I had the most incredible time exploring St. Louis with the Alive Mag team for Explore Saint Louis. I spent 4 days with other amazing women discovering things to do and see in this hidden gem of a city. I was pleasantly surprised by how passionate the residents were, and how involved they were in making St. Louis thrive again, sharing all of the history behind St. Louis. There is a large young creative community growing in STL because the cost of living is amazing and the architecture of the homes/building are from the 1800s. So there is tons of art, events, festivals, stores, neighborhoods with character, and culinary cuisine fit for any foodie like myself. It’s definitely a place I recommend visiting and maybe even moving to if you’re looking for a hip, up and coming city with a very affordable cost of living.
Here are some of my favorite places, restaurants, and events that I was blessed to experience.
My hotel stay was at the boutique hotel The Cheshire Inn
I loved this hotel! It was full of character and charm. It was clean, comfortable, and the staff was very attentive and sweet. My husband said he had the best hotel breakfast food and they have tea, coffee, water, and lemonade available for free in the lobby 24/7. Plus music artists Flying Lotus and Tycho stayed at the hotel while we were there!
Two days of pop-up shops, art installations, artists, tech talks, and music!
Westminster sews your portrait. How cool is that!
My favorite performances were by Yacht and Flying Lotus!
Flying Lotus wanted to hang!
Sweet Destructor ceramic booth
Of course I snagged a Human sweatshirt from the Philomena + Ruth booth!
Places to eat:
Pi Pizza, President Barack Obama’s favorite pizza place. And now I know why!
The Preston had amazing food and ambience
Katie’s Pizza was our first dinner filled with delicious drinks,pasta, side dishes, and pizza.
Vicia farm to table food
The Living Collective store is full of independent clothing and accessory brands I love. And they have wine bar connected to them!
Fauxgerty a popular brand for vegan clothing wear and an in store performance by The Bloom Experience
Things to do in St. Louis:
Start bar is a great bar where you can eat, play games, and listen to music from the 90s
Projects Plus Gallery to see the Charlie Would by Charlie Le Mindu hair exhibit
Duane Reed Gallery to see June Kaneko Ceramic artist
And lastly but not least, a beautiful neighborhood in St. Louis, just to give you a feel of the architecture