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What to Know About Downtown St. Louis


In many ways, Downtown St. Louis is the center of the city. It's known for big attractions, like the Gateway Arch, and big events, like Fair St. Louis, which draw thousands of visitors every year. But recent additions like Citygarden and Schnucks Culinaria have helped Downtown become more of a neighborhood, a place where St. Louisans want to live, not just visit.


The boundaries of Downtown St. Louis are Cole Street on the north, Tucker Boulevard on the west, Chouteau Avenue on the south and the Mississippi River on the east.


The history of Downtown is the history of St. Louis as a city. When city founder Pierre Laclede chose a location for his fur trading post in the 1700's, he chose the spot that is now the Archgrounds. The city expanded from there and by the early 1800's there were nearly 1,000 people living in St. Louis. Downtown has continued with periods of boom and bust throughout the last 200 years. In the last decade, it's been going through a revival with new residents moving in and new restaurants and businesses opening.


According to the 2000 U.S. Census, 64 percent of Downtown residents are white, 28 percent are African-American and three percent are Asian. Traditionally, most of the households have been individuals or couples without children, but recently more families have moved Downtown as attractions like Citygarden and the City Museum provide places for children to learn and play. Housing in Downtown is almost exclusively apartments and renovated lofts.

Restaurants & Shopping:

As you might expect, restaurants in Downtown St. Louis are some of the best in the area. You can find everything from casual eats and trendy nightclubs on Washington Avenue to Tony's, one of St. Louis' finest restaurants. Washington Avenue is also the place for shopping in Downtown St. Louis. There's an interesting mix of stores and boutiques selling clothes, hats, antiques, books, gifts and more.

Top Attractions:

St. Louis' most familiar symbol, the Gateway Arch, stands on the banks of the Mississippi River in Downtown St. Louis. The Arch has been one of the top tourist attractions in the area for decades. Tourists and locals are also taking in newer destinations like the Old Post Office Plaza and Citygarden.

Sports Stadiums:

All three of St. Louis' major sports teams play their home games in Downtown St. Louis. Busch Stadium, home of the Cardinals, is located at 250 Stadium Plaza. The Edward Jones Dome is the home of the St. Louis Rams. It's located at 701 Convention Plaza. The St. Louis Blues play at the Scottrade Center at 1401 Clark Avenue.
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