Exotic blossoms fill Orchid Dynasty’s displays.
IF YOU'RE GOING...
Thanks to bustling cafés, stylish boutiques, and restaurants with wide-ranging wine lists, this pedestrian- and bike-friendly pocket of Salt Lake City is becoming a hot spot.
- Troy Pillow’s Nine Muses, stainless steel sculptures inspired by mythology, tower like trees over district corners.
- Aromatic kafta—spiced, ground local lamb—comes stuffed into warm pita bread along with greens, hummus, and Armenian pickles at Mazza Middle Eastern Cuisine, where you dine amid ornate woodwork, mosaics, and textiles. (801) 521-4572, mazzacafe.com.
- The Salt Lake Film Society’s Tower Theatre, where movie buffs enjoy a midnight cult-film series during summer, is home to Tower Video, a walk-in rental store with several thousand classic films. (801) 746-0038, saltlakefilmsociety.org/about/venue.
- Ogle the bizarre trailing appendages of a Paph lady’s slipper orchid, one of hundreds of rareties grown in Orchid Dynasty’s lush greenhouse. Most are available for purchase. (801) 583-4754, orchiddynasty.com.
Photography by Adam Finkle; Bob Bauer (Thalia); Amanda Nelson Photography (Mazza)
This article was first published in September 2012. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.