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5 Places worth your time in Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City took a long time to become anything I could say I “liked” to live in. First moving here all the apartment complexes where listed as requiring “LDS Values” and it seemed like everything closed at 10:00 pm, considering I work until 9:30pm this was a consistent problem.

Also, every place people referred to me was a bar or a club, and being underage those references were pointless. After searching for two years to find my groove in a city that seemed to be everything I did not like and every place I couldn’t quite fit, I finally found a few places I find my self looking forward to. They are all hidden spots, owned by families, and all inter-woven and connected and more than willing to give you advice on the angel to search for your “niche” in a big, dirty, confused city.

These are the places I’ve found worth more than mentioning:

1. Greenhouse Effect


Coffee shop, musicians cave, artists sanctuary, and fire dancers hangout Greenhouse effect has a lot to offer. Every Sunday night beginning at 8:00 Greenhouse does open mic night where local musicians cram together in an oddly comfortable room to support each other and give feedback on new songs by frequent players or to those who loose their on stage”virginity” at Greenhouse. Other forms of art are also presented at Greenhouse such as poet’s and story tellers. Every hour there is a 20 minute intermission where the Fire Dancers put on shows in the parking lot. During the days Greenhouse is quite and an amazing place to study, close enough to SLCC to be convenient but far enough away it’s not crowded. Plenty of balcony room and comfortable interior Greenhouse is my current number 1 in Salt Lake City.

Address: 3231 South 900 East

2. Coffee Break


Terrible coffee great atmosphere, and anyone you talk to will completely agree with this statement. The best thing on their menu is the chai tea and the worst is their basic coffee. Despite the terrible taste of the coffee, the price of the coffee is appropriate and the setting is what you really pay for. Open until 2am weekdays, 3am Friday and Saturday, and 1am Sunday, also open on all major holidays this shop is your go to when everything else is closed or dead. Somehow Coffee Break continues to be busy all the time, continues to bring in new faces, and continues to thrive off the downtown lurkers. This is an amazing place to build your social circle, but once you have it…. move along.

Address: 430 East 400 South

3. Eo’s Billards, Cafe, and Arcade.


The cafe is well priced and the food is always prepared on time of order so always fresh. The arcade is small but has numerous PinBall machines (which is all I care for anyways) and dart boards. They have 20 pool tables which are maintained very well so the tables are never un-level or falling apart. They also always have their pool sticks in stock so your never left with something broken if you can’t afford your own stick or just don’t play enough to justify buying one. And if you do, they have them for sale as well as pool gloves. The owner is extremely friendly and will take care of his frequent customers. This is by far one of my favorite places to waste time. They charge by the hour: 3 dollars a person or 7 for a group of 3 or more.

Address: 4085 W 4715 S

4. Olympic Oval


The Salt Lake City Olympic Oval is an ice skating rink for beginners or for advanced skaters. They close late (though hours change often) and they only charge 6 dollars, which includes the entry fee and the skate fee, and the skating time is not limited, you can pay $6.00 at 12:00 and leave at 9:00 pm. If you decide this is something you could do often, they have yearly passes to the whole facility which includes gym options and lessons for numerous ice activities. Definitely worth at least one check out, especially if you’ve never ice skated before. Cheap way to try something new? I think so….

Address: 5662 Cougar Ln

5. Sugar House Area


Sugar House is most often called by locals the most beautiful part of Salt Lake City. Houses in the area are older houses that are not ran down. Yards that are beautiful with amazing landscape. Business’ in the area are also in the olden style buildings are keep the feel of the “cute part of town.” There is also Sugar House park which, as you can see in the photo, has a duck pond. Never over crowded like parks in the middle of down town, and never over filled with dog “doo-doo” this park is definitely on the top of the list for best parks in Salt Lake City. Walking around in this area gives you a sense of curiosity and promotes learning the small family owned shops of the area. These people have lived here for a long time and can point new comers of Salt Lake City in which every direction that interests them.

Address: none specific, east area of Salt Lake.

All of the above listed places are for all ages, family owned, or locally promoted. These are the places the keep Salt Lake worth living in.

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  1. Pat S
    February 8, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Great to see you enjoyed skating at the Olympic Oval in Kearns – but you have a picture of the oval form the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Richmond, BC on your post…

  2. niki10210
    February 8, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    I didn’t even notice that. They look exactly the same to me.

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