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
Saint Louis sounds dope!!!! Shit I wanna visit there now
I have visited St. Louis twice, but both times was in the dead of winter. Though the weather was pretty snotty on both occasions, I did get to see a few of these similar sights. My hotel was near to the City Museum, but no one mentioned that it was so cool! I love he stairs, it looks like a huge slinky! One of my best college friends lives there, so probably I will have the opportunity to visit again and check that out. Thank you for sharing your experience!
Yes of course!!! I am so glad I did some research about it because the City Museum was awesome! You should totally visit your friend and check it out again!! 🙂
Awesome post! I visited St. Louis in 2012, but unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance to explore it much. The food definitely looks amazing and I loved visiting the arch!
It’s worth the visit for a second time around!! Every time I visit places years later, I find so much more amazing stuff!
I’ve visited St. Luis city but it was in Brazil 😉 And it was completely different. It’s amazing how you can turn seemingly boring destination into an exciting place! Those dishes look so amazing, I’d love to try them now! Hope to visit the US soon, after traveling to almost 60 countries, it is still on my list!
Well I would say the United States is definitely one of the most diverse countries in the world! You NEEEEED to come visit! And let me know, I will show you around Atlanta!
I can’t wait to try my hands on the chocolate sambava, on my visit there. The City Museum looks so different from the usual. It clearly defies the norm of boring associated with museums.
Please do, it is melt in your mouth good!! I HATE museums but this is more like a huge play place called a museum haha
I had no idea St. Louis had so much to offer, the City Museum looks so much fun! Such a pity that you didn’t have more time to enjoy it
I know 🙁 I wish I had more time but more of an excuse to go back!
Cant stop ogling!! At those dessert and food pics.. i’d not give these eateries a miss at all.. the arch looks an interesting piece.. worth checking out
Yes I am allllll about the food even though I don’t consider myself a “foodie” haha. More like a “sweetie” kind of girl haha
This is truly a beautiful place to amble around. You truly owned a perfect day while enjoying everything that St. Louis has to offer. I like how you captured all your photos as they all rhyme with your words. Tasting their food must be something that really interest me. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.
It was a really cool city!! Glad you enjoyed and thanks so much for reading 🙂
St.Louis has so much to offer! This is the first time I am reading about these places, and I am already hooked! The ranch, the arch and the museum looks like must-visits to me! Loved your pics!
Get that ranch and play in that museum!! You won’t regret it!! xo
I love St. Louis, although I haven’t taken my youngest yet. I live in Joplin, MO, so it’s not too far for us. The Arch and the City Museum are great, but I need to try some of that food! It looks like you had a great time!
You should totally take your kids there…they would have such a great time!
I spent almost the exact same day in St. Louis that you did! Your post brought back so many great memories! I loved City Museum – what a fun and special place. Somehow, though, I missed that bakery and now I’ll have to go back!
Ha, thats so funny! My friend works at that bakery so definitely go back and have some chocolate!!
I agree. Any day spent traveling is a perfect day! A piece of cake for breakfast? I can’t say no to that!!! Lunch definitely looks spicy and appetizing! That smoothie is just the perfect way to cool down the spicy lunch! Museum visits and yummy food all day long? Indeed a perfect day!
Yes a day filled with chocolate and fun activities is always a good idea! 🙂
I had plans of visiting Saint Louis last month but couldn’t make it due to some family issue. But after reading your post, I want to visit there now. Also, the food looks divine!
It was soooo good! Sorry to hear about your family but totally go when you can!
What a great guide! The city museum looks so cool – I can imagine myself spending hours in there!
Viola xo | A Piece of Viola
OMG – I’ve never really thought of St. Louis as a food destination, but all your pictures look so good! What was your favorite thing overall? I might have to plan a trip!
Definitely the City Museum!! So much to do and it has a bar in it so you pretty much don’t need to leave haha!
St. Louis is great place for museum lovers and foodies. Your pictures of food makes me hungry specially those tacos from Mission Taco Joint and milkshakes. City museum is so interesting and I would love to visit Delmar loop also.
Mmmm milkshakes! Definitely, visit!
I like St. Louis now after reading your post. The chocolate dessert looks exquisite and delicious. I am pretty sure that it is expensive but you have to treat yourself once in a while. The staircase handrail’s design at the City Museum looks like crayons to me. I like the tacos a lot. They look so delicious!
Ha, I love tacos a lot too!
That is such a perfect day!! Food looked awesome too I would so stuff my face…
I’ve heard so much about St. Louis, but i had no idea it was so colorful! What wonderful photos. Those tacos… omg.
What a day in St. Louis …It seems that you Had a blast exploring the city. I loved your food pictures . Quite liked the colorful staircase. And yes , nothing better than watching the sunset from the rooftop bar.