Plan for an Exciting Day in Downtown St. Louis

Downtown St. Louis boasts something for everyone: museums, theaters, restaurants and even a 10-story slide.

Wander around St. Louis' fun, eclectic, always-lively downtown area and you may find yourself humming to the old Petula Clark standard, "Downtown, things'll be great when you're Downtown, no finer place for sure, Downtown everything's waiting for you." Take someone with you, or make it a sole adventure to see what you can discover on your own. Enjoy!

EAT

Head to Chris’ at the Docket for all-day breakfast and Sen ­Thai Asian Bistro for Thai- and Japanese-inspired specialties. Catch spectacular views of the Arch at 360, the rooftop bar and restaurant atop Hilton at the Ballpark.

SHOP

Get a haircut, shave or trim and shop for men’s clothing and accessories at Dapper Gents Grooming Lounge. While you’re there, take advantage of the shoe-shine and tailoring services. Find uncommon gifts, graphic novels and collectibles at Star Clipper.

SEE

A visit isn’t complete without seeing the iconic Gateway Arch. History buffs should visit the ornately decorated Campbell House Museum, and art lovers should stroll through beautiful Citygarden sculpture park.

PLAY

City Museum continues to rule as St. Louis’ most unorthodox, atypical and imaginative attraction, complete with a Ferris wheel, 10-story spiral slide and many more surprising elements. Grab a show at Stifel ­Theatre, the renovated 3,100-seat theater built in 1934, with offerings ranging from concerts to comedy and musicals.

David Lancaster
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