Salt Lake’s cultural blend guarantees shopping opportunities for students, hipsters, families, athletes L teens. Clothes, antiques, books, outdoor gear, locally de cheese, chocolate and whiskey are highlights of shopping Salt Lake. You just have to know where to look.
City Creek Center
When it opened in spring 2012, it was heralded as nothing short of the renaissance of Salt Lake’s downtown. One thing is for sure, with more than 100 stores like Macy’s, Michael Kors, Nordstrom, Pandora, Brooks Brothers and Tiffany e& Co., it is a shopper’s paradise. Steps away on State Street is Utah’s premier jeweler O.C. Tanner, and just below the skywalk on Main Street, is revived Utah favorite the Chalk Garden Co-op. For the kids, hit the Disney Store and Go! Games and Toys. The City Creek area also boasts excellent restaurants, including the Cheesecake Factory, Texas de Brazil, Brio Tuscan Grille and local favorites Blue Lemon, Martine, Naked Fish and Caffé Molise. City Creek also brings a first-class grocery store, Harmons, offering everything from the basics to gourmet takeout and some of the city’s best fresh-baked breads. shopcitycreekcenter.com
Welcome to a mall that feels like small-town Main Street. Think wide walkways, friendly storefronts and sidewalk cafés. The Gateway offers the best of national stores like Abercrombie & Fitch, Sur La Table and Urban Outfitters, along with Utah- based stores like Lolabella and Bastille. But The Gateway also serves as a public plaza. Families gather around the dancing fountain, a stone version of the 2002 Winter Olympics snowflake logo that shoots water jets synchronized to the Olympic theme music every half-hour. Next to the fountain is the Olympic Wall of Honor paying tribute to thousands of volunteers from the 2002 Olympics. Clark Planetarium features 10,000 square feet of stunning imagery in the ATK 3D IMAX Theatre or Hansen Dome Theatre, and the Discovery Gateway children’s museum offers a wonderland of interactive educational exhibits for the whole family to enjoy. The beautiful and historic Union Pacific Depot, built in 1908, serves as the gateway to The Gateway, welcoming visitors to the city. shopthegateway.com
Restored cabins, vintage houses and buildings and duck ponds nestled around historic Gard- ner Mill make for a charming shopping center. The old flour mill, on the National Historic Register, is home to Archibald’s Restaurant and Country Furniture & Gifts. Georgell Doll Shop sells collectibles, including Marie Osmond Dolls, while Highlite Photography’s family portraits will leave you breathless. Kids will love Storybook Nook’s games and books. Sweet Affairs has all the old-fashioned treats you can think of, from caramel apples to Dutch licorice. gardnervillage.com
With street parking and high density of stores, East Broadway offers hip, locally owned shops. At Jitterbug Antiques, Toys & Collectibles you can unearth a classic Lincoln Logs set, a multitude of model cars and Pez dispensers. Mid-century modern furniture fills The Green Ant. Retro Rose offers reasonably priced retro-cool clothes, furniture and curios. UTah Artists Hands offers a spectrum of works from Utah’s best artists. Fice straddles the line between gallery and boutique, hosting art shows monthly. Red Queen has a fascinating collection of fine book art. Now & Again offers a curated selection of second-hand furniture and Antoinette’s specializes in antique jewelry. Fuel yourself at Este Pizzeria (try the Pink Pie). If happy hour is needed after a full day of shopping, you can hit both of Salt Lake’s hippest bars, Bar X and Copper Common or dueling piano bar The Tavernacle.
Shop it end to end: MacCool’s Public House is right next to Bella Forté boutique; farther down the sidewalk, find toys that teach from Tutoring Toy, and pick up some booties at Babinski’s Baby. Along the way, gift ideas abound at Three French Hens and Bloomingsales, which sells fresh flowers along with unusual trinkets. New Orientation features fine tabletops from the best European and American manufacturers, and Color Me Mine lets you design your own pottery and ceramics. foothillvillage.com
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