The St. louis Neighborhood Guide
Last Updated: Q1 2019
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St. Louis isn’t what you see on TV (or what you’ve created in your head): it’s more than just identical McMansions and strip malls. Whether you’re looking to rub shoulders with the wealthy at high-end boutiques or explore our version of Chinatown, we’ve got something lined up for you. Read on for our top 8 neighborhoods for you to visit during your time here.
University City/Delmar Loop
University City (UCity to locals) can be roughly split in two: the western half is St. Louis’ unofficial Chinatown, and the eastern half is The Delmar Loo, the pulsing heart of this vibrant neighborhood and one of the “Great Streets” of America. The Loop gets more fun when the sun sets, when young crowds flock to the varied nightlife, enjoying everything from sports bars to hookah lounges to late-night cookie joints.
Young professionals, families with kids, singles
Grab a cup of joe at Blueprint Coffee and a cannoli from Piccione Bakery to fuel your day of exploring the Loop’s many restaurants and boutiques. Catch a movie matinee at the historic Tivoli Theatre and see a band play at the Pageant at night. Pro tip: Pi Pizzeria’s location across Delmar from the Pageant has a takeout window, so you can get your deep dish to go from Pi and bring it into the Pageant while you wait for the opening act. If you want a drink after the show, walk next door to Eclipse, Moonrise Hotel’s rooftop bar. If you’re more interested in the Chinatown portion, grab a meal at Cate Zone or Tai Ke, then explore the massive Asian grocery stores, Seafood City and Olive Supermarket.
Quirky, cool, with a wide variety of international food joints.
TOURIST-Y GUILTY PLEASURE
Take a shameless selfie at the St. Louis Walk of Fame, honoring over 100 great St. Louisans. Or enjoy dinner and a show at Blueberry Hill, a dinner/concert venue that rock legend Chuck Berry put on the map.
KEEP IN MIND
Traffic can be a hassle on Delmar - especially now that the trolley is under construction - so bring your patience and be on the hunt for parking lots.
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