9th and 9th, Salt Lake City – A Locals’ Guide

The intersection of 900 South and 900 East is the heart of the upscale 9th & 9th East Central neighborhood high on Salt Lake City’s east bench.

Coffee connoisseurs love the charming 9th & 9th neighborhood

If searching for coffee shops near 9th and 9th, Salt Lake City, Utah isn’t one of your favorite pastimes, It probably should be. There’s just something about the ambiance in this upscale east bench village that makes the search for coffee so worthwhile (even if you don’t drink it).

Picture it: Spring! Tulips grace every corner of this lauded intersection. A dusting of snow remains on the glorious Wasatch Mountains, and cherry blossoms bloom up and down the historic streets. The 9th & 9th neighborhood is about gathering, and conversing (you know, like face-to-face without a phone). It’s about milling through mom-and-pop shops for something so inspiring that you must have it.

A guitarist serenades people strolling down the street. The 9th & 9th Book & Music Gallery beckons to lovers of culture and art. The mystically combined aromas of The Crack Shack, Pago, and the Thai Garden Bistro make your mouth water. Here you will find farm-to-table cuisine to die for (but don’t die).

The murals? Oh, the hand-painted murals on the outer building walls are vibrant and cooling in the summer. The brilliant colors add warmth to the ambiance in the winter. All you need is a cup of something good to sip (you’ll get the hang of people-watching almost immediately). For many, a hot cup of 9th & 9th coffee is a saving grace at the end of a busy day or any time during a casual weekend.

Many of the homes in the 9th & 9th Central District feature Tudor, Prairie, Colonial, Spanish, and Modern architecture. Diversity is considered premium here and it works like a charm. This community will charm and delight you.

There are two zip codes represented in this district including 84102 and 84105. Based on the most current data available, the Central City (9th and 9th is a neighborhood with Central City) median age was 34.6 for men and 32.9 for women in 2021.

The median household income in the Central area was $77,291 compared to that of Salt Lake City which was $66,658.

Salt Lake City’s 9th & 9th embraces diversity

Where is 9th and 9th in Salt Lake City?

The area is named after the intersection of 900 South and 900 East, Salt Lake City, Utah (40.749842, -111.865405). A four-block radius surrounding that intersection is generally considered 9th & 9th. It is bordered by Sugar House on the South. Liberty Park is just two blocks west. It is located within the larger Central City neighborhood on the east bench of Salt Lake City.

Community highlights


This neighborhood rates a 92/100 walkability score from www.walkscore.com and is dubbed a Walker’s Paradise.

Public Transit

The area rates a 67/100 transit score by www.walkscore.com. There are many transportation options available including Rail Line stops just .4 miles away along with numerous Utah Transit Authority (UTA) bus stops.

GREENbike, Utah’s non-profit bike share, features 47 GREENbike stations throughout Salt Lake City. One of those is located in the heart of 9th & 9th. GREENbike is a non-profit, public/private partnership between SelectHealth, Salt Lake City, UTA, and other private sponsors. Would-be bike riders can buy a pass for an hour, a day, four days, or even a year! There are other opportunities for people below the poverty level to use the bikes at a discounted price. The local non-profit bike share system is dedicated to offering the community an affordable, convenient, and sustainable transportation option.

9th & 9th Neighborhood Businesses, Salt Lake City

Definitely not an all-inclusive list, but a pretty darn good start!

  • Barbacoa Mexican Grill
    Build your own tacos and burritos
  • Cloud Ninth Creamery
    Premium ice cream and shaved ice
  • Coffee Garden
    Contemporary, brick-walled coffee shop with a seasonal patio, pastries,, and a chill ambiance
  • Dolcetti Gelato – 9th and 9th Creamery
    Features a full espresso bar and daily pastry selection!
  • Spilled Milk
    Ice cream and cereal bar
  • Thai Garden Bistro
    Classic fare in a laid-back atmosphere, plus patio seating
  • Vessel Kitchen
    Comfort food made new
  • Xing Fu Tang Taiwan
    Authentic stir-fry brown sugar pearl milk
  • Yagoot
    Acai, smoothies, and yogurt
  • Curriculum
    Well-designed, practical, reliable clothing and luxury hair salon
  • Cahoots Cards & Gifts
    A fun and unique greeting card shop
  • Mochi Play Store by Mochi Kids
    A careful curation of toys and gifts from all over the world!
  • Salt and Honey
    S&H provides a sales platform for “local makers.” Here you will find clothing, gifts, jewelry and more
  • The Stockist
    A clothing and lifestyle shot
  • Centered City Yoga
    Daily In-person & online Private and Corporate Yoga

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The 9th & 9th East Central District has a decidedly artsy flare with hand-painted murals that help bring this historic area to life. You just have got to see the kinetic sculpture art displays on each corner of the 900 S. 900 E. intersection. They were inspired by the Nine Muses of Greek Mythology. Live music in the streets invites people to relax and enjoy bustling surroundings. Because it’s close to the University of Utah, the area attracts students and young professionals. The small (but mighty) neighborhood seems to fulfill the need to chill for people who work extremely hard and love to chill.


The 9th and 9th Street Festival celebrates community each year on the second Saturday after Labor Day. The event celebrates its 30th year in 2023. The 9th & 9th Street Festival website says, “The Festival is free, fun, kid-friendly, pet-friendly, music friendly, food-friendly, art friendly, and best of all, neighbor friendly!

The event will feature food trucks and booths, vendors and exhibitors, activities, and entertainment.

Finally, the tea about coffee near 9th & 9th

Coffee people take their passion seriously. If you are a coffee aficionado, feel free to skip on to the list of coffee shops near 9th & 9th below.

The social art of coffee drinking in a decidedly hip hood such as 9th & 9th can be learned; you just have to really, really love coffee. It takes practice and lots of it. Start by choosing a favorite coffee shop which is an art in itself. It’s about finding that perfect ambiance that speaks to your soul, where the aroma of freshly brewed coffee fills the air, and baristas greet you with a smile. It’s a place where you feel comfortable, inspired, and eager to try their expertly crafted brews. From cozy nooks to trendy spaces, discovering your go-to coffee shop is like finding a second home for your caffeine-fueled adventures. The Salt Lake City east bench is a beautiful place to do that. The relaxed nature of the walkable streets filled with treasures makes this area the perfect place to launch your quest. Environment is everything to coffee connoisseurs.

Following is a list of coffee shops in and near the neighborhood of 9th & 9th:

Beans & Brews Coffeehouse

906 S 500 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84105

Order online at: https://www.beansandbrews.com/coffee-shops/salt-lake-city-liberty-park/

This is a chain coffeehouse that offers hot and frozen blended drinks. Beans & Brews maintains a 4.4/5-star rating with 628 verified reviews. Reviewers rave about the friendly crew and delicious, rich coffee.

Caffé Expresso

902 S 1100 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84105

Order online at: http://www.caffeexpresso.com/

Caffe Expresso serves what it calls “Seattle-style” coffeehouse beverages. This is a great place to get a quick cup and a sweet treat to go. Stop in the drive-through if you’re really in a hurry. Here you will find brewed coffee, espresso, and lattes plus iced and blended favorites. Ask about the day’s selection of baked goods. This shop rates 4.7/5 stars with 188 verified Google reviews.

Fans especially rave about the frozen drinks, great customer service, and just doggone good coffee.

Coffee Garden

878 E 900 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84105

Order online: https://www.coffeegardenslc.com/

Remember the theme song for the long-running TV series Cheers? The chorus sweetly (and accurately) repeated, “Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name … ” (It’s in your head now, isn’t it?) That’s the Coffee Garden. The warm, relaxed atmosphere is hip, classy, fun, and friendly – definitely friendly. The shop maintains a 4.6/5-star rating with 1,290 verified Google Reviews and that has got to be very hard to do. Coffee people can be picky.

Customers rave about the atmosphere, the vast coffee and tea selection, and the baked goods. Fair warning, the word on the street is that the pastries are beyond heavenly.

Dolcetti Gelato – 9th and 9th Creamery

902 E 900 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84105

Order online: https://dolcettigelato.com

Cappuccino, Americano, Latte, Micha Latte, Chai Latte … Dolcetti Gelato has got it all and so much more! Get it hot, get it cold, or have creamy, rich gelato! The company maintains a 4.7/5-star Google rating with 1,293 reviews. One fan lauded the shops eclectic mix of chandeliers and wall decor. Another called it, “The cutest little hipster gelato shop! Plan to stop here and you’ll be in for a real treat.

Publik Kitchen

931 E 900 S, SLC, UT 84105

Order online: https://publikcoffee.com/

Publik Kitchen at 9th & 9th in Salt Lake City, Utah is a “small batch specialty coffee roaster that roasts to order — minimizing waste and focusing on taste,” according to the Publik website. There are three locations in Salt Lake City including 9th & 9th, the Avenues, and in the University District. Here, let me translate that for you: They make magical coffee with high-quality beans from growers throughout the world. Reviewers frequently remark on the simplicity and high quality of the food.

Publik maintains a 4.5/5-star Google review rating with 445 verified comments.

Red Moose Cafe

1693 900 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84105

Order online: https://redmoosecafeslc.com/

Cozy local stop supplying fresh-roasted coffee, pastries & breakfast fare in casual digs. 4.5/5-star rating with 632 verified reviews. Dine in, drive through or have your delicious treat delivered. Red Moose prides itself on using whole, fresh ingredients in its food and drinks. Try the “XL Moose Burrito” with double meat and cheese, scrambled eggs and potatoes, and melty cheese.

Fans rave about the stellar customer service here, and the fun, warm atmosphere. Others are thrilled with the vibe.

Salt Lake Roasting Co.

820 E 400 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84102

Order online: https://roasting.com

The motto of the Salt Lake Roasting Co. is, “Coffee without compromise.” To read the history of this locally-owned shop is to understand why the coffees and teas are delectable. Owner John Bolton traveled the world to make sure of it. Bolton supports responsible and ethical practices in the industries and makes it a point to give back to the communities in countries around the globe.

Coffee beans are for sale online, but if you want the perfect brew and all that ambiance, you’ll just have to go inside. The atmosphere is spacious, but comfortable and welcoming with natural wood accents everywhere and delicious aromas that will make you cry. The shop with a 2-story ceilings features the work of local artists. People like to gather here, they appreciate the cause, and love the design.

With 900 verified Google reviews, Salt Lake Roasting Co. maintains a 4.6/5-star rating.


876 E 800 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84102

Order online: https://www.starbucks.com

Do I really need to introduce you to Starbucks? This location maintains a 4/5-star rating with 121 verified Google reviews. The Seattle-based coffeehouse chain serves signature roasts and light bites. It offers WiFi to customers who love to linger. This Starbucks is located inside Smith’s Food & Marketplace.

If you have a favorite coffee shop in the area of 9th & 9th, drop me a line at [email protected]. I’d love to hear from you.

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Article Last Updated: October 25, 2023

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