Salt Lake City Shopping
Salt Lake is home to several distinct neighborhoods, with unique shops and specialty boutiques offering one-of-a-kind items and locally produced goods. You'll find plenty of high-end national chains in major shopping areas. But scratch beneath the surface to discover fantastic items at unusual shops, each with its own story to tell.
From funky second-hand shops to exquisite jewelry crafted by Salt Lake's preeminent goldsmith OC Tanner (60 E South Temple St), you'll find a wealth of shopping styles, prices, and options. For value lovers, Salt Lake offers the nearby Factory Outlet Mall at Kimball Junction in Park City.
Insider's Guide: The Best of Shopping in Salt Lake City
Gateway Mall (90 S 400 West) is one of the largest shopping areas in Salt Lake City and part of a larger complex that includes condominiums and office buildings. You'll find such stores as Abercrombie & Fitch, Bebe, J. Crew, Victoria's Secret, and a MegaPlex 12 Theater. Restaurants located throughout the mall include California Pizza Kitchen, Happy Sumo sushi bar, and Fleming's Prime Steak House.
The Mormon Church owns two major downtown malls, Crossroads Plaza (50 S Main St) and Zions Cooperative Mercantile Institution Center (Main and South Temple), across the street from Temple Square. But many tenants have left the malls recently in preparation for a promised $1 billion overhaul of the downtown core. The shell of Crossroads Mall still houses Nordstrom and Borders Books, but virtually every other merchant is gone for now.
Utah the home of Robert Redford's Sundance Film Festival, the Sundance Ski Resort, and the Sundance Catalog, a mail-order magazine, which offers high-end rustic furniture, jewelry, housewares, and clothing. But you can often find the same mountain-chic merchandise for as much as half off at the Sundance Catalog Outlet Store (2201 South Highland Dr).
On Saturday mornings from June to September, Salt Lake's Pioneer Park (400 West and 300 South) comes alive at one of the biggest farmers markets in the West. Part community festival, part market with dozens of ethnic food stands and farm-fresh produce, the weekly event is a favorite for thousands of locals.
A lively craft market, where local artisans trade their wares completes the picture. The market is a great place to get to know locals and pick up a souvenir, like Swanky Switches, a collection of religious and risque light switch covers from local artist Kim Smith.
Mormon Handicraft at This Is the Place Heritage Park in Old Deseret Village (2601 East Sunnyside Ave) is the premier place to find traditional western handmade gifts and souvenirs. You can find home-bottled jellies, handmade quilts, and other homey collectibles.
Salt Lake City has long been associated with the strict moral codes of the Morman Church, but that doesn't mean there's not a thriving nightlife for those who want to, well, let loose. Take a look at the next page to find the best nightlife and entertainment in Salt Lake City.