Where St. Louis - - THE GUIDE -

CEN­TRAL WEST END— The com­mer­cial hub along Eu­clid Ave. in­cludes art gal­leries, an­tique shops, bou­tiques and cafés. 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.­clay­ 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. down­town­ 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. www. grand­cen­ 314.533.1884. Map 4-2G

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. (Lind­bergh Blvd.) between Adams and Mon­roe. 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 shop­ping dur­ing the day and din­ing/nightlife/casi­nos af­ter dark.­clede­land­ing-st­ 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.visit­th­ 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 in gift shops and un­usual, lo­cally owned bou­tiques and lots of din­ing choices and gourmet stores. Map 4- 4B

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 and one of the big­gest Mardi Gras cel­e­bra­tions north of Ca­jun coun­try. 314.773.6767. Map 4- 4H

SOUTH GRAND— Good, in­ex­pen­sive restau­rants and an in­ter­est­ing blend of shops line Grand Blvd. just south of Tower Grove Park, one of the city’s best green spa­ces. www.south­ 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 and bak­eries make The Hill worth a day­time visit. www.the­hill­ Map 4- 4D

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