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Eat, Pray, Drink in St. Louis' Central West End

Take a stroll down St. Louis' beautiful and lively Central West End.

St. Louis' beautiful, walker-friendly Central West End beckons visitors with its tree-shaded historic old homes and delightful shops and restaurants. Be inspired by the soaring dome and breathtaking art of the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis. Take a selfie in front of the 14-foot-tall pawn at the World Chess Hall of Fame. Discover, enjoy and savor all the charm Central West End has to offer.

Juniper bread basket (Courtesy Green Olive Media)


Little Saigon serves fresh Vietnamese cuisine, including vegetarian options. At Taste of Lebanon, the signature dish is a sampler of classic Lebanese cuisine. Juniper takes comfort food to a new level and pairs it with inventive cocktails.

Retreat Gastropub (Courtesy Retreat Gastropub)


Retreat Gastropub focuses on craft beer and spirit-forward cocktails. Taste St. Louis, by James Beard Award-winner Gerard Craft, serves new classic cocktails and spirits. Narwhal’s Crafted offers frozen cocktails plus smoothies.

Left Bank Books (Courtesy Left Bank Books)


The Philip Slein Gallery champions painters who have achieved regional and international reputations. Bibliophiles may already know about venerable Left Bank Books, which offers a thoughtfully curated selection of new and used tomes, along with frequent author events.

World Chess Hall of Fame (©D. Lancaster)


Everyone is welcome to marvel at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, which has one of the world’s largest collections of mosaics under one roof. Explore the love affair between chess and art at the World Chess Hall of Fame, showing the works of M.C. Escher until Sept. 22.