6 Reasons To Visit Downtown St. Louis Right Now
Now is the time to support Downtown St. Louis—and whether you’re on the hunt for the perfect cup of coffee, a beautiful walk in the city’s ample green space or a feast for the eyes involving 25-foot-high bursts of fire, we guarantee you’ll find an attraction worth your while. Keep reading for our roundup of must-see Downtown spots.
National Blues Museum
Whether you know it or not, you’ve been impacted by blues music—and the National Blues Museum Downtown should be at the top of your list, for natives and visitors alike. The musical style has long transcended traditional social divisions and created the foundation for a number of other musical styles that came after. Learn about the heroes of the movement, brush up on your jazz knowledge and better understand the living history that is the blues in America.
Union Station Light Show
Union Station, one of St. Louis’ most treasured historic institutions, continues to surprise us with its inventions of public spectacle. The latest iteration comes in the form of a multi-million-dollar fire, water and light show. Who knew such a thing even existed? An assortment of nozzles spray water 40 feet into the air, followed by flames that shoot up to 25 feet high. Needless to say, you’ll see us there.
New Restaurants Downtown
Downtown has always had a resumé of strong restaurants, but new ventures and delicious locales of all kinds have been popping up left and right. Try James Beard Award-winning chef Gerard Craft’s Italian comfort food at Porano, extraordinary BBQ at Sugarfire Smokehouse or deep-dish pizza at Pi Pizza. Finish off the night with a drink at Rosalita’s Cantina on Wash Ave or the elegant Robust Wine Bar.
New Kiener Plaza
St. Louis’ Kiener Plaza recently underwent a $23.7 million renovation, which required over a year of construction and has yielded beautiful results. Amidst the asphalt and cement buildings, an inviting green space emerges, planted with over 100 trees native to Missouri. City officials hope the open, walkable area will also serve the local community as a space for local programming, gatherings and activities.
By now, you may have gathered that Downtown St. Louis is full of unexpected areas of green space, which has continued to expand due to a round of recent renovations in an effort to create a more walkable, pedestrian-friendly Downtown. That mentality is further supported by the CityArchRiver project, a massive urban-design feat in the midst of construction, which will render a strong walkable connection between the Arch, the Mississippi River and Downtown St. Louis through green space. Trust us—you won’t want to miss treating yourself to a coffee and beautiful fall walk through the green space Downtown.
Citygarden + Kaldi’s
If you’re heading to Citygarden, you can now do it with a fresh cup of Kaldi’s Coffee in hand as well as a delicious brunch. The St. Louis roastery has planted a brick-and-mortar location among the beautiful trees, sculptures and green space of Citygarden. Enjoy a beautiful walk in the city and let the little ones explore this perfect destination for a family outing.
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