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- Gateway Arch707 North First Street, St Louis, MO 63102-2526recommended Gateway ArchI was really impressed with the whole presentation here--you get to visit this icon of modernism *and* learn a lot about the expansion of the US. The arch itself is well worth going up to the top of, ... read morejust because the contraption that goes up is so clunky and vintage-feeling (even though it's 60s space-age styling). There's a tiny bit of sway in the arch, so if you go up on a windy day, you'll feel it! And the museum at the base of the arch is really interesting and laid out in a nifty way.Zora O'Neill
Of course you'll go to the arch!
- Fox Theatre and Tours541 North Grand Boulevard, St. Louis, MO, United Statesrecommended Fox Theatre and ToursI judge a city by its movie theaters. St. Louis turns out to be a sleeper-cool city because it has a number of small indie theaters, and the Fabulous Fox is one of the best--it's a beautiful old ... read moreconverted building, lovingly restored. To get the full vintage movie palace vibe, go a little early, so you can soak up all the little details--and to get various good food and drinks. The only drawback is that the actual seating area is a little harsh and concrete-ish, because it's also used for concerts, and I guess they wanted to be able to hose down the floor or something. But it's still a great place to see a film (or a show). And you can also take a guided historical tour.Zora O'Neill
Worth checking out what's playing here--it's fun!
- World's Fair Doughnuts1904 South Vandeventer Avenue, St. Louis, MOrecommended World's Fair DoughnutsDoughnuts are automatically healthy when made by a little old man who flips each one individually in the big vat of grease. I did not know when I first went to St. Louis that it had a strong "indie" ... read moredoughnut tradition, and this is one of the most revered. The cake doughnuts are fantastic--small, nicely crusty and drizzled in sticky-crunchy glaze. Go early, and you might get some that are warm. Gah, I want one now!Zora O'Neill
St. Louis is also known for doughnuts...makes a balanced meal with the frozen custard!
- Ted Drewes Frozen Custard4224 S Grand Blvd, St Louis, MO 63111recommended Ted Drewes Frozen Custard"Frozen custard" sounds like some novel thing, but it's really just super-rich, eggy ice cream. Which is not to disparage it in any way--Ted Drewes is not "just" ice cream because it's arguably the ... read moreking of ice-cream stands in St. Louis--at least the best known nationally. It specializes in "concretes"--thick shakes with bits blended in, so thick you can tip the cup upside down. (If this sounds like a Dairy Queens Blizzard, you're totally right--I think they ripped the idea off from St. Louis.)Zora O'Neill
I saw you already had this tagged. Definitely go for it! There's a whole world of frozen custard there, and Ted Drewes is just the best known (which of course means you'll talk to lots of people who swear their favorite, less-known place is much better!).
- Pappy's Smoke House3106 Olive St, St Louis, MO 63103
- Laclede's Landing710 North Second Street, St Louis, MO 63102-2519
- St. Louis Science Center5050 Oakland Avenue, St Louis, MO 63110-1404
- Anheuser-Busch Brewery12th Street and Lynch Street, St Louis, MO 63118
- St. Louis Union Station1820 Market Street, St Louis, MO 63103-2208
- Magic House516 South Kirkwood Road, St Louis, MO 63122-5926