Brett and I recently went to St. Louis for a wedding. We got there a few days early to explore the city and had a blast. Travelling is an art, in my opinion! Slowly, Brett & I have perfected how we travel together. We both agree St. Louis one of our most successful trips together. We squeezed in so many activities and didn’t eat at one bad restaurant. Below are the places we explored and restaurants we ate at. We highly recommend all of it!
10:00 AM – Tour at Anhueser-Busch: We went on the “Day Fresh Tour” which was just $10 a person. It included a few samplings throughout the tour + a free beer from the Biergarten afterwards. We also were gifted a Michelob Ultra beer that was bottled that day, for ultimate freshness we drank it later in the evening after chilling it in our hotel room. This tour was perfect because it was just over an hour. We got to the Clydesdales and the brewing process. The 10:00 AM tour was a great option because it finished at the perfect time to enjoy a few beers and lunch in the Biergarten
12:00 PM – Lunch in the Biergarten: Ps. Anhueser-Busch brews more than Natty Light and Bud Light. They have quite the selection of drinks for all taste buds at the Biergarten. But, I actually loved the food. Brett and I shared the pretzel sticks which were soft and fresh. And, we both got the daily special which was beer battered chicken strips. Highly recommend. If you get a little day drunk, like Brett and I did #oops, you’ll have enough time to head back to your hotel for a midday nap before heading to the Gateway Arch. If not, you’ll have a little extra time to explore.
4:00 PM – Tour at the Gateway Arch: The Gateway Arch is a must do. It’s honestly the best view of the city and it’s extremely inexpensive. After we did the tour, we explored the park and walked up to see the ballpark. Definitely check out a baseball game if the Cardinals are playing in town.
6:00 PM – Dinner at the Shaved Duck: Hands down 10/10. I’ve heard you can have a wait at this place, but timing is everything and we were seated right away. Check their calendar online because there was some awesome live blues music the night we went which made for a great atmosphere. And, I’m from Kansas City and I honestly think the Shaved Duck served me the best burnt ends I’ve ever eaten. They were moist and full of flavor. If you’re in STL, you’ve got to check this spot out.
10:00 AM – Brunch at Rooster: Walk-able from downtown STL and one of the few places we found that served brunch on a weekday. Although, I can imagine it is packed on a weekend. I got the French Toast, but was dying to try one of their crepes!
11:30 AM – Botanical Gardens: Although we missed some of the peak blooming, the Botanical Gardens was beautiful. They were just beginning to set up for Christmas lighting and by the photos it looks like it’s still quite the attraction during the winter months. What we loved about the Botanical Gardens was how peaceful it was. We then took an Uber to the Pageant to purchase tickets for a comedy show in the evening. From there we walked down the street and grabbed a pastry and coffee to-go.
2:00 PM – Snack at Piccione Pastry: We took an Uber to the Pageant to purchase tickets for the comedy show later in the evening. We saw Piccione Pastry on the corner and were quite hungry after walking through the botanical gardens. It was the perfect stop for a snack to keep up fueled before dinner. The cookies and crème cannoli was delicious.
3:00 PM – St. Louis Art Museum: We walked about 1.5 miles from Piccione Pastry while we enjoyed our coffee – the weather was a bit chilly but we passed by some beautiful neighborhoods, the University of Washington and part of the park that is home to the art museum and a few other attractions. The art museum is FREE and one could easily spend a few hours or an entire day here. Our favorite exhibit was the medieval body armor!
5:00 PM – Margs & Dinner at Mission Taco Joint: Okay. Hands down 10/10. First, the service was outstanding and without great service you cannot have a great restaurant no matter how good the food is. The chips and salsa, though not free was delicious. And, fresh. The tacos to follow were full of flavor! You can mix and match as many as you’d like. I recommend the BBQ Duck, Mango-Hop-Anero Shrimp & the Beef Brisket Birria.
7:30 PM – Comedy Show at the Pageant: We lucked out with an awesome comedian in town and snagged tickets! A belly full of laughter is never a bad way to spend an evening! The Pageant is also home to music and more!
10:00 AM – St. Louis Zoo: With a wedding to attend in the evening, we finished our St. Louis exploring out with a trip to the zoo. What’s awesome about the zoo is it is FREE! Even in the cold, we were able to see a majority of the animals. Check out events too that may be going on while you’re in town!
2:00 PM – Lunch at Bailey’s Range: More soft pretzels! Yum. This place is a sister restaurant to the Rooster so we knew we’d love it! A great place to come for staples like burgers and fries, chicken sandwiches and milkshakes. If you’re hoping to leave with a milkshake in hand, I recommend splitting French fries or skipping the appetizer. FYI – the majority of seating is at a long table; great if you’re looking to socialize with others. But, they have limited dining room seating so I wouldn’t recommend it for an intimate date night.
Have been to any of the spots I mentioned above? What did you think? And, if you’ve been to St. Louis, I’d love to hear other places to check out! Restaurants? Attractions?