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Shopping
Shop locally! These are a few of my favorite spots to hit up when I want to treat someone (or myself) to some goodies.
Less than two blocks away, Urban Matter has a lovely assortment of gifts, home goods, textiles, plants and furniture. The bright, contemporary interior inspires and delights - and the owners are simply wonderful!
Urban Matter
4704 Virginia Ave
Less than two blocks away, Urban Matter has a lovely assortment of gifts, home goods, textiles, plants and furniture. The bright, contemporary interior inspires and delights - and the owners are simply wonderful!
Bowood Farms is bright, airy and lush to death. I love their collection of plants, of course - but they also carry a gorgeous selection of books, gifts, textiles, crystals - so many pretty things to look at and take home. Plus, they have shop cats. I love a good shop cat.
Bowood Farms
4605 Olive St
Bowood Farms is bright, airy and lush to death. I love their collection of plants, of course - but they also carry a gorgeous selection of books, gifts, textiles, crystals - so many pretty things to look at and take home. Plus, they have shop cats. I love a good shop cat.
Flowers and Weeds is dangerously close to our house, but fortunately it's super affordable. The staff is friendly and passionate about their work. Plants are top-of-mind at this shop, but plenty of knick-knacks (planters, crystals, trinkets, jewelry) await within.
Flowers & Weeds
3201 Cherokee St
Flowers and Weeds is dangerously close to our house, but fortunately it's super affordable. The staff is friendly and passionate about their work. Plants are top-of-mind at this shop, but plenty of knick-knacks (planters, crystals, trinkets, jewelry) await within.
Small space, but thorough assortment of supplies when you need to scratch that artsy itch. I have a thing for beautiful, minimalist notebooks, and this location stocks a HUGE variety of the Japan-based brand, Midori.
St. Louis Art Supply
4532 Olive St
Small space, but thorough assortment of supplies when you need to scratch that artsy itch. I have a thing for beautiful, minimalist notebooks, and this location stocks a HUGE variety of the Japan-based brand, Midori.
Dive Bar
Tick Tock Tavern is a low-key, inviting watering hole with a comfortable patio and plenty of seats indoors. The bar is stocked with the best of local brews, and the walls are adorned with kitschy-but-comforting owl-themed decor. It's a St. Louis staple. Cash only, but an ATM is inside.
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Tick Tock Tavern
3459 Magnolia Avenue
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Tick Tock Tavern is a low-key, inviting watering hole with a comfortable patio and plenty of seats indoors. The bar is stocked with the best of local brews, and the walls are adorned with kitschy-but-comforting owl-themed decor. It's a St. Louis staple. Cash only, but an ATM is inside.
Don't let the name fool you - this funky, gritty dive bar has tons of character and serves AMAZING korean bar food and soju! Seriously, tuck away your expectations because you'll be slurping jell-o shots and gnawing on their addictive wings in no time.
Stella Blues LLC
3269 Morganford Rd
Don't let the name fool you - this funky, gritty dive bar has tons of character and serves AMAZING korean bar food and soju! Seriously, tuck away your expectations because you'll be slurping jell-o shots and gnawing on their addictive wings in no time.
The people-watching is almost as thrilling as the game itself. Amsterdam Tavern has the most European vibe, and it attracts insane crowds bright and early on any given day. You don't have to be a football fan to have a great time, but you'll probably want to become one (at least, that's my story). Awesome staff, fun clientele and it's right next door to The Dam, where you can score delicious burgers and snacks.
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Amsterdam Tavern
3175 Morganford Road
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The people-watching is almost as thrilling as the game itself. Amsterdam Tavern has the most European vibe, and it attracts insane crowds bright and early on any given day. You don't have to be a football fan to have a great time, but you'll probably want to become one (at least, that's my story). Awesome staff, fun clientele and it's right next door to The Dam, where you can score delicious burgers and snacks.
Food scene
Whether or not you stick to a plant-based diet, Sweet Art will satisfy your cravings. It's just that good. So much love and soul goes into the recipes - it's comfort food, it's mostly vegan - and it's sooo delicious.
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SweetArt
2203 South 39th Street
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Whether or not you stick to a plant-based diet, Sweet Art will satisfy your cravings. It's just that good. So much love and soul goes into the recipes - it's comfort food, it's mostly vegan - and it's sooo delicious.
Savory smoked meats with sides that are considerably *not* an afterthought. St. Louis is known for its BBQ. There are plenty of great spots, but we like Salt + Smoke for the sit-down experience and the to-die-for mac and cheese. Plus, the bourbon list is an experience in and of itself.
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Salt + Smoke
5625 Hampton Ave
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Savory smoked meats with sides that are considerably *not* an afterthought. St. Louis is known for its BBQ. There are plenty of great spots, but we like Salt + Smoke for the sit-down experience and the to-die-for mac and cheese. Plus, the bourbon list is an experience in and of itself.
This quaint spot in historic Benton Park offers tasty seafood at surprisingly reasonable prices. You can splurge for lobster or crab boils or tone it down with a filling po'boy and chips. We love this place for the location, ambiance, cocktails and diverse menu.
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Peacemaker Lobster & Crab
1831 Sidney Street
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This quaint spot in historic Benton Park offers tasty seafood at surprisingly reasonable prices. You can splurge for lobster or crab boils or tone it down with a filling po'boy and chips. We love this place for the location, ambiance, cocktails and diverse menu.
Who knew pizza could be punk rock? Walk to this favorite South Grand dive and get you a slice and a local brew. Choose from vegetarian or vegan - even meat eaters get their fix at this objectively cool spot.
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Pizza Head
3196 S Grand Blvd
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Who knew pizza could be punk rock? Walk to this favorite South Grand dive and get you a slice and a local brew. Choose from vegetarian or vegan - even meat eaters get their fix at this objectively cool spot.
You'll want to immediately follow La Pâtisserie Chouquette on Instagram, just to get a delicious preview of the almost-too-pretty-to-eat treats by the talented Simone Faure. St. Louis is so lucky to have this European-style bakery. Highlights include perfect macarons and 'The Darkness,' a flaky dark chocolate croissant. Dear God.
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La Pâtisserie Chouquette
1626 Tower Grove Ave
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You'll want to immediately follow La Pâtisserie Chouquette on Instagram, just to get a delicious preview of the almost-too-pretty-to-eat treats by the talented Simone Faure. St. Louis is so lucky to have this European-style bakery. Highlights include perfect macarons and 'The Darkness,' a flaky dark chocolate croissant. Dear God.
Delicious burgers, sandwiches and filling sides. I personally love ordering an impossible patty - you won't know it's not meat. Make sure to peek their insta page to see what crazy combination they're offering each day. I also appreciate the selection of craft beers and even locally-made Excel sodas. Overall: thoughtful, extensive menu that's great for kids Vibes: Gourmet stoner
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Hi-Pointe Drive-In
1033 McCausland Ave
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Delicious burgers, sandwiches and filling sides. I personally love ordering an impossible patty - you won't know it's not meat. Make sure to peek their insta page to see what crazy combination they're offering each day. I also appreciate the selection of craft beers and even locally-made Excel sodas. Overall: thoughtful, extensive menu that's great for kids Vibes: Gourmet stoner
Sightseeing
Tower Grove Park is huge! And it's a short walk away. If you're visiting during the weekend, explore the best of local offerings at the bustling farmer's market. Pack a picnic and enjoy an afternoon beneath the magnolia trees. Or rent a scooter and zoom through the tree-lined paths.
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Tower Grove Park
4256 Magnolia Avenue
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Tower Grove Park is huge! And it's a short walk away. If you're visiting during the weekend, explore the best of local offerings at the bustling farmer's market. Pack a picnic and enjoy an afternoon beneath the magnolia trees. Or rent a scooter and zoom through the tree-lined paths.
The Missouri Botanical Gardens is one of the city's greatest treasures. Its rich history is fascinating, and the expansive grounds are a joy to roam year-round.
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Missouri Botanical Garden
4344 Shaw Boulevard
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The Missouri Botanical Gardens is one of the city's greatest treasures. Its rich history is fascinating, and the expansive grounds are a joy to roam year-round.
If you're making your way downtown, take a pit stop at City Garden. Here you'll find a delightful sculpture park nestled in the bustling city scape. At its center is one of Kaldi's Coffee locations, a stunning glass-enclosed building offering locally-roasted coffee, breakfast and lunch.
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Citygarden Sculpture Park
801 Market Street
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If you're making your way downtown, take a pit stop at City Garden. Here you'll find a delightful sculpture park nestled in the bustling city scape. At its center is one of Kaldi's Coffee locations, a stunning glass-enclosed building offering locally-roasted coffee, breakfast and lunch.
Low Lights + Cocktails
Planter's House is a dreamy destination for celebratory toasts, pre-dinner drinks or a snuggly nightcap. Whatever your poison, they'll elevate the experience. But likely you'll end up ordering a curious concoction that is wildly creative and impossible to replicate at home. I like Planter's House for the location, too - it's not far from quaint Lafayette Square, home to stunning works of architecture and a lush park.
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Planter's House
1000 Mississippi Ave
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Planter's House is a dreamy destination for celebratory toasts, pre-dinner drinks or a snuggly nightcap. Whatever your poison, they'll elevate the experience. But likely you'll end up ordering a curious concoction that is wildly creative and impossible to replicate at home. I like Planter's House for the location, too - it's not far from quaint Lafayette Square, home to stunning works of architecture and a lush park.
I love taking guests to Fortune Teller Bar, where the clientele are as mysterious and cool as the beverages skillfully crafted behind the bar. Its dim vibe is perfect for conversation. There's a counter where you can pair your drink with some dynamite bites. And as the name suggests, a legit fortune teller is on standby most weekends to show you the light.
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The Fortune Teller Bar
2635 Cherokee Street
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I love taking guests to Fortune Teller Bar, where the clientele are as mysterious and cool as the beverages skillfully crafted behind the bar. Its dim vibe is perfect for conversation. There's a counter where you can pair your drink with some dynamite bites. And as the name suggests, a legit fortune teller is on standby most weekends to show you the light.
Taste is my go-to choice for a complex cocktail in the CWE. There's something magical about the patio, where you can carry conversation while people-watching under the strings of twinkling lights. It has an unbeatable happy hour as well.
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Taste
4584 Laclede Avenue
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Taste is my go-to choice for a complex cocktail in the CWE. There's something magical about the patio, where you can carry conversation while people-watching under the strings of twinkling lights. It has an unbeatable happy hour as well.
I love this down-to-earth, tucked away, dive-bar-vibe-with-highbrow-taste establishment. The bartenders are lovely, and they'll make you a drink that will send you reeling. Fresh, intentional, innovative. And you'll feel like a local.
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Small Change STL
2800 Indiana Ave
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I love this down-to-earth, tucked away, dive-bar-vibe-with-highbrow-taste establishment. The bartenders are lovely, and they'll make you a drink that will send you reeling. Fresh, intentional, innovative. And you'll feel like a local.
At the far west end of The Grove is The Monacle, a self-described speakeasy with warm vibes, inspiring drinks and - AND - regular entertainment in its back room. I personally enjoy the range of menu options - you can pick a complicated cocktail or opt for a High Life paired with a shot of cheap bourbon. The patio rules, too.
The Monocle
4510 Manchester Ave
At the far west end of The Grove is The Monacle, a self-described speakeasy with warm vibes, inspiring drinks and - AND - regular entertainment in its back room. I personally enjoy the range of menu options - you can pick a complicated cocktail or opt for a High Life paired with a shot of cheap bourbon. The patio rules, too.
Walking Distance
MoKaBe's is known for its expansive coffee menu, delicious vegan brunch buffet on Sundays and its unapologetically progressive attitude. :) It's a great spot to grab a latte and people-watch. Excellent patio, blazing fast internet, huge menu including vegetarian options, late hours – it's a South Grand staple.
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MoKaBe's Coffeehouse
3606 Arsenal Street
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MoKaBe's is known for its expansive coffee menu, delicious vegan brunch buffet on Sundays and its unapologetically progressive attitude. :) It's a great spot to grab a latte and people-watch. Excellent patio, blazing fast internet, huge menu including vegetarian options, late hours – it's a South Grand staple.
Open at 7am, Gelateria del Leone serves delicious coffee and pastries in addition to its delectable assortment of gelato. European vibes, charming interior and excellent service.
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Gelateria Del Leone
3197 South Grand Boulevard
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Open at 7am, Gelateria del Leone serves delicious coffee and pastries in addition to its delectable assortment of gelato. European vibes, charming interior and excellent service.
Rooster is great for families. It gets wildly popular on weekends for brunch, but you can check into the wait list via Yelp. Known for creative crepes, but there's a nice selection of alternatives, such as the St. Louis slinger, biscuits and gravy and even a lunch menu. If you like a cocktail with your brunch, you'll be very pleased with the menu. For the savory fans, choose from several takes on the bloody mary - my favorite is the bloody bull, which is prepared with beef broth and a smoked salt & beef jerky rim. I like that you can choose a small or large, and the garnishes don't disappoint. Sweeter cocktails abound, such as my non-bloody favorite, the sunburnt white russian.
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Rooster
3150 South Grand Boulevard
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Rooster is great for families. It gets wildly popular on weekends for brunch, but you can check into the wait list via Yelp. Known for creative crepes, but there's a nice selection of alternatives, such as the St. Louis slinger, biscuits and gravy and even a lunch menu. If you like a cocktail with your brunch, you'll be very pleased with the menu. For the savory fans, choose from several takes on the bloody mary - my favorite is the bloody bull, which is prepared with beef broth and a smoked salt & beef jerky rim. I like that you can choose a small or large, and the garnishes don't disappoint. Sweeter cocktails abound, such as my non-bloody favorite, the sunburnt white russian.
The Vine is delicious! It has a huge menu that's sure to please everyone. Meat-eaters will love the kebabs and shawarma. Plant-based eaters will fawn over the falafel, baba ganoush and freshly prepared pita. Lunch baskets are easily the best deal, offering any sandwich with fries for $8.
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The Vine Cafe
3171 South Grand Boulevard
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The Vine is delicious! It has a huge menu that's sure to please everyone. Meat-eaters will love the kebabs and shawarma. Plant-based eaters will fawn over the falafel, baba ganoush and freshly prepared pita. Lunch baskets are easily the best deal, offering any sandwich with fries for $8.