Heres a story time, my first time going downtown, Salt Lake City all day by myself.
Lets back track and explain why I am downtown all alone, I had an appointment downtown. And I didn't have school today, so I decided to make a day out of it, and go downtown all day. I also decided to give some advice and tips for my locals down in Salt Lake. Enjoy.
I woke up around 9:30. First I went to my local cafe to get some actual school work and editing done. Then I got in my car and drove thirty minutes, from the suburbs to the city life of Salt Lake. I got there and instantly visited one of my best friends (Julia). Because she lives there, and she had her wisdom teeth pulled. So I took care of her for a good hour then I left. I sat in the car for awhile, then thought "when have I ever been down here alone?" If i've ever been downtown alone, I'm usually meeting up with someone. And this is how I ended up downtown, alone.
I saw a few really cute shops that I drove past on my way up there, so I drove back. Then I quickly realized that most local shops are closed on Mondays, so if any visitors or locals want to go discover new places down there, I don't recommend going on a Monday. So, I went around to what I could and found a few cute shops, such as Hip and Humble. Which had such cute home decor stuff, but the rest of the shops I found didn't really catch my eye. Finally, it was around noon and I was starving. I was walking down a street that had lots of local shops, and I am a huge person on supporting local.
So I walk down and I walk into this place that smelled really good, I walk in just to check their menu. And the cashier was STARING ME DOWN. "Are you going to order?" she said really rudely. At that point, I wanted to leave but when she said that, my anxiety went through the roof. So, I bought a salad just to make her stop staring me. (I can't remember the name of the shop. It was on Harvey Milk Blvd though.) I got the salad and hurried back to my car. I asked it to go, no fork, no napkins, nothing. All of their forks at the place were metal, so I assumed they would put a fork in there, but no. Thankfully I had a fork in my car. I open up my salad and it's kale, cheese, and radishes. No dressing of any kind. I tried a few bites but I choked. I should've read the menu more carefully, but the cashier lady scared me. Point is, always look through the menus downtown.
Finally, after wasting tons of gas, I found a burrito place! I got a burrito, sat down, and I was in heaven. I spent the rest of my lonely, scary afternoon eating and journaling. Which is what I do best. I truly love Salt Lake. Did you know that we were #3 on the "10 cities that are hipster friendly". And that makes me really happy, because I'm not the kind of hipster that does weed and doesn't shower. I'm the type of hipster that wears flower crowns to a local coffee shop.
I hope you all enjoyed this small story of my experience downtown, alone. My main tips for downtown exploring is; don't go on a Monday, most local shops are recovering from the weekend. Don't go during rush hour. And finally, do NOT just go around the city creek/temple square area. As beautiful as it is, just know there is so much more down there. Be local friendly. Have an amazing week guys!