Insider's Guide to Salt Lake City Neighborhoods
Check out these neighborhoods on your next trip to Salt Lake City
As the younger generation flocked to the urban center of Salt Lake City, downtown was revitalized. Now it’s a hub for dining, business, arts, entertainment and nightlife for both visitors and residents.
Food & Drink: SLC’s love of locally sourced food shines at the Downtown Farmers Market in Pioneer Park, a nearly year-round affair that connects residents to local produce and artisan goods. Downtown is also home to hundreds of unique restaurants and bars. Head to Rye for a farm-sourced brunch, drink coffee (or a yerba latte) underneath the white-tile walls at the Rose Establishment or hit Takashi for innovative sushi rolls. For an evening drink, sip cocktails at the Prohibition-era Bar X, and then pop over to Beer Bar next door to finish your night with high-quality brews.
Arts & Entertainment: There’s no better place in SLC to experience the highest concentration of history, entertainment, and art than downtown. Stroll between the towering spires of historic Temple Square during the day (read: The Geographical and Musical Heart of Salt Lake), catch a sunset over the Wasatch Range from the rooftop of the public library and then watch live music at the Depot or catch a performance at the Eccles Theater.
Local Life: In recent years, millennials moved to new condos and high-rises downtown, which popped up as the city center transitioned into a place where residents desired to live. Downtown boomed as tech jobs brought in a wave of new Salt Lakers. Downtown has now become more bike and pedestrian-friendly, and updates to the GREENbike bike share and TRAX public transit system improved accessibility throughout the city. Transit and GoRide in the UTA app center make purchasing fare and planning trips easier. These shifts have resulted in a fresh vibrancy as residents spend post-work evenings downtown. If you’re staying outside of downtown, take the TRAX into this city center to see what it has to offer without the hassle of a car. Hop on a bike or start walking: the Public Library, Clark Planetarium, Leonardo Museum and Temple Square are all within a mile of each other.
Ballpark (Granary District, Central Ninth)
In the Granary District, old auto shop fronts mesh with new businesses and community spaces. Publik Coffee Roasters, a hip coffeehouse in a repurposed industrial warehouse, sits across from an antique market overflowing with vintage furniture, ornate glass bottles, and animal trinkets. This neighborhood is ripe with change yet enthusiastic about maintaining its roots.
Food & Drink: Many Salt Lake staples have found a home in the Granary District. From slow-cooked smoked meats at R&R BBQ to the retro-inspired RubySnap cookies, you’ll marvel at all this neighborhood has to offer. Enjoy the craft beer at Epic Brewing or Fisher Brewing (read: Rediscovering a Piece of Utah’s History) and take advantage of the thriving restaurant scene. Locals know Lucky 13 has the best burgers in Utah, but hey, why not see for yourself?
Arts & Entertainment: Fleet, a shipping container pop-up space, emerges in the summers and brings the community together through beer gardens, commercial shops and open plazas. For more entertainment, the State Room brings in an array of musical acts, and the Front Climbing Center serves as the watering hole for the SLC climbing community.
Local Life: Commercial and residential areas merge to make this up-and-coming neighborhood “human-centered” and walkable. After a large-scale art initiative breathed new life into the Granary District about a decade ago, once-vacant buildings transformed into public spaces, nonprofits and music venues. Now the future of the neighborhood looks bright as innovative creators and long-standing residents work in harmony. Take the time to check out the local businesses and enjoy mountain views by walking Central 9th (accessible by the TRAX system). Grab a vegan-friendly bite at Vertical Diner before ending your night with cocktails at Water Witch.
Central City/East Central (Liberty Park, 9th and 9th)
If you want to visit Salt Lake City like a local, look no further than this area, which consists of the smaller neighborhoods of Liberty Wells and 9th and 9th. The largely residential area close to downtown has a little bit of everything. Grab a coffee on Main Street before hopping on a bike and cruising around the parks and quaint streets in Central City.
Food & Drink: If you’re in town on the weekend, it’s hard to catch the Park Cafe without a line out the door. The popularity of this brunch spot is a testament to the quality of its food. Alternatively, head nearby for French pastries at Tulie Bakery, grab a Middle Eastern lunch at Mazza and finish the day with a trendy dinner at Pago.
Arts & Entertainment: Central City has its fair share of attractions—shoppers come for the eclectic boutiques along 9th & 9th, joggers and dog-walkers rejoice over Liberty Park and movie-goers watch independent films at the Tower Theatre.
Local Life: Historic brick houses sit along tree-lined blocks near one of the largest green spaces in Salt Lake City. Bike-friendly streets, a range of housing options and accessibility to public transportation draw a diverse population to this inviting neighborhood. Experience the local life by renting a GREENbike at the docking station on 900 S by the northwest corner of Liberty Park. Twenty-four-hour memberships make this bike share available in 30-minute increments. Ride through the park, stopping at the Tracy Aviary or the Chase Home Museum of Folk Arts. Then, cruise south beneath tree-lined streets through the residential Liberty Wells area, stopping to admire the charming homes wrapped by front porches. On State Street, you can swap out your bike with another before heading back up to 9th and 9th for lunch.