Every time we visit Salt Lake City we always make sure to stop by the City Creek location of Harmons in downtown. It’s a grocery store. Here’s what it looks like:
Though it may seem weird to make a point of visiting a grocery store while traveling, Harmons is no ordinary grocer. For one thing, it has a balcony-cafe area from which to sit, eat a snack, and look out over the aisles and shoppers. It’s a strangely hypnotic scene, and one that emphasizes the peculiarity of modern abundance that seems commonplace but which in the grand scheme of things is actually quite rare.
Harmons is also filled with also sorts of other great things. It has an ice cream parlor, a cafe, cooking classes, a post office, and a bike share station. It’s also filled with many products that I love, such as this delicious artisan bread that costs a tiny fraction of what bakers in LA would charge.
Harmons has also made an effort to stock locally produced items.
I realize that if you’re ever traveling to Salt Lake City, you will probably have other places to see besides a fancy grocery store. But if you do need to pick up supplies, or are looking for a place to warm up (especially on Sunday when most places are closed) Harmons is worth a visit. Ultimately it’s not a tourist site, but it is thoroughly enjoyable.
— Jim Dalrymple II