Is there really such a thing as a perfect day? You bet your sweet ass there is. Any day spent traveling, to me, is a perfect day. Most would not consider St. Louis to be “perfect day” material but I am here to show you it is.
Only have 24 hours to sprint around the city? Need to show some out of town friends (that’s me) around your neck of the woods? I am bringing you my guide to having the best day everrrrrr. I was lucky enough to have my friend from back home, who now lives in St. Louis chauffeur me around town. What’s crazy is that last year, he was living in Switzerland as a Chocolatier, and showed me the best time in Interlaken.
This year we conquered St. Louis in one full day with a little time to spare. Here is our perfect day filled with lots of laughs, chocolate, and BEER!
Breakfast at Nathaniel Reid Bakery
Completely bias in this sense, but for good reason. Remember how my friend was living in Switzerland…well, he moved back to the United States to work here! Nathaniel Reid, the owner obviously, is an award-winning, internationally recognized master of sweets and pastries. AND my friend gets to work and learn from him! But putting all the informational nonsense away, their selection is amazing. Start your day with one of their cold brewed coffees and some fun morning treats. It’s the perfect sugar rush to get you going.
My Recommendation: Chocolate Sambava which has chocolate mousse, vanilla bean crème brulée, AND crispy hazelnut praline
Who said you can’t eat dessert early in the morning? To top it off, I met the world-renowned Mr. Reid and he was a SWEETheart. Get it haha puns on point.
We made the mistake of going here ALMOST too late. 45 minutes to run around and play. Don’t make the same mistake…this place is huge and fucking awesome. Literally, a massive adult/kid playground that goes in and outside. 10 story slide, a bar, an indoor skatepark…you could and should spend hours in here! It’s open daily until 5 pm but the earlier the less screaming, annoying children so you be the judge. Either way, don’t miss this place and be prepared to unleash your inner kid again!
Visit the Arch
Just a short distance from the City Museum is the Arch. The good thing about this famous landmark is no waiting in lines and you can see it from most hot spots in St. Louis. No trip is complete however if you don’t get a good look up close. Located right on the Mississippi River, the Arch has some local vendors outside of it, plus a nice little workout up the steps to get real close and personal. As an added bonus, you could explore some of downtown while you’re at it since it’s just a hop and skip away! I ended up getting too hangry because some stupid ladies dog attacked my foot here! Our Arch adventure was short lived and we went to grab some lunch!
Lunch at Twisted Ranch
By this point, I’m sure you have worked up an appetite from your morning adventures. This place is for all my people who are obsessed with ranch. You know who you are. I am not BUT we were trying to be budget conscious for this broke bitch, so Twisted Ranch it is! Each item on the menu has…you guessed it…some type of ranch seasoning/flavor/taste to it. It’s fast, it’s fun and it serves local beer. Did you know that it was featured on BuzzFeed as a ranch lovers paradise? Don’t be too discouraged by the awkward location and bland outside of the building, the food is great!
My Recommendation: Buffalo Chicken Dip
The perfect artery clogging dish sure to make your belly happy. Wash it down with a local brew and a side of hand-cut ranch fries to make your day that much better!
Anheuser-Busch Brewery and Tour
After you have filled your stomach with 5,000 calories, head on over to the Anheuser-Busch Brewery. Honestly, I would even call it a brewery, more like its own town! Once again, this place is massive! Whoever said everything is bigger in Texas has clearly never been to St. Louis. The entire place spans a total of 100 acres, boasting old brick buildings, the iconic Clydesdale horses, and of course…a shit ton of beer. I’ve been drinking Budweiser since the ripe age of 16 so this company holds a special place in my heart..or should I say my liver? I won’t give you all the details, but the tour is free, the staff is so knowledgeable, and you get lots of free beer!
Walk & Explore Delmar Loop
Delmar Loop is named one of the “Top 10 Best Streets in the US”; I wouldn’t take it that far, but this whole area has a lot going on. From retail shops to swanky hotels and urban/retro restaurants, there is something for everyone. If you are wanting to have the perfect day however…check out these places:
- Peacock Loop Diner: Not exactly what you would expect, but this restaurant is adorable. And by adorable I mean, super retro with a full bar specializing in SPIKED MILKSHAKES. At this point in the day, you deserve a sweet treat
(not like you didn’t have enough this morning)but honestly, what’s one more right? This retro diner mimics the 50’s, with bright decor, round seating and crazy artwork. The staff was the icing on the cake. Our barista made us laugh numerous times while continuing to tell us crazy stories…talk about good customer service.
My Recommendation: The Birthday Party & add some Baileys!
Moonrise Hotel: I love to find “out of the ordinary” activities to do…and while researching on my favorite search engine, Pinterest, I found Moonrise! Now, what’s super special about this hotel is not their budget-friendly prices, but their rave steps!! Yup, plexiglass/rainbow rave steps in their lobby. PERF PHOTO OP. Granted, I was kind of embarrassed about strictly going in there for a mini photoshoot, but ya gotta do it for the ‘gram right?
Don’t worry, they have a posh rooftop bar where you can grab a comfy seat, and watch the sunset! Which is exactly what we did. Photoshoots on random staircases can be tiring, you deserve that drink!
- Misson Taco Joint: Finish off this perfect day with a fiesta! Who doesn’t love tacos and margaritas? This place is BOMB! With it being so popular, there is usually a wait so call ahead or end head there for a late dinner. This is definitely a place you could kick back and relax for a few hours. Gossiping with friends, eating and drinking until the sun or the tequila goes down 😉
There you have it bitches, my perfect day in St. Louis. Whether its jungle-gyming around the City Museum or stuffing your face with endless chocolate treats, this city was definitely one I would visit again! Sometimes the most underrated cities turn out to be the greatest! Have you been to St. Louis? What am I missing on my list??
Also, in case you want to see this itinerary brought to life, watch my latest YouTube VLOG about our trip around town! Until my next destination…
xo Bonvoyage Babes