Buro city guide: Park City

Buro city guide: Park City

Utah's Tinseltown

Text: Lucie Clark

Utah’s silver mining town offers some of the most epic snow capped action both on mountain and off making it a must-visit

The world renowned Sundance Film Festival founded by Hollywood legend, Robert Redford, is held here annually, but even if you're a hard core film buff, that's not why pay this silver mining town a visit. Park City is ground zero for some of the best snow sport in the world courtesy of the surrounding ski-only Deer Valley Resort and the huge Park City/Canyons Mountain Resort.  The Winter Olympics was held here in 2002 and it's consistently rated as one of the best places to ski in the US for good reason. Plus the high Hollywood attendance means the dining, shopping, staying and spa-ing are exceptional, like having your very own ski valet to help you put your boots on pre-ski and it's the home of Utah's only Forbes Five-Star rated spa, The Spa at Stein Eriksen Lodge.


Top 3 coffee shops

1. Atticus Coffee & Teahouse

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With a warm, small town feel this coffee shop-meets-bookstore serves a mean cup of Joe as well as great eats and reads. 
738 Lower Main St, Park City, UT

2. Java Cow Café and Bakery

With half the shop coffee house and the other devoted to home made ice cream - all your bases are comprehensively covered here. Insider tip, do grab-and-go your vanilla chai latte and gluten-free muffin, the seating is limited and really fills up during peak coffee-drinking hours. 
402 Main St, Park City, UT

3. Pink Elephant Coffee Shop

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This hidden gem is tucked up above cool kid retail shop Prospect and is super popular with the locals. Serves up artisanal coffee anyway you like it. 
509 Main St, Upper Level, Park City, UT


Top restaurants


1. Harvest

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Also great for lunch, this diner is for the clean eating foodie. Breakfast offers a mouth-watering array of healthful, delicious fare, think: toasted paleo banana bread, Buddha breakfast bowl (brown rice, pumpkin, tomato, fermented cabbage, hard boiled egg, avocado), acai bowl, smashed avo on toasted sourdough, green smoothies, cold press juice of the day and for the heat seeker, golden mylk (turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, pepper, coconut milk). 
820 Park Avenue, Suite 101, Park City, UT

2. Eating Establishment

Recently re-opened after new owners on deck (including actor Ty Burrell who's best known for his role in Modern Family). This all day diner serves up all American traditional fare (grits, omelettes, oatmeal, crepes) in an All American setting. 
317 Main St, Park City UT

3. Deer Valley Grocery Café

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Casual, speedy spot in Deer Valley with surprisingly good early morning eats (breakfast paninis and wraps, pancakes, bagels with lox) and thirst-quenching drinks to fuel up before a day on the mountains. 
1375 Deer Valley Dr, Park City UT


Lunch and brunch

1. Cushing's Cabin

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No need to head down the mountain for lunch when you can stop into Cushing's Cabin for a bowl of daily Deer Valley turkey chilli, home made cookies (think: giant chocolate chip and also gluten free), piping hot chocolate, all served up in front of a chill-blasting, blazing fire.  
Top of Flagstaff Mountain, Deer Valley, Park City UT

2. Cloud Nine (winter only)

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If you're skiing Park City/Canyons hit alpine eatery Cloud Nine. This is the kitted up version of on mountain dining - with free sunscreen in the bathrooms, complimentary water and glove and boot warmers for purchase alongside your healthy daily soup and salad at the counter. 
Top of Dream Peak, Park City Mountain Resort, Park City UT

3. Glitretind Restaurant, Stein Eriksen Lodge

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With a Sunday brunch that books out weeks in advance and skiers buffet every day, Stein's restaurant is the place to midday meal.  Buffet and brunch change up regularly but their signature dishes include maple glazed bacon (drool) and eye-poppingly good desserts. 
Stein Eriksen Lodge, 7700 Stein Way, Park City UT

4. Uptown Fare

This petite local lunchtime lovely serves home made soup and fresh cut sandwiches Mon-Fri. They're also fiercely committed to the local community and have been known to hire a bouncer to turn out-of-towners away during the Sundance Film Festival. Our advice? Look local. 
1401 Kearns Blvd, Part City UT



1. J&G Grill, St. Regis

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This high-end diner doesn't subscribe to the uncomfortably hushed setting so many fine dining restaurants prefer - a fun uptown vibe permeates which sets the tone for the exceptional eats and drinks on offer. Book ahead, it's a sell out every night in winter. 
St. Regis Deer Valley Resort, 2300 Deer Valley Dr East, Park City UT

2. Yuki Yama Sushi

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Buzzy, busy sushi joint in the heart of Main Street. Serving the best classic and mod sushi in the state (big call - happy to make it). Not to be missed. 
586 Main St, Park City UT

3. Riverhorse on Main

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Award-winning restaurant with a cool urban vibe and seriously sophisticated eats to match  - situated in a renovated Masonic Hall, it's a Park City must-dine. 
540 Main St, Park City, UT


Top 3 bars

1. St. Regis Bar

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High winter season sees queues out the door with security informing potential bar goers of a 1.5 hour wait to get in... for a reason. Coolest après scene on the mountain. Did we mention the outdoor fire pit situation? 
St. Regis Deer Valley Resort, 2300 Deer Valley Dr East, Park City UT

2. No Name Salon & Grill

Their motto 'helping people forget their names since 1903' feels right about this rustic Main Street watering hole. A local fave that can get ROWDY. 
447 Main St, Park City UT

3. Wasatch Brew Pub

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Craft brews with good pub grub mark this locale out as the place for a quiet ale or two post or even pre-ski (no judgement).
250 Main St, Park City UT


Top 3 places to stay

1. Stein Eriksen Lodge

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Ski-in/ski-out and with in house ski valet - this is the place to stay. With gun-barrel views of the mountains and the only Forbes Five-Star spa in Utah it's the grand dame. Rooms vary with a set up that can be tailored to accommodate more or less bedrooms via clever interior design, all accoms are luxe with the base two bedder hosting two bathrooms, full kitchen, luxe living room, fireplaces, a hot tub on the deck and all the mod cons. Or if you're feeling flush book a Grand Suite - they're unique and worth the extra $$. The Spa is 20,000 square feet dedicated to the art of wellness, plus a decked out fitness centre and outdoor heated pool. Expansion plans for for a 60-seat movie theatre, game room and additional pool just for the kinder are in the works expected to finished for Winter 2017/2018.

Stein Eriksen Lodge, 7700 Stein Way, Park City UT

2. St. Regis

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Another ski-in/ski-out stunner, the St. Regis has all the luxe bells and whistles you would expect from this prestigious name. With your St. Regis Butler on hand (suites and up), the skies the limit for a stay at the St. Regis. Remède spa, split-level pool, J&G Grill restaurant, outdoor fire pit, ski valet - it's all here and it's all brilliant. 
2300 Deer Valley Dr East, Park City UT

3. Montage Deer Valley

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Located at the end of a beautiful mountain road, the Montage is the understated oasis of the three top places to stay. It has everything you could possibly wish for in alpine accom: ski-in/ski-out, enormous exceptional spa, bowling alley (truly), five dining options, fitness centre, designer accommodation ranging from rooms to four bedroom residences. Because of its discreet location and 100% rock star luxury designer digs, it's a favourite of visiting Sundance celebs. 
9100 Marsac Ave, Park City UT


Best Shopping

Main Street Park City

Main Street is stocked with some seriously cool retail. From activewear at Lululemon to luxe ski and winter gear at Gorsuch to authentic cowboy gear to the latest fashions and beauty buys from LA and NY at Cake Boutique and C Two by Cake. There's so much good kit to stock up, have your credit card at the ready.

Standouts are Prospect (509 Main St), Cake Boutique (577 Main St) and C Two by Cake (511 Main St). Prospect is a hybrid retail space with the front offering a slick edit of lust-have clothes and accessories for gents and femmes, the back Billy's Barber Shop (hipsters welcome) and upstairs Pink Elephant Coffee shop. Cake boutique hosts a fashion forward edit of brands from LA style maven Anine Bing, Vince, Rag & Bone, Frame, ALC, Derek Lam 10 Crosby, Elizabeth and James, Citizens of Humanity, ATM and their sister shop up the road, C Two by Cake is Park City's answer to Sephora (if Sephora also carried lingerie) - think Kiehl's, Rodin, Bumble and Bumble, Christophe Robin, Cane + Austin, Grown Alchemist, Supergoop!, Drunk Elephant and Stella McCartney lingerie.

Cake Boutique

Park City also has a so called "Park Silly Market" which is their open-air eco friendly farmers market featuring regional and local arts and craft, music, gourmet food and locally grown produce.

Park Silly Market

Best place for live music

Live outdoor music Park City

With a thriving entertainment community thanks to the Sundance Film Festival there's a pumping live music scene in Park city with pubs, coffee houses and dedicated entertainment venues hosting a slew of different music gigs from grass roots bands to DJs. Head to for details.


3 other must-do experiences

1. Sundance Film Festival

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Hollywood descends on Main Street come January each year for the kick off to the international film festival circuit, Sundance Film Festival. The festival began in Salt Lake City in 1978 to attract more filmmakers to Utah, with now-classics Deliverance, A Streetcar Named Desire and Midnight Cowboy making their appearance on the first festival billet. Chairman Robert Redford is a big attraction for filmmakers with many getting their big break here (Quentin Tarantino, Steven Soderbergh and Edward Burns). Films that have debuted here include Saw, Garden State, The Blair Witch Project, Reservoir Dogs, Little Miss Sunshine, Donnie Darko, Clerks, Thank you for Smoking, Whiplash. Regular civilians can attend screenings - but book early, the tickets sell out fast.

2. First tracks

Canyons ski area

Park City/Canyons boasts the the largest ski/snowboarding area in the US, meaning if you head out early you're pretty much guaranteed to set the first tracks down that powdery hill.

3. Find your bliss

The Spa at Stein Eriksen Lodge

This mountain town plays host to some of the most amazing spas in the country - and they're all in the same postcode. Find your bliss at The Spa at Stein Eriksen, The Montage Deer Valley Spa or the Remède Spa at the St. Regis.


Best places to hangout in winter and summer:

On the slopes: winter

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Winter is best spent skiing or boarding - it's a veritable winter wonderland suiting all ski abilities and difficulty preferences. Insider tips: Deer Valley is ski only and they cap the number of tickets they sell each day (meaning no ski lift queues and incredibly empty runs) - so book your tix for this ski resort in advance. Snow boarders are welcome at Park City/Canyons and there's no cap on the number of snow sport players.

Hiking, biking, fishing: summer

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According to locals the hiking in summer is some of the best in the world and it's also used as a jumping off point to access hard-to-reach Yellowstone Park and Jackson Hole. Mountain biking is also huge around this part of the world as is fishing in Silver Lake and the alpine streams.


Best places to drop in for an exercise class

Most accommodation options have a fitness centre in house and if you're staying at the Stein Eriksen, Montage or St Regis there's really no need to venture out; their gyms are exceptionally well-equipped and personal trainers can be booked if you need some direction or outside motivation. Stein Eriksen and the Montage both also host regular fitness classes like yoga.


Best day spa and salons

The Montage Deer Valley spa

The three top places to stay, the St Regis, the Montage and the Stein Eriksen all have world-class wellness, The Spa at the Stein even includes a hair salon to keep your tresses in top condition in the dry alpine climes. 


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