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Salt Lake City's 9th and 9th Streets

Visit an up-and-coming Salt Lake City neighborhood full of shopping, art, and great eats.

  • Mazza Middle Eastern Cuisine in Salt Lake City, picture
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    Photo: Amanda Nelson Photography
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    Dine at Mazza Middle Eastern Cuisine in an ornate setting.
  • Orchids at Orchid Dynasty, Salt Lake City, Utah, picture
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    Photo: Adam Finkle
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    Exotic blossoms fill Orchid Dynasty’s displays.
  • Troy Pillow muse sculpture, Thalia, picture
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    Photo: Bob Bauer
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    One of Troy Pillow's muse sculptures, Thalia, graces a sidewalk in the neighborhood.

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 of things to do.

  • 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,
  • 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,
  • 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,

This article was first published in September 2012. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.