A Fun Weekend Guide to Kirkwood, Missouri

In Kirkwood, there are a multitude of options for eateries, live entertainment, shopping and exploration. Eat, drink, shop and explore the neighborhood like a native with our guide below.

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EAT

Billy G’s
131 W. Argonne Drive
314.984.8000

Kick back—you’re at one of the most popular hangouts in town. Enjoy a delicious menu packed with things from barbecue to dessert courtesy of the legendary St. Louis restaurant family the Gianinos. Even the salad (with house-made creamy Italian dressing) feels like a comfort food.

The Gianino family made their name with Italian cuisine, and also operate local favorites Joey B’s, Frankie G’s and Bill Gianino’s. Billy G’s holds on to some of that legacy with chicken spiedini, pasta con broccoli and Mama’s ragu (tagliatelle with a meatball, house-made marinara, salsiccia and ricotta). It also ventures out in other directions: macro bowls balance protein, carbs and fat; the Greek pita board is pure Mediterranean goodness; and the barbecued meats are classic St. Louis.

The “comfort-food” tag fits the beer, wine and cocktail lists, too, and happy hour runs all afternoon. Depending on your mood and the crowd you’re with, Billy G’s offers seating options to match: the patio, with its cabanas and twinkling lights; the fire table in the cocktail lounge; or the booths in the main dining area, where you can catch the game and cheer for your team.

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Kirkwood Station Brewing Company
Just down the street from the historic train station, this destination features food, live music and craft beers.

105 E. Jefferson Ave.
314.966.2739

One 19 North Tapas & Wine Bar
Taking the tapas concept global, this wine bar spans the Mediterranean to the Gulf of Mexico.

119 N. Kirkwood Road
314.821.4119

Amigos Cantina
Favorites like tacos and fajitas will satisfy your Tex-Mex cravings, but the best reason for a visit are the hand-mixed margaritas.

120 W. Jefferson Ave.
314.821.0877

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SHOP

Blush Boutique
159 W. Argonne Drive
314.965.4411
With its eclectic combination of chandeliers, rough lumber and plush throws, the decor at Blush makes a statement: You can mix and match and still be utterly fashionable. The same spirit goes in to the clothing the boutique features. It’s hard to go wrong when you’ve invested in stylish building blocks for your wardrobe.

The 3,500-square-foot space is roomy and comfortable, with plenty of elbow room. Because fashion changes with the season, so, too, do Blush’s collections—but look carefully, and you’ll notice transition pieces like a stylish light sweater or a pair of designer shoes that transcend seasons.

The message to women is one of empowerment. Owner Tawny Taylor and the well-dressed staff are happy to chat about current styling and what’s right for you. And if you’d like to do it with a beverage in hand, let them know and they’ll hook you up.

While You’re In The Neighborhood …

Sammysoap
Founded by a passionate mother, this company creates all-natural skincare with a mission: to create jobs for those with intellectual disabilities.

123 W. Argonne Drive
314.287.7020

Clay & Cotton
This colorful shop is packed with stylish-yet-comfortable apparel, décor and accessories for people and pets.

113 N. Kirkwood Road
314.394.1400

Paperdolls
Enhance your shopping experience with this boutique’s personal stylists, who listen and learn to suit your individuality.

110 E. Jefferson Ave.
314.965.3655

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EAT

Nathaniel Reid Bakery
11243 Manchester Road
314.858.1019
Don’t let this venue‘s unassuming storefront in a strip mall on Manchester Road fool you. Nathaniel Reid is an award-winning culinary entrepreneur and one of the top pastry chefs in America. These are seriously world-class pastries and desserts. Reid, a Missouri native, honed his craft in kitchens and schools around the country and in France. His bakery opened to foodie fan fare in 2016—and it didn’t disappoint.

You can find savory options at the bakery in the short list of sandwiches, salads and quiche. Or enjoy breakfast pastries like croissants, danishes and the layered dough-and-sugar combination of the kouign-amann (pronounced QUEEN-ah-mahn). The tiny café space isn’t conducive to lingering over a meal, so most customers take their haul to go. And this works out perfectly for the bakery, because what hungry person can order breakfast or lunch without adding on something sweet? It could a cookie or delicate pastry; it could be a chocolate, a poundcake, or one of the macrons, with flavors like salted caramel, poppy flower, almond-orange and espresso.

The shop offers occasional cooking classes where they demystify a dessert so home cooks can give it a whirl. Whether or not you perfect the pastry technique, it will give you a new appreciation of Reid’s talent and dedication to quality.

While You’re In The Neighborhood …

Strange Donuts
Find your favorite dones (including the surprising “stranger”) at this locally owned shop.

107 E. Argonne Drive
314.394.2323

Kaldi’s Coffee House
The Kirkwood location adjoins an open-air patio perfect for relaxing.

120 S. Kirkwood Road
314.821.0087

McArthur’s Bakery Café
As this 60-year-old bakery transitions, it’s adding a sit-down dining experience.

210 N. Kirkwood Road
314.894.0900

Global Foods Market
This beloved super market just may have the best selection of international culinary items and ingredients around.

421 N. Kirkwood Road
314.835.1112

School of Rock
These performance-oriented classes boost students’ skills on an instrument while affording them the opportunity to collaborate.

104 N. Kirkwood Road
314.394.1994

Powder Valley Nature Center
Escape into this 112-acre tranquil oak forest, or visit the kid-friendly interpretive center for hands-on learning about local flora and fauna.

11715 Cragwold Road
314.301.1500

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EXPLORE

The Magic House
516 S. Kirkwood Road
314.822.8900
Making little faces light up is pretty easy. Doing it while also sparking children’s imaginations, piquing their curiosity, enhancing their creativity and helping them develop problem-solving skills is a more demanding mission, but that’s exactly what The Magic House has been doing since 1979. Generations of children and parents alike love them for it.

The main attraction is the children’s museum itself, a multi-building complex with dozens upon dozens of activities for all interests and abilities. Some are age-specific, but many are open to children of all ages (and their adults, who often join in on the fun). The variety of room configurations and sizes can be confounding for first-timers to navigate, but children seem to have no trouble discovering new areas visit after visit.

Additionally, The Magic House organizes regular traveling exhibits and special events. This enriching programming ensures there’s always something new to explore, no matter how many times a family visits. Best of all, most of the add-on experiences are free with museum admission. The only extra costs are for the gift shop and the Picnic Basket Café, which offers healthy meal and snack options—some of them featuring ingredients grown on site.

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EAT

Citizen Kane’s Steak House
133 W. Clinton Place
314.965.9005
One of the most-delicious steak experiences in the region is tucked away off the beaten path in Kirkwood. It’s a destination for special occasions, and every order is respected and treasured—whether it comes from the youngest member of the party or the oldest. That type of service feels very fitting for a restaurant located in a turn-of-the-century Victorian home.

The menu is filled with expertly crafted dishes that draw customers’ attention to the steak at the center of the plate. Although they are traditional, not a single one is boring—even the creamed spinach is popular enough to generate recipe requests. And the steak, of course, is exquisite.

If the point of the libation is to emphasize the steak, then the wine list at Citizen Kane’s hits the market. The same is true for the long list of whiskeys, bourbons, single-malt Scotches and Scotch-whiskey blends, which serve as reminder that concluding the meal is just as important at a fine steak house as starting it. And that is where the chocolate-chip cheesecake enters the picture.

While You’re In The Neighborhood …

Café Provencal
This longtime French restaurant is timeless.

427 S. Kirkwood Road
314.822.5440

Peppe’s Apt. 2
You’ll feel right at home in this elegant fine-dining setting with Italian flair.

800 S. Geyer Road
314.909.1375

Sapore Italian Café
These fresh dishes are just like what the chef ’s Italian nonna used to make.

451 S. Kirkwood Road
314.909.7575

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Kirkwood Farmers Market
150 E. Argonne Drive
314.984.9496
For more than 40 seasons, this cornerstone of the community has been connecting growers, producers and customers. One of its anchors is Summit Produce, a one-stop shop for bedding plants, fresh fruit and vegetables, baked goods and more, open all week long. All around it, smaller vendors add sparkle. On a typical Saturday morning, you might find kettle corn, waffles, tamales, organic poultry, shaved ice, cheeses, breads, olive oil and wildflowers.

The farmers’ market is owned by the city of Kirkwood, and the public has a voice in its operations through and advisory committee. This structure makes it unique, and longtime customers demonstrate a clear sense of loyalty in their shopping support.

Festivals are another part of the market’s special character. Seasonal celebrations happen for spring (in April), peaches (in mid-summer), pumpkins (in October) and Christmas. Over the summer, the market also hosts live-music Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Winter is quieter, as gardeners pore over their seed catalogs and dream of what they’ll plant when the weather warms up. Once the spring plants hit the shelves, customers flock back again, just as they have for years.

While You’re In The Neighborhood …

The Alpine Shop
This shop has everything you need to enjoy an adventurous outdoor life.

440 N. Kirkwood Road
314.962.7715

Cornucopia
Whether you’re a kitchen pro or novice, the huge selection of culinary gear in this two-level shop has something to spark your interest.

107 N. Kirkwood Road
314.822.2440

Christopher’s
This shop stocks a wide selection of fun décor, clothing and gifts, many handcrafted by American artisans.

127 E. Argonne Drive
314.909.0202

Photography courtesy of Carmen Troesser for GUIDED: Saint Louis.

For more St. Louis day-trip ideas, visit our friends at Explore St. Louis. See all of these beautiful locations profiled in our recent print edition of GUIDED: Saint Louis.

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