The Best Destinations You Can't Skip On Your Trip To Salt Lake, According To Tan France

While countless celebrities settle down in Los Angeles or New York City, "Queer Eye" stylist Tan France has found his ideal home in Salt Lake City, Utah. "I've lived in many, many places. But truly, Salt Lake is my favorite place," he told DuJour. "I have no desire to move to L.A. The people are the nicest people in the world. Life is just easy here," France added. In a 2020 interview with GQ, the star described his connection to the city's peaceful environment and mountainous surroundings. "I just feel safe here. It's a safety I've never felt anywhere else in the world," he revealed.

No doubt, Salt Lake City has a lot to offer. The destination melds the vibrancy of urban life with the beauty of natural scenery. From sublime outdoor recreation to renowned cultural sites, Utah's capital is truly versatile. With its first-rate culinary scene, Salt Lake is also a foodie's paradise. France has taken advantage of many of the city's offerings and compiled his favorite restaurants and attractions for DuJour. He believes Publik Coffee Roasters is an excellent spot to grab a cup of java. The eco-friendly café makes freshly roasted coffee with locally sourced ingredients. Here's the inside scoop on France's other top destinations to visit in Salt Lake.

Inside Tan France's favorite spots for eating out

When dining out in Salt Lake City, Tan France opts for Asian cuisine. For a hearty lunch, he'll eat at Zao Asian Cafe. At the fast-casual spot, you can customize bowls, tacos, banh mi wraps, soups, and salads. Customers have raved about it on Yelp, with one reviewer writing, "Our favorite restaurant. Has very nutritious food and some delicious vegan options." France's go-to restaurant for date night is Tokai Sushi, which offers classic Japanese dishes like rolls and ramen.

As it turns out, France isn't the only Salt Lake celebrity who's painted the town red. The "Queer Eye" stylist shared that he loves Bar X, which is owned by "Modern Family" star Ty Burrell. The actor helped transform the beloved establishment, which opened at the end of Prohibition in 1933. In a piece for Utah Business, Burrell wrote, "It was in pretty bad shape but we felt like we could restore the bar to its original glory if we just gave it a little extra love." The downtown destination serves craft cocktails like the Perfect Disguise," made with mezcal and pineapple syrup. Bar X is a lively spot, as it hosts live music shows every Wednesday and Thursday night.

Tan France's recommendations for recreation

Tan France says Salt Lake City's Temple Square is a must-see attraction. Approximately 3 to 5 million people visit the lauded destination annually. In addition to the historic Salt Lake Temple, the five-block district contains museums, monuments, libraries, restaurants, and gardens. As for an outdoor adventure, France suggests hiking up Black Mountain. Just a few minutes from downtown Salt Lake City, the challenging trail provides stunning views of the Salt Lake Valley.

If you need rest and relaxation, France recommends unwinding at The Cliff Spa. "It's outdoors and surrounded by the most beautiful mountains," he told DuJour. Part of The Cliff Lodge ski resort, the spa is located in Little Cottonwood Canyon, a 45-minute drive from downtown. In addition to providing a myriad of salon services and treatments, the destination boasts stunning facilities like a rooftop pool, hot tub, sauna, yoga studio, and fitness center.

Naturally, the "Queer Eye" fashion expert has a penchant for shopping, which he loves to do at Fashion Place. The high-end mall includes several popular brands like Nordstrom, Crate & Barrel, and Express. If you follow France's Salt Lake recommendations, you'll likely have a varied, enjoyable trip.