An Insider’s Guide to St. Louis – Lifestyle – Athens Banner-Herald

At St. Louis’ patchwork quilt, some have proven particularly visitor-friendly. The best offer a variety of locally owned businesses, many retail stores, and local restaurants. Explore these signature neighborhoods for an authentic and fun St. Louis experience.

Benton Park

Benton Park is well worth a visit for Cherokee Antique Row and for a solid collection of distinctive eateries like The Mud House, Blues City Deli, and the highly esteemed Sidney Street. The historic Chatillon-DeMenil mansion is located on the east end of Cherokee.

West of Jefferson, Cherokee, a thriving Hispanic community has developed a colorful “Little Mexico” neighborhood.

Central West End

These great residential neighborhoods, built around the turn of the 19th century, are the most extravagant in the city.

The commercial center along Euclid Avenue includes art galleries, antique shops, boutiques and cafes within walking distance of hotels. Visit the Central Table, The Cup, Pickles Deli, and The Silver Lady.

Local attractions include Saint Louis Cathedral and the World Chess Hall of Fame.


The walk-through business district in this regional commercial hub brings together high-rise office buildings and street-level retailers, and offers excellent shopping, art galleries and restaurants such as Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, The Crossing, Sardella and Bar Celona.


Shopping, dining, sports, concerts, nightlife, the convention center, gambling, attractions, and river boats are all within walking distance of the Gateway Arch.

Sights include the Inside the Economy Museum. The Downtown Trolley connects downtown destinations for a day ticket of just $ 2.

For restaurants, try Schlafly Tap Room, Kemoll’s, and Sen Thai.


An older, pedestrian-friendly business district along Florissant Road has a growing number of restaurants, including the Ferguson Brewing Company, the nearby Touhill Performing Arts Center, and a Saturday morning farmers market.

Grand Center

The impressive museums and venues of this 10-block arts district include the Fox Theater, Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries, and Powell Hall.

There are many restaurants including The Fountain on Locust, Southern, Pappy’s Smokehouse, and The Dark Room at The Grandel.

The grove

This up-and-coming neighborhood along Manchester Avenue is home to some of the city’s most popular nightclubs, such as Atomic Cowboy and Just John’s.

Eat in the Everest Café & Bar, Confluence Kambucha or Layla Lebonese, among others. The neighborhood is only worth visiting for the murals.

The hill

This working-class Italian neighborhood that claims Joe Garagiola and Yogi Berra has the best Italian restaurants in the Midwest, like Lo Russos Cucina, Rigazzi’s, and Favazza’s, as well as popular non-Italian restaurants like Shaw’s Coffee and Steve’s Hot Dogs on the Hill.

Italian grocery stores and retailers such as Bertarelli’s cutlery, Ski Boutique and Urzi’s Italian Market make The Hill well worth a visit.


The first true suburb of St. Louis was powered by the railroad in the 1850s, which now serves as the hub for a charming shopping district.

A farmers market offers seasonal products. Many independent shops, restaurants, cafes and bakeries line the blocks, such as The Bug Store, Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate and Christopher’s.

Don’t miss the Magic House: St. Louis Children’s Museum, an extensive collection of fun and educational experiences your kids will love.

Lacledes landing

Nine square blocks of renovated 100 year old buildings near Gateway Arch offer daytime sightseeing and dining, nightlife, and casinos after dark at facilities like Morgan Street Brewery, Joey B’s, and Big Daddy’s.

Lafayette Square

The oldest public park west of the Mississippi is surrounded by restored Victorian mansions that you can view on biannual house tours.

Recommended restaurants include SqWires and Square One Brewery, which make their own line of whiskeys and spirits.

The bow

The Loop is perhaps the most attractive neighborhood in the St. Louis area with art galleries, entertainment, iconoclastic shops, and a multicultural collection of restaurants. Visit the Craft Alliance Center for Art + Design, Serendipity Gallery, and Blueberry Hill. A tram line will soon be taking passengers from The Loop to Forest Park.

Maple wood

The pedestrian-friendly business district offers fun shopping in local boutiques with many restaurants and gourmet shops. Try Acero, Reeds American Table, and Cocoa Chocolate.

The Live Juke Joint Piano Bar offers fun late into the night.

Old town Florissant

French farmers settled here in 1767 and the street names in the old town reflect the Gallic heritage.

The old St. Ferdinand Shrine is the oldest Catholic church building between the Mississippi and the Rocky Mountains. The business district on Rue St. François includes souvenir shops and restaurants.


This delightful working-class neighborhood is home to Soulard Farmer’s Market, the oldest contiguous farmers’ market west of the Mississippi.

Soulard has lots of blues and jazz at night in cozy little clubs like Hammerstone’s, John D. McGurk’s Irish Pub, and 1860’s Saloon and Hardshell Café. Start the day right in the Soulard Coffee Garden Café.

South Grand

Good, inexpensive restaurants like The King and I, Pho Grand, and The Vine Mediterranean Café and Market, plus an interesting mix of shops line Grand Boulevard. Just south of Tower Grove Park is one of the best green spaces in town.

Nearby is the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Compton Heights neighborhood is a bastion of extravagant residences.

Webster Groves

This 100 year old suburb enchants with grand houses, quiet neighborhoods and two picturesque business districts.

Restaurants like Olive and Oak, Big Sky Cafe, and Robust Wine Bar cater to the theater goers who flock to the Opera Theater in Saint Louis and the Repertory Theater in St. Louis.

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