Collected by Christopher Helscher
1 Fine Arts Dr, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA
The Saint Louis Art Museum is one of the most attractive and interesting art museums in the country—inside and out. Best of all, admission is free every day. Located inside beautiful Forest Park (which offers a host of its own free activities...
1120 S 6th St, St. Louis, MO 63104, USA
Sump is a small but delightful coffee shop. The owner is clearly passionate and knowledgable about his products. This is the best coffee in St. Louis, bar none. Grab a cappuccino—hot or iced—and prepare to be amazed.
3257 Ivanhoe Ave, St. Louis, MO 63139, USA
Farmhaus is a foodie's dream come true. Opened in 2010 by Chef Kevin Willmann, this intimate eatery is a crown jewel of St. Louis cuisine. The menu features food that is local, organic, and obtained through sustainable farming practices. The...
1634 Tower Grove Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA
“The spirits list at Olio in St. Louis is incredible," says Ted Kilgore, bartender and owner of Planter's House, St. Louis. "The barman doesn’t get too fussy. He makes lesser-known, seasonally driven classic cocktails priced around $10 and uses a...
11 N 4th St, St. Louis, MO 63102, USA
Beneath the St. Louis Arch is a wonderful underground museum, a key part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial run by the National Park Service. It is not well known even to people in St. Louis. Totally below ground beneath the Arch itself,...
4344 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA
Opened in 1859, the Missouri Botanical Garden is tops. The incredible horticultural displays include an English Woodland Garden, a 14-acre Japanese garden, a fantastic home gardening demonstration garden, and specific gardens dedicated to roses,...
700 De Mun Ave, St. Louis, MO 63105, USA
Local magazines and newspapers consistently vote Kaldi's the best coffeehouse and we can't argue. At this location, the delightful little corner shop offers inside or sidewalk seating, delicious coffee, pastries, wraps, burritos, and other...
750 N 16th St, St. Louis, MO 63103, USA
The City Museum is a funhouse for young and old, displaying reclaimed articles in a 600,000 sq. ft. former shoe factory. The museum bills itself as an "eclectic mixture of children's playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion, and architectural...
4605 Olive St, St. Louis, MO 63108, USA
Café Osage, in the Central West End, serves breakfast and lunch seven days in a rehabbed warehouse within the Bowood Farms Nursery. Most vegetables and herbs are grown on-site. The building is home to both the café and a nice shop of...
Cherokee St, St. Louis, MO 63118, USA
Cherokee Street was a commercial location as far back as 1890. Today, it has contemporary art, public art projects, artists' studios, and a concentration of Latino-owned bakeries, grocers, and shops. Six blocks of the street have loads of antique...
32 Maryland Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63108, USA
Bissinger's in the Central West End has long been serving St. Louisans as a fine hand-crafted chocolatier. Shop here (for gifts or for yourself) for truly fine chocolates in the old tradition. Bissinger's adheres to guidelines of the World Cocoa...
5050 Oakland Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA
The St. Louis Science Center straddles Interstate 40, with the Planetarium in Forest Park and the main building with the OMNIMAX Theater and the Boeing Hall on the south side across the highway. While there are many science centers in America,...
4198 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA
Located in the Grove, this is a great place to eat, drink, and hang out. Terrific bartenders serve inventive drinks and the kitchen offers a large array of tapas. Servers are knowledgeable, so ask for their recommendations if you can't decide. How...
3821 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108, USA
The Moolah is a Movie Theatre like no other. Housed in former Shriner Temple, the single screen theater has nice leather couches on the ground level and a few rows of balcony seating. There isn't a bad seat in the room. Downstairs you'll find a...
5200 Daggett Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA
Baseball's Yogi Berra and Joe Garagiola grew up on what is called the Hill. The fire hydrants are painted red, white, and green—the colors of the Italian flag. Yes, there are some terrific Italian restaurants here, as well as wonderful Italian...
1310 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103, USA
In 1991 Gil founded MacroSun International in order to form friendships and relationships with artists from around the world while promoting their crafts. The tiny storefront that has since grown into a large shop in the Washington Ave Loft...
1400 Market St, St. Louis, MO 63103, USA
Don't let the name fool you—this magnificent 3,500-seat venue also hosts comedy, concerts, kids' shows, and plays. While you're enjoying a performance, you can also take in decades of local history. The opera house was inaugurated in 1934 with a...
4101 Laclede Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108, USA
This is where to go for fried chicken, but there is much more. The selection of southern breads is fantastic. Try the corn bread made with honey. Or just order the breadbasket and sample the whole assortment. The drinks are worth a trip too. I...
8829 Manchester Rd, St. Louis, MO 63144, USA
Originally a neighborhood butcher shop, Baumann's is now a full-service purveyor of fine meats and specialty products. Yes, their meats are to die for, but if you're from out-of-town, you'll want to get some terrific and unique Missouri souvenirs...
1700 S 9th St, St. Louis, MO 63104, USA
One-of-a-kind gifts and houseware... and fine international wines? The Porch in Soulard has hit on what may be the best mix of shopping and socializing yet. Fun any day of the week, but rowdiest on Saturdays during their all-day free wine...
900 Spruce St, St. Louis, MO 63102, USA
The first location of this friendly taproom opened in 1995 in Texas, but the brand has since established itself across the country. Most people come to sample the extensive selection of beers—Flying Saucer offers more than 240 varieties—but don't...
419 N Euclid Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108, USA
This warm and friendly pub sits in the charming Central West End district. Locals have been fans of the pub food here since its opening in 1980. The original owners' son now runs the restaurant, and his interest in local farm-to-table ingredients...
4243 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA
The Grove is a district in between Vandeventer & Kingshighway just west of downtown & south of the Central West End (Maryland Plaza). Great places to check out for music or just a night out in a different part of town ... worth checking into who...
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