Okay, I’ve lived in Saint Louis my whole life, and I love my city! Wouldn’t trade it for the world. As you can imagine, I also have a list of places that I LOVE to go when I have free time. I would list them all but we don’t have a billion years to spare here so… Anywho, I’m gonna give you my top 5 favorite places that I love in the city. Here we go!
This is the BEST ice cream on the plant! I remember the first time I had Coldstone, I thought I had literately died and gone to heaven. Why do I love this place so you ask? Well, they have like a million flavors and you can create whatever combination you cook up in your head… if you haven’t been there, I’d suggest you go… it will be worth your while.
2. CiCi’s Pizza
This is another one of favorite places. To all of us broke and struggling (I put the emphasis on struggling here) college kids, this place is truly a god send. Not only is CiCi’s an economic jackpot, it’s really good and everything you’ll ever want out of an Italian meal. You get pizza, pasta, salad, and dessert. Trust me, it’s endless. Did I mention it was a buffet?
Everybody loves a good water park right? Well this aquatic playground isn’t going to disappoint. When the summers are hot and sticky (and they will be) You’ll will want to move to Aquaport and never ever leave. I’ve been there almost every year since I was ten, and I’ve loved every minute of it! This Place has double floaties, a ton of water slides, and of course the lazy river! Go there people, you won’t regret it!
4. Lotta Watta Creek
People love good food (well at least I do) and Lotta Watta Creek is certainly a place to check out if you do. Not only does this restaurant have great food from every category, the portions there are HUGE!! I kid you not, ONE cheese stick will fill you up and you will end up taking the rest home… trust me.
5. City Museum
It’s awesome! That is all.
“Are you doing anything this weekend?” That’s a common question asked among Fonties on a Friday afternoon. Answers usually involve hanging out with friends and going somewhere around town. That “somewhere around town” usually involves food!
As far as food goes, I have some personal favorites here in St. Louis! One of my favorites is Fitz’s, which is right in the University City Delmar Loop. Fitz’s is a cool restaurant that serves some of the best, yet classic American food like pepperoni pizza and pretzels with cheese. They also have their famous Fitz’s Root Beer and Root Beer Floats that are simply amazing!
Another one of my fav places to eat is the Courtesy Diner which is right off of Laclede Station Road. (There are two other locations in St. Louis as well!) It’s about 10 minutes or so away from campus and is a must go for college students. Courtesy Diner is open 24 hours so you can go whenever you’re feeling like a hamburger or, my personal favorite, some French toast with extra powdered sugar!
So, hey, if you and your friends are trying to find something to do this weekend, check out Fitz’s or Courtesy Diner. Both are delicious and I highly recommend them! They are just two of the amazing restaurants in St. Louis!
Without having a car here on campus I get to experience this beautiful city by foot or by bike! I am from St. Paul, Minnesota and I love being somewhere new where I don’t know where I’m going and what I am going to find. Biking around the Fontbonne University area the past few weeks I have found grocery stores, museums, restaurants, beautiful fountains, and lots and lots of coffee shops.
One thing that I love about St. Louis is the amazing coffee shops. I am the type of person that likes to change up where I study, and of course, coffee is always a bonus too. There are so many great coffee shops right here in Clayton, let alone the greater St. Louis area. There is a Starbucks Coffee within about a mile in every direction, but there are also so many local places around here. One of my favorite places to bike to on a sunny day is Kaldi’s Coffee House. This is just blocks away from Fontbonne University and they have arguably the best iced mochas! The people here are so friendly and it is located in a calm and beautiful area; it is such a wonderful place to sit and relax and get some studying done.
Beyond coffee, there are so many other wonderful things to do in St. Louis such as explore the beautiful Forest Park, go to the comedy shows at Fitz’s restaurant on Thursday nights at 10:30, try the amazing local pizza places, and of course, go to the St. Louis Arch!
For more information about the fun things to do around St. Louis and Fontbonne University check out this video: http://www.fontbonne.edu/stlouis
Coming from a suburb of Chicago, where the hottest hang out was a park (with a twisty slide!), I found St. Louis exciting. Everything felt new and fresh, I could even walk to places! That being said, I want to tell you the best things to do here — and there’s a lot. So, my top two will have to do for now.
A short walk away from Fontbonne University, there is a wonderful place called Forest Park. I like to call it the running mecca of St. Louis because, as a runner, I’m there every day. The amount of runners, walkers, bikers, etc is amazing! The gathering of people in one spot inspires you to want to go out and breathe in fresh air! The trails are vast and nice to run, or walk, on. Forest Park is also home to beautiful sights and really awesome events. It was the place where the balloon glow occurred and many other events. Something is always going on in Forest Park and with Fontbonne being so close, I can’t help but to go out and join in.
The food and shopping options in St. Louis was a huge change! So much to do and all easily accessible, which was kind of new to me. The loop is a great place to go for some retail therapy and lunch. My favorites include Mission Tacos, Blueprint, and Sole. Mission tacos has the best chicken tacos and I swear by them. When Blue Print has the best coffee that I’ve ever tasted. I’ve talked with the owner a lot, and he is passionate about what he does. Every cup is brewed individually and the coffee never tastes burned. They serve it from a beaker, a science beaker!
St. Louis is a pretty busy place with enough places and options to make you feel overwhelmed, but you’ll always find your favorite! Happy exploring!