We’re big boosters of shopping small and local, since that’s one of the best ways to get the flavor of a city or neighborhood you in which you find yourself. But let’s not forget the advantages of the shopping mall (not least among them: often sheltered a bit from inclement weather, a big plus when it's cold, wet, or windy!). Here’s a roundup of the top malls in the area, where you can find the known retailers you’re looking for.
At the Saint Louis Galleria, a crowd-pleasing lineup includes anchors Dillard’s, Macy’s, and Nordstrom, plus Anthropologie, Brooks Brothers, Coach, H&M, Hanna Andersson, Lush, Sephora, a Cheesecake Factory and The Disney Store, plus tons of dining options and a movie theater.
Plaza Frontenac epitomizes “luxe,” a feeling reinforced by the marble, carpet, sleek furnishings, and tenants (from Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue, the two anchors, to Athleta, Coach, Eileen Fisher, Kate Spade, Louis Vuitton, Madewell, Tory Burch and more), including an art-house cinema and spa.
Chesterfield Mall boasts several anchors (Dillard's, Macy's, and Sears), along with the region's only American Girl store (home of STL-born Girl of the Year 2016, Lea!), and lots of on-site and outlot restaurant choices.
West County Center maintains a strong hold on the mall-lover's heart, thanks to 175 retailers (the likes of Harry & David, Barnes & Noble, Dick's Sporting Goods, Teavana, and much more), along with its location at the intersection of two main highways.
The Meadows at Lake Saint Louis epitomizes the "lifestyle center," and in addition to the area's only Von Maur department store, it plays host to lots of family-friendly events in its inviting space.
For the seekers of steals, our outlet mall scene has expanded greatly in recent years and now includes St. Louis Outlet Mall (the largest enclosed outlet in the state, with offerings from Cabela’s to The Children’s Place Outlet, plus an ice rink), Taubman Prestige Outlets (home to Brooks Brothers, Ralph Lauren, and more), and St. Louis Premium Outlets (90 stores, from Sacs Fifth Ave. Off Fifth to Vera Bradley).