Though it may be a little overcast out there, today is officially the first day of spring. And after a week of highs in the 60s and even 70s, it certainly does feel like it. I personally can’t wait for a few final sunny spring skiing days (with apres on The Beach at Deer Valley Resort) and the transformation of our landscape into a vibrant green (lush enough to require roadside photos of the mountains). A Parkite’s uniform becomes a puffy vest with flip flops.
Besides the season of spring itself, there are a lot of other things that put a spring in my step, like quality time with family, deep powder turns, and a simple cup of strong coffee.
Park City’s java scene continues to grow and there are too many good cafes around to list here. But I did want to share four of my favorite local Park City coffee shops to put a spring in your step as the weather warms.
1. Hugo Coffee (1794 Olympic Parkway, plus a small outpost on Rasmussen Road)
I never tend to sit in one place for too long, but if I do, you can probably find me at Hugo. Located inside the PC Chamber of Commerce, this relatively new coffee shop has amazing in-house roasts and a sleek, quiet workspace. Plus, their logo features a dog, so what’s not to love? With four delectable signature blends plus special editions and a food menu stocked with treats like avocado toast, this might just be my favorite Park City coffee shop. Fur babies are welcome!
2. Ritual Chocolate (1105 Iron Horse Drive)
Disclaimer! This is not actually a straight-up coffee shop. But Ritual Chocolate does offer a cafe with coffee and also happens to be within walking distance from the Sotheby’s office on Park Avenue. Nothing like a Macchiato and a bar of 70% cacao Mid Mountain Blend to get your day started. Do yourself a favor this summer and spring for the Iced Drinking Chocolate made with the Mid Mountain blend.
3. Park City Coffee Roaster (1680 West Ute Boulevard in Kimball Junction)
This small-batch roaster has been at it since 1997. They source top-notch beans from around the world, including several organic and Fair Trade varieties, then roast them in house. But it’s the unique roasting technique that makes all the difference. They do things Old World-style here, which means small batches for quality control and customization. From the balanced Park City Blend, to the dark Steep N Deep and slightly sweet Mexico Organic, you really can’t go wrong.
4. Atticus Coffee (738 Main Street)
Named for the heroic lead in To Kill a Mockingbird, this coffee shop aptly doubles as a bookstore with a stellar selection of local and used books. Beans from local Salt Lake City roaster Millcreek Roasters fill the mugs at this family-owned establishment. It’s the perfect place to get cozy on Main Street with a good read and a Mexican Mocha. And if you’re more of a tea drinker, Atticus also offers a large selection of teas to drink and for sale, in addition to tea lattes that expand the chai horizons.