How to Spend a Day in North CWE

By Matt Sorrell
In Culture

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The Central West End is one of the oldest and most venerated of St. Louis neighborhoods. It’s filled with architecturally significant buildings and tree shaded streets lined with some of the finest private residences in the city. But this venerable enclave, particularly the northern end, also boasts an energy that’s undeniable and offers myriad activities, no matter where your tastes run.

 

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Food and Drink
There’s no excuse to go hungry or thirsty here. Eateries like Pi Pizzeria (400 North Euclid Ave.), Dressel’s Public House (419 North Euclid Ave.), Evangeline’s (512 North Euclid Ave.)and the soon-to-open third location of Mission Taco Joint (398 North Euclid Ave.) offer top-notch eats in casual settings. The art deco elegance of The Chase Park Plaza (212 North Kingshighway) contains a selection of great restaurants and lounges both informal and elevated, including the newly opened The Preston, and a movie theater to boot. And Herbie’s Vintage ’72 (405 North Euclid Ave.) continues to set the standard for elegant, upscale dining. Fine wine and art can be enjoyed in equal measure at The Vino Gallery (4701 McPherson Ave.), which also boasts a peaceful patio space. Feeling that competitive urge? Pop by Brennan’s (4659 Maryland Ave.) for a drink and a game or two in the Skunk’d Ping Pong Parlor.

 

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Shopping
Forget the malls and outlets and hit up the CWE’s abundance of shops and boutiques. Check out The Silver Lady (4736 McPherson Ave.) for select sterling jewelry and accessories, and Kit and Ace (304 North Euclid Ave), 10denza (44 Maryland Plaza), and Fauxgerty (228 North Euclid Ave.) for the best in contemporary fashion.

 

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Intellectual Pursuits
Looking for a good read? Look no further than Left Bank Books (399 North Euclid Ave.) for the best selection of new and used tomes and to hear a variety of visiting authors talk about and read from their works. Engage the creative side of your brain with the neighborhood’s four galleries—projects+gallery (4733 McPherson Ave.), Houska Gallery (4728 McPherson Ave.), Duane Reed Gallery (4729 McPherson Ave.) and Philip Slein Gallery (4735 McPherson Ave.). Catch a complete evening of art, conversation and connection on March 25 from 5-8pm, when three of the galleries will host joint openings. You can also put on your thinking cap at The World Chess Hall of Fame (4652 Maryland Ave.). Patrons of all ages can learn about the game at one of the many programs offered here and enjoy rotating exhibits, like “Ladies’ Knight: A Female Perspective on Chess,” on display until May 1.

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