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I first found Publik Coffee when my friend and favorite tastemaker, Elisabeth Dee, invited me to meet her for coffee. (Backstory: We collaborated on my first luxury design AND reinstated our BFF-ship, all in one coffee date).
Photographer: Carey Phelps
I used the space at Publik Coffee for a recent blog photoshoot with photographer McKay Findlay, and I realized, “This is the PERFECT time to share how much I love this place with my readers!”
There are 3 locations around Salt Lake City, but my favorite is definitely the West Temple location. I think it’s a refurbished warehouse, and the big windows, high ceilings and LOTS of seating make it the best place in Salt Lake City to bang out a bunch of work.
C/o Stephen M on Yelp!
1. SLC Coffee Shop – The Staff
Publik Coffee has a rocking staff, made of people who could (and should) be style bloggers. I first started going to coffee shops when I lived in Utah County (a Mormon stronghold), and I needed to be in a space, any space, with other queer people.
Unlike corporate chains, the Publik staff have really (imo) authentic interactions with customers. Some are loud and yell “Hey!” when they see a regular, and others smile and take your order quickly and efficiently.
It takes all kinds.
C/o Publik Instagram
2. SLC Coffee Shop – The Aesthetic
Y’all, when I’m inside a Publik building, I feel like I’m in Brooklyn. For the aesthetic snobs among us, Publik has some A+ light and fabulous design choices.
3. Best SLC Coffee Shop – Space Options
The Publik on West Temple has meeting room space that can be rented (conference rooms that fit ~10 people), as well as a venue space great for weddings, gallery showings, or professional photoshoots.
4. Best SLC Coffee Shop – The MF Coffee
Y’all, I didn’t think I was such a coffee snob until I started traveling for work.
Now, I know and embrace my coffee snobbery. Publik has its own Roastery (with rad eco friendly practices), with names inspired by Utah’s history.
5. Best SLC Coffee Shop – That Toast Tho
While all of these aspects made the list, the one thing that I’m really, well, delighted by is Publik’s toast offerings. It’s yummy, and also a hit on Snapchat as fodder for “Millennials buy avocado toast and not houses.”
Coffee shops are just, special to me. I get that they’re pretty utilitarian for some folks – but for me, they’re more than that. When I was at Stanford, I’d set up shop with my coffee, books and laptop. Folks knew where to find me. We’d have a little “Queer Camp” set up, with everyone working on different homework.
I check out new coffee places to visit when I travel (for both fun and for work). Coffee shops are the community centers of the 21st century.
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