TRAVEL, ADVENTURE & EXPLORATION

Central West End of St. Louis Tops Visitor List

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St. Louis, Missouri is widely known for the Gateway Arch, barbecue food, and blues music. As a St. Louis native, I have eaten at, shopped at, and visited many places. Here are some of my favorites.

Art Hill can be found in Forest Park and is one of the most iconic locations. It is located between the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Emerson Grand Basin. In the summer, Art Hill is home to picnics, kite flying, concerts, and films. In the winter, many families visit Art Hill to go sledding. 

St. Louis is not commonly known for its seafood restaurants, but Broadway Oyster Bar is a must for any seafood lover. The lively Cajun/Creole and seafood restaurant is located in downtown St. Louis. With an extensive menu, even the pickiest of eaters can find something they will like.

Broadway Oyster Bar offers live music twice a day, every night except Friday, when they have one main act. This is the perfect spot for a family dinner or a night out with friends. 

Busch Stadium is home to the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team. Sports fans can tour Busch Stadium or catch a game during season. In 2006, Busch Stadium was completely renovated. One part of the renovation was the addition of Ballpark Village, a sports-themed district attached to Busch Stadium with restaurants, bars, and nightlife venues. 

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Another lesser known feature about St. Louis is the shopping. There are several successful boutiques across the St. Louis area, including Splash in Ladue, an upscale boutique popular among young women that carries dresses, denim, tops, swimwear and accessories. Although Splash is a more expensive boutique, they also have options for people on a budget.

Circle 7 Ranch is a taphouse and grill. It was the first venue in Missouri to offer personal table taps that allow guests to pour their own beer. Every item on Circle 7’s menu comes from a homemade recipe. They put a twist on basic American bar food. Circle 7 Ranch has been so successful, they now have two locations in Ballwin and Kirkwood. 

The St. Louis Zoo is one of very few zoos in the United States that is completely free. It is also very well kept and has a large number of exhibits. The St. Louis Zoo is open year around except for major holidays. This is the perfect spot for a fun day out with family, friends or children.

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The Muny is an outdoor performing arts theater in Forest Park that has been running for over 100 years. Every summer, there are about seven shows that run for about a week and a half each that share a common thread. The productions are staged by St. Louis’s best actors/actresses, dancers and singers.

Salt and Smoke is a relaxed St. Louis-style barbecue joint. There are four locations across St. Louis – Central West End, Hampton, St. Charles and Delmar Loop. Salt and Smoke’s menu has just about everything a barbecue lover could ask for – from appetizers and salads to sandwiches, plates, and desserts. If you ever visit St. Louis, this is the number one restaurant I recommend. 

The Central West End is an area in downtown St. Louis with gorgeous houses, sidewalk cafes, chic boutiques, and upscale restaurants. The Central West End is so diverse and filled with many places to explore. The perfect time to visit is for a night out, brunch, or weekend getaway. The Central West End has some of the oldest and most beautiful architecture in St. Louis. There is so much history in the area. It is clear why it is so important to the city.

Nacho Mama’s is a casual counter service and drive-thru Tex-Mex joint. Located in downtown Rock Hill, the restaurant has been serving the St. Louis community for over 20 years.

All of their dishes are delicious and affordable. They have all things Mexican – fajitas, tacos, burritos, quesadillas, salsa, and more. Nacho Mama’s also caters, so they can fill large orders. If ever in the mood for casual Mexican dinner, Nacho Mama’s is your place.

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