Things To Do In 9th And 9th: Fun Activities; Where to Shop; Places to Eat

Tucked just a few blocks southeast of downtown and blocks north of Sugar House is a little residential and commercial neighborhood. Called 9th and 9th for the intersection of 9th south and 9th east.  There are plenty of things to do in 9th and 9th – with great eating, shopping and activities that could keep you here all day. 

Activities & Things to do in 9th & 9th:

9th & 9th is a great place to spend the day hanging out – with lots to do and lots of interesting people, it is a great spot for spending the day.

  • Catch a Movie at the Historic Tower Theater – Known for showing older and cult films all year, you can always catch a movie at the Tower theater. As part of the Salt Lake Film Society, the Tower features some of the best independent films all year, and during the Sundance Film Festival, you can catch many of the Sundance films there as well. Count on the Tower of Terror every October which includes regular showings of the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
  • Grab a Coffee & Conversation – Stop in for a coffee and some people watching at The Coffee Garden. A local institution so popular it put a Starbucks across the street out of business. For all things coffee and pastry in the 9th and 9th area, this is your spot.
  • 9th and 9th Street Festival – A summer festival that is not to be missed!  With plenty of music, food, art, family, and friends; there is always something exciting going on at the festival.

Things to do in 9th and 9th: Shopping

There is a cute little pocket shopping district here – with multiple independent shops. Here are a couple of our faves:

  • Hip and Humble – a local lifestyle boutique with two locations, the first in the 9th and 9th neighborhood. Here you will find clothing, gifts, books and home decor for all the ladies in your life. Guys, are you paying attention?
  • Just down the road a block from Hip and Humble is The Stockist. With clothing and accessories for men, women, and children as well as jewelry and home decor, you are sure to find something for everyone on your gift list. Or do a little shopping for yourself.

 

Things to do in 9th and 9th: Where to Eat

There are a bunch of great places to eat in the 9th & 9th area – all within a few blocks.  It is worth grabbing a drink and one spot and moving on to another for dinner.

  • Pizza Nono – You’ve been out all day shopping or playing, or working for that matter, and you need to unwind a little. Walk up the street a little to this little gem, Pizza Nono, for a simple but stellar traditional Neapolitan inspired pizza. High-quality ingredients, locally sourced when available, make for some excellent pizza. Go check them out; you won’t be disappointed.
  • After dinner, head around the corner to East Liberty Tap House for a drink or another bite. With an ever-changing menu, based on ingredient availability, they focus on quality food and drink. And their well-curated selection of craft beer on tap will keep you coming back, only six taps, but you know they will all be excellent.
  • And Publik Kitchen may be more of a breakfast and coffee place, but you can snag a great sandwich at lunch. Try the BLT or the Chicken Salad Melt for something truly inspiring. They make a great avocado toast too. 
  • Finally, if you are craving something sweet, look no further than Dolcetti Gelato! Utahns LOVE their ice cream.  And Dolcetti’s is some of the BEST!

 

Ready to explore all the things to do in 9th and 9th?  Here is more information about the area!

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Where the Fun is on New Year’s Eve

There is plenty to do in Salt Lake, and beyond, on New Year’s Eve. If ringing in the new year on the town suits your fancy, we have complied a short list of both family-friendly and adult options for you to consider.

Last Hurrah

This free event will be open to the public on New Year’s Eve and featuring live music on outdoor stages, as well as indoor games, food trucks and pop-up bars.  Draft beer, wine and hot chocolate will be served throughout the event.

The Gateway

8pm-12:10am

18 N Rio Grand

 

Hopkins Brewing Co. Grand Opening

Celebrating their grand opening with special guests, The Steve Lyman Trio, featuring Dan Waldis on piano, Mike Bordelaine on bass and Steve Lyman on drums. Doors open at 5pm, live jazz starts at 9:30pm.

Hopkins Brewing Co.

5pm

1048 E. 2100 South

 

Fireworks at University Place

Enjoy music and tasty foods from local food trucks. Fireworks show begins at midnight with FREE New Year swag while supplies last.
Food Trucks include: Kona Ice Hot Kocoa, Donut Kabobs and World’s Best Corndogs

University Place Orem

10:30pm-12:30am

575 E. University Pkwy

 

Zoo Lights

Last night to take in the Zoo Lights at Hogle Zoo. Bundle up and meander around the zoo gazing upon hundreds of beautifully lit zoo animals. New this year are 10 life-size, animal shaped lanterns. Warm up with some hot chocolate or other tasty treats available.

Hogle Zoo

5:30pm-9pm

2600 E. Sunnyside Ave.

Noon Year’s Eve at the Aquarium

Celebrate the New Year a little early. There will be a count down and confetti blast at the stroke of noon on Monday, December 31 with friends from B98.7 There will be a live DJ in the lobby from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., along with prize drawings, photo booth, and other fun activities for the whole family.

 

Living Planet Aquarium

11am-1pm

12033 S. Lone Peak Pkwy

 

Masquerade Ball at the Zermatt

Clad the family in masks for the family-friendly Masquerade Ball at the Zermatt Resort, it is sure to be a good time. Complete with food, a cash bar, party hats, a DJ and midnight balloon drop and toast (alcohol-free options available), this will be a memorable evening.

Zermatt Resort

Until 1am

784 W. Resort Drive, Midway

Looking for other fun things to do in Salt Lake City?  Check these out:

Things to Do at Christmas Time in Salt Lake

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Things to Do at Christmas Time in Salt Lake

It is the most wonderful time of the year! There are so many fun things to do at Christmas time around the city. You can find an activity that is perfect for families, friends and couples who want to enjoy the holiday goings-on and embrace that festive spirit. From outdoor holiday light displays to indoor fun, there is lots to see at Christmas time in Salt Lake.

Festival of Trees until 12/1

This event officially kicks off the spirit of Christmas. Hundreds of beautifully decorated trees are on display for purchase, benefiting Primary Children’s Hospital. In addition, there are shops filled with handmade crafts, treats and more. Prices Vary.

The Santa Shack in Sugar House until 12/22

Children of all ages can visit Santa in his festive shack this season. The shack is open Monday through Friday from 3:30pm to 7:30 pm and on Saturdays from 11am-7pm. Visiting Santa to tell the jolly fella what you want for Christmas is free, there are photo packages available for purchase.

Zoo Lights until 12/31

This year marks the 12th anniversary of Zoolights! With over 200 animal displays, all lit in holiday glow, you can meander around the zoo with a hot cup of chocolate and take in all the sights. New this year are 10 life-size animal shaped lanterns that are sure to be impressive. And don’t forget to visit Santa at his station. Prices vary.

Lights at Temple Square until 1/2

Christmas lights are a glow on the grounds covering 35 acres of Temple Square. Decorations are hung throughout, along with nativity scenes placed along the way. Enjoy a free concert from a variety of groups that will be performing daily in six venues.  FREE

Christmas in Color until 12/31

Load the family up and experience a synchronized light display from the warmth of your car. Set to classic holiday music favorites, you’ll gaze upon dancing snowman, giant candy canes and tunnels of flickering lights.

$25 per car

The Grand America Holiday Stroll until 12/31

Stroll through the Grand America and take in all the imaginative window displays that are hand-crafted through-out the main floor. Cross off each one on your map so you are sure not to miss any! The tour finishes up at the live size gingerbread house where guests can take a photo op and receive a free cookie.

FREE

 

Strut Your Mutt with Market Source Real Estate

Market Source Real Estate very proud to be supporting Best Friends Animal Socity throughout 2018.

Every time we sell a home in 2018, we are making a donation to Best Friends.  After all, they are our next door neighbors at our new office!

We’re raising money to help end the killing of pets in America’s shelters. And we plan on having a lot of fun doing it!

Did you know that every day, more than 4,100 dogs and cats are killed in America’s shelters simply because they don’t have safe places to call home? We think that number should be zero.

This year, we’re also participating in Strut Your Mutt, as a sponsor with both a team and also a booth at the event! Want to participate?

We need your help, too.

You can support Best Friends by making a donation to our team page HERE. It will help homeless pets and will support their efforts here in Salt Lake City and their animial reffuge in central Utah.

When you join our Strut Your Mutt team and donate $15 or more here on our page (or directly at the Best Friends booth at the festival while mentioning Market Source), you qualify for a FREE Market Source leash for your pup or mutt or dog or fur baby. All you have to do is come see us at our booth at the festival!*

During the Strut Your Mutt festival, we will be hosting a doggie PHOTO BOOTH at our tent where you can get a great professional photo, and postcard sized print for free at the event. We have a lot of costumes for your dog, just in time for halloween! It will be fun and free!

Get your FREE Market Source Leash!

Your donation of $15 on either the Market Source team page OR in person at the Best Friend’s booth at the event (when you mention us) will get you this hefty leash you can use to Strut Your Mutt.*

This cause means so much to us and we are grateful for your help. Together, we can Save Them All and reduce the number of homeless pets to zero.

Thank you for your support!  – Jeremy & Monique

*While supplies last.  You must pick up your leash in person at the Market Source booth at Strut Your Mutt with proof of $15 minimum donation.

 

DONATE TO STRUT YOUR MUTT & BEST FRIENDS ANIMAL SOCIETY HERE:

http://support.bestfriends.org/goto/marketsource 

Find out more about Stut You Mutt & Best Friends Animal Society HERE:  www.bestfriends.org

The Best Food in Salt Lake City (Beyond Just Restaurants)

Over the last decade, the number of visitors coming to Salt Lake City has increased significantly. Especially for those who love food, Salt Lake City provides a destination where flavors from all over the world meet and melt in the mouths of those who appreciate them.  With a sizable immigrant, refugee, transplant and minority community, the city has become a melting pot of cuisines and flavors.  

If you’re only trying out the traditional restaurants and eateries however, you are missing out on a large part of the food in Salt Lake City.  It is not just all about formal eating places; there is much more to savor beyond the restaurant. People on the go, they on a budget or just seeking adventure will find the following eating spots quite impressive:

Food in Salt Lake City: Specialty Markets

When you walk into a specialty market in Salt Lake City, expect to find niche food products that are delicious, unique and can’t be found anywhere else! Some of our favorite specialty markets for food in Salt Lake City are:

 

  • Caputo’s – you cannot afford to be in too much of a hurry when you visit Caputo’s. In this deli, expect to sample lots of Italian specialty goods – including fine chocolate, cured meats, cheeses, imported pasta and olives.  Since their 3 markets and delis are situated in mixed-use neighborhoods, they are a prime spot for people watching. Choose between half for full meals but expect original taste and an excellent experience.
  • Liberty Heights Fresh – the tagline for this deli and specialty market lets you know they source some of the best food in Salt Lake City for the best ingredients every time. The food you get at Liberty Heights Fresh is prepared with integrity so every bite, sip or piece is accounted for. The owner carefully curates a selection of locally sourced eggs, cheeses, vegetables and proteins as well as specialty foods from around the country.
  • Black Cherry – a Mediterranean and Middle Eastern specialty market, The Black Cherry Market is a pinhole that offers visitors a view of the world on a plate.  With items like Turkish Delight at Arabic coffee and Halal meats, this little market is one to get lost in. You’ll find delicious fresh baked flatbreads and yummy jams, dips and spreads.

Food in Salt Lake City: Utah Local Sweet Shops

While a large number of farmers have turned Utah to be the farming capital of the north, a lot of entrepreneurs are making the scenery sweet. Utahns are known for their sweet tooth – which guarantees a delicious stop at some of our favorite spots:

 

  • The Chocolate Conspiracy – they make their raw and vegan chocolate bard from scratch – controlling every step of the process to ensure consistency every time. With a goal of producing authentic chocolate flavors, a bar of The Chocolate Conspiracy is what you need to nibble on as you enjoy the rest of Utah.
  • Ruby Snap – it does not matter how old you are; a trip to Utah is never complete if you have not bought some Ruby Snap goodies. Each cookie is named lovingly with an old-fashioned name; guests may come in and order “Two Viviannas, one Virginia and one Zoey to go.” For once, here is a menu of cookies that have been made with love using only the finest ingredients which you can at least pronounce. Ruby Snap is your home of pleasant surprises when you are in the Salt Lake City food scene.
  • Bubble and Brown – a bakery that focuses on buttery pasties and cakes with minimal sugar – instead relying on ingredients at the peak of their season to infuse sweetness and flavor.  Bubble and Brown never disappoints for breakfast pastries and special occasion cakes.
  • Dolcetti Gelato – Utah’s original gelato spot, Dolcetti Gelato offers a variety of traditional gelato flavors as well as unique take with Utah-centric ingredients. Perfect for a hot summers day.

Food in Salt Lake City: Food Trucks

Food trucks are always on the go – moving from site to site throughout the day… If you love food in Salt Lake City, these food trucks are well worth tracking down. Here is what to expect from a few of them:

 

  • CupBop – the menu of the day will definitely keep you glued to these food trucks. CupBop is a Korean-fusion truck serving up bowls of rice, noodles, meat, kimchee and spicy sauces ranging from 1 (not spicy at all) to 10 (flaming mouth hot).
  • Waffle Love – the Belgian waffle will make your love affair with food deeper than you can imagine. And a taste of Belgium in Salt Lake City can be found at Waffle Love. Close your eyes and wait for the toppings to surprise you because they will; you will dig in without a care in the world.
  • Fire and Slice Pizza – taste the pizzas from Fire and Slice Pizza – they are baked in a traditional (but portable) wood-fired pizza oven with unique flavors and pizzas of the day.
  • Havana Eats – Cubans living in Salt Lake City will wait at the corner every day for the Havana Eats food truck to set up. Never been to Cuba? Kill two birds with one stone by eating from this food truck that prepares authentic family meals with joy and tradition.

The culture of food in Salt Lake City is growing and expanding all the time.  Want to know more about places to eat and things to do in Salt Lake City?  Check these out:

Seven fun things to do up the hill from Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City sits in a valley surrounded by mountains. There are plenty of things to do in the valley. But sometimes in the summer when it gets hot, all you want to do is head for cooler air up the hill from Salt Lake. Here are our top 7 things to do “up the hill.”

1.  Head up the hill from Salt Lake and go climbing

Salt Lake City is surrounded by 7 canyons: City Creek, Red Butte, Emigration, Parley’s, Millcreek, Big Cottonwood, and Little Cottonwood.  And in those 7 canyons? Over 2,000 established climbing routes of all level.  Which makes it a climber’s mecca.  There are plenty of places just off the road in the canyons to get in a good climb or some top notch bouldering. The best part?  Most of the canyons have creeks that run through them year round.  That means cool the air during the heat of the day. For a list of climbing routes in the various canyons around Salt Lake City and beyond click HERE.

 

 

2.  Go to an open air concert at one of the ski resorts

Most of the Utah ski resorts just up the hill from Salt Lake have summer concert series.  The great thing about a concert under the stars in the mountains, is that since there are no lights for the city, you can actually SEE the stars!  Snowbird, Alta, Solitude, Sundance, Deer Valley, The Canyons, and Snowbasin all have concert series.  Some of them are free – others you’ll need tickets for.

Our biggest tip?  Layer up and bring a blanket.  It can go from warm to really cold in the mountains after the sun goes down!

Oh, and check out our guide to the best spots to see a concert in Salt Lake City HERE.

3.  Catch a movie

A lot of parks in town show free movies during the summer.  But a movie + a cool mountain view is another reason to head up the hill from Salt Lake.

The Sundance Institute (you know, of the famed Sundance Film Festival) puts on a summer movie series every year.  Most show in the City Park in Park City AND at Red Butte Garden! You can find out more HERE.

You can also find free movies at several of the ski resorts and mountain town parks.  It is well worth a google search!

 

4.  Play a round of disk golf

What exactly IS disk golf?  Well… it is a lot like regular golf – but instead of clubs and balls you play with disks (that are very similar to frisbees). Instead of aiming for a hole, you aim for a basket with chains that is up on a pole off the ground.  Each “hole” has a par and the goal is to get the lowest cumulative score on the course.

There are quite a few disk golf courses around Salt Lake City.  However, there are some fun and challenging courses played on rugged mountain terrain just up the hill from Salt Lake.  Some of the best courses are at: Trailside Park in Park City, The Canyons Resort, Solitude Mountain Resort, and Brighton Resort.  To get a list of all the Utah disk golf courses (with a letter grade on the quality of the course) click HERE.

5.  Hiking

There are countless hiking trails in the mountains around Salt Lake City.  You can find a hike that is more of a stroll or go for a days-long backpacking trip. Our favorites are hikes up to some of the mountain lakes.  Most hikes are 3-5 miles which means, you can start out early after breakfast; then take your time on a leisurely hike and then eat lunch around the lake.

There are some great guides, books, and websites for figuring out where to go but HERE is a great top 10 list to get you started!

6.  Visit a Park City Festival

There are all kinds of Park City festivals and events just up the hill from Salt Lake.  Some of the best ones during the summer are:

  • Park Silly Sunday Market.  A combination of an arts & crafts market and a farmers market. Every Sunday during the summer
  • Savor the Summit.  Imagine closing down Main Street.  Then putting a big, long, main-street-length-table down the center of the road.  Then throwing a giant dinner party for hundreds of people. That’s Savor the Summit!
  • Kimball Arts Festival. A mix of visual arts, live music and culinary arts – this art festival has a special mountain flavor that is unique to Park City.

7.  Downhill mountain biking

The hard part about mountain biking?  Going up a big hill.  The fun part about mountain biking? Going down a big hill really fast.  Now you can avoid the uphill part and enjoy the downhill part.  Just get yourself and your bike to one of the ski resorts that allow you to take your bike on the ski lifts in the summer.  You ride to the top and then cruise down. All the fun – without the uphill part.

The Canyons for example has both a skills park and lift-supported biking with three different skill levels.  Deer Valley and Snowbasin offer 60 and 30 miles of biking trails respectively. At Solitude you not only get 20 miles of single track trails – you can also buy a bike there.  The best way to get more details?  Head to your favorite resort’s summer page and see what they offer!