St. Louis, Missouri
We asked Concierge Aline Azevedo-Kalar at Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis to gather the savviest sight-seeing suggestions she could find—not just her own, but also those of other local connoisseurs, including some she works with every day at the Hotel. St. Louis, once the launching point for settlers travelling farther west, is today a destination in its own right. Known for its parks and dramatic Gateway Arch, the city teems with cultural opportunities and a diversity of shopping and dining options.
Located in a restored historical building with a large outdoor beer garden, Square One Brewery and Distillery is a fun, relaxed place to enjoy an excellent locally brewed beer. Square One’s on-site brewery offers up to 12 beers on tap, including ales, pilsners, imperials, cask-conditioned ales and seasonal beers. In addition to great beer, Square One offers an extensive menu, and the staff are happy to make recommendations for the perfect beer/food pairing.
Plaza Frontenac offers high-end shopping such as Saks, Tiffany & Co. and Louis Vuitton. Cherokee Street in the Cherokee-Lemp Historical District is home to more than 20 antiques stores as well as a number of galleries and restaurants. Vintage jewellery, pottery, furniture and military items are among the treasures that can be found in this six-block area. Guests may also want to explore St. Louis’ retail opportunities with The Shopping Company, a shopping valet service that takes them from the Hotel in a stretch limousine to the best shops in the area. A staff member will accompany guests and provide expertise on designer stores, antiques shops and boutiques.
Mandarin Lounge, in the Central West End, is the perfect place to party in style. This Asian-inspired lounge and rooftop bar often features celebrity guest DJs and an energetic crowd. A signature drink at Mandarin is The Gold Standard Cosmopolitan for $50, made with ultra-premium Gran Patron platinum tequila, limited-edition Grand Marnier Cuvée du Centenaire liqueur, white cranberry juice and a few other special ingredients. Garnishing the beverage are 23-carat gold flakes, making it one of the most unusual beverages in St. Louis.
Restaurants: Best Neighbourhoods
Historic Soulard is a great place to go for a taste of St. Louis. For seasonal and regional cuisine, try Sidney St. Cafe, specialising in Continental and contemporary American cuisine; Eleven Eleven Mississippi, a bistro with a fine selection of wines; and Niche, which serves modern American cuisine.
The Central West End is a great place for combining some shopping with a meal at Sub Zero Vodka Bar, known for its fresh sushi; Herbies Vintage 72, where the menu combines traditional classics with newer dishes; and Scape, a modern American bistro with new takes on traditional comfort foods.
Shrine to Rock ‘n’ Roll
Blueberry Hill is one of the most unique places in St. Louis. Americana and rock ’n’ roll memorabilia fill this restaurant by day and bar/club by night. In The Loop neighbourhood, Blueberry Hill is one of the best places to enjoy a burger, play darts and listen to live music. Chuck Berry, a native St. Louisan and the Father of Rock ’n’ Roll, plays a monthly gig that packs the house.