How to Get the Most out of Historic Main Street
Of course, you’ll visit Historic Main Street—everyone does, and so you should. It’s the main drag of what’s known as “Old Town”. If we were gnarly miners in the late 1800s, we’d be drinking in saloons, gambling, and maybe even hanging out in brothels. These days, you’ll still find several bars on Main Street, but they’re scattered amongst galleries, high-end shops, and super posh restaurants. The area is nestled in the mountains, among cute and colorful homes built during the early 1900s mining boom.
With dozens of restaurants, a surprising number of art galleries and countless shops, it’s easy to stroll into some gems, even by accident. But it’s equally easy to find yourself unimpressed with yet another tacky t-shirt shop or real estate office selling timeshares. Let’s make sure that doesn’t happen to you.
Here are some of the highlights we suggest our out-of-town friends visit, and as a Stay Park City patron, we’ll freely share them with you. Many of these recommendations are also highlighted in other sections, such as food and drinks.
For lodging advice, be sure to visit our best Park City hotels on Main Street page, where we break down the ins and outs of our favorite top 10.
For general tips on the Main Street and downtown area, be sure to check out our downtown hotels and things to do guide.
Local Tip: It’s fun to walk and explore Main Street. But for the non-walkers, look for the Historic Main Street Trolley, offering free rides that span the length of the popular area.
— Best of Main Street Restaurants —
$$$$ Featuring contemporary country-kitchen ambiance, the most delightful tapas, fresh local offerings, and bistro-style seating, this is a true favorite. Visit Handle website.
$$$$ The luxurious meal matches the perfect atmosphere of this Main Street restaurant. Here, exquisite meats are artfully cooked over a wood fire. But, that’s not all they offer. Indulge in your fair share of appetizers, seafood, salads, and more. Visit the Firewood website.
$$$$ With a high-ceilinged atrium inside and seating that overlooks Historic Main Street on the outdoor deck, Riverhorse has won many awards for their overall dining experience. It’s one of the oldest and most elite restaurants in Park City. Expect an extensive wine list and fresh seasonal offerings. But, the local secret is their Sunday brunch. Visit Riverhorse website.
$$$$ Chef Bob Valaika trained under the super-precise Japanese master Nobu Matsuhisa, but at Shabu, Asian food gets a fun fusion twist. You can order everything from firecracker shrimp to the popular hot rock (marinated Wagyu that you cook at the table). Visit the Shabu website.
$$ If you’re looking for a light, refreshing, healthy lunch, Harvest will not disappoint. They spend time incorporating local and seasonal ingredients into their entrees resulting in meals that are filled with veggies and superfoods. Visit the Harvest website.
$$$$ Bill White, Park City’s legendary restaurateur, lives up to his reputation at Chimayo. The setting is festive and authentic, and the food is incredible (although you pay the price for it!). We love the signature margarita and the elk. When someone else is paying, this is the place to suggest. Visit Chimayo website.
$$ Quality sushi located on the backside of lower Main Street without Main Street tourist prices. Offering a fun and energetic vibe with specialty rolls like Jessica Albacore, Tropic Thunder, and Chuck Norris, you’re bound to have a good time. Visit Flying Sumo website.
$$ A family friendly restaurant with delicious speciality pizzas. You order at the counter and find a seat, which is great if you’re not looking for full service. This is a popular tourist spot based on location, price, taste, and is family approved. Visit Main Street Pizza & Noodle website.
$$$ It’s not always easy to find good sushi in a mountain town, but if you’re craving fresh fish and inventive Asian dishes, head here. In addition to quality sashimi and rolls, Yuki Yama mixes in unexpected dishes like wagyu bruschetta and kimchee ramen. Visit the Yuki Yama website.
— Best of Main Street Bars —
$$$ Whiskey! This distillery is a favorite among tourists and locals alike. It’s got an Old West feeling, as the building itself used to be a stopping point for miners and their horses. Try a specialty whiskey drink even if you aren’t into that sort of thing. Distillery tours are available. Visit High West Distillery website.
$$$ With three levels and something for everyone, Fletcher’s is one of our favorite Park City bars. Sit back and relax on plush couches in the Library Lounge, grab small plates and full entrees in the dining area, or stay late for dancing with popular local DJs. Visit the Fletcher’s website.
$ The most popular bar is clearly the No Name, known by locals as “The Alamo.” This draws a slightly younger and louder crowd, and if you need a crowd to feel like you’re at the center of things, this is your place. Head up to the deck overlooking Main Street on the second floor. As you wind through the establishment, you’ll find all kinds of old Park City memorabilia. Visit No Name Saloon website.
$$ Craft cocktails made with local spirits? Yes, please. Those cocktails paired with a slice of pie? Hell yes! This unique bar features drinks using the gin, whiskey, vodka, and liqueurs concocted by the husband and wife behind Alpine Distillery, and the combo is brilliant. Visit Alpine Pie Bar’s website.
$ You can’t beat this ambiance at this intimate bar, garnished by dark wood and dimmed lights. You’ll find music on the weekend with a relatively low cover. The food menu is solid, with flatbread pizzas and shareable apps. Visit The Spur Bar & Grill website.
$$ Consistently boasting a stellar line-up of artists, O.P. Rockwell is the best place to catch a show. With two bars and plenty of room to dance, you can get groovy to everything from blues to funk to rock. Visit O.P. Rockwell website.
— Best of Main Street Coffee —
Coffee tastes better when it’s mindfully made, which means Pink Elephant Coffee tastes amazing. This small Park City shop sources organic coffee beans from all over the world and roasts them in small batches. In addition, a portion of sales goes to preserving and protecting the open lands throughout the west. This means, every time you drink a cup of coffee, you’re helping save the world, which makes each cup taste pretty dang good. Visit the Pink Elephant Coffee Shop website.
$ Combine a charming teahouse with a bookshop and you have Atticus. Choose from their assortment of loose-leaf teas, even mixing them up for a unique blend. While you enjoy your drink, peruse a selection of used books, local crafts, and baked goods. Visit Atticus website.
— Best of Main Street Art —
J GO Gallery is an intimate space filled with exciting artwork by contemporary artists who are reinterpreting Western art themes in bold and unexpected ways. Tucked away in an alcove of the gallery’s historic building space is the Wonderbox, a small room filled with strange objects of art and curiosities, where you can find a souvenir like no other. Visit J Go Gallery website.
The windows of Gallery MAR are continually changing creative installations that attract visitors into the bright and modern gallery space filled with equally interesting contemporary artwork. Visit Gallery MAR website.
Your visual sense will be rewarded with this fun and colorful collection of art by primarily Utah -based artists, and your taste buds will be satisfied by the numerous bowls of candy placed throughout the gallery. Visit Trove Gallery website.