Vibrant Downtown

Salt Lake DowntownWith a vibrant downtown and lively social scene, Salt Lake City boasts a downtown on the rise. Downtown Salt Lake City has recently undergone quite a face-lift. Dynamic changes to everything but the City’s character have resulted in a truly mixed-use nirvana—synergies between the new office towers, condos, apartments, restaurants, galleries and boutique shops that have opened up all over the town have enlivened the heart of the City.

In the past two years, more than 60 new storefront businesses have opened in Salt Lake City’s downtown—home to the most vibrant and diverse dining and nightlife options in the region.

The result of several renovations—including City Creek Center, opened in 2012 as one of the country’s largest mixed-use urban developments—totaling multiple billion-dollars, downtown Salt Lake City combines the character of the old with the vitality of the new. Brick and timber warehouses and loft properties sit adjacent to gleaming glass skyscrapers. One of the most accessible downtowns in any big City features dining, shopping, music, film and many entertainment options.

City Creek Center alone offers hundreds of new urban residences, high-end retail shopping.

The Gateway shopping center anchors downtown’s west-side. Home to shopping and entertainment al fresco, the Gateway is home to the Clark Planetarium, Olympic Legacy Plaza and Discovery Gateway – Utah’s Children’s Museum. Offering something for everyone—even water fountains that offer kids (and their parents) a chance to get wet every hour during the summer.

Downtown Salt Lake City is Utah’s financial hub—the place many of Utah’s most prominent corporate headquarters call home, including headquarters for banking, medical, legal, advertising, and publishing industries, as well as several television and radio stations and two daily newspapers. The

Getting around downtown is easy, and affordable. In addition to some of the least congested streets and most readily available parking of any big City, downtown features a public transit free-fare zone, offering residents and visitors complimentary light rail service to any downtown attraction.

Salt Lake City is the place for fun. With community events—Utah Arts Festival, the Days of ’47 Rodeo, St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the Utah Pride Festival, a three-day-long New Year’s Eve celebration, and a Twilight Concert Series that attracts as many as 55,000 people, downtown has it all.

Great restaurants also adorn Salt Lake City. Many are leading the City’s farm-to-table food movement. Locally sourced cuisine is mixing well with the City’s recent penchant for importing Michelin-starred chefs. Utah cuisine has never been tastier, as restaurants offer world-class dining. 

Downtown Salt Lake City also features the Downtown Dine O’ Round. For two weeks each fall, the event offers special prices for multi-course lunches and dinners at some of the City’s finest restaurants.

Utah is also home to great breweries like Squatters, Red Rock, and Epic. Both Squatters and Red Rock offer their award-winning beers at eponymous brewpubs. The nation’s first ski-in and ski-out distillery also calls Utah home. High West Distillery in Park City makes whiskey for the truly discerning.

Downtown Salt Lake City is also home to one of the most vibrant farmer’s markets anywhere. Each Saturday morning from June through October, the farmer’s market brings together hundreds of vendors—including nearly 100 local growers—to, offer the finest food, arts, and crafts locals have to offer. Thousands shop for some of the state’s freshest fruits and vegetables at the state’s largest local marketplace.

Utah staples such as sweet corn and peaches are available, as are less common heirlooms. And it’s not just produce, the farmer’s market offers everything from fresh breads and pastries to honey and jams to cheeses, meats and seafood. Even house and garden plants are available for sale. And live music and other special events pepper the proceedings every Saturday. The Downtown Farmers Market has expanded to include a Tuesday evening Market during the harvest months.


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