But if you are into massive outdoor sculptures, and want to kill two birds and visit the Great Salt Lake (or kill three birds and also visit the Golden Spike National Monument) then this should be on your must-see list.

Shopping

This is Utah's premier mall with a great selection including Nordstrom, Tiffany's, Brooks Brothers. But also H&M, Macy's and a great selection.
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City Creek Center
50 Main Street
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This is Utah's premier mall with a great selection including Nordstrom, Tiffany's, Brooks Brothers. But also H&M, Macy's and a great selection.
Gateway Mall has several fun restaurants and shops, and the closest popular movie theater (Gateway Cinemas)
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The Gateway
400 West 100 South
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Gateway Mall has several fun restaurants and shops, and the closest popular movie theater (Gateway Cinemas)
This is where you will find Whole Foods as well as an assortment of other shopping like Williams & Sonoma, Pottery Barn and some restaurant options.
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Trolley Square
602 South 700 East
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This is where you will find Whole Foods as well as an assortment of other shopping like Williams & Sonoma, Pottery Barn and some restaurant options.