The Central West End is an affluent neighborhood in St. Louis, Missouri, stretching from Midtown's western edge to Union Boulevard and bordering on Forest Park with its outstanding array of free cultural institutions.
The Grove is a growing vibrant business and entertainment district along Manchester between Kingshighway and Vandeventer in St. Louis City. In the Grove you can find a diversity of independently owned restaurants, nightlife, retail, and services. It is also home to the premier nightlife in the area, and is a thriving center for the LGBT, artist, and cycling communities in the St. Louis area.
Located in the heart of St. Louis, Grand Center hosts more than 1,500 cultural events annually. With 12,000 theater seats and 12 museums and galleries within four blocks, Grand Center is a destination for more than 1.5 million people who visit each year. From Broadway musicals to jazz clubs, contemporary art to cabaret shows, a symphony to a circus, films to festivals, and much more, this premier arts district has something for everyone. An eclectic choice of restaurants, a variety of housing and education options further enhances the vitality of this cosmopolitan neighborhood.
The eclectic area between Arsenal and Utah is a hub of the of St. Louis International Community. Home to cultural events, convenient services and flourishing shops. South Grand is an affordable, safe and fun place to play, work or live. Where else in the city can you find a vegetarian-friendly cafe, an award-winning Vietnamese restaurant, a hip martini bar and neighborhood pharmacy all in the same block?
Soulard is a historic French neighborhood named after Antoine Soulard. It is a picturesque, residential neighborhood filled with restaurants, bars, and pubs, among other businesses and is one of the oldest communities in the city. The neighborhood of Soulard hosts many events throughout the year, including Mardi Gras, Oktoberfest, and Bastille Day. It is also known as a neighborhood with a high density of bars, many of which play host to a variety of live music; especially the blues and jazz bands which the city is known for.
This downtown hotspot is dotted with lofts, boutique shops, great restaurants and high-energy bars. With an eclectic mix of bars, classy restaurants, fun clubs and more, this is one of the region's trendiest places to hang out.
Lafayette Square surrounds Lafayette Park, which is the city's oldest public park, created by ordinance in 1836. The neighborhood itself is one of the oldest in St. Louis with a fine collection of French style houses and a newly revitalized dining and bar scene.
An energizing and eclectic entertainment and shopping district, The Loop offers six blocks of exhilarating retail, restaurants, live music, cafe culture, and even a Walk-Of-Fame. A century ago at this location, streetcars from downtown "looped around" to return to the city, which gave the area its name. That movement and momentum continue today, as The Loop expands into the City of St. Louis with the exciting new growth and development that have made it a destination. The era of revitalization began in the 1970s with legislation that encouraged unique, owner-operated gift shops, clothing boutiques, galleries and restaurants in first-floor storefronts. Outdoor cafes bring excitement to the generously widened streetscape. The addition of the St. Louis Walk of Fame, which honors famous St. Louisans with brass stars and informative plaques embedded in the sidewalk, further enhances pedestrian enjoyment of the area.
The Hill is a mostly Italian-American neighborhood, home to a large number of locally renowned Italian restaurants, bakeries, grocery stores, and two bocce gardens. Baseball greats Yogi Berra and Joe Garagiola, Sr. grew up on the Hill; their boyhood homes are across the street from each other on Elizabeth Avenue.
Laclede's Landing is downtown St. Louis' oldest district and only riverfront entertainment/dining destination. A favorite among locals and a must-see experience for all tourists and conventioneers, its century-old buildings and cobblestone streets offer a charming reminder of St. Louis' earliest days. The nine-block area was settled in 1764 by fur traders Pierre Laclede and Auguste Chouteau. The site of the original village - which quickly exploded into a bustling community of merchants, families and industries - was chosen due both to its location near the mouth of the Missouri River and as a natural halfway point for explorers, traders and prospectors heading out to the untamed American West. Today, the Landing is home to unique restaurants, bars and nightclubs, as well as several retail shops, theaters and attractions.
The Historic Shaw neighborhood, located just south of the Saint Louis University medical campus, is surrounded by parks on three sides, including Tower Grove Park and the Missouri Botanical Gardens. Shaw is a historic district and is full of historic, turn-of-the-century architecture. Shaw also offers a number of local dining options, including the Sasha's on Shaw winebar, Mama Josephine's, which offers New Orleans-style cooking, and the Thurman Grill, which features live music on most nights.