Nestled between South Temple and Trolley Square and just a short drive from the University of Utah, Central City is an epicenter of activity for young families, retirees and college students.

Paradise Bakery & Cafe
618 E. 400 South, SLC, 801-746-6990

Maybe you have one in your ’hood, but this Paradise location is always buzzing with activity, from downtown businessmen and women stopping in for lunch to students getting breakfast before class. But this place is really known for its direct-from-the-oven cookies. Take a dozen or so back to the office, and your co-workers will love you forever.


Jed’s Barbershop
212 S. 700 East, SLC, 801-532-5337

It’s old school meets new school. Serving men and women alike, Jed’s has brought back the art of shaving with a straight razor and camel hair brushes. At the same time, Jed’s also caters to hipsters by featuring all-natural products, showcasing local artists’ work and serving as a concert venue for local bands. And let’s not forget a vintage soda with every cut.

Wasatch Touring
702 E. 100 South, SLC , 801-359-9361

As soon as you step into this adventure store, you’re encouraged to get down and dirty. Bikes hang from the ceiling, kayaks lean against the walls and shelves are packed with more outdoor equipment than one season can handle. The store got its start in 1972, specializing in cross--country skiing gear before branching out to white water kayaking and other adventure sports. 

Intermountain Guitar and Banjo
712 E. 100 South, SLC, 801-322-4682

Open by appointment only, but it’s well worth making one. The walls of the shop are covered with an eclectic mix of guitars, banjos, ukuleles and just about everything else with frets or strings from the mid-1880s to -today. It feels more like a stringed instrument museum. And if a visit inspires you to dust off that battered Gibson in the closet, Intermountain also specializes in repair and restoration.

Broadway’s Retail Row
300 South (200 East to 300 East), SLC

Spend the day shopping the Broadway District, picking out rhinestone studded sunglasses at Retro Rose and new threads and accessories at Fice. Go vintage with old-school toys from Jitterbug and antiques from Carmen Miranda’s. You can also get a new do at Aerolab Salon and a gift for your wall at Blonde Grizzly. Heat up your night by singing along at  dueling piano bar The Tavernacle Social Club.

In the Hood

Median Home List Price: $194,900
Average Year Built: 1941
Population: 9,420
Median Age: 34
Public Schools Include: Wasatch Elementary, Bryant Junior High School, East High School

Central City feels so residential yet so close to so many great places. We can walk to City Creek, the 9th and 9th neighborhood, Liberty Park and anywhere downtown.” —Holly Cash, moved to the neighborhood last year

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