Salt Lake City Insider's Guide

Allow Salt Lake to Reintroduce Herself
Nicole Martinez

Allow Salt Lake to Reintroduce Herself

I moved to these beautiful mountains in the Fall of 2015. As someone who grew up on the East Coast, I was worried about the potential lack of culture and food spots. However, with a huge influx of transplants from all over [but mostly California], Salt Lake has grown into a truly magical place where you can achieve a fully well-rounded experience. Whether you're looking for a luxury getaway, outdoor adventure, or foodie paradise [Studio Ghibli style]– Salt Lake has it all. I'm going to try to fit all of my favorite things into this one article, but truthfully, I may need to start writing a Part II.

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Must-Have Group Experiences

Looking to add a twist to your Salt Lake City experience? Check out these unique and out-of-the-box group activities that are sure to leave you with some fun stories.

Great Salt Lake Flying Tour: Take to the skies and witness the beauty of Salt Lake City from a whole new perspective. A flying tour over the Great Salt Lake offers breathtaking views of the city skyline and surrounding landscapes, providing an exhilarating experience for adventure seekers and photography enthusiasts alike.

Breathing Cold: Transformational Breath and Ice Plunge: Embark on a journey of self-discovery and resilience with a transformational breath and ice plunge experience. This unique workshop combines breath work techniques with the invigorating challenge of an ice plunge, offering participants an opportunity to release tension, increase mental clarity, and strengthen their mind-body connection.

Breathing Cold

Drum Team Class: Unleash your inner rhythm and join a drum team class for an energizing and collaborative experience. Whether you're a seasoned percussionist or a novice drummer, these classes offer a fun and interactive way to connect with others while creating music together. Feel the beat and let the rhythm guide you in this dynamic group activity.

Hike with a Local: Experience the natural beauty of Salt Lake City firsthand with a guided hike led by a knowledgeable local. Whether you're exploring scenic trails in the nearby mountains or discovering hidden gems within the city limits, hiking with a local offers an opportunity to learn about the area's flora, fauna, and history while enjoying the great outdoors with like-minded adventurers.

Sourdough Workshop by Mooon Bread: Dive into the world of artisanal bread-making with a sourdough workshop led by the experts at Mooon Bread. Learn the secrets behind crafting the perfect loaf, from creating and maintaining a sourdough starter to mastering the art of shaping and baking. With hands-on instruction and plenty of delicious samples to enjoy, this workshop is a must-attend for bread lovers and aspiring bakers alike.

Mooon Bread

Foodie Haven

Let's talk about the culinary scene, which has undergone a remarkable transformation in recent years. The city now boasts an array of dining options that rival those of any metropolitan area. From upscale eateries to casual joints, here are some must-visit spots:

Table X

Pago: Offering farm-to-table cuisine in a chic atmosphere.

Lola: Elevated Mexican food offering a beautiful atmosphere and fun cocktails.

Takashi: Considered the best sushi spot in Salt Lake.

SLC Eatery: Elevating dining with innovative dishes and impeccable service.

Oquirrh: A newcomer making waves with its inventive take on New American cuisine.

The Pearl: Vietnamese-fusion like you've never experienced before.

Table X: Experience culinary artistry at its finest in this fine dining establishment.

Arlo: Casual meets sophisticated in this neighborhood gem.

And for those looking for quick bites or specialty shops, don't miss:

Pretty Bird

Caputo’s: Not your typical Italian sandwich. Offering gourmet cheeses, meats, and artisanal products. Jersey girl approved.

Pretty Bird: Indulge in Nashville-style hot chicken that packs a punch.

Chick Queen: Get your fix of Korean fried chicken at this hidden gem. This one is nested in the heart of Chinatown where you're surrounded by about 7 other authentically delicious restaurants.

Pizza Nono: Wood-fired pizzas with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Also Jersey girl approved.

Art and Culture

Salt Lake City is not just about breathtaking landscapes; it's also a cultural oasis with a thriving arts scene. From natural history to hyper local artists, Salt Lake has a really beautiful art scene that just keeps expanding by the day. Here are some places to explore:

Red Butte Garden

Red Butte Garden: Discover botanical wonders and catch outdoor concerts in the summer.

Gallery Stroll: Immerse yourself in the local art scene during this monthly event.

UMOCA (Utah Museum of Contemporary Art): Experience cutting-edge contemporary artwork from local and international artists.

Natural History Museum of Utah: Delve into the natural wonders of the region with engaging exhibits and interactive displays.

Fice Gallery: A boutique shop showcases the best in streetwear and features hyper local artists.

Diabolical Records: Browse vinyl records and catch intimate live performances.

Papermaking Workshop: Get creative and hands-on with a paper-making workshop where you'll learn the ancient art of transforming pulp into beautiful handmade paper. Led by skilled artisans, this workshop allows participants to experiment with different techniques and materials, resulting in unique and personalized creations to take home as souvenirs or gifts.

Premium Hiking

With its proximity to the Wasatch Mountains, Salt Lake City is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Here are some must-visit spots for hikers and nature lovers:

Living Room Trail: Enjoy panoramic views of the city skyline on this short but rewarding hike. (~2 mi total)

Cottonwood Canyons: Explore stunning mountain lakes and challenging trails, including Cecret Lake (~2 mi total), Red Pine Lake, White Pine Lake and Lake Blanche. (~5-6 mi total)

Intense Hikes [ that will earn you instant respect from locals ] : Pfeifferhorn, Mount Timpanogos, and Lone Peak. (+10 mi total)

Entertainment and Sports

When it comes to entertainment, Salt Lake City has you covered. Catch live music performances at venues like Urban Lounge and Kilby Court, or cheer on local sports teams such as the Utah Jazz, The Bees (our personal favorite) or Real Salt Lake. And don't forget about the University of Utah football games, a beloved tradition in the city.

My future husband


In conclusion, Salt Lake City is a treasure trove of experiences waiting to be discovered. I'll probably be hated for revealing some of Salt Lake's best kept secrets, but not all heroes wear capes. I hope you fall in love with this city the way I have. I recognize I left out skiing, climbing, national parks, desert destinations and bar experiences, but we don't have enough time or room for that. So if you love this one, please show some love and stay tuned for more.

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