It’s easy to get bogged down by meetings when you’re traveling for business. And this usually means there will be a mountain of emails to catch up with later. But those can wait. Instead of locking yourself in your hotel room with your laptop in front of you, take a moment to venture into the city where you’re staying. If you’re on business in Salt Lake City, there’s quite a bit to explore, including a budding bar and restaurant scene, outdoor recreation and local history.
Where to stay: The Hotel Monaco is a boutique hotel about a 10-minute drive from Salt Lake International Airport. It’s centrally located in downtown Salt Lake City and its lobby is home to the renowned restaurant, Bamara. If it’s a more traditional sense of luxury you seek, then head a few blocks south to the Grand America Hotel. Get pampered at the award-winning, on-site spa and enjoy the afternoon tea or Sunday brunch service.
Where to eat: The Copper Onion, with its take on New American cuisine, has become a mainstay on the Salt Lake City dining scene. The signature burger and the house-made pastas (such as the stroganoff) are not to be missed.
Sushi in a landlocked state? Absolutely. But the culinary delights at Naked Fish Japanese Bistro extend beyond the sushi bar. For a truly special treat, call ahead to reserve an omakase meal, a Japanese style of dining with a multi-course set menu.
Head to Ruth’s Diner if an all-American meal is what you’re looking for. Tucked away in Emigration Canyon, about 15 minutes from the city, Ruth’s is one the oldest eating establishments in the state of Utah. Enjoying a meal outdoors on the tree-covered patio is classic Salt Lake experience.
Where to go for evening cocktails: So it’s after 5 p.m. and you’re ready to grab a cocktail with your colleagues, and maybe a quick bite to eat. Go to Copper Common. Not only do they have a great cocktail menu with many modern takes on the classics, but because this bar is by the same guys who opened the Copper Onion, they also have wonderful food options as well. Under Current is the latest addition to the slew of Salt Lake bars. The space shares a wall with its sister restaurant, Current Fish & Oyster, which means you can order food from a full service restaurant right at the bar.
Top sights: Salt Lake City is headquarters to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint (a.k.a., the Mormon church). Temple Square is comprised of several blocks of downtown SLC and it’s a place where you can stroll through to admire well-manicured gardens or steep yourself in Mormon history. The Utah State Capitol Building is open to the public and it’s worth a trip to take in the interesting, historical architecture. The capitol’s grounds cover 40 acres and offer some unique hilltop views of the city.
Great gifts: Don’t forget to bring back gifts when on business in Salt Lake City. The City Creek shopping centre is conveniently located in downtown and is home to high-end shops such as Tiffany and Rolex. In case City Creek doesn’t have enough of a selection for you, another mall, Gateway, is also located downtown, just a few blocks way.
Going local: One of the unique features of Salt Lake City is its easy access to the great outdoors. There are several canyons and mountain resorts within a short drive. But there’s actually also one within walking distance of the downtown area itself. Memory Grove Park, just a couple of blocks away from Temple Square, is where locals go for a relaxing stroll. The park leads into City Creek Canyon, which has many trailheads for those interested in extending their jaunt away from the city.
Where to break curfew: Despite what some may say, Utah is not a dry state. In fact, Salt Lake has seen a spike in new bars, breweries and distilleries in recent years. Last call is 1 a.m. but that should be plenty of time to visit some of SLC’s best-known watering holes. Bar-X was one of the early trendsetters in helping Salt Lake City revive its cocktail scene and it’s still a great option today. And while liquor is quicker, sometimes a beer is better. Conveniently enough, the boys at Bar-X opened up Beer Bar right next door. With a wide selection of local and international beer, both bottled and on tap, you’re sure to find the perfect post-work pint.
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Written by Billy Yang