Crown Candy Kitchen In Old North Saint Louis

 In Feature, Food

There’s a time warp at the corner of North 14th Street and St. Louis Avenue, and it will transport you into a magical land of brain freezes and sugar rushes. Everything inside has a carefully maintained soda fountain feelthe cozy booths, the décor, the menuplus, there’s the promise of immortal fame to anyone who can drink five giant milkshakes in under 30 minutes.

In the summer, customers will often bring their ice cream cones out onto the streets of Old North neighborhood. But in winter, those cozy booths beckon for bowls of beanless chili or overstuffed grilled cheese sandwiches with Swiss, provolone, cheddar and American.

For one’s sweet tooth, there’s the chocolate—Crown Candy’s signature attraction—in dozens of variations, including the incomparable hash (milk or dark chocolate cradling a fluffy marshmallow filling). The holiday-themed figurines have a longstanding reputation as seasonal favorites for many St. Louisans. Third-generation owners steered their restaurant past its 100th anniversary five years ago.

As the surrounding neighborhood changes, with new retailers opening up shop along North 14th Street, Crown Candy is poised to introduce a new wave of customers to the decadent delights of a double-scoop sundae, crafted from homemade ice cream.

Crown Candy Kitchen
1401 St. Louis Ave.

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Crown Candy Kitchen, Photo credit: Carmen Troesser

While you’re in the neighborhood, visit …

Gina’s Bar & Grill
1901 St. Louis Ave.

Gina’s has gained a party-loving following who nosh on pub snacks like Cajun chicken wings. 

Gene’s Bar and Grill
1319 St. Louis Ave.

Get down with Boss Lady Sherry for entertainment, ranging from live jazz to fish fries.

Cornerstone Cafe
1436 Salisbury

There’s a strong sense of home when you’re one of the two-dozen guests sipping coffee or chowing on New York-style pizza.


This story originally appeared in ALIVE’s sister publication GUIDED SAINT LOUIS: Old North. Pick up your complimentary on newsstands now.


Cover image photo credit: Attilio D’Agostino

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