So Many Options Down There! Exploring St. Louis Like A Local

When you get inspired to travel, St. Louis might not seem like the most logical of destinations. But for those people that treat it as a tourist hotspot, they’re not wrong, but when you are on the lookout for places in St. Louis, not just to visit, but to actually be like a local, there are plenty of great things for you to do!

Get Eating!

As far as eateries are concerned, there are so many options. You could head to Soulard Farmers Market and queue up for a bloody mary, or you could visit one of the numerous Thai eateries, such as which serves up a delectable mix of handmade dumplings, a pesto shrimp plate with spicy stir-fry noodles in a lemon pesto sauce, as well as many others. Or if you’re looking for something a bit more rustic, Salt + Smoke is one the locals rave about. Although it’s safe to say that there is no shortage of wonderful barbecue joints in St. Louis, but this is right up there!

Relaxing In The Park

Forest Park is one of the big tourist destinations, but if you want to forgo the various cultural options, such as Shakespeare In The Park, the Science Center, as well as the Art Museum and History Museum, you can partake in some well-earned relaxation if you really want to, and soak in this dense 1,293 acre park. But if you’re looking for another way to chill out, you can head to the golf course, and as the winter months are coming, maybe you and your loved one could head onto the ice skating rink.

Get Your Music On

You wouldn’t think of St. Louis as being a hotbed of musical talent, but if you are a vinyl anorak, you could head to Vintage Vinyl in university city, and check out some of the used albums that could catch your eye. Vinyl is cool again, but Vintage Vinyl has been there through the times when vinyl fell out of favor. USA Today named it as one of the top 10 record stores in the country, and if this isn’t reason enough to go, then we don’t know what is!

Drink And Cheer

St. Louis is all about the baseball, and if you really want to get in there like a local, you have to head to the Busch Stadium. There’s more info about this on to give you more of a feel about the place, but if you really don’t want to soak up the atmosphere in the stadium, you could easily catch a Cardinals game on TV in one of the many bars. One of the highlights is Paddy-O’s, or if you want to expand your reach, you could head down to one of the many blues bars on Broadway.

It’s nice to visit somewhere as a tourist, but to truly get under the skin of the locals, you’ve got to live like one. Try a few of these, and experience St. Louis the way it was meant to be.

Image: Wikimedia



Married for eons, mom of 10, Nonnie to 26 with a great grand coming soon, to add to the mix. Avid reader and photo taker, scrapbook queen and jewelry maker. Collector of dishes, planners and pens. Lover of animals, chocolate and spends…long hours soaking in the spa tub (with a fully charged tablet, diet soda, and grub). She’s worn lots of hats, tossed most to the wind, and doesn’t mind starting all over again. Every day is a new adventure…come along for the ride!

Libby has 4588 posts and counting. See all posts by Libby

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *