For a relatively small city, St. Louis has a ton to offer. To help you maximize your short stay here, we've put together a list of can't miss attractions plus a bunch of our favorite shops and restaurants along with our favorite orders at each. We love our city and hope you will too!

Balkan Treat Box — $$
Webster Groves

Fast casual restaurant serving tradtional Balkan staples with a modern twist.

His: Beef pide
Hers: Sopska salad

Carl’s Deli — $

No frills deli serving delicious sandwiches with meat piled high since the late 1940's.

His: Pastrami and swiss on rye with spicy mustard
Hers: Lox and cream cheese on a bagel

Carl’s Drive-In — $

Take a step into the past with diner style smashed burgers and curly-Q hotdogs served over the counter.

His/Hers: Cheeseburgers and onion rings

Cate Zone — $$
University City

Family style eats from the northeastern region of China.

His/Hers: Hot crisp fish

Clementine’s Creamery— $$

Wicked selection of boozy and non-boozy ice creams.

His: Manhattan

Crown Candy Kitchen— $
Old North St. Louis

A St. Louis institution serving lunch, ice cream, and house made sweet treats.

His/Hers: Heart stopping BLT

Donut Drive-In— $
Lindenwood Park

Classic donut shop a couple blocks from our house. Stop by at night for hot, fresh donuts.

His/Hers: Plain glazed

Gioia’s Deli— $
The Hill

St. Louis's sandwich game is strong and this is one of the best. Try the hot salami.

His: Hot Salami
Hers: Meatball

The Lucky Accomplice— $$$
Fox Park

Stop by the bar for a drink and a snack or stay for a full meal with one of the most creative menus and bar programs in the city.

Mai Lee— $$

Rebekah's favorite! Extensive Vietnamese and Chinese menu that never disappoints.

His: Z - Com Tho - seafood over charred rice
Hers: #152 Dau Hu Chien Gion - tofu with special lemon sauce

Nudo House— $$
Delmar Loop

All the soups. Killer ramen and pho at this casual counter serve place in the Loop.

His: Shroomed Out Ramen
Hers: Curry Up Ramen (w/ Japanese Squash)

Pastaria— $$

St. Louis has no shortage of Italian eateries, but this is our favorite from James Beard award winner Gerard Craft.

His: Nduja Pizza
Hers: Chittarra al Pomodoro and Shaved Kale Salad

Planter's House— $$
Lafayette Square

The place to go if you're looking for cocktails in the city.

His: PH Boulevardier and Planter's House Fries
Hers: Imagination Library cocktail and marinated olives

Salt + Smoke— $$
Multiple Locations

St. Louis is a BBQ town and you really can't go wrong at any of our local BBQ joints, but more often than not we find ourselves at this one.

His: Brisket and burnt end toasted ravs
Hers: Pulled chicken

Sauce on the Side— $$
Multiple Locations

Calzones served with the sauce on the side. Check out the special, which is often weird but always good.

His: The Duke
Hers: Five-0

Ted Drewes Frozen Custard— $
St. Louis Hills

Another St. Louis institution located in our neighborhood!

His: Tart Cherry Sundae
Hers: Great Pumpkin Concrete

Union Loafers Café and Bread Bakery— $$
Botanical Heights

Serving the best sandwiches in town at lunch and amazing pizzas for dinner.

Lunch: Little Gem Salad and Beef and Buttermilk
Dinner: Pepperoni or Mushroom Pizza and Italian Salad for two

Anheuser – Busch

The Big One. Worth a visit if you've never seen it.

Sump Coffee
Marine Villa

The Best Coffee Shop. For real. If you like coffee, don't miss this one. Order a pourover for here, sit down, and enjoy.

Rockwell Beer Company —
The Grove

Our favorite place in town. Great beer, awesome burgers, and boozy slushies!

Schlafly Bottleworks

Neighborhood brewpub from the largest craft brewery in town. Nice patio too.

Schlafly Tap Room
Downtown West

Another of Schlafly's brewpubs. This one serves some unique beers that aren't distributed.

2nd Shift Brewing
The Hill

Justin's favorite brewery.

Civil Life Brewing Co.
Tower Grove South

Beer, sandwiches, and a patio. Sounds great, right?

Four Hands Brewery
LaSalle Park

Good beer, spirits, and draft cocktails.

Comet Coffee

A great selection of coffees from roasters all over the world and stellar baked goods

Blueprint Coffee
Several Locations

The shop we walk to from our house. Any of their locations are great though.

Busch Stadium

St. Louis is a baseball town. This is where it happens.

City Garden

A public park filled with interactive art installations.

City Museum — $18-$30
Downtown West

Not really a museum, but certainly a can't miss experience for all ages.

Gateway Arch

Hey, there's the arch.

The museum is free or you can ride to the top for $8-$16, but tickets are limited due to COVID.

Missouri Botanical Garden — $6-$14

Our botanical garden is lovely, but reservations are recommended.

Missouri History Museum
Forest Park

Admission is free.

Saint Louis Art Museum
Forest Park

Admission is free, but special exhibits have an admission fee, except on Fridays.

Saint Louis Zoo
Forest Park

Admission is free, but some attractions have an additional fee. Due to COVID, reservations for admission are required.

Don't miss the penguins exhibit. It's the best.

Tower Grove Farmer’s Market
Tower Grove Park

Open 8a – 12:30p on Saturdays. Lots of local food, drink, crafts, and there is a yoga class at 9:30.

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis
Central West End

One of two Catholic basilicas in St. Louis and home of one of the largest mosaic installations in the western hemisphere.

STL Style House
Benton Park West

If you're looking for souvenirs, or just fun St. Louis themed art or apparel, this is the place for you.

The Future Antiques
St. Louis Hills

A fun mid-century furniture store a few blocks from our house.

Union Studio
Botanical Heights and Webster Groves

A collection of awesome locally produced art, apparel, and gifts.

Parker's Table
Richmond Heights

Fine wine, food, and spirits in walking distance from The Cheshire. Also check out the sandwich counter by Salume Beddu.

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