Fiddlehead Fern Cafe - My papa was a candy man for Cadbury and wicked into pastries - safe to say my mom has had her fair share of baked goods and sweets, from the North End in Boston, to Paris, France. She has deemed their plain croissant as "by far the best croissant ever experienced". lol. Along with their loaded toasts, house made latte flavors, and instagrammable AF aesthetic, they have a band that comes every Sunday at 12 and they are AWESOME. A total feel good spot + family friendly. Way to go Darcy! (the long haired brunette behind it all - sweet as can be). They also brew local Coma Coffee which is next on this list!
Coma Coffee - Hello cousins of Lori and Ryan who I have yet to meet! Love your coffee! They have an oat milk latte that is to die for and are located in a great spot - across from The Galleria mall (hello Free People), and minutes from Whole Foods, Target, Trader Joes, REI, Container Store, the list goes on... Grab a coffee and GET YOUR SHIT DONE!
Rise Coffee - If you're looking for a cute brick wall to take a bloggerish picture in front of, this place is on a good strip for it! They have a kids room upstairs, insane vegan baked goods, and unique food fit for all.
Blueprint - The cool kids go here. Located in The Loop in University City, neighboring iconic places like Fitz's Root Beer, Vintage Vinyl (record junkies stop here), and Iron Age Studio (owned by artist Brad Fink), Blueprint has a calm vibe, good eats, and friendly customers (chunk has made many friends sitting at tables nearby).
Sump Coffee - If you're a coffee purist...
Comet Coffee - Right off the highway, a convenient stop on your way into or out of the city. I actually lost my oat milk latte virginity here and it was a good time.
Living Room - Salted honey latte. I'll just leave you with that.
Kaldi's Coffee - They specialize in sustainably sourcing and roasting the best coffees from all over the world! I also heard Andy Cohen likes to hang here when visiting home if you need to catch up on any Real Housewives gossip. Note: there are many locations. I recommend visiting the OG shop on Demun in Clayton.
The Mud House - Cozy and comforting tucked away on Cherokee street - the back patio is like sitting in your back yard while friendly folks bring you food and coffee.
Lulu's Local Eatery - Cheap, delicious, locally sourced, filling. Also, their plant boxes in the outside seating area are painted file cabinets - COOL!
Sweet Art - You MUST get the cinnamon roll or you're doing it wrong.
Seedz Cafe - The prettiest and most insane vegan cheesecakes made by one of the girls who works there.
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The Tavern - My numba one! All around amazing. Get a sitter for the kids because you'll want to enjoy your time here. The best date night spot. ORDER THE SALMON.
Bricktops - Get your mortgage payment in the mail before coming here, BUT do come here. Intimate, delicious, incredible customer service, and great food. Order the grilled asparagus and thank me later!
Union Loafers - BEST BREAD EVER. I always wanna be there. Soup, salad, pizza, wine. What more do you need in life?
Olio - Hummus lovers unite! Isreali inspired cuisine, plus cool drinks, a cozy patio with string lights, and live music!
Rooster - Your BAEsic brunch spot. Mimosas, pancakes, crepes, eggs, veggies, biscuits, bacon, etc... Locally sourced. Bomb.com.
Katies Pizza & Pasta - Listen carefully: charred cauliflower, brussels, fig & squash pizza. Class dismissed.
Vincent Van Doughnut - If you're gonna have a cheat day this is the place to be. GF options.
Strange Donuts - Nice people, strange donuts. Check it out!
Knead - A new bakery in town where the guy has been making his own yeast for years. The cacao nib donut is straight heaven. And, right across the street from my brother-in-law's art gallery. Win win!
Pastaria - The ultimate family dinner place. Wine for mom, beer for dad, pasta for all. Order the minestrone soup and the brussels. You won't regret it!
Winslow's Home - Accurately named because you'll want to move in! Basically grandma's cottage with amazingly fresh pastries and the best breakfast potatoes in all the land. Plus there are built in bookshelves packed with little wooden toys, interesting books/ gifts, and that old ladder on wheels like in the library from Beauty and the Beast - CUTE!
Confluence Kombucha - The most delicious & unique kombucha flavors + probiotic coconut yogurt made in house - I always take a huge thing of it home!
Juice Bar - Ginger greens is where its at! I'd been here a few times before my trainer Katie got me hooked. These juices are sure to give you a pep in your step and leave you feeling fresh and light.
Half & Half - Take your mama here on Mother's Day if you wanna be the favorite child. Everything is made from scratch but you're going to want to order the Clara Cakes. For the savory people - the Veggie Hash will be your BFF.
The Clover and The Bee - NEW NEW NEW! I don't usually eat dairy, but I will eat their cheddar grits. It pairs well with an oat milk latte or a grapefruit mimosa (juice made in house). Don't forget to grab the pecan bar on your way out - eat it when your sweet tooth hits later that evening or stuff it in your face on the drive home like I did.
Olympia - Best gyro and "flaming cheese" aka saganaki. GET IT!
Manee Thai - Pregnant cravings be like... This place is a hidden gem! Owners Neon and Tanee have become friends over the years and invited us home to Thailand with them many times. The red & green curry dishes are out of this world! PSA dippers: you'll need to get the roti on the side (soft savory doughy pancake magic).
Tints - Non toxic mani pedis! Clean, cute, trendy, reasonably priced.
Civil Alchemy - The cutest shop with the most unique gifts. Ceramics, leather goods, food, kitchen trinkets, you name it! Build your own bouquet and take a nice little somethin' home for yourself.
Big River Running Company - Going on a walk, hike, run, or always movin? Their fit specialists will get you in the best most comfortable shoe for all your adventures. Pick up a sweet Patagonia jacket while you're at it!
May's Place - TIMELESS VINTAGE GOODS!
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Shred415 - I'm biased of course because this place is like a second home. BUT, it is the cleanest and friendliest gym I've ever been to. They offer child care which is a mamas dream (a small room with a limited amount of spots so there's not too many kids), and the instructors will make you feel like you're in a personal training session with the Kardashians.
Yoga Six - I have a dear friend who works at the St. Louis location. Take Moira's class - you'll leave feeling motivated, and amazing. If you're visiting family outside the city, the Des Peres Yoga Six will be closer to you.
FOR THE CRAZY PLANT LADY:
Bowood Farms - GARDEN GOALS! Plants, handmade things, and a cafe inside. Go go go!
Flowers and Weeds - A supa cute corner spot complete with all the beautiful green things and the friendliest staff.
FOR THE BABES / GET OUTSIDE:
City Museum - Basically a GIANT playground for all ages. Google it! If you're a germ freak I would NOT recommend going here. But, it's probably one of the coolest places you can experience. It is a MUST DO if you're in the Lou.
The Magic House - A fun, educational, hands on, imaginative, HOUSE OF MAGIC. Take your kid here and they'll love you forever.
The Zoo - ITS FREE. Easy to navigate and not super overwhelming, the St. Louis Zoo is a wallet friendly activity for everyone! I mean, who doesn't like to go for a walk and see penguins at the same time?
St. Louis Science Center - ALSO FREE! Educational, fun, not overly time consuming.
Tower Grove Park - If you come in the summer, the Tower Grove Farmers Market goes on every Saturday from 8-12am. They have yoga in the park, live music, a fountain, and food trucks! Tower Grove is beautiful nonetheless, a gorgeous park to walk around, take photos, play tennis, and even has two play grounds - one geared for the older kids, and one for the wee little guys.
Forest Park - Did you know Forest Park is one of the largest parks in the US and bigger than Central Park in NYC? Yup! It's gorgeous too, and even connects to the zoo. #rhymingskillsonpoint. In all seriousness, this is where you want to be for any outdoor activity - walk, run, bike, roller blade, picnic, whatever, GO!
Castlewood State Park - HOLY VIEWS! Okay, it's not the Grand Canyon, all we got is rivers here in Missourah but the trails sure are stunning.
Gateway Arch St. Louis - If you're claustrophobic or anxious in the slightest the ride to the top in a tiny rickety elevator pod thing is not for you. But it's truly an incredible structure to see and stand underneath. Fun fact: no building in St. Louis can be taller than the arch.