Call it a hip business district a few blocks east of Liberty Park. Call it an artsy-but-not-fartsy neighborhood that’s perfect for walking and biking. Whatever you call the Salt Lake City hotspot known as 9th and 9th, it’s a place you’ll want to call home. Even if you don’t reside per se in this groovy enclave at the intersection of 900 East and 900 South, you’ll definitely want to “live” there as much as possible for shopping, eating and playing. We know we do, and that’s not just because it has what we deem the best restaurant in the entire city.
OK, maybe it is. Pago. Head there for brunch, lunch or dinner to indulge in seasonal or standard fare with options like squid ink pasta, house-made scones and barbecue beets. And we didn’t even get to the wine list yet. Here “farm to table” is not just a catchy phrase. It’s a way of life. So is winning awards from the likes of City Weekly, Wine Enthusiast, OpenTable and tripadvisor.
But, alas, man (and woman) can’t live on squid ink pasta and wine alone. So 9th and 9th comes through with loads of other stuff to do. Art walks. Community shows. Spas, salons, exercise spots. Ice cream parlors and pet boutiques. More than 50 shops call the area home, along with gads of restaurants, hangouts and an annual street festival that brings the whole city together.
The day-long 9th and 9th Street Festival is definitely one of community highlights, featuring music, vendors and locals out for the overall goal of having a blast. And that’s not the only place you can get that warm, fuzzy, love-your-neighbor feeling.
The Coffee Garden is pretty much synonymous with the area. Heading to the nabe without a stop at the Coffee Garden might even be against the law in Utah, or at least it should be. This is one of the spots for the best cup of joe around. You don’t want to miss out on the sunny atmosphere, sensational brews and awesome attitude that matches the rest of 9th and 9th, making it one of the coolest neighborhoods around.