A Day in The Loop, St. Louis' All-Purpose Neighborhood

Art, music, food, bowling and more on one of America's top ten streets, The Loop in St. Louis.

The Loop simply rocks. Recognized as “one of the 10 great streets in America” by the American Planning Association, the six-block district along Delmar Blvd. from Des Peres Ave. to Trinity Ave. delivers a scintillating variety of retail, restaurants, music venues, cinema, galleries and more. Plus, The Loop now has its own trolley that shuttles from The Loop to the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park. It’s easy to construct a day’s entertainment on your own; here are a few ideas to get you started.

Begin the day at the Peacock Loop Diner, which you can as early as you like, because it never closes.

Peacock Loop Diner, St. Louis, The Loop

Art lovers can prowl the galleries at Craft Alliance Alliance Center of Art + Design, Artisans in The LoopComponere Gallery, Regional Arts Commission and the Millstone Gallery at COCA.

Artisans in The Loop (©D. Lancaster)

Great shopping at locally owned stores: The Silver Lady, Vintage Vinyl, Subterranean Books, Plowsharing, Sunshine Daydream, Funky Buddha, Baked T's, Avalon Exchange.

The Silver Lady (©D. Lancaster)

Learn a little St. Louis history by looking under your feet: the St. Louis Walk of Fame features a constellation of St. Louis stars embedded in The Loop's sidewalks, including Chuck Berry, Miles Davis, Tina Turner, Vincent Price and Tennessee Williams.

Dining: So many options. You can’t go wrong at Mission Taco Joint, Salt + Smoke BBQ or Three Kings Public House. We also recommend  Fitz's, Eclipse, Gokul Indian Restaurant (100% vegetarian) and Thai Café.

Mission Taco Joint, St. Louis, The Loop

Catch a concert at The Pageant or Delmar Hall, a movie at the Tivoli Theatre or a family-friendly production at COCA. And you can't leave The Loop without popping into Blueberry Hill for a meal, some music, darts or a peek at the incredible collection of pop-culture kitsch. Work those calories off at the Pin-Up Bowl and end the night at, where else, the Peacock Loop Diner.

 

David Lancaster
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David Lancaster is an accomplished artist and photographer whose work has been shown in galleries in St. Louis, Chica...