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Welcome to St. Louis

About St. Louis

A mix of Old World charm and modern life continues to be a hallmark of this vibrant Midwestern city. As you explore, you'll find each neighborhood has its own history and unique character.

Downtown

This area offers most visitors their first impression of the city, greeting them with the signature Gateway Arch, historic Union Station, the Old Courthouse and Busch Stadium, where the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team plays their home games. The once industrial area of Laclede's Landing is now home to some of the city's favorite restaurants and finest hotels, as well as an entertainment district that features live music ranging from pop to jazz.

Soulard

This old, well-established neighborhood is situated south of Downtown. Here you will find a fine selection of jazz and blues clubs as well as the gargantuan outdoor Soulard Farmer's Market, which sells fresh produce, flowers and bakery items. It is the largest continually operating open-air market west of the Mississippi River. Visitors will also find the Anheuser-Busch Brewery and the Bowling Hall of Fame in this area.

South Grand

A large Asian community resides in the South Grand area, offering a tantalizing selection of Asian restaurants, like Sekisui , on nearly every block. This neighborhood also contains Tower Grove Park and the expansive Missouri Botanical Gardens .

The Hill

Settled by Italian immigrants in the late 1800s, this area still offers some of the best traditional Italian fare this side of the Atlantic. Gian-Peppe's and Dominic's are highly recommended by the locals to those in search of fine Italian dining. Pride runs deep in this old neighborhood with well-tended lawns, where even the fireplugs sport the red, green and white of the Italian flag. The St. Louis Art Museum and the St. Louis Science Center can also be found in this district.

Central West End

The heart of the Central West End is Forest Park, which is larger than Central Park in New York City and is home to several free attractions, including the St. Louis Zoo. Treed neighborhoods here feature stately homes from the early 1900s as well as bookshops, art galleries and coffee houses. Home to a large segment of St. Louis' gay community, this district also contains the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis and its breathtaking array of mosaic art.

Lafayette Square

The largely restored Lafayette Square neighborhood has nearly 400 Victorian-era homes, along with many charming restaurants and bed and breakfasts. The neighborhood circles the 30-acre Lafayette Park, the first public park to be established west of the Mississippi River. Though still in the middle of a major urban center, you'll feel like you're in a small town here.

The Loop (University City)

Called "The Loop" by locals, University City lies north of Washington University and is home to The Tivoli Theater movie palace as well as Blueberry Hill, where Chuck Berry still performs his rock standards on occasion. The area also boasts a diverse selection of affordable ethnic eateries, including Thai, Indian and Vietnamese.

St. Charles

The quaint historic town of St. Charles , which borders St. Louis, includes the restored First Missouri State Capitol as well as the Frenchtown Historic District, with its antique and gift shops, tearooms and restaurants. The entire downtown area of St. Charles-all 26 blocks-is on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors will be charmed by its gaslights, brick streets and colonial ambiance.

Highlights

  • It's a good place to work and live.
    Forbes.com rated St. Louis one of the nation's best cities for young professionals.
  • The price is right.
    St. Louis has earned a top spot among the country's 20 largest metro areas for lowest cost of living and most affordable housing.
  • We have great entertainment.
    Whether you're into trendy cafes and bars, swanky restaurants, or comfortable family spots, St. Louis has just the place for you. In fact, St. Louis was voted #27 on Forbes Magazine's (2008) "Best City for Singles!"
  • You can find the perfect place.
    The Greater St. Louis Area covers urban, suburban and rural areas where you can get a house, condo, or loft in a neighborhood that's just your style.
  • It's a "20-minute" city.
    St. Louis commutes are quick, whether you're headed to the office, the Art Museum, or a night on the town. *Does not take into consideration any future highway construction. St. Louis is also known for its considerate commuters as it was voted #4 on Autovantage's (2007) "Most Courteous City (Least Road Rage)" list.
  • We're in the middle of everything.
    Being in the center of the Midwest makes travelling easy by plane, car, bus or train.
  • You can bring the kids.
    They'll love the City Museum, Six Flags Over Mid-America, our Children's Museum, The Magic House, and dozens of other fun sites.
  • We're #1!
    St. Louis has often been voted the best sports city in America.
  • We celebrate diversity.
    St. Louis offers diverse culteral activities like the International Folkfest, the Hispanic Fair, Missouri Botanical Garden's Chinese and Japanese Festivals, and many others.
  • The great outdoors is here in the city.
    We have 100 parks, with pools, fitness trails, ice rinks, softball fields, basketball courts, camp sites, goolf courses, boat ramps, and plenty more
  • We're green.
    Every year more buildings here are specially designed to minimize environmental impact - putting us in the top 100 nationwide, according to the U.S. Green Building Council's July 2006 survey.
  • You can see the sights ... for free.
    Only one city in the U.S. offers more free, major attractions than St. Louis - and that's Washington D.C. You'll never run out of things to do, with the Saint Louis Zoo, Anheuser-Busch Brewery, the St. Louis Science Center, Missouri History Museum, Grant's Farm and a whole lot more.
  • The Arts are here.
    There always something to see. St. Louis Catherdral Basilica is home to the largest collections of mosaics in the world. The art Museum is known as one of the nation's leading comprehensive art museums with more than 30,000 works of art. And the local art community is thriving.
  • Our music scense makes history.
    Blues. Jazz. Rap. Indie. Country. Rock. Classical. Whatever you listen to, you can hear it live just about any night in St. Louis.