Neighborhoods, Saint Louis
St. Louis City is made up of distinct neighborhoods, each with their own histories & activities, such as community gardens & annual events. Let me introduce some of the areas & then further information will come soon. Soulard is one of the oldest remaining. Originally French, it retains its architectural charm & Mardi Gras. There are many bars and restaurants, each with a unique character. Lafayette Square is another great place to visit, though not as big as Soulard. Tower Grove has Victorian Era large park & popular commercial area with lots of restaurants.
the Hill is the old Italian neighborhood, with many places to eat and food markets. The Central West End has so many interesting shops, art galleries, great old houses, hotels and much more. Plus it is next to Forest Park ( see my Forest Park tips). It is a great neighborhood to explore on foot.
these are some of the better known neighborhoods of the city of St. Louis. Come explore them all! You'll love doing it.
The Central West End is a funky neighborhood filled with restaurants, shops and other points of interest.
The neighborhood's "main drag" is a 6 block stretch along Euclid Street. When I say 6 blocks, I mean "public" blocks. There are many gated, private streets between them, such as the one pictured.
Tourist attractions in the Central West End include the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, which has the world's largest collection of mosaic art, and the childhood apartment home of playwright Tennessee Williams. It is said that the setting of his play "The Glass Menagerie" is located here as well, but I didn't investigate.
The Public Library at the corner of Lindell and Euclid offers free use of the internet. It's also got a very comfortable reading area with windows looking out onto Euclid.
This area has been a great place for nearly a century for ethnic immigrants to come and find their way around. Most were Italian, now they are of another ethnic race that is eroding the area. What a shame, and the upkeep of these 1940;s homes is deteriorating fast. The park is being maintained, and has since 1868 when it was created. Henry Shaw donated about 350 acres of land to the City, and it now has many gazebos of various colors and themes, as well as very nice grassy areas and flower beds. It is over 1 1/2 miles in length stretching from grand Blvd to Kingshighway
I may be partial because I uesd to live in the area, but Wash Ave can be a great place to hang out and experience the urban culture of St. Louis. During the day, you can grab a Gellato while marveling at the century old architechure or be a kid at the City Museum.
At night, go out for a great dinner at Wasabi or Mosaic; then head out for drinks at the Dubliner, an authentic Irish gastro pub. There is so much to do, I am sure that you find something to your liking.
It is also a great place to stay as there are plenty of hotels and the convention center which draws many travelers to the city. In adition, multiple metrolink stations make the rest of St. Louis easily accessible.
Visit the Central West End (CWE), the Loop and the business district of Clayton (which has great galleries and restaurants). The Art Museum is another must see, and if you have children, the zoo, the Science Center, the City Museum and the Magic House are wonderful places to visit. Lacelde's Landing is a popular entertainment district, and the Missouri Botanical Garden is probably one of the best in the country. Grant's Farm is a wildlife preserve that children will enjoy.
The CWE has restaurants and unique shops and historic homes, the Loop offers a variety of cuisine, such as a Persian, two Lebanese, three Thai, two Ethiopian and a Greek restaurants.
If you have time, go visit the old neighborhood of Soulard. It is an old innercity type neighborhood of restored homes and businesses. There is a pub on almost every corner that has it's own unique charm. The Shanti, is a hippy-type bar, Hammerstones, has a pretty good Blues venue and MacGurks, is at weekend hotspot with a fantastic old-irish feel.
Since there was no title on the VT as to Ted Drewes Frozen Custard, then we decided to use the description as "NEIGHBORHOOD"...I guess you could call it as such!
As we were telling friends from Shawnee, Kansas that we were passing by St. Louis, Mo. There was one big suggestion from them from their happy one stop! They told us to make sure to try the Ted Drewes custard “ice cream”, as I know it.
Indeed as we were approaching these little stop over “house like, we tried to hung around the small parking lot, having to wait few minutes till a slot went vacant. So, as you will view the photos, there are many flavours you will want to try, from just a scoop of frozen custard ice cream on to the fancy banana split, all kinds of fun way of having your frozen custard.
Just to give you a good idea of what excitement they offer…they have these concrete, which combines the secret blend of chocolate plus pistachio nuts, same thing but sundae with praline pecans and even butterscotch, then tart cherries plus hot fudge “wow! That was super delicious, then hot fudge with raspberries and with macadamia nuts, then they have that hot fudge with whipped cream and nuts.
Incidentally, you could even order it and anywhere Federal Expresses services they are able to ship it…now prices varies from State to State….
Happy Frozen Custard!
For pure architectural beauty, nothing in St. Louis surpasses a walk around the major loop of Compton Heights formed by Longfellow and Hawthorn. These gracefully curved streets were designed by Julius Pitzman in 1889. He also designed several other private places in St. Louis. This neighborhood was originally settled by successful German immigrants, who found it more difficult to build in the older established private places. The Compton gates on Grand were designed by Ernst Janssen, who also designed a dozen of the houses in Compton Heights, as well as the townhouses at Accomac and Nebraska where I now live. I have built a website where you can view pictures of many of the Janssen houses.
St. Louis was once one of the largest cities in the country. Although the metropolitan area has more people than before, the city itself, though, has decline to about 1/3 of its height at about 1960. As a result, it has many old neighbourhoods but many of these have suffered much decay, with buildings in a state of falling down, overgrown with vines and weeds, or simply completely town down, leaving huge amounts of empty lots through the city, even in its very core.