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Moab, Utah, is known for dramatic desertscapes, unmatched rock climbing experiences, and iconic movie settings from dramas like Thelma and Louise, The Lone Ranger, and others. From the Main Street diner for that protein-loaded plate to the cafe that brews local coffee to the gear shop that can provide you with a map, here’s where to go to get ready for your own adventure under the arches or atop the mountains.


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Peace Tree Juice Cafe

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At Peace Tree Juice Cafe, you’ll find hearty breakfast options with names like the Wake Up Plate (two eggs any style, plus your breakfast meat of choice) and the smothered burrito (just try it for yourself, but know that it’s smothered in green chili with feta on top). On the lighter side, you can order a fresh green goddess juice or a shake of your choice. Feeling a little sluggish? Add an espresso shot to that vanilla or chocolate shake and really turn your day around.

Moab Diner

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If you’re road-tripping to Moab and seeking that quintessential diner experience, Moab Diner is the place for that. Enjoy comfort food favorites with a local twist, like the Rapid Rafters Breakfast that promises to feed you before you head out to the "chutes and runs" of Moab. For some real local flavor, sit yourself down in a red booth and order Vern’s Special, Moab’s take on biscuits and gravy.

Love Muffin Cafe

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If the cute name isn’t enough to tempt you, Love Muffin Cafe’s locavore menu might do the trick. Breakfast is served at 6:30 every morning (perfect timing before hitting the arches early), and the menu has all your hiker favorites: breakfast paninis, the Farmer’s Omelette, the Shaka Bowl (eggs over legumes), and housemade granola.
Love Muffin Cafe

Eklecticafe

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Eklecticafe is, as the name suggests, a bit of an eclectic hippie eatery. The cafe serves both breakfast and lunch items: In the morning, try the banana nut pancakes or huevos rancheros with green chili. If you stop by for lunch, consider the smoked turkey wrap with cranberry jalapeño mayo. If you’re traveling with little ones, there is also a kids’ menu and expansive outdoor seating for some peace of mind.

Moonflower Coop

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To grab your own fresh produce, a fresh salad, or sandwich to go, check out Moab’s only natural food store, Moonflower Coop. They offer plenty of natural and organic specialty foods, supplements, and a community feel — several times a month the market offers classes and workshops with local wellness practitioners and craftspeople — to enrich your shopping experience.

Red Rock Bakery

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The RRB has been feeding locals and travelers for over a decade. Order at the the counter and taste the homemade bread, bagels, and pastries, including scones, muffins, and cinnamon rolls. For something a little more substantial, get a bagel with all the fixings, like the Howard Special with spiced egg, tomato, onion, pepper jack cheese, and sausage.

Pasta Jay's

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If you’re between outdoor activities and need some energy (or if you’re just looking to carbo-load), Pasta Jay’s is a must. You can build your own pasta — pick your own sauce and variety — or leave it to the professionals to make your favorites, like the baked spaghetti marinara or a pesto pizza. Who says it’s too early for pasta? Pasta Jay’s opens at 11 a.m.

Wake & Bake Cafe

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You’ll find crepes, fresh juices, strong coffee, and locally made ice cream at Wake and Bake Cafe. This funky eatery is great for a piping hot breakfast or filling lunch. Its casual atmosphere is comfortable and relaxed, so don’t be embarrassed to come in with a little red rock dust on your clothes.

Moab Gear Trader

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If you broke your sunglasses, forgot your socks, or want to upgrade your mountain climbing wardrobe, Moab Gear Trader is your spot. The staff can answer your gear questions and make sure you’re fully equipped, whether you’re into hiking, biking, or something else entirely. Plus, its convenient location on Main Street means you’re close to food options as well.

Gearheads Outdoor Store

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For your gear needs, head to Gearheads. They’ve got you covered on all things climbing and camping, including daypacks and, most importantly, maps. Even if you don’t need to buy anything, it’s fun to peruse this packed shop and refill your water bottle at the filtered water station. Who knows, you might stumble upon a new hobby.
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Peace Tree Juice Cafe

At Peace Tree Juice Cafe, you’ll find hearty breakfast options with names like the Wake Up Plate (two eggs any style, plus your breakfast meat of choice) and the smothered burrito (just try it for yourself, but know that it’s smothered in green chili with feta on top). On the lighter side, you can order a fresh green goddess juice or a shake of your choice. Feeling a little sluggish? Add an espresso shot to that vanilla or chocolate shake and really turn your day around.

Moab Diner

If you’re road-tripping to Moab and seeking that quintessential diner experience, Moab Diner is the place for that. Enjoy comfort food favorites with a local twist, like the Rapid Rafters Breakfast that promises to feed you before you head out to the "chutes and runs" of Moab. For some real local flavor, sit yourself down in a red booth and order Vern’s Special, Moab’s take on biscuits and gravy.

Love Muffin Cafe

If the cute name isn’t enough to tempt you, Love Muffin Cafe’s locavore menu might do the trick. Breakfast is served at 6:30 every morning (perfect timing before hitting the arches early), and the menu has all your hiker favorites: breakfast paninis, the Farmer’s Omelette, the Shaka Bowl (eggs over legumes), and housemade granola.
Love Muffin Cafe

Eklecticafe

Eklecticafe is, as the name suggests, a bit of an eclectic hippie eatery. The cafe serves both breakfast and lunch items: In the morning, try the banana nut pancakes or huevos rancheros with green chili. If you stop by for lunch, consider the smoked turkey wrap with cranberry jalapeño mayo. If you’re traveling with little ones, there is also a kids’ menu and expansive outdoor seating for some peace of mind.

Moonflower Coop

To grab your own fresh produce, a fresh salad, or sandwich to go, check out Moab’s only natural food store, Moonflower Coop. They offer plenty of natural and organic specialty foods, supplements, and a community feel — several times a month the market offers classes and workshops with local wellness practitioners and craftspeople — to enrich your shopping experience.

Red Rock Bakery

The RRB has been feeding locals and travelers for over a decade. Order at the the counter and taste the homemade bread, bagels, and pastries, including scones, muffins, and cinnamon rolls. For something a little more substantial, get a bagel with all the fixings, like the Howard Special with spiced egg, tomato, onion, pepper jack cheese, and sausage.

Pasta Jay's

If you’re between outdoor activities and need some energy (or if you’re just looking to carbo-load), Pasta Jay’s is a must. You can build your own pasta — pick your own sauce and variety — or leave it to the professionals to make your favorites, like the baked spaghetti marinara or a pesto pizza. Who says it’s too early for pasta? Pasta Jay’s opens at 11 a.m.

Wake & Bake Cafe

You’ll find crepes, fresh juices, strong coffee, and locally made ice cream at Wake and Bake Cafe. This funky eatery is great for a piping hot breakfast or filling lunch. Its casual atmosphere is comfortable and relaxed, so don’t be embarrassed to come in with a little red rock dust on your clothes.

Moab Gear Trader

If you broke your sunglasses, forgot your socks, or want to upgrade your mountain climbing wardrobe, Moab Gear Trader is your spot. The staff can answer your gear questions and make sure you’re fully equipped, whether you’re into hiking, biking, or something else entirely. Plus, its convenient location on Main Street means you’re close to food options as well.

Gearheads Outdoor Store

For your gear needs, head to Gearheads. They’ve got you covered on all things climbing and camping, including daypacks and, most importantly, maps. Even if you don’t need to buy anything, it’s fun to peruse this packed shop and refill your water bottle at the filtered water station. Who knows, you might stumble upon a new hobby.

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