St. Louis Your Way

UNIQUE TRAVEL REC­OM­MEN­DA­TIONS, FIT TO MATCH YOUR PER­SONAL STYLE.

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Art Col­lec­tors

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.

Blues Lovers

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.

Break­fast Buffs

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.

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