St. Louis Your Way
UNIQUE TRAVEL RECOMMENDATIONS, FIT TO MATCH YOUR PERSONAL STYLE.
You know who you are, whether you buy for pure pleasure or investment. If you're in the market, be sure to stop by these galleries. (1) Atrium Gallery, in the Central West End, shows work by local, national and international artists like Suzanne Caporael, Willem de Looper, Lore Bert, Steven Sorman and Manolo Valdes. (2) Third Degree Glass Factory, a working glass studio, also teaches classes and shows work by both students and faculty. Its Third Friday Open House, 6-10pm, is a blast. (3) William Shearburn Gallery, facing the western edge of Forest Park, deals in heavy hitters of the art world like Bernar Venet, Richard Diebenkorn, Donald Baechler, Louise Bourgeois, Helen Frankenthaler, Tom Friedman, Alex Katz, Jeff Koons, Robert Motherwell, Donald Sultan and others.
Can't get enough of that quintessentially American musical genre? Head over to the (1) National Blues Museum and immerse yourself in the history of the music that bubbled up the Mississippi and found vital expression in St. Louis, Memphis, Chicago and beyond. You can also compose a blues riff, record it, mix it and email it to yourself at the museum's state- of-the-art interactive stations. If you just want to kick back and listen, drop in at the (2) Broadway Oyster Bar, just south of downtown, where some of the best homegrown blues artists play on the fine and funky patio. And/or pay a visit to (3) BB's Jazz, Blues, & Soups, a stone's throw from Broadway Oyster Bar, where there's live music every night and plenty of Southern specialties like catfish nuggets, cheese grits and more.
If you like to start the day off right, in other words, with food, you've come to the right city. (1) Gingham's Homestyle Restaurant serves breakfast 24/7 not far from the St. Charles historic district, the Ameristar Casino and the Family Arena. The rest of the menu is comfort-food heaven. The cool kids all know about (2) The Mud House on Cherokee St., serving a large list of breakfast specialties including burritos, slingers, French toast, breakfast sandwiches, oatmeal, biscuits and gravy, grits, quiche, eggs (of course) and vegetarian and vegan options. (3) Soulard Coffee Garden, located in one of the city's oldest and most colorful neighborhoods, does breakfast right with eggs lots of ways, fruit bowls, homemade granola, breakfast parfait, pancakes, croissants, bagels and much more.