Bring Your Wallet: Explore Salt Lake Valley's Best Shopping Centers

Salt Lake Valley - enormous and flat - is a dream location for shopping centers. Not only is there plenty of space for great malls, the valley also offers an abundance of dry, sunny weather perfect for enjoying Salt Lake City’s open-air shopping centers. Accordingly, the Wasatch Front is filled with shopping centers of all sizes, styles and eras.

Those staying in and around the Downtown area should take advantage of the opportunity to check out Salt Lake City’s freshest shopping center, the all-new City Creek Center. Featuring a high-end blend of local shops and national stores, this center is a must-see for all avid shoppers.

Just west of downtown is City Creek’s largest and sexiest competitor, The Gateway. A Salt Lake institution since the 2002 Olympic Games, The Gateway is an outdoor mall with attractive, winding pedestrian lanes, high-end shops, numerous restaurants, a children’s museum and a cinema.

Those looking for a low-key shopping experience might consider visiting Trolley Square, just five minutes southeast of Downtown. Located in an historic, brick trolley barn, this center contains numerous shops, as well as the Desert Edge, one of Salt Lake City’s most popular brewpubs.  

Farther south in the valley stands Utah’s largest mall, the South Towne Center. With more than 150 shops, an indoor climbing gym, a cinema and numerous restaurants, this center could function as a city in and of itself.

West Jordan


Built in 1877 on the banks of West Jordan Canal, Gardner Mill was a prominent site for flour-milling in its original time. Today it serves as the centerpiece of an appealing shopping center and stands as a reminder of the mill's importance in...  Read More

West Valley City


The northern, eastern and southern regions of the Salt Lake Valley are filled with shopping centers of all sizes. However, the western end has but one gem, the Valley Fair Mall. This shopping center, located in West Valley City, holds over 120...  Read More

South Salt Lake City


The Brickyard Plaza stands along the east-west artery of South Salt Lake, 3300 South, and at the major north-south thoroughfare of 1300 East. Given this location, it is a major center for South Salt Lake shoppers. There you can shop for...  Read More



Located toward the southern end of the Salt Lake Valley, Fashion Place Mall is *the* area's classic shopping mall. As one of Salt Lake's premiere shopping destinations, Fashion Place contains a host of familiar stores such as Dillard's, Macy's,...  Read More

Foothill Village
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Located on the benches of Salt Lake City's posh east side, this fashionable shopping center - Utah's first - provides discriminating shoppers a range of upscale venues. Whether you seek ski gear, running shoes, or groceries, you'll find what...  Read More

Sugar House


Sugarhouse is one of Salt Lake City's most magnetic neighborhoods for shoppers, diners, and home-buyers alike. Offering a number of locally-owned and national-brand retail shops, restaurants, galleries, and cafes, Sugarhouse attracts all walks...  Read More

Trolley Square


If you've ever driven the length of 700 East Street, you couldn't have helped but have noticed Trolley Square's100-foot-tall, light-up water tower, just a few blocks southeast of downtown proper. Marking one of the city's more central shopping...  Read More

South Towne Center


South Towne Center, billed as "Utah's largest shopping destination," offers more than 150 shops and restaurants. From Bath & Body Works to REI, the mall delivers just about anything you might need. Familiar names include The Buckle, Express,...  Read More

The Gateway
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Located on the west end of downtown, The Gateway offers a large number and variety of shops - ranging from modern furniture, to teen boutiques and an Apple Store. This open-air center has a high-end feel, with its curving streets and walkways,...  Read More



Anyone who's lived in - or visited - Salt Lake City in recent years has witnessed one of the largest urban redevelopment works in the Rocky Mountain West. During a massive project called "Downtown Rising," numerous buildings, including the...  Read More


Meet Christine Balaz

Christine Balaz began her unexpected writing career in Salt Lake City with her first book on Wasatch Skiing and Travel in 2006. On the subject of Utah, Christine has written numerous...  More About Christine