St. Louis Trip Guide | Midwest Living

St. Louis Trip Guide

Great shopping and ethnic foods await in the Gateway City's neighborhoods.
Gateway Arch
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Several St. Louis neighborhoods offer great strolling, including Lafayette Square.
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Soulard Farmers Market.
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What to do

Anheuser-Busch brewery tours Free tours include product sampling if you’re 21 or older, plus a peek at the brewhouse and the Clydesdale stables. (314) 577-2626;

Busch Stadium The newer but vintage-style home of the world champion Cardinals has served as a centerpiece for downtown revival. (314) 345-9600;

Citygarden A slice of St. Louis’ downtown has become a free interactive, family-friendly mecca of sculpture, fountains and greenery. (314) 241-3337;

City Museum Yes, it’s surreal, but the mishmash of a ball pit, the world’s largest pair of men’s briefs and a serious exhibit on architect Louis Sullivan works. (314) 231-2489;

Forest Park Larger than New York City’s Central Park, Forest Park brims with free activities, including the Missouri History Museum, the St. Louis Science Center, the St. Louis Art Museum, The Jewel Box greenhouse and the St. Louis Zoo. Rent a peddle boat at The Boathouse or stretch your legs on trails that attract joggers, walkers, bicyclists and skaters. (314) 367-7275;

The Gateway Arch The cozy ride up the Gateway Arch is a Jetsons-like hoot. (877) 982-1410;

Missouri Botanical Garden Explore 79 acres of gardens and conservatories in the heart of the city near Tower Grove Park. Special plant collections please enthusiasts; a children’s garden entertains kids. (314) 577-5100;

The Muny Enjoy outdoor productions in Forest Park’s theater. (314) 361-1900;

Soulard Farmers Market The market is open Wednesdays through Saturdays year-round.

Where to eat

BB’s Jazz, Blues and Soups Downtown, you’ll find great catfish po’boys, gumbo and sweet potato pie. (314) 436-5222;

Blueberry Hill Head to the Delmar Loop music club and eatery to nosh on burgers, sip brews and perhaps catch a show; Chuck Berry performs monthly. (314) 727-4444;

Bridge Tap House and Wine Bar A long wine list complements the inventive salad and entree options. (314) 241-8141;

Charlie Gitto’s (on The Hill) The restaurant serves famous toasted ravioli. (314) 772-8898;

Crown Candy Kitchen Established in 1913 and still going strong, it’s a destination for luscious sundaes. (314) 621-9650; 

Molly’s in Soulard Alligator rangoon is popular at a place known for Cajun and Creole food and live music. (314) 241-6200;

Trattoria Marcella Fresh, honest-to-goodness Italian comfort foods—pasta, risotto, seafood and steak—fill the menu. (314) 352-7706;

Winslow’s Home A 1926 building that was originally a general store has become a gift shop-cafe. Try the spinach, egg and cheese breakfast burrito or brisket sandwich. (314) 725-7559;

Where to stay

Chase Park Plaza Hotel Stay in a landmark with a pool, and stroll to nearby Forest Park. (314) 633-3000; 

Dwell Nine Twelve Your two-story apartment in an 1885 home has its own entrance, a balcony and full kitchen. (314) 599-3100;

Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark You’ll love being near Busch Stadium and the Arch. (314) 421-1776;

Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch Great views are easy to come by when your hotel sits across the street from the Arch. (314) 655-1234;

Moonrise Hotel Opened in 2009, the boutique hotel near Blueberry Hill reflects a cool retro lunar theme throughout. (877) 872-1122;

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