Taste Your Way around Historical St. Louis

  • Exterior of the Broadway Oyster Bar

  • Pink and blue painted rotunda

  • close up of sandwich with bacon lettuce and tomato

  • People in a candy store

  • Entrance to an oyster restauarant

  • Bellefontaine CemeterySign

Born and raised in the city of St. Louis, Missouri, like most locals I once took for granted the robust history that exists in our neighborhoods. There are many iconic sights sprinkled throughout the city. Explore a few of my favorites and enjoy a fun day trip as you tour and taste your way around historic St. Louis.

Old Courthouse
Take a tour of the Old Courthouse, where two landmark trials took place. Dred Scott along with his wife Harriet, both slaves filed lawsuits for their freedom in 1847 and 1850 and suffragist Virginia Minor filed a civil suit arguing for women’s right to vote in the 1870’s.

This amazingly structured building will “wow” you as you wander through the restored courtrooms and peer up into the distinctive structure of the dome in the rotunda. Be sure to stop by the visitor center to acquire additional information about the Old Courthouse and the Gateway Arch Museum.

Ready for lunch?
Visit Crown Candy Kitchen, known as one of America’s oldest surviving “soda shops” it has been featured on the Travel Channel for their famous malts, shakes, and Heart-Stopping BLT. Oh, did I mention they’ve made their own ice cream since 1913! This sweet destination will not disappoint.

Bellefontaine Historical Cemetery and Arboretum
Next on your journey is the Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum. Historic buildings, mausoleums, and monuments make Bellefontaine a compelling destination. It is the final resting place for many historical figures that include William Clark, who explored the Louisiana Territory with Meriwether Lewis, Adolphus Busch, co-founder of Anheuser-Busch, and Susan Blow founder of the first public kindergarten school in the United States.

The visit to Bellefontaine is enhanced by the alluring beauty and calm that is felt while listening to the leaves rustle and the birds chirp as you walk and observe the uniqueness of this cemetery that is also an accredited arboretum.

Check out their event calendar to get details about current tours prior to your visit.

After a fun and enlightening day of sightseeing, head to historic Soulard. One of the oldest settlements in St. Louis, it is a conglomerate of local restaurants, bars, and shops. For an award-winning steak without an astronomical price tag stop by Tucker’s Place or if you are cravin’ a lil’ Cajun go north to Broadway Oyster Bar. A New Orleans style restaurant, bar, and music venue this is a one-stop shop for good food, drink, and live entertainment.

This is only a snippet of what can be enjoyed around this metropolitan area. During your next vacation, staycation, or school trip I invite you to think outside the box and tour and taste your way around historic St. Louis.

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This post was written by Hilton Suggests Team Member, Merilyn J. Are you interested in traveling to St. Louis? Let us know if we can help you with any other recommendations. Tweet us for more great local travel tips!

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