St. Louis City Guide
Heading out to St. Louis? This city is a hidden gem, and this is what you should do while you’re there.
I have to be honest, St. Louis has never been on my list. That being said, the city pleasantly surprised me. This low-key artsy city offers more than baseball to get excited about. The food scene is solid and the architecture present on every corner will knock your socks off. I spent hours just driving around enjoying the houses on the tree lined streets. Notice I said DRIVING - as in PRO TIP you’re going to need a car to properly explore.
2019 ST. LOUIS CITY GUIDE
WHERE TO EAT IN ST. LOUIS
Cafe Osage is all about fresh ingredients. The eatery is located at Bowood Farms, which is a 1/4 acre farm in the Central West End neighborhood. The atmosphere is bright and open, which fits perfectly with their menu offerings. I suggest going for all things veggie, you won’t be disappointed.
A restaurant that celebrates the spritz - now that’s what I’m talking about. The food at Olio is a thoughtful blend of mediterranean and middle eastern flavors, and many of the herbs used in the dishes at Olio come from the patio garden. You’ll find a lot of bread and olive oil - and you’ll be in luck, because the bread is all baked in a special hearth oven at the restaurant. I 100% recommend the smoked trout tartine and “spritz hour” is every day from 3-6 and AND after 10 PM. That’s $5 spritzs, baby.
Frankly, The Clover and the Bee is so damn cute. The bar is cute. The walls are cute. The food is cute. I stopped in for breakfast one weekday morning and enjoyed their quiche along with coffee and a horde of unanswered emails - but I was dying to try the dinner menu as well, which is only served Wednesday through Sunday.
Sandwiches? Yes. Pizza? Yes. Vibes? Yes. This little neighborhood spot will make you feel like a local, and not just any local - a cool local. Make sure you don’t leave without getting a cookie.
From what I can tell, Blueprint Coffee is a St. Louis staple. There are two locations, one on Delmar and one on Watson, but their coffee is sold all over town. The breakfast menu offers tasty staples, and the coffee menu will almost intimidate you - but, the friendly staff is happy to help.
WHAT TO DO IN ST. LOUIS
When everyone told me to visit the City Museum, I didn’t think it sounded that cool, but I went anyway. I thought it would be a museum about the history of the city of St. Louis. I decided to stop by on a whim anyway, and I quickly realized I should have googled the place. This quirky, crafty, dystopian feeling playground can keep your eye entertained for HOURS. Drinks are available, there are times when only adults are admitted, and there is so much to do and see I can’t even get into it here. You’ll just have to go see it for yourself.
(It is worth noting that many other city museums and attractions offer free admission, so if you’ve got a little time I suggest taking a walk through the St. Louis Zoo or one of the city’s fantastic art museums.)
Forest Park is an important civic center for St. Louis. It covers more than 1,300 acres and houses art and science centers, the zoo, and fantastic paths for walking. I stopped by The Jewel Box, which is a beautiful art deco greenhouse that was built in 1936. If you’re into architecture, its a cool little spot to stop by.
Look, I know this seems cheesy, and I almost avoided it all together, but just do it. For me personally, it was an exercise in conquering fear, and it is worth noting that if you don’t like elevators or small spaces it will be a challenge for you too. It’s one of those things you only need to do once in your lifetime. The view is beautiful, and I suggest going up at night so you can see the city lights.
WHERE TO SHOP IN ST. LOUIS
I like to find a good vintage shop in every city I visit, and in St. Louis May’s Place is the move for sure. The shop is loaded with cool Western vibes, vintage boots, and funky jewelry. The prices are reasonable, and you’ll if nothing else you’ll leave with some good outfit inspiration.
Civil Alchemy is a little minimalist lifestyle shop in the Webster Groves area of St. Louis. Inside you can find sweet little gifts, minimalist jewelry and clothing, kitchen supplies, spices, and a build your own bouquet flower bar. If you head out to the neighborhood to visit The Clover and the Bee, you have to stop in.
Have other St. Louis favorites? Share them with me in the comments!
Until we eat again -
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