The Fashionably Femme Guide to St. Louis
It’s been a while since we got back from St. Louis but I take forever to sit down and write up travel guides so… oops? Visiting St. Louis was such an amazing time. We saw our friend Tao marry the love of his life, got up to so many adventures, and finally had the opportunity to really unwind together. It’s been so long since we took a trip that we desperately needed the break. I loved all of the food we ate and especially the coffee. We explored the queer enclaves, played at the City Museum, and so much more. Want the deets? Read on, my friend.
As an added little extra to sweeten this trip, we had our lovely Toyota Camry XLE to get us form Point A to Point B throughout the whole trip. Thanks again, Toyota!
I present to you… The Fashionably Femme Guide to St. Louis.
- The Mud House – We had breakfast here most mornings. It was only a block or two away from our AirBnb and had wonderful coffee with yummy housemade syrups for fun lattes including a Rosemary one and a Lavender one. Yum! I recommend their vegan breakfasts which include a skillet scramble with tofu, potatoes, veggies, and more. Everything was so good. And the coffee was exceptional.
- Rise Coffee – The day we headed to The Grove, we went to Rise Coffee for breakfast. I had a biscuit sandwich with avocado and egg and chipotle mayo and generally incredibly yummy things. Paired with a lavender latte (is this a St. Louis thing? A Summer 2018 thing? Who knows), this was possibly my favorite breakfast of the trip.
- Coffee Passport – while we were in both of these places, I noticed a coffee map of St. Louis. While I didn’t get to check it out this trip. I think a trip to explore just St. Louis coffee is in order. Apparently it’s a bigger deal than I thought!
- Ices Plain and Fancy (thanks for the rec, Cait!) – Nitrogen ice cream as it was done old school. This place was founded in the 1800s by a woman who wanted to let people make their own ice cream by adding a few drops of liquified air (aka liquid nitrogen) to be stirred up. The ices were so creamy! I had a peanut butter and chocolate combo of heavenly goodness. Because when there is peanut butter chocolate available, I am required to consume it.
- Firecracker Pizza and Beer – Dinner on our day at The Grove. Homemade pizzas made when you order them, an extensive beer menu, and a wall of hot sauce?! Sign me UP! The pizza I ordered had chorizo, jalapeno, pineapple, and cheese. And I got a cup of ranch for dipping. I don’t even remember the hot sauce I used for my pizza but the whole thing was delicious and now I’m craving that pizza again. Oops.
- Hammond’s Antiques and Books – Okay so actually you just need to go to the Cherokee Historic District and shop all the antique stores. But we happened to wander into this one because books! It had tons and tons of old books including a 1960’s edition of Curious George and an early 1900’s dog training guide. You know I took home the dog book. I’m a goof that way.
- City Museum – Indoor playground! So many people told me to go here so we set aside an entire day to hang out. It was so much fun that we made an entire extra video about it. You can watch us find our inner children here! Heading to St. Louis sometime soon? You need to find time to come here and play like goofballs.
- The Grove – St. Louis’ gayborhood was a dream to visit. The rainbow crosswalks certainly are well past their glory days and on a Sunday morning, not much was happening outside of breakfast, but it was a blast all the same. We visited some little shops, got coffee, grabbed mimosas, and more. Basically, go here but probably better to go on a party night than a sleepy hungover morning.
- Square One Brewery & Distillery – Night one we needed some BEER. So we stopped at this place searching for some amazing beer. I honestly couldn’t tell you what I ordered, the food was fine but clearly forgettable. But the beer. I got a sampler and had some amazing suds. Check out my St. Louis recap video to see what I had and check out my reactions as I taste them.
- Rehab – Chicago folks will instantly compare this to Sidetrack. An extensive patio, eclectic mix of dance tunes, many bars, and more. This is basically the party gay hangout. And we ended up there on a Sunday afternoon like goobs. So we grabbed Mimosas, sat in the sun, then went back to our wandering.
- Firecracker Pizza and Beer – Already talked about this place up in food but oh man was the beer yummy. I had a beer that I can’t remember the brewery but I still remember the taste. Dark lager brewed with single origin coffee. Friends, you know me by now. You know I love dark beer and good coffee. This brew was BOTH. I miss it already.
We did an AirBnb here and now, of course, I can’t find the listing anywhere. But basically, there’s some really cute places to stay if you check out the site. We found an entire small house to ourselves complete with washer and dryer in the basement, adorable little yard, and a garage for parking the Toyota at night.
Thanks for reading. Where are your favorite places to visit in St. Louis? Share them in the comments for when I go back in October!