If you want to find an oriental grocery store then after going to Tachibana's for lunch then go across the side street to the small shopping center, There is a grocery store in the corner of that shopping center. Also a few blocks down on Olive there is another oriental grocery. We buy our japanese rice 20 pounds at a time from one of these places plus all the other ingredients one needs to cook oriental foods at home.
What to buy: Oriental ingredients
What to pay: reasonably priced in comparison to other parts of the country.
St. Louis has a lot of shopping centers! Some of my favorites are Chesterfield Mall in Chesterfield (Southwest of St. Louis), St. Clair Square in Fairview Heights (East of St. Louis in Illinois), The Galleria (West of St. Louis in Richmond Heights), and West County (West of St. Louis in Des Peres). Also, a new shopping center is being built northwest of St. Louis (In Hazelwood), called St. Louis Mills. I believe it is supposed to be completed by november of 03. There is also a shopping mall downtown, St. Louis Centre. It has MANY empty storefronts, and there just isn't much to do there. But, it has a neat layout and many escalators, so it might be something cool to see. But don't plan on shopping there much, as there aren't a whole lot of stores.
This is a mall that is part of the development of the old Union Station. While there are plenty of restaurants [vix. Landrys outside next to the former train shed area], the shops themselves aren't particularly interesting. What is interesting is the renovation of the building.
St. Louis has a lot of shopping malls. The main malls are Chesterfield Mall, Saint Louis Galleria, West County Mall, St. Louis Union Station, Mid-Rivers Mall, Northwest Plaza, Crestwood Mall, South County Mall, Plaza Frontenac, Belleville Mall, and a couple others. The Saint Louis Centre was a nice sized mall in Downtown St. Louis that was built fairly recently, but I'm not sure on its current status, as the City of St. Louis has been seriously considering redeveloping the site that it exists on.
The Galleria Mall has many diffrent shops to choose from. It has two main levels and a third level that is just the food court area, plus there is a movie cinema in the food court. They just put in a Chees Cake Factory restaurant in. The food is GREAT!!!! The mall has some higher end stores, along with some regular stores that are fun. It is located just west of Downtown, along highway 40 at highway 170. There is also a couple of great shopping plazas next to it. There are so many great stores!!! You will pleased with all the stores you find there.
What to buy: The only thing I can think of would be things that will help you remember St.Louis. Buy a Cardinals, Rams, or Bluse jersey or shirt here. They have a couple of diffrent stores that specialize in that apperal. Just keep your eyes open for unique things you don't find at home. There is also a, Back Rub Company in the mall. So after a long day of shopping just stop in and pick a package and relax. They also have an early bird special there, I believe its a 10 min foot rub or back rub for 10 dollars. It's well worth it!!!
What to pay: If you see something at one store, your sure to see it in another one there. Keep your eyes open and compare prices. Most prices are about the same as your home town or less.
The city's largest public market. Just south of downtown on Broadway. A little bit of everything in a historic neighborhood full of great restaurants and bars. The site of the Mardi Gra.