5 Downtown St. Louis Spots To Warm You Up This Winter
Winter is the perfect time to expand your repertoire of safe havens from the cold. Perhaps you’re on the hunt for an inviting restaurant to try out, a comfortable spot to cozy up with a new book or an inspiring spot to spark your creativity when it’s freezing outside. While Downtown St. Louis is a bustling, vibrant urban center, you can still find warm spots to cozy up and recharge.
Here are five spots Downtown where we love to eat, drink and be merry when in search of a winter reprieve.
Robust Wine Bar
This café-meets-wine-bar-meets-shoppe immediately draws you in with its chic décor and elegant atmosphere. The menu of charcuterie and small plates is crafted to complement the wide-ranging wine selection, including by-the-glass options, flights and full bottles, sure to warm you right up. Robust also offers lunch, dinner and even brunch at the Downtown location, complete with deals on mimosas and Bloody Mary’s.
MX Exchange Theatre
If you haven’t seen a movie at the Mercantile Exchange on Washington Avenue yet, you must. Sip from a glass of wine or a cocktail from MX’s full bar and enjoy a delicious dinner while watching your film, with comfy seating. This intimate theatre with its variety of dining options make this the perfect date-night spot—or cozy retreat when the weather outside is frightful.
Kaldi’s Coffee at Citygarden
Warm up with an early morning coffee or an afternoon chai at the Kaldi’s location Downtown, nestled among the sculptures and greenery of Citygarden. The menu boasts seasonal and location-specific items in addition to the classic Kaldi’s favorites. Floor-to-ceiling windows saturate the space with natural light, inviting you to nurse your warm beverage while avoiding the frost.
Escape the chill and curl up with a novel at the stunningly beautiful Central Branch of the St. Louis Public Library, on Olive. The extensive collection of literature is unrivaled, and the stately 100-plus-year-old building manages to feel both reverent and inviting. You can even grab a cappuccino or a snack at Urban Eats Café, located in the west wing, before curling up with one of your favorite volumes.
Housed in a former shoe factory, City Museum offers kids and adults an experience like no other. You’ll climb, you’ll jump, dangle and slide through a multi-floor indoor playground crafted from repurposed building materials, complete with a multitude of arts-and-crafts activities, live shows and, for the brave, the opportunity to step into a repurposed airplane several stories up in the air. Bonus tip: It remains open until midnight for anyone age 18 and older on Friday and Saturday nights.
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