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Swing into town for the Shenanicon and make a weekend trip out of it with these awesome St. Louis attractions and bscotch recommendations.

 

CENTRAL WEST END - Location of the Shenanicon!

Located just east of Forest Park, the Central West end is full of restaurants, antique shops, boutiques, and galleries. Because of its proximity to the park, it’s easy to access all the museums St. Louis has to offer.

ACTIVITIES

World Chess Hall of Fame - Free admission
Left Bank Books - St. Louis’s oldest independent bookstore!

EATS

The Scottish Arms - cozy pub
Retreat Gastropub - modern american cuisine
Juniper - southern cuisine
blk mkt eats - sushi burritos and poke bowls
PI PIZZERIA - Hip pizzeria
Brasserie by Niche - french fare
Gamlin Whiskey House - steakhouse and whiskey restaurant
International Tap House (ITAP) - No food (though you can have something delivered), just beer!
Northwest Coffee Roasting - HIP COFFEEHOUSE

FOREST PARK

Forest Park is one of the largest urban parks in the United States. It’s even 500 acres larger than NYC’s Central Park! In addition to many trails you can walk and see the changing fall colors, it’s home to multiple museums, a greenhouse, a skating rink, and lakes.

ACTIVITIES

St. Louis Zoo - Free admission
St. Louis Art Museum - Free admission
St. Louis Science Center - Free general admission
Missouri History Museum - Free admission
City Cycling Tours - $25-30 per person depending on group size

THE GROVE

(As distinct from Tower Grove below.) A district located just south of where the Shenanicon is taking place. A trendy district of St. Louis with lots of cool shops and good food.

ACTIVITIES

the gramophone - Lunchtime-to-late-night venue serving sandwiches & beer, with DJs & live music acts
THE READY ROOM - No-frills entertainment venue with a bar featuring local musicians and bands
HandleBar - Quirky, bike-themed bar with eclectic pub grub & craft beer plus live or DJ-spun music
JUST JOHN CLUB - Gay & lesbian nightclub
REHab bar and grill - Casual gay nightspot

EATS

Everest Cafe & Bar - Nepalese, Korean & Indian cuisines
Layla - burgers and shawarma
Grace Meat + Three - refined Southern American fare
Sameem- Afghani cuisine
Urban Chestnut GROVE BrewerY AND BIERHALL
Rise Coffee - Bohemian coffee shop

DOWNTOWN

Downtown St. Louis is the region’s hub for tourism, dining and entertainment. Whether you’re a permanent resident or in town for a day, Downtown has plenty of activities, filled with culture and fun for all! Downtown is home to 200+ annual events, delicious eateries and numerous attractions.

ACTIViTiES

The Gateway Arch - RIDE TO TOP: ADULTS $13, CHILDREN $10
City Museum - $13-$20
National Blues Museum - Adults $15, children $10

EATS

Rooster - CREPES AND SANDWICHES
4 Hands Brewing Company
The Schlafly Tap Room

SOULARD

The city’s oldest neighborhood, built by early brewery workers and located five minutes south of the Arch. Now, this neighborhood is home to a bustling farmer’s market and many restaurants with great outdoor seating in elaborate courtyards. Come check out the architecture of the historic churches, and then stay for some great food.

ACTIVITIES

Budweiser Brewery Experience
Soulard Farmer’s Market

EATS

Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co. - RUSTIC-CHIC SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
Sidney Street Cafe - Inventive New American cuisine
Bogarts Smokehouse - Memphis & St. Louis BBQ specialties
Pieces - Food and board games!
Soulard Coffee Garden - BREAKFAST FARE AND COFFEE

LAFAYETTE SQUARE

A historic neighborhood in St. Louis known for its tall Victorian homes, called “painted ladies” for their colorful facades. A 30-acre park complete with duck pond and a scenic grotto with an ironwork footbridge. Lots of little shops and restaurants, and easy access to the surrounding neighborhoods like Soulard and Benton Park with even MORE restaurants!

ACTIVITIES

Lafayette Square Park

EATS

Polite Society - Seasonal small plates, mains & cocktails
L’Acadiane - OLD WORLD FRENCH CUISINE
Clementine’s Naughty and Nice Ice Cream - STL’S ONLY MICROCREAMERY WITH CLASSIC, BOOZY, AND VEGAN ice cream!

SOUTH GRAND

Located just south of Tower Grove Park, a 19th century Victorian walking park, this neighborhood prides itself on having a huge selection of delicious international cuisine (at least 14 countries are represented).

ACTIVITIES

The Missouri Botanical Garden - ADULTS $12, CHILDREN FREE
Tower Grove Park
Compton Hill Water Tower

EATS
The Dam - burgers WITH LOCAL INGREDIENTS
Guerrilla Street Food - FILIPINO FUSION FARE
Meskerem - ethiopian CUISINE
Crispy Edge - unique potstickers
Fiddlehead Fern Cafe - INSPIRED COFFEE AND FRESH FARE
Lona’s Lil Eats - FRESH ASIAN FARE AND HOME TO THE GIANT RICE PAPER WRAP
The London Tea Room - contemporary take on the British tea shop

THE DELMAR LOOP

An eclectic main drag with an array of restaurants, vintage clothing stores, and boutiques. Find anything from books and board games to tattoos and piercings.

ACTIVITIES

THE W KARAOKE LOUNGE
Rooftop Terrace Bar at the Moonrise Hotel
Landmark Tivoli Theatre - Movie theater screening new releases, independent, foreign & avant-garde flicks
St. Louis Walk of Fame
Chuck Berry Statue
Delmar Loop Planet Walk

EATS

Corner 17 - CHINESE CUISINE WITH Housemade noodles & bubble tea
Mission Taco - UNIQUE STREET TACOS
Salt + Smoke - TEXAS-STYLE BBQ
Hopcat - Huge selection of local beers and pub food
Ranoush - Middle Eastern cuisine AND HOOKAH
THREE KINGS PUBLIC HOUSE - UPSCALE PUB GRUB
Blueberry Hill Restaurant and Music Club - pop culture–themed diner
Blueprint Coffee - SPECIALTY COFFEE BAR
PICCIONE PASTRY - Traditional Italian sweets
Jilly’s Cupcake and Ice Cream Bar - Creative cupcakes PLUS ICE CREAM

CHEROKEE STREET

Named St. Louis’ Mexican food mecca -- home to the largest concentration of Latino owned bakeries, restaurants and shops in St. Louis. Also has a large number of interesting antique stores and specialty boutiques.

ACTIVITIES

Cherokee antique row

EATS

The Taco and Ice Cream Joint - easygoing hub WITH tacos & burritos alongside ice cream & paletas
Taqueria El Bronco - TRADITIONAL MEXICAN FARE
Byrd and BarreL - FAST CASUAL FRIED CHICKEN
Diana’s Bakery - MEXICAN DESSERTS AND TREATS
The Mud House - COZY LOCAL CAFE
Sump Coffee - COFFEEHOUSE FOR COFFEE ENTHUSIASTS

Vegetarian Friendly Eating

Vegetarian options are easy to find in many of the restaurants in St. Louis. We have several restaurants that emphasize local, seasonal produce. The South Grand neighborhood in particular has several exclusively vegetarian or vegan eateries. Here a few notable options.

Lulu’s Local Eatery - Easygoing counter-serve eatery with varied vegan eats
Lona’s Lil Eats - FRESH ASIAN FARE WITH veggie choices
Tree House - vegetarian & vegan BISTRO
Cafe Natasha’s -Middle Eastern CUISINE WITH vegetariAN plates
Everest Cafe and Bar - Nepalese food with lots of veggie options
Vicia - A focus on underutilized vegetables
Small Batch - Whisky lounge with a menu that is vegetable-forward