Renter’s Guide To St. Louis
St. Louis, Missouri is commonly known for the Gateway Arch, a monument built for the westward expansion of the United States. What many people don’t know is St. Louis has evolved into a very lively city with plenty of things to see and do for people of all ages. While there are a ton of different neighborhoods to live in to experience St. Louis, we’ve picked our 3 favorites as well as popular restaurants, entertainment, and apartments to enjoy!
What to Do
If you’re in St. Louis, you have to catch a St. Louis Cardinal’s baseball game at Busch Stadium. One of the coolest things about attending a game here is you can bring your own food and drink (non-alcoholic) into the stadium! With the breathtaking views of the St. Louis skyline and Gateway Arch, you might forget you’re watching a baseball game!
Sure you can see the Gateway Arch from Busch Stadium and and enjoy the grounds around the monument for free, but we recommend paying the small fee to take the Journey to the Top. On a clear day you can see up to 30 miles in each direction where you’ll experience amazing views of St. Louis and the Mississippi River.
Where to Eat
Want to start your day off on the right foot? You must head to Rooster, a delicious European style, urban cafe in downtown St Louis. While they specialize in sweet and savory crepes, the “Rooster Slinger” is a real crowd pleaser: Andouille sausage, breakfast potatoes, fried eggs, and sausage gravy served over thick toast.
Lunch: Pappy’s Smokehouse
Pappy’s has consistently been rated the top BBQ restaurant in St. Louis as well as one of the top 10 in the country. The meat here is slow cooked for 14 hours over sweet apple or cherry wood and then topped off with one of 4 signature sauces. Be sure to try the pulled pork or chicken sandwich lunch special every Monday-Friday from 11 to 2!
Dinner: Mango Peruvian Cuisine
Mango Peruvian blends the diverse flavors of Peru with locally sourced products in a creative and flavorful manner. The plantain chips with dipping sauce and Pescado Ceviche are great ways to start your meal. The Saltado de Langostinos is a fan favorite or try the Pre-Theater menu, a 3-course meal for $20, served from 4-6 on Monday-Saturday.
Happy Hour at the Drunken Fish is from 4-6 PM and 10 PM-close every Monday thru Friday. $4 beers, $5 wine and sake, and $6 martinis and cocktails highlight the drink specials in this vibrant restaurant. You can satisfy your hunger with $5 rolls, $6 starters, and $10 signature rolls at the best voted sushi restaurant in St. Louis.
Where to Live
St. Louis is a city rich in history and what better way to appreciate that than to live in the Arcade Apartments, recently renovated apartments located in the historic Arcade Building. The pet-friendly community features 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments with polished concrete floors and carpeted bedrooms, granite counter tops, island kitchens, and an open living area. Take in panoramic views on the rooftop terrace, break a sweat in the state of the art fitness center with steam room, and enjoy over 11,000 square feet of shared studio spaces. If you or one of the members of your household is an artist, you may qualify for one of their Affordable Artist Apartments!
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What to Do
Forest Park was once home to the World’s Fair back in 1904 and now attracts more than 12 millions visitors a year to one of the largest urban parks in the U.S. The park is home to many of St. Louis’ most popular attractions like the St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis Art Museum, the Jewel Box (pictured below), and the Muny, the country’s oldest and largest outdoor theater. The park is lined with bike and pedestrian paths making everything easily accessible.
As you leave the Northeast corner of Forest Park, take a short walk down Lindell Blvd to the famous Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, home to one of the largest mosaic collections in the western hemisphere. Guided tours are available during the week from 10-4 and there is a gift shop to purchase souvenirs after your tour!
Where to Eat
Breakfast: 2Schae Cafe
The staff at 2Schae Cafe are very friendly and inviting making this your home away from home every morning, except Monday. Order at the counter and if you’re lucky, grab a seat outside! Order one of their signature omelets or try the Corner Cristo, a breakfast sandwich served between 2 pieces of their House French Toast.
Lunch: Mission Taco
If you’re as a big of Tacos as we are, Mission Taco has to be on your list of places to try. Obviously you must try their specialty tacos like the Roasted Duck or Mofu Tofu but their Chicken Flautas are to die for. Be sure to check out the taco of the month posted on Facebook!
Dinner: Pi Pizzeria
Pi Pizzeria has been serving up their cornmeal deep dish and thin crust Pi’s for years to everyone’s satisfaction. Order one of their specialty Pi’s like the South Side Clasico or the Central West End and prepare to be wowed! Fun Fact: In 2009, Pi Pizzeria became the first restaurant to prepare food at the White House!
3 Kings Public House is a lively atmosphere and has some of the best appetizers in St. Louis, not to mention some great drink specials. Feast on select appetizers for just $4.99 while sipping on half priced draft beer and glasses of wine and $4 you call it cocktails.
Where to Live
The Gotham Apartments consist of a revitalized 1925 building and a brand new mixed use building on the same site, right on the edge of the Skinker DeBaliviere neighborhood. These 1 and 2 bedroom apartments are conveniently located near tons of restaurants, live entertainment, and shops. Work out in the community fitness center, onsite laundry, and brand new kitchens in these comfortable, luxurious apartments. Combine the convenient location with the modern, luxurious design and we don’t know why you would want to live anywhere else.
What to Do
A trip to St. Louis would be incomplete without taking a tour of America’s most famous brewery. There are a variety of different tours you can take but some of the highlights include learning about the history of the brewery, the secret 7 step process to brewing Budweiser beers, and a special visit to the iconic Clydesdale Paddock.
The history of the Farmer’s Market dates all the way back to the late 18th century making it the oldest market west of the Mississippi River. There are over 100 vendors consisting of meat shops, spice shops, produce vendors, and farmers selling their products every Wednesday-Saturday!
Where to Eat
Breakfast: The Mud House
We need coffee and a hearty breakfast every morning before we even think about getting work done. If you’re anything like us, then The Mud House will be your favorite place in the world. With classic entrees like the English Breakfast or the Spicy Tofu Scramble, you can’t go wrong. Oh yeah, did we mention you can order breakfast all day, every day?!
Lunch: Blue’s City Deli
The Blue’s City Deli gets its roots from the blues music highway and New Orleans which is very evident once you taste their scrumptious sandwiches. Order the Po’ Boy or Muffuletta, the local favorites, then kick back and relax in the homey atmosphere where the air is typically filled with live blues music.
Dinner: Element Restaurant
The new trend that has taken over the food scene is small and large shareable plates, keeping diners engaged throughout the meal. When you walk into Element, you can get a first hand look in the kitchen to see what the chefs are cooking for the evening. Carefully crafted cocktails and hip, inventive American food make this a can’t miss experience.
Llywelyn’s Pub is one of those places you go for happy hour and never want to leave. Monday-Friday from 3-6 is packed with patrons eating 3, 4, and 5 dollar appetizers ranging from classic Welsh food like the Welsh Rarebit to modern day classics like beef sliders. And now for the best part, the drinks! What’s not to like about $2 domestic bottles, $3 select draft pints, premium well cocktails, house wine, and $4 premium draft goblets? Check the website for their late night happy hours as well!
Where to Live
The brand new Soulard Ice House Lofts might be the coolest apartments in all of St. Louis, no not because they occupy a former ice plant but because of their design, location, and amenities. Granite counter tops, sleek custom cabinetry, concrete floors, stainless steel appliances, and exposed brick are just a few of the highlights in these modern day 1, 2, and 3 bedroom lofts. Enjoy terrace patios and the hottest rooftop in all of St. Louis that will have your friends begging to come over all the time. The community is located in the heart of Soulard and is a short walk away from all the hot spots in the area.