Nestled near the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri River is the breathtaking city of St. Louis. St. Louis is probably best known for the Gateway Arch- The nation’s tallest monument symbolizing America’s expansion nestled right in St. Louis’ downtown. What you might not know is that this city also boasts vibrant nightlife, historic museums, zoos, and many other attractions to enjoy.
Not only does St. Louis have plenty to do, it also is home to some iconic and beautiful neighborhoods. Let’s take a look at four of the best neighborhoods we could find.
Downtown St. Louis
Nothing speaks class and style more than Downtown St. Louis. The Gateway Arch and the retro-style Busch Stadium Ballpark make Downtown an iconic neighborhood and a hub for tourism and entertainment. If you are a fan of live music, you can always pop into The Dome at America’s Center or enjoy your favorite drink at Thaxton Speakeasy or the House of Soul. If you’re looking for mouth-watering cuisines, the Carmine Steak House, the Sauce on the Side, and many others are excellent choices.
Additionally, St. Louis is a children-friendly neighborhood as it has the best kid-friendly parks and exemplary schools and universities that model learners to achieve their maximum potential.
Central West End
Located on the Eastern edge of Forest Park, Central West is home to artists and creatives. It hosts exemplary art shows and concerts, making it a popular tourist spot. For those of you looking to get closer to nature, the woods, parks, and forests give the neighborhood calm and quiet surroundings.
For food lovers, we recommend trying out one of St. Louis’ Italian and Asian-fusion restaurants, like Saucy Porka Midtown or Zenwich St. Louis; they are sure to serve your tastebuds right with delicious and surprising flavor combinations. After a fantastic dinner in one of the restaurants, you can close the day with some good dancing at Ember Night Club, Club Viva, or many others. On the weekends, you could walk into an art gallery or bookshop and wonder at the depths of knowledge that Central West holds.
Imagine living in a small historic neighborhood with all the amenities you need at a stone’s throw away. That is what Lafayette Square is all about. You can catch up with friends over coffee, chat over meals in classy restaurants, or enjoy a glass of wine after a long day at work.
Lafayette Square is conveniently located near Downtown and the Gateway Arch, making it ideal for young professionals who want a taste of the urban energy St. Louis has to offer. If you’re interested in outdoor activities, you will be pleased to know that this neighborhood also frequently hosts outdoor films, concerts, and baseball games.
Soulard is home to one of the oldest churches in St. Louis: Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Additionally, the neighborhood is famous for its historic architecture, pre-prohibition roots, and Federal-style Pre-Victorian row houses. Living in Soulard will give you access to great bars and restaurants where you can enjoy bluesy music as you sip your favorite cocktail.
You can also enjoy the best oyster and crawfish in the down-to-earth Southern restaurants in this neighborhood. Alternatively, if you prefer dining in the comfort of your home, you can always buy some produce, meats, and cheeses at Soulard Farmers Market and whip up a beautiful meal in your own kitchen. If you’re looking for a fun activity to try out with a group, we recommend checking out Anheuser-Busch Brewery tours in Soulard.