66 Reasons to Love STL: No. 13, Cherokee Street

By Cara Wegener
In Culture

Phillips 66 recently launched the “66 Reasons to Love St. Louis” campaign, a citywide scavenger hunt of STL’s most beloved shops, eateries, sports venues and culture spots. In partnership with the campaign, we sent our editorial interns out on the town to experience a few of the spots for themselves. Be sure to check out the incredible list, take a pic and check in on social during your visits with the hashtags #STL66 and #contest for a chance to win free gas (!) for 66 months. – ALIVE Editors 

If you’re looking for a place where you can find authentic Mexican food, an eclectic dive bar, some live music, or a cold-brew coffee and antique shopping, Cherokee Street is where you want to be.

Me and the Cherokee Indian: sculpted by Bill Christman

Me and the Cherokee Indian, sculpted by Bill Christman

I first experienced Cherokee Street not long after I moved to the city. I immediately took to The Mud House coffee shop, found out about third Friday happy hours at Nebula, and attended local shows at venues like Foam or Blank Space. In the short time I’ve lived nearby, Cherokee has expanded and become a local paradise full of culture, arts and community. It truly is like any other strip of commercial real estate in the city, and you’ll fall in love with the people who frequent and the ambiance each room provides. I did.

On one end of the seven-block stretch, restaurants like El Bronco and La Vallesana are doing for Mexican food what The Hill does for Italian food. On the other, gems like Retro 101/Cherry Bomb Vintage and Ruth’s will have you trying on timeless dresses and fun hats or handbags. When the sun goes down, you can guarantee an interesting crowd outside 2720, The Whiskey Ring, or Fortune Teller Bar because there’s usually live music—and Cherokee is always down for a good time.

Something to check out this fall: Sunday Swap Meets at Lemp Brewery near Cherokee Street Antique Row . It’s a perfect time to take the day shopping, dining and experiencing all that Cherokee has to offer.

Check out some of the other reasons we love STL, part of Phillip 66’s 66 Reasons To Love STL campaign: Lemp Mansion and Vintage Vinyl.

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