Salt Lake City offers plenty of opportunities for shopping, from world-class malls to hipster flea markets. Downtown Salt Lake City and its immediate neighbourhoods are home to various modern shopping malls, from the open-air City Creek Center to the upscale Fashion Place Mall. However, the eclectic vibe of the city is perhaps best captured in the quirky neighbourhoods of Sugar House and 9th & 9th, home to local boutiques and national brands attracting people from all walks of life. 

    Despite the capital of Utah state being most known for its adventure activities with its backdrop of the Wasatch Mountains, you’ll be impressed by its buzzing retail scene. Check out this guide for the best places for shopping in Salt Lake City – so you’ll know exactly where to go for some retail therapy.

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    The Gateway

    A multipurpose retail area for the whole family

    • Families
    • Shoppers

    The Gateway is a large open-air retail complex centred on the historic Union Pacific Depot, on the west side of Downtown. The multipurpose area has wide walkways, an open plaza with a central fountain and over 80 retail stores.

    There’s something for most shopping preferences at The Gateway, with popular stores including Barnes & Noble, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Victoria’s Secret. However, there’s more than just shopping to do there. You can also visit the Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum and Clark Planetarium. It’s an excellent shopping space to take the whole family.

    Location: 400 W 100 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 9 pm, Sunday from noon to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 801-456-0000

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    Gardner Village

    Stroll around the charming mill site-turned-outdoor mall

    • Shoppers

    Gardner Village is a beautiful outdoor shopping mall inside an old flour-milling site from the 1870s. The historic Gardner Mill still retains original buildings that once housed a blacksmith and mattress factory. The well-preserved structures stand as a reminder that the place played an important role in the development of Salt Lake City’s southern end.

    You can stroll along the brick-lined paths and shop at boutique-style stores and locally-owned restaurants. There are also plenty of chic home décor stores, unique stationery products and antique shops. A worthy stop is the Chocolate Covered Wagon, a well-known candy store where you can sample some delectable sweets.

    Location: 1100 W 7800 S, West Jordan, UT 84088, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +1 801-566-8903

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    City Creek Center

    A retail complex in the heart of Downtown

    • Shoppers

    City Creek Center is a world-class retail destination in the middle of downtown Salt Lake City. The beautiful open-air and pedestrian-friendly mall has over 100 stores of trusted luxury brands along with diverse and casual eateries. 

    Located across from Temple Square, the shopping complex has a pedestrian sky bridge, water features and a retractable glass roof, making it a visually appealing place to wander. It covers an impressive 20 acres and has become a popular attraction in its own right. You can find department stores like Macy’s at the centre, as well as favourite brands like Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., and Lululemon.

    Location: 50 S Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +1 801-521-2012

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    Urban Flea Market

    Find hidden treasures at this monthly flea market

    • Shoppers
    • Budget

    Salt Lake City’s monthly Urban Flea Market is a great community outlet for vendors and shoppers to buy and sell vintage, antique and handmade goods. Housed inside a warehouse-style space in The Gateway complex, the market hosts over 100 stalls with live music performances as well as numerous food trucks.

    You can find plenty of hidden treasures, from vintage clothing to antique furniture and locally made handicrafts. Admission is just a couple of dollars and kids can enter for free. It’s a great way to spend a Sunday in Salt Lake City.

    Location: 12 S Rio Grande St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, USA

    Open: Second Sunday of every month from 10 am to 4 pm

    Phone: +1 801-364-0664

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    Trolley Square

    A trendy, historic shopping mall near Downtown

    • Shoppers
    • Food

    Trolley Square is an enclosed shopping mall housed inside a 1900s trolley car barn east of downtown Salt Lake City. The historic building complex has been transformed into one of the trendiest high-end malls in the area.

    The shopping centre is home to over 80 stores, ranging from chain brands to local boutiques, along with great dining options. Favourite stores include Whole Foods Market, Pottery Barn and American Apparel. On the dining front, you can find the popular Rodizio Restaurant, a Brazilian steakhouse, and Desert Edge Brewery, a delightful laidback microbrewery. Even with all the window shopping, it’s impossible to ignore the history of the brick buildings. The historic water tower is also open for tours.

    Location: 602 700 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84102, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 9 pm, Sunday from noon to 5 pm

    Phone: +1 801-521-9877

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    Sugar House

    Salt Lake City’s coolest shopping and dining neighbourhood

    • Shoppers
    • Food
    • Nightlife

    Sugar House is considered Salt Lake City’s coolest neighbourhood, with a vibrant shopping scene and lively nightlife. The area’s best shopping can be found around 2100 South and Highland Drive, with a variety of dining options, boutique stores and big brand chains.

    However, it's the area's locally owned stores that draw most people's attention. You can find edgy thrift shops, creative gift stores, quaint cafes, and loud burger joints spread along the busy streets. It's constantly buzzing with energy and the main thoroughfares are crowded all day until late into the night when the bars come to life.

    Location: Sugar House, Salt Lake City, UT 84106, USA

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    Foothill Village Shopping Center

    A classic Salt Lake City shopping mall

    • Shoppers

    Foothill Village is a classic Salt Lake City mall and one of the first shopping centres established in the city. Located to the eastern side, it sits at the base of the Wasatch Mountain range. Among its 65 stores, you'll find some of the most fashionable and high-quality specialist stores in Salt Lake City.

    Foothill Village is particularly known for its excellent sporting stores. Sports Den is the local skiers' go-to shop with custom boot fitting services and knowledgeable staff. While Salt Lake Running Company is considered the best shop in the city for running shoe advice as well as information on local races and running clubs.

    Location: 1400 Foothill Dr, Salt Lake City, UT 84108, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +1 385-232-5527

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    Fashion Place Mall

    Find all the major stores at this upscale shopping mall

    • Shoppers

    The Fashion Place Mall is a premier shopping destination just 17 km south of the city centre. It's Salt Lake City's top shopping destination if you're planning to upgrade your wardrobe with the latest season's trends. The mall is anchored by Dillard's, Macy's and Nordstrom department stores, but you'll also find popular brands like Zara, H&M, Urban Outfitters and Apple.

    If all the shopping is making you hungry then you’ve also got plenty of dining options. Brio Tuscan Grille is a popular casual Italian place and Red Rock Brewing Co. is a great pub with housemade beer.

    Location: 6191 S State St, Murray, UT 84107, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm, Sunday from noon to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 801-262-9447

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    9th & 9th

    Join the local fashionistas in this trendy neighbourhood

    • Shoppers

    The 9th and 9th is a buzzing neighbourhood filled with trendy restaurants and an eclectic mix of shops. Located on the east side of the city centre, the area has an attractive retail community of boutique stores running along 9th South, just a few blocks from Trolley Square.

    Local fashionistas don't go there for big label brands, but the quirky gift stores and stylish boutiques. Favourites include the cute gift shop, Hip & Humble, the boutique trendy women’s fashion store, Koo De Ker and the playful children’s clothing store, The Children’s Hour. If you’re feeling peckish then you can’t miss Dolcetti Gelato, a colourful sweets store with Italian ice cream and Belgian waffles.

    Open: 901, 913 E 9th S, Salt Lake City, UT 84105, USA

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    The Shops at South Town

    One of the largest shopping malls in the city

    • Shoppers

    The Shops at South Town covers a huge area of 120,000 square metres of retail space just 24 km south of downtown Salt Lake City. With 150 stores and restaurants, including 4 full-sized department stores, you'll find everything that you could possibly need at this shopping centre.

    Well-known stores include Bath & Body Works, H&M, REI, Old Navy and Sephora. If you get tired of the shopping, you can even duck into Momentum Indoor Climbing, an indoor rock-climbing wall with yoga and weight classes, for something a little different.

    Location: 10450 State St #2320, Sandy, UT 84070, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm, Sunday from noon to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 801-572-1517

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    Elisha Donkin | Contributing Writer

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