It wasn’t the first time I heard it—”I don’t know if I’ll go to WordCamp US. I’m not excited about St. Louis.”
As someone who comes from a little town barely on the map, I hate seeing towns dismissed as “not cool enough.” I know St. Louis must have some hidden gems that locals love.
So I went to the WordPress community and sent out a tweet asking for ideas. And wow! So many enthusiastic St. Louis residents and visitors replied that I wanted to make sure to share their great ideas in one post.
St Louis Tips and Ideas from the WordPress Community
Things to see
There was a ton of love for City Museum. How convenient! It was just announced that the afterparty or “WordFest” is going to be held there, included in the WordCamp ticket cost.
St Louis has hands down the best & most FUN museum to explore: the one-of-a-kind @citymuseum! https://t.co/99BNiEmNdc It is specially fun for adults who want to feel wide eyed and creative again. WordPress folks, take note!— Anita Expert (@anitaexpert) June 6, 2019
– City Museum is flippin SICK. One of the best playgrounds on earth for adults and kids alike.— Chance the Developer (@chancethedev) June 6, 2019
– Forest Park is HUGE and beautiful. One of my favorite city parks in the country. Plus it’s home to a large FREE zoo.
Several tweets also mentioned Forest Park. Forest Park is an urban public park of 1,300 acres of forests, ecosystems, nature reserves, lakes and streams, as well as several museums and a zoo.
👋 St. Louisan here. The U-City Loop, Central West End are great, one of the best parks in the country with Forest Park (Zoo, Muny, art museum, etc.), the Cardinals for sports, City Museum is so much fun, and lots of other niche experiences in addition to the touristy stuff.— Chris Wallace (@chriswallace) June 6, 2019
The aforementioned City Museum, Forest Park, BBQ! The Union Station Hotel is a repurposed, renovated train station and a destination in itself if you’re not lucky enough to stay there. I will think of more, but this is just off the top of my head.— Norma Miller (@whitecoatcapxg) June 6, 2019
Into museums and history? Maybe gardens? We see you, culture lovers.
– Forest Park is also home to several free museums. STL Art Museum, MO History Museum, STL Science Center — all FOR FREE. The courthouse building is also pretty sweet if you’re into the whole history thing.— Chance the Developer (@chancethedev) June 6, 2019
The Missouri Botanical Gardens are absolutely BEAUTIFUL! 🌺🌵🌿— 🦕 RJ Clarke (@rawr_jays) June 6, 2019
You could easily get lost there for hours, but it’s also worth just cruising through for even an hour!
And for the bookworms of the group…
They have the best bookstore ever – check out @novelneighbor in Webster Groves!— Nancy Sheed (@sheesalt) June 7, 2019
Where to Eat
Do you travel for food? I hear you (me too!). Here’s what a few friends recommended for eats.
Fork and Stix (Thai)— Riley (@rileyj_s) June 6, 2019
Seoul Taco (Asian Mex)
Blue City Deli (Sandwiches)
Mission Taco (Tacos)
Pho Grand (Vietnamese)
Just to name a few.
Bulrush https://t.co/8APbpKEhXS— Chris Wallace (@chriswallace) June 7, 2019
The Clover and the Bee https://t.co/Xh33ywkmEE
Cafe Osage https://t.co/pAZzPgmbi0
Also this list has a lot of the top spots broadly: https://t.co/zay2G0EjFC
A couple tweets included links to Sauce Magazine, a publication about the St. Louis area culinary scene. I thought this article was a fun one to check out for more ideas: 2019 Sauce Readers’ Choice Winners. The best restaurants, chef, barbecue, and sushi spots are listed.
I’ll definitely be going to Sugarfire Smoke House, voted Sauce Magazine’s Favorite Restaurant 2019. LOOK AT THIS BRISKET SANDWICH.
Brisket case… brisket, cheddar, caramelized onion, tomato and white barbecue on a buttermilk biscuit pic.twitter.com/YoYUp6NxnN— SugarFire Smokehouse (@SugarFireSmoke) June 6, 2019
Anyone want to go with me?
That’s it for now, folks! I’m happy to keep updating this if you have any more ideas, so shoot me a reply on Twitter. I will see you in St Louis!