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St. Louis

 - ST. LOUIS -

Home of the King of Beers, a rich cultural culinary heritage + beautiful old neighborhoods, there is plenty to eat, drink and do in the Lou.

STAY

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Four Seasons St. Louis | 999 N 2nd St

If you’re in it for the views, there is no other place to stay than the Four Seasons St. Louis. Lounge poolside on the rooftop and take in the stunning views of downtown and the river– and enjoy incredible food from St. Louis legend Gerard Craft’s on-site restaurant, Cinder House. The South American inspired fare pairs perfectly with the adventurous cocktail menu. Top it off with a trip to the spa, and you’re in heaven!

FEAST

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Olive + Oak | 102 W Lockwood Ave

My favorite restaurant in St. Louis, hands down. It’s become tradition that door to door from KC, this is our very first stop. Deservingly so– the food is incredible, the drinks are inventive, and it has the perfect late night neighborhood vibe.

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OLIO | 1634 Tower Grove Ave

This mediterranean tapas bar is settled inside an old school gas station, and as far as atmosphere goes, this is my top recommendation in St. Louis for a unique night out. 

Peacemaker Lobster Co | 1831 Sidney St

Incredible seafood flown in daily in the Midwest- yup, that’s Peacemaker, with their buttery hot lobster rolls & bubbly champagne in cool urban Benton Park digs just a two minute walk from Soulard.

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Union Loafers | 1629 Tower Grove Ave

Some of the best bread in the Midwest, right across the street from OLIO. Grab a loaf to go, or snarf a sandwich at the bar. 

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Sardella | 7734 Forsyth Blvd

Incredible Italian plates in a beautifully bright & tiled, intimate space. Order everything, and share everything.

 
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Yellowbelly | 4659 Lindell Blvd

Newly opened Yellowbelly has foodies flocking– fried “sea creatures,” pork belly topped with ramp top kimchi, and oysters served on dry ice, billowing in smoke– it’s the perfect place to impress a date and try something new.

Winslow’s Home | 7213 Delmar Blvd

One of the first farm to table restaurants in St. Louis. Come for comfort food, and stay for local groceries, incredible coffee, curated home goods and small-batch spirits– all located in a beautiful old home on Delmar, just minutes from the loop.

Crown Candy Kitchen | 1401 St Louis Ave

The most famous BLT in the world for a reason– the deep fried bacon and crispy toasted bread are perfection, especially paired with a chocolate malt. Worth the line, a thousand times over.

 
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Southern | 3108 Olive St

Spicy fried chicken with delicious sauces and homestyle sides. Wash it down with an ice cold local beer.

Three Kings | 6307 Delmar Blvd

Go here to try my favorite riff on the infamous St. Louis classic, toasted ravioli– these ones are filled with buffalo chicken and come with spicy ranch. 

 
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Melo’s Pizzeria | 2438 McNair Rear

Located in the backyard of Blues City Deli (a local favorite), this tiny brick oven fire pizza joint has a perfect little patio. Can’t beat this pie.

 
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Mission Taco | multiple locations

What started in St. Louis has grown into a craze across the state– creative street style tacos, spicy margaritas and tiki cocktails make Mission Taco Joint more than a joint- it’s one heck of a fun night out.

 
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BAO | 14 N Central Ave

This “bun & bar” spot has a ton of creative bao to nosh on, like wagyu beef with truffle aioli or crispy Korean fried gochujang chicken. Super fun spot for a light bite and exciting cocktails.

 
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Broadway Oyster Bar | 736 S Broadway

Undeniably the best pregame to a night of baseball at Busch Stadium. Oysters, Cajun food, New Orleans style cocktails and no fuss– you could easily kick back and hang all night long.


REFUEL

 
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Blueprint Coffee | 4206 Watson Rd

Solid espresso in a cool little garage style building with a great patio out back.


Coma Coffee | 1034 S Brentwood Blvd

Founded by a friend of ours, and serving up some of the very best coffee in St. Louis!

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Fiddlehead Fern Cafe | 4066 Russell Blvd

Cozy little spot with lovely lattes, tasty toasts + an airy vibe that will make you want to hang out all day.


TREAT YOURSELF

 
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World’s Fair Donuts | 1904 S Vandeventer Ave

This place is THE institution. It’s like stepping into a time warp– owner Peggy Clanton’s beehive hairdoo is legendary, and the donuts are just as perfect as they were in 1934. Cash only, of course.

Clementine’s Naughty & Nice Creamery | 1637 S 18th St + 730 De Mun Ave

Ice cream worth sprinting to three minutes before they close. I know, I’ve been there.

 
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Missouri Baking Co | 2027 Edwards St

One of the oldest baking establishments in St. Louis– their “chocolate tops” are the stuff of legend.

Nathaniel Reid Bakery | 11243 Manchester Rd

Paris-worthy croissants right in St. Louis– Chef Reid’s resume is impressive, and his expertise shines through in his confections.

 
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Pint Size Bakery | 3133 Watson Rd

One of my favorite stops when in STL, their sprinkle cookies, yummy muffins and darling interior have captured my heart.


BOTTOMS UP

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Schlafly | 7260 Southwest Ave (Bottleworks) + 2100 Locust St (Taproom)

It’s no surprise that St. Louis has given rise to one of the biggest craft brewing scenes in the nation, and its most well known is Schlafly– visit the Bottleworks facility in Maplewood for a tour, or check out their downtown taproom for a tasting in the courtyard.

 
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4 Hands Brewing Co | 1220 S 8th St

Great brewery to visit with a group– the top floor has arcade games and plenty of long tables to stretch out.

 
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Urban Chestnut | 3229 Washington Ave + 4465 Manchester Ave

My favorite craft beer in St. Louis. Try the Schnicklefritz or the Zwickel, and don’t forget to order a pretzel.

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Venice Cafe | 1903 Pestalozzi St

Like walking into a hippie’s acid trip in all the right ways– there are so many weird and wonderful things to discover in this bar.

 
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Planter’s House | 1000 Mississippi Ave

Possibly the best for craft cocktails in the city. Fresh creations like a dill gimlet keep me coming back.

Taste | 4584 Laclede Ave

Great little cocktail bar in the Central West End- perfect way to kick off a night out.

 
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Side Project Cellar | 7373 Marietta Ave

For sour beer lovers, here you have it– a sour program like none other, ranging from tastes and taps to beautifully bottled creations worth a spot on your table next to the finest of wines.


SEE & DO

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The Hill

There’s no shortage of things to do on the Hill- shop imported Italian groceries, taste fresh baked Italian cookies, play a round at Milo’s Bocce Bar and treat yourself to dinner at one of the classics. My personal favorite: Cunetto’s House of Pasta. Then embrace your food & wine stupor and call it a night.

Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis | 4431 Lindell Blvd

You’ve never seen anything like this in the United States– and that’s because there isn’t. The Basilica boasts the largest collection of mosaics in the US, and the second largest in the world– it will leave you in awe.

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Bowood Farms | 4605 Olive St
One of my favorite stops in the city, this urban nursery has an incredible selection of plants, gifts and a cute little kitty that runs around the shop at all hours. Don’t miss their cocktail and brunch at the onsite cafe, Cafe Osage.

Anhueser Busch Brewery | 1200 Lynch St

This is one of those times when a major tourist attraction is totally worth the visit– not my normal take. But the extensive grounds, old buildings, and incredible history behind the brewery will have you enthusiastically cracking open a Budweiser in no time. If you’re lucky enough to visit during the holidays, that’s when the real magic happens.

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Soulard Farmers Market | 730 Carroll St

The oldest farmers market west of the Mississippi River, and my favorite thing to do in St. Louis. Grab a Bloody Mary, get a bag of freshly made mini donuts and stroll through the many stalls of fresh produce, eggs, sauces and more.