It almost seems like a lifetime ago that we traveled to St. Louis for Derek’s birthday weekend! Okay, I admit it’s now been 2 months, but we were travelling so much during the Summer that I didn’t have a lot of time in between work and having fun to write content for the blog! Luckily, my STL Travel Guide is perfect any time of year, and I’m still just as excited to share this beautiful city now with y’all!
STL is dripping in history and culture, and there was something new to explore around every corner. Although we were there for a weekend, we really packed in a lot of stuff! It’s so funny, because I’m always trying to do as many things as possible while on vacation, and most people just want to relax! To me, exploring is way more fun, and STL was no exception! I’m sharing where we ate, what we did, and what I wore during our trip in St. Louis:
Located within Bowood farms, is the beautiful Cafe Osage. That’s right, a farm in middle of a city. We ate Derek’s birthday brunch in the garden, and it was so lovely! After enjoying delicious food (vegan options available!), we explored the garden, greenhouse, and shop. Loved this place!
We were amazed at the Botanical Garden! Hands down the best botanical garden I’ve ever been too. From the massive 3-foot lily pads to Climatron (a huge climate controlled greenhouse dome) to the spanning gardens, I would’ve moved to STL just for this!
Arguably some of the World’s best beer. Per the birthday boy’s request, we spent much time drinking beer and playing rummy at Side Project. I love their sours!
Voted the #1 family attraction in the World is City Museum! This is the No. 1 thing you have to do in STL!! It’s basically a place to explore! They have a farris wheel on the roof, a ten-story slide among tens of other slides, caves to explore, bars, random things to clime, even a bus hanging off the side of the roof! All of this to explore, and have fun!
We came to Tree House for dinner for Derek’s birthday, and it was so good! Seriously some of the best vegan food I’ve ever had. We had the jackfruit sopes, seitan katsu, chocolate mousse, and some cocktails. The seitan katsu was definitely our favorite! Highly recommend for vegans and non-vegans!
Y’all know I had to get in some vintage shopping! While the weekend was about the boy, I was able to stop in a vintage shop on Cherokee Antique Row! This area is a whole row of independently owned and operated antique and specialty shop,s and cafes and coffee shops. I went to Retro 101, and was absolutely shocked out how big and high quality their selection was, and how inexpensive it was! I wish this shop were in Nashville because I would go all the time!
We stopped at Sump on our way out of town on a rainy afternoon, and was so happy we did! We have a Sump in Nashville, but the original is truly special. I grabbed an oat milk latte (praise be they had oat milk!!), and was very content on the drive home! It’s also a really cool spot to chill and get some work done.
My favorite area of St. Louis was called the Central West End. Filled with cute shops, cafes, and restaurants (like Cafe Osage), the CWE is the perfect place to stroll around, and browse!
We enjoyed a cozy brunch on our last morning at The Mud House. This place was slammed, but we were really please when we got our delicious meals (vegan friendly options!). The Mud House is one of STL’s most popular brunch places, and for good reason!
Our first stop in St. Louis was lunch at Lulu’s Local Eatery. We sat in their cute courtyard, and had some amazing vegan food! The buffalo cauliflower wrap was life changing, and I couldn’t believe the jack fruit in their rice bowls wasn’t meat! They change their menu seasonally too!
To be honest, this zoo is mostly worth it because it’s free. They had a good selection of animals, and it was small enough to be able to do the whole thing in record time, but if you’re crunched for time, I wouldn’t make it a priority. We did really enjoy a pina colada, while roaming through the paths though!