Park City Specialty
738 Lower Main St.
This good-vibes café is family run with a literary bent—you can exchange or drop off used books for credit, or just browse the eclectic shelves as you re-fuel. They have a full-on tea menu, serving everything from the essential matcha latte, to several different chai variations (turmeric, masala-spiced, pumpkin with the option of espresso), to tea lattes with hemp/almond milk. There is, of course, coffee, too; and Atticus serves salads and wraps, made-to-order until 3pm, as well as smoothies.
1890 Bonanza Dr., Park City
Open since 1997, El Chubasco excels at uncomplicated, no-frills, really, really good Mexican good. You order at the counter—all the basics you'd want are on offer—and grab a seat in their small interior space or on the outdoor patio (season/weather-dependent). Also a good to-go option, and El Chubasco caters, too.
1600 Snow Creek Dr., Park City
New kid on the block Five5eeds is totally in line with the Aussie café culture that's sweeping NYC and SF these days. Settle in for a nourishing plate of Moroccan shakshouka or the PC superfood grain salad (wild rice, quinoa, farro, BBQ charred corn, chai-soaked goji berries, and arugula). For the littles, there's a special menu featuring a mini stack of hotcakes and fruit. Currently they're open for breakfast and lunch.
Harvest Park City
820 Park Ave., Park City
This sweet little restaurant is nestled at the base of Main Street, with a lovely bar for coffee and pastries, plus bar-stool-height tables for those who want to stay a little longer. The menu is full of super-fresh, (mostly) healthy breakfast and lunch items, like a breakfast buddha bowl with eggs and pumpkin puree, paleo banana bread with honeyed ricotta, and salmon and quinoa salad, and there's a full espresso bar serving fair-trade-roasted beans. It's the perfect place to stop in for breakfast en route to the mountain.
Mountain Town Olive Oil
613 Main St., Park City
If you're staying with friends on your trip, consider this ground zero for hostess gifts. They source the highest-quality olive oil from producers in Australia, Europe, California, and North Africa, plus plenty of balsamic vinegars to complement the selection. You'll also find other giftable items, like soap, candles, and kitchen accessories.
1105 Iron Horse Dr., Park City
Charming chocolatiers Robert Stout and Anna Davies decided to try their hand at the whole “bean-to-bar” thing back in 2010 and have been going strong ever since. They make their own single-origin chocolate (in flavors like Fleur de Sel and a Mid-Mountain blend) using just two ingredients: carefully selected cacao and cane sugar. They’re primarily focused on working with purveyors who practice sustainable farming and ensuring fair wages are paid to the farmers. The bars (which include sweet pairing notes on the inside of the wrapper) are made, hand-wrapped, packed, and stamped out of their Park City storefront. The café serves a killer s’more hot chocolate, too.
1784 Uinta Way, Park City
You wouldn’t think to make a quick stop at a strip mall in Kimball Junction on your way back out to SLC, but trust us: This beats anything you’ll find at the airport, and it’s a welcome respite from all the heavy (albeit delicious) food you’ll have encountered in town. Look for avocado toast served with a poached egg and chili flakes; grain bowls, and hearty vegetable soups, as well as Brussel sprouts, sweet potato hash, roasted cauliflower, and spicy kimchi slaw—all of which are great to share with a group. There’s kombucha from Salt Lake City maker Mamachari on tap, too.
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