ONE GREAT DAY AT CITY CREEK CENTER
DISCOVER SHOPPING, ARCHITECTURE, AND OTHER SURPRISES.
Located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake and adjacent to Temple Square, City Creek Center is Utah’s premiere shopping destination and the perfect extension of a visit to Utah’s most historic landmark. It's also a great way to relax and recover after a few days of vigorous skiing at Salt Lake's nearby resorts. Among the destination shops you’ll find a host of curiosities and attractions to spend the whole day exploring.
HISTORIC TEMPLE SQUARE
Salt Lake’s Temple Square is the literal center of the city. The LDS pioneers oriented the city’s grid system to its four corners, and inside its walls you’ll find gorgeous gardens and grounds and the soaring gothic-style temple itself. And during the winter holidays, the lights at Temple Square are a sight to behold. Take a tour or just wander, but be sure to stop into the original tabernacle, an acoustically gorgeous performance hall and the original home of the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Tip: The Tabernacle Tour includes the famous “pin-drop” acoustic demonstration. On Thursday evenings from 7:30 – 9:30 pm you can attend a choir rehearsal, and on Sunday mornings, treat yourself to a performance from the choir itself during the free broadcasts of “Music & The Spoken Word.” Both events are free and open to the public.
The western wing of City Creek Center contains a “show fountain” designed by the creators of the famed Bellagio fountain. At the top of every hour the America First Credit Union Fountain Shows will dazzle you with their choreographed water display and, after sunset, the shows mix in pyrotechnic flare as water meets fire.
A LITTLE SHOPPING FOR EVERYONE
Coach, Brooks Brothers, Tiffany & Co, and Porsche Designs are among the high-end stores located in City Creek Center. Browse the beautiful things that come in those iconic blue boxes at Tiffany’s and dream like Holly Golightly.
Or enjoy other favorites like West Elm, Restoration Hardware, Free People, Madewell, Michael Kors, Anthropologie, Athleta, Pandora, Tumi, and more.
LOOK UP. LOOK DOWN. LOOK ALL AROUND.
City Creek Center was designed along historic Salt Lake street patterns that had been absorbed into the urbanized blocks. Its promenades follow pathways walked by the city’s first settlers and run along a representation of the City Creek, a waterway that still flows from behind Utah’s State Capitol (and is stocked with local trout). Designers paid tribute to the natural world, embedding sidewalks and pathways with tracks and “fossils” representing the geology that so famously surrounds Salt Lake City.
Above, you’ll find City Creek’s unique retractable glass skylight which is open to Utah’s beautiful weather most days then closed when it’s wet, too cold, or too hot outside. Visit the Customer Service desk on level 1, near the Macy's entrance, to pick up your self-guided architectural tour and a Passport to Shopping with special offers for guests from more than 50 miles away.
A ROOM WITH A VIEW
Take a break for a beverage and light snack at Nordstrom’s Sixth and Pine, a Gothamesque little boîte on the second floor. The eatery’s north-facing windows offer splendid views of Temple Square.
Tip: Try the fresh-brewed iced tea, or, to warm up on a winter afternoon, the soup du jour.
QUICK AND TASTY; SLOW AND SAVORY
For a quick bite, two of Salt Lake’s best local restaurateurs have spaces in the City Creek Food Court: Red Iguana, known locally and across the world as “the home of killer Mexican food,” offers a (much simplified) version of its delicious menu featuring fare from the Chihuahua region of Mexico, while Bocata offers dressed-down version of Spanish Bocadillas, sandwiches grilled up hot and fast. For those who like to linger, try Brio Tuscan Grille, an elegant dining experience featuring food and drink inspired by Italy’s Tuscan Region.
From L’OCCITANE to Aveda, City Creek is full of world-class shops where you can explore new scents and luxurious ways to pamper your skin, hair, and soul. Stop by the Clinique counter at Nordstrom for a makeover. For men, be sure to visit the Art of Shaving and ditch the disposable Schick shtick.
ONE OF A KIND
Amid the dazzling brands and familiar flavors at City Creek Center you’ll find a one-of-a-kind store: Utah Woolen Mills. The haberdashery has occupied the same location since 1905 and is famed for its bespoke suits but sells all sorts of woolen goods and unique international clothing brands for men and women.
CHOCOLATE AND WINE
Grab a decadent treat at Godiva Chocolates and head across 100 South to Salt Lake City’s premier wine bar: By the Glass (BTG). Thanks to a state-of-the-art Cruvinet system, BTG can open a wide range of bottles and sell them by the glass (hence the name). Here you’ll find the perfect pairing for your selections of Godiva’s indulgent chocolate.
Words: Jeremy Pugh
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