Where to Find Romantic Shopping and Dining in St. Louis

Let Love Bloom at these St. Louis Retailers and Restaurants

Romance needn't be confined to Valentine's Day, and these St. Louis establishments keep those fires burning all year long.

Pandora offers a universe of hand-finished and modern jewelry (charms, earrings, rings and watches) primarily made from solid sterling silver and 14k or 18k gold, a variety of gemstones, stones, cultured pearls, diamonds, organic gems and man-made stones. Two locations: St. Clair Square, West County Center.

The owners of The Silver Lady have a knack for finding beautiful, distinct items. With an emphasis on dramatic sterling silver pieces and stunning semiprecious pendants, the selection here is sure to please. Three locations.The Silver Lady

Timekeepers offers a remarkable collection of European and American antique clocks, watches, music boxes and estate jewelry; there have been two Timekeepers locations operating since 1979.

Timekeepers

At The Candle Fusion Studio, you can pour your own custom-scented, soy-based candle (more than 100 fragrance oils to choose from and blend) or shop from the supply of pre-made candles. It takes about 30 minutes to pour your own, and another 90 minutes for the candle to set up, during which time you can explore the Central West End (one of the city’s best neighborhoods), grab a meal or just hang out.

The view at Kemoll’s, from the 40th floor of downtown's Metropolitan Square Building, is aided and abetted by the gourmet Italian menu, including veal porcini, chicken piccata, steaks, veal Milanese, beef tenderloin risotto, pasta primavera and much more.

Kemoll's

The setting itself is a jaw-dropper: the soaring, vaulted Grand Hall in the city’s historic Union Station, opened in 1894 to a then train-crazed public. These days it serves as the lobby/lounge for the adjacent hotel and conference center, and an extensive restoration has ushered in state-of-the-art entertainment (an immersive, digital projection on the ceiling and walls that cycles through more than 10 themed narratives) and a menu of dinner and drinks befitting the elegance.

Grand Hall

Ruth’s Chris Steak House, local outpost of national chain, has a handsome, posh dining room with window booths, traditional tables and elevated banquettes. Specialties include filet, cowboy rib eye and T-bone (served still sizzling), barbecued shrimp, seafood gumbo.

Sardella, the Clayton restaurant by James Beard Award-winner Gerard Craft, features an Italian-inspired menu of hand-stuffed pastas and a large selection of appetizers and roasted meats entrées.

The menu changes frequently at Elaia, the much-lauded restaurant in the Shaw neighborhood, where the prix fixe menu goes for $70-$110, and the tasting menu weighs in at $120-$220. Prepare to be dazzled by the European-based cuisine inspired by global influences.

The sumptuously decorated and intimate Aya Sofia is an oasis for authentic Turkish/Mediterranean food including seafood, beef and lamb dishes, plus, ample vegetarian options and tasty small plates.

Aya Sofia

James Beard Award Nominee Kevin Willman sources fresh, seasonal, organic ingredients from local farms for his daily-changing menu at Farmhaus in South St. Louis.

Find a babysitter and step out with your friends and/or lovers to The Boom-Boom Room, a burlesque-themed bistro where a French menu is the backdrop for specialty cocktails and scintillating performances. Experience full burlesque shows on Fridays to dinner-and-a-show seatings on Saturdays, and even roving cirque, aerial, and other surprises during dinner on other evenings.

The Boom Boom Room

David Lancaster
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