If the urge to shop for clothes is combined with wanderlust, then perhaps a long weekend in St. Louis can satisfy both. It’s only a four-hour drive away on Interstate 70, and it’s loaded with fascinating shops.
Probably the greatest concentration of high-end fashion stores and boutiques can be found at Plaza Frontenac, home to Tiffany & Co., Saks, Neiman Marcus, J. Crew, Green Door Spa, Bissinger’s Chocolatier, Lululemon, Louis Vuitton, Kate Spade, MAC, BCBG and many others. It’s also convenient to hotels and restaurants in suburban St. Louis.
For those independent and uniquely St. Louis shops, you’ll need to travel around a bit. Here’s just a sampling:
Ivy Hill Boutique
Ivy Hill Boutique has moved to the ‘burbs from the Central West End yet remains one of St. Louis’s favorite splurge spots. The boutique carries a well-thought-out collection of coats, dresses, shoes and accessories. It’s a one-stop shop for many. 8835 Ladue Rd.
Downtown Kirkwood has become a locus of cute shops, and one of the cutest and “girliest” is Blush. It carries lines by little-known designers as well as brands such as Hudson Jeans, Tulle and La Mer; plus lots of fun hats, scarves, belts, gloves, accessories, coats, dresses and tops. 159 Argonne Dr.
In west St. Louis County, Rachel’s Grove has found a niche in the Chesterfield Towne Center complex with “a small collection of hand-picked designs for the woman who is one-of-a-kind,” as its slogan goes. Owner Rachel Forst features designs by globally known and independent designers such as Katherine Way, Anna Beck and Sara Campbell. 129 Chesterfield Towne Centre
Where to Stay
A magnificent old mansion in an historic neighborhood near Tower Grove Park houses this B&B inn. A five-minute drive to downtown. Rooms from $170/night. 3500 Russell Blvd.
Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark
Located in the heart of downtown, one block from Busch Stadium and a short walk from the Gateway Arch. Rooms from $130/night.
1 S. Broadway St.
A comfortable boutique hotel downtown, convenient to everything. Renovated from the old Mayfair Hotel. Rooms from $223/night.
421 N. 8th St.
Where to Dine
Put on your new duds and head downtown to be seen at one of the coolest bar/restaurants in the Midwest. Take in the view of the entire city and enjoy the small-plate specialties and the spectacle atop the roof of the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark. 1 S. Broadway St., 314-241-8439
Citizen Kane’s Steak House
Serving in a century-old house near downtown Kirkwood, dining at this special-occasion restaurant is like learning about good steaks all over again. 133 W. Clinton Place, 314-965-9005
Don’t let the strip shopping center put you off. This newest offering by the Gabriele family lives up to the standards of their flagship on The Hill. Try the casoncelli, which are prosciutto and cheese-filled raviolis with porcinis and a touch of truffle flavor. 8831 Ladue Rd., 314-721-4100