Originally founded by silver miners, Historic Park City is nestled between Park City Mountain and Deer Valley Resort. Over many decades, the once booming mining town has transformed into a charming ski town. The center of Historic Park City is what's known as Park City Main Street District which is home to more than 200 businesses, including 100 independent boutiques, 40 restaurants, restorative spas, gorgeous hotels, trailheads and Park City Mountain’s Town Lift chairlift, there’s something for everyone when you’re visiting Park City.
Locals, colloquially referred to as “Parkites,” head to Historic Park City for great food, coffee, beer, mountain bike trails, access to some of the best ski resorts in the country and more. While we can provide dozens of recommendations (check out our 48 Hours in Park City piece!), here a few must-see spots in Historic Park City while you’re here.
Started by Riverhorse on Main, one of the best restaurants in town (more to come on this later!), Riverhorse Provisions is a specialty market, deli and coffee shop at the top of Main Street. Their food is delicious, and their coffee is excellent. Poke into the downstairs first for a Golden Milk Latte before wandering upstairs to purchase a few pieces of meat, cheese and drink ingredients for your après celebration later.
Atticus Coffee, Books & Teahouse
Ski down to Park City Mountain's Town Lift, leave your skis on the racks and walk across the street to Atticus Coffee, Books & Teahouse, an adorable combination of bookstore and coffee shop owned by a couple of local Park City residents. Named after Atticus Finch of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, the shop is set up to feel like a living room, where you can curl up with a book and a steaming cup of coffee or tea.
Bonus: Atticus donates a percentage of all sales to regional charities and nonprofits.
Pink Elephant Coffee Roasters
Part coffee shop/part juice bar opened up in a part high-end skate shop/part luxury barbershop, this place defines millennial culture. You really can’t go wrong buying trendy clothing, looking good and getting a few espresso shots while on vacation, right? Pink Elephant roasts all of their own coffee just down the road in Park City and is known for paying an incredible amount of attention to each and every coffee drink and juice they create. Their cortado is the best on Main Street, but give their Ritual Dark Hot Chocolate a try—made with Ritual Chocolate's bean-to-bar chocolate created just down the street, it’s a decadent delight.
An adorable little breakfast spot right at the bottom of Heber Avenue, Harvest greets visitors with a friendly wave and the scent of fresh coffee. It’s impeccably decorated and while I know I’m writing about coffee in this section of the article (their Flat White is delicious), you have to snag breakfast here too. Their Savory Toast—toasted sourdough topped with herb ricotta, sautéed mushrooms, spinach, fresh avocado and a poached egg—will sustain you all morning long.
You’re on a ski vacation, so you definitely need a new ski jacket, right?! Well, you’ve come to the right place. Started in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Stio sees Park City as its sister city in the mountains, and this gear mecca provides it all for mountain dwellers. The store is gorgeous (I’m a little biased, as my husband helped build it out!) and offers everything from casual wear to sport while shopping in town to technical pieces to rock while skiing Deer Valley's famed groomers or Park City Mountain's wide-open runs. Read all about their sustainability movements here, and be sure to try on the Men’s Alpiner Hooded Jacket or Women’s Sweetwater Fleece Coat—which is made of 100% recycled polyester.
Perfectly modern and on-trend, this women’s clothing boutique is designed for the fashion-forward woman. Started by two best friends who left their hometown of Park City to work in fashion, the two came back to stoke the fashion culture of our small town with Flight. Now over 10 years old, the boutique carries mostly high-end brands, but at a great price approachable for everyone in town. I’ve shopped there a number of times and found some amazing gems I’ve worn again and again.
Olive & Tweed
A cute artist-driven shop, Olive & Tweed sells the best clothing, jewelry and gifts made by local artists. Need a gift for that friend who had to stay home this ski trip? This is your one-stop-shop for cute souvenirs and one-of-a-kind items with a story.
The first We Norwegians flagship store in the U.S. hosts the most amazing high-end sportswear I’ve seen. Made with all biodegradable materials and standing for the Norwegian values of peace, tolerance, equal rights and democracy, you can feel good about yourself when you purchase a few extra base layers and that stunning wool scarf.
Old Town Cellars
I know ski towns are notorious for cheap beer and shot skis, but give me a second here to tell you about the Park City guys who make their own wine and operate a gorgeous tasting room on Main Street. Wine is an underrated recovery drink for any activity, whether it’s skiing, mountain biking or shopping in town, and this is the place you want to hit. Their Mountain Town White is the perfect accompaniment for a post-ride picnic, or head into the tasting room for a glass of red and meat and cheese plate. Be sure to buy a bottle to take home too.
This is one of the quintessential spots for your ski town experience. O’Shucks looks like a dive bar and acts like a dive bar because it is, in fact, a dive bar. Be careful to not get peanuts in your boots as you order their finest PBR and play shuffleboard in the back. It’s everything you want after a day of shredding and makes for a perfect late-night hangout for you and your buddies.
Pro tip: On Tuesday night, stop in for $3 burgers and $3 schooners (a giant glass of beer!).
High West Distillery and Saloon
Ski-in/ski-out whiskey?! We told you Park City was the perfect town. Right at the bottom of the aptly named Quittin’ Time run at Park City Mountain, settle in for a glass of their Rendezvous Rye or a cocktail. My personal favorite right now is their Alta Ruby, which combines High West's own double rye, Aperol, strawberry cinnamon, banana liquor, lemon and prosecco, for a boozier take on an Aperol spritz. High West’s Saloon has all of the old west charm you’re looking for in Utah, or sit outside and people watch on Heber Avenue.
Hidden at the top of Main Street is a music venue-slash-cocktail bar. Walk downstairs into a speakeasy-style lounge to watch nationally touring musical acts paired with handmade cocktails. It’s dark, romantic and a great place to dance the night away, if that's your thing.
Back Door Deli
Ride your bike into town and swing into Back Door Deli, which offers grab-and-go sandwiches and poke bowls, then keep cruising to City Park for a picnic lunch. It’s the ideal spot for a summer day, and fresh fish pairs nicely with summer air and watching beach volleyball players.
Collie’s Sports Bar and Grill
The ideal spot to grab a burger and watch the folks wander by is Collie’s Sports Bar and Grill. It’s a family-owned and operated bar with fresh food and sports on TV. The prices are reasonable, the beers are local and their barbecue is delicious.
Opened in 1972, The Eating Establishment has been a much-loved diner in Park City for decades. But it has increased its prominence when purchased by Ty Burrell—better known as the dad on Modern Family—who added a bar and a little love to one of the older spots in town. Now it offers craft cocktails, a great beer list and comfort food—an ideal combination after a long day on the slopes at Deer Valley Resort. Plus, they serve breakfast all day, so you can pair your old fashioned with eggs benedict after skiing.
Yuki Yama Sushi
Sushi in a landlocked state may sound sketchy, but trust me, it’s not. The fish is fresh, the sake is cold and the place is amazing. There are a few sushi options in downtown Park City, but we stand behind this one because the owner is a huge skier (and once wrote for Ski Utah!). Don’t like sushi? Their noodle dishes, grilled plates and tempura are fabulous. which all pair perfectly with the restaurant's elegant interior and vibrant ambiance. Also, Yuki Yama means “snowy mountain” in Japanese, which makes all of us at Ski Utah very happy.
Fletchers opened a few years ago on Park City’s Main Street and features organic and sustainable ingredients and contemporary American food. Stop by for their Spiced Old Fashioned cocktail in their romantic downstairs library lounge before heading upstairs to the hip restaurant for their grass-fed beef and buffalo with blue cheese fondue or lobster mac and cheese. You deserved it after shredding pow all day.
Riverhorse on Main
One of the most decorated and well-known restaurants in town, this spot deserves all the accolades it has won over the years. It’s one of the absolute best in town, featuring an elegant dining room, cool bar and an open-air deck with views of Park City’s historic old town, and the food and wine is pretty unmatched. You can’t go wrong with anything on their menu, but I highly recommend the Trio of Wild Game, which features local buffalo, venison and elk.
These recommendations are just the tip of the iceberg on Park City’s Main Street. In walking distance from the amazing hotels, you can find scores of restaurants, bars, boutiques, galleries, spas and more. As Park City likes to say about our old silver mining town, “In today’s Park City, the riches lie above the ground the prospects are looking good.” Enjoy your next trip and let us know your favorites!
This post is sponsored by Historic Park City Alliance