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CEN­TRAL WEST END— The com­mer­cial hub along Euclid Ave. in­cludes art gal­leries, an­tique shops, bou­tiques and cafés. www.cwescene.com. 314.361.2850. Map 4-2E

CLAY­TON— The em­i­nently walk­a­ble busi­ness dis­trict in this re­gional com­mer­cial cen­ter pairs high-rise of­fice tow­ers and street-level re­tail­ers. www.ci­clay­ton.mo.us. 314.290.8473. Map 4-1A

DOWN­TOWN— Shop­ping, din­ing, his­toric homes, sports, con­certs, nightlife, con­ven­tion cen­ter, gam­bling, at­trac­tions and river­boats are all lo­cated within walk­ing dis­tance of the Gate­way Arch. The Down­town Trol­ley con­nects down­town des­ti­na­tions for a one-day ticket of just $2. www. down­town­stl.org. 314.436.6500. Map 2

GRAND CEN­TER— Ten-block arts dis­trict, lo­cated at Grand Blvd. and Lin­dell, of­fers a for­mi­da­ble col­lec­tion of mu­se­ums and per­for­mance venues. Restau­rants abound. www.grand­cen­ter.org. 314.533.1884. Map 4-2G

THE GROVE— Up-and-com­ing neighborhood along Manch­ester Ave. just south­east of For­est Park has spawned some of the city’s most pop­u­lar night­clubs. Map 4-3F

KIRK­WOOD— St. Louis’ first true sub­urb saw its growth fed in the 1850s by the rail­road that now serves as the fo­cal point for a charm­ing shop­ping dis­trict along Kirk­wood Rd. Vis­i­tor Cen­ter lo­cated in the train sta­tion at Kirk­wood Rd. and Ar­gonne, 314.821.2882. Map 3-7C

LA­CLEDE’S LAND­ING— Nine square blocks of ren­o­vated 100-year-old build­ings just north of the Gate­way Arch of­fer sight­see­ing dur­ing the day and din­ing/nightlife/casi­nos af­ter dark. www.la­clede­land­ing-stlouis.com. 314.241.5875. Map 2-1F

LAFAYETTE SQUARE— The old­est pub­licly owned park west of the Mis­sis­sippi (Lafayette Park) is sur­rounded by mag­nif­i­cent, re­stored, Vic­to­ri­an­era man­sions. Walk, gawk, eat/drink and shop at a grow­ing com­mer­cial dis­trict. www.lafayettesquare.org. 314.772.5724. Map 4- 4H

THE LOOP— Lo­cated along Del­mar Blvd. east and west of Skinker Blvd., The Loop is per­haps the most en­gag­ing neighborhood in the St. Louis area, with art gal­leries, cin­ema, night­clubs, con­cert venues, icon­o­clas­tic shops, bowl­ing lanes, St. Louis Walk of Fame and multi-cul­tural col­lec­tion of restau­rants. www.visit­th­eloop.com. 314.727.8000. Map 4-1C

MAPLE­WOOD— The pedes­trian-friendly busi­ness dis­trict along Manch­ester Rd. and Sut­ton just east of Big Bend Blvd. of­fers fun shop­ping and lots of din­ing choices. Map 4- 4B

MARY­LAND HEIGHTS— This north­west county sub­urb of­fers zi­plin­ing and other out­door fun at Creve Coeur Park, gam­ing ex­cite­ment at Hol­ly­wood Casino, lots of din­ing and en­ter­tain­ment op­tions at West­port Plaza, and more. www. vis­it­mary­land­heights.org. Page Ave. at I-270, 888.667.3236. Map 3-3B

SOULARD— This de­light­ful, old, work­ing-class neighborhood boasts Soulard Mar­ket, the old­est con­tin­u­ous farm­ers mar­ket west of the Mis­sis­sippi at Lafayette and 7th streets, at its best on Satur­day morn­ings. Soulard fea­tures lots of blues and jazz in cozy lit­tle clubs at night. www.soulard.com. 314.773.6767. Map 4- 4H

SOUTH GRAND— A glo­be­trot­ting cav­al­cade of in­ter­na­tional restau­rants and an in­ter­est­ing blend of unique, lo­cally owned shops line Grand Blvd. just south of Tower Grove Park, one of the city’s best green spaces. www.south­grand.org. Map 4-5F

THE HILL— Blue-col­lar, Ital­ian neighborhood south­east of For­est Park of­fers the best col­lec­tion of Ital­ian restau­rants in the Mid­west. Spe­cialty Ital­ian gro­cery stores make The Hill worth a day­time visit. www.the­hill­stl.com. Map 4- 4D

WEB­STER GROVES— This one hun­dred-year-old sub­urb fea­tures two quaint com­mer­cial dis­tricts along Lockwood Ave. Map 4- 6A

WEST­PORT PLAZA— Pop­u­lar en­ter­tain­ment and busi­ness des­ti­na­tion brings to­gether many dif­fer­ent restau­rants, bars and shops in an out­door, lifestyle-plaza set­ting. www.west­port­stl. com. Near the in­ter­sec­tion of Page Ave. & I-270, 314.576.7100. Map 3- 4B

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