1. The Arch Even three blocks away, you don’t quite grasp the Arch’s jaw-dropping engineering. Stand under it, and that will change. (gatewayarch.com)
2. Salt and Smoke The pitmasters have a hipster flair at this ’cue star in the hot Delmar Loop neighborhood. The popovers always get double takes. (saltandsmokestl.com)
3. Forest Park The emerald setting of the 1904 World’s Fair now has boating, a free zoo and museums, and green slopes that beg for picnicking. (forestparkforever.org)
4. Moonrise Hotel Make your Delmar Loop home base at this hotel with quirky, modern decor and both a spinning moon and terraces on the roof. (moonrisehotel.com)
5. Old Standard The fried chicken draws the crowds, but the bourbon collection tends to steal the show. (oldstandard.co)
6. Ballpark Village Eat, drink and enjoy live tunes at the entertainment district covering seven blocks next door to the Cardinals’ Busch Stadium. (stlballparkvillage.com)
7. The City Museum A quirky playground for all ages pulls off an effective mashup of Mad Max and Pee-wee’s Playhouse. (citymuseum.org)
8. Porano Pasta Quick, affordable noodles go upscale at chef Gerard Craft’s new Italian eatery. We’re partial to the Smoky Sunday Sugo sauce. (poranopasta.com)
Three things you probably didn’t know
1. The Provel cheese on St. Louis-style pizza is a love-hate thing.
2. The museum under the Arch is closed for renovations until 2017.
3. It’s OK to touch the artwork at Citygarden park/sculpture garden.