St. Louis' Malls: Upscale to Outlet

Yes, independent neighborhood shopping is great, but for one stop, the mall still rules all.

We’re big boosters of shopping small and local, since that’s one of the best ways to get the flavor of a city or neighborhood in which you find yourself. But let’s not forget the advantages of the shopping mall (not least among them: often sheltered a bit from inclement weather, a big plus when it's cold, wet, or windy!). Here’s a roundup of the top malls in the area, where you can find the known retailers you’re looking for.

Saint Louis Galleria (©LittleT889/cc by SA 4.0.jpg)

At the Saint Louis Galleria, a crowd-pleasing lineup includes anchors Dillard’s, Macy’s and Nordstrom, plus Anthropologie, H&M, Hanna Andersson, Lush, Sephora, a Cheesecake Factory and The Disney Store, as well as tons of dining options and a movie theater.

Plaza Frontenac (©LittleT889/cc by SA 4.0.jpg)

Plaza Frontenac epitomizes “luxe,” a feeling reinforced by the marble, carpet, sleek furnishings, and tenants (from Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue, the two anchors, to Athleta, Coach, Eileen Fisher, Kate Spade, Louis Vuitton, Madewell, Tory Burch and more), including an art-house cinema and spa.

West County Center maintains a strong hold on the mall-lover's heart, thanks to retailers the likes of Harry & David, Barnes & Noble, Dick's Sporting Goods and many more, along with its location at the intersection of two main highways.

The Meadows at Lake Saint Louis
The Meadows at Lake Saint Louis (©D. Lancaster)

The Meadows at Lake Saint Louis epitomizes a "lifestyle center," and in addition to the area's only Von Maur department store, it plays host to lots of family-friendly events in its inviting space.

For seekers of steals, St. Louis Premium Outlets offers deals from stores ranging from Coach to Sacs Fifth Ave. Off Fifth to Vera Bradley).