SHARE St. Louis, held this year from August 12-17, will feature over 500 technical education sessions on some of the hottest topics in the industry, and offer plenty of networking opportunities. Between learning and networking, however, we hope you take some time to enjoy our host city. We’ve asked a few SHARE members who are St. Louis natives to share their favorite spots around the city.
Take a look at the places listed below. We hope you’ll meet us in St. Louis!
- A trip to St. Louis isn’t complete without visiting the Arch, the iconic symbol of St. Louis. The park was recently renovated and still undergoing updates, with nice park areas and a walkway on the water. Plan ahead and buy your ticket to ride to the top.
- According to one SHARE member, the best breakfast downtown is at Rooster, which is conveniently located near the convention center.
- Several other restaurants are located near the convention center, including Morgan Street Brewery, located in one of the oldest buildings in historic Laclede’s Landing, near the Arch.
- Broadway Oster Bar is a Cajun-inspired restaurant, with fresh food in a fun atmosphere. Live bands often play here.
- Bridge Tap House and Wine Bar is a unique spot with great food and an excellent beer and wine selection. Be sure to notice the music theme if you do check it out.
- Park Avenue Coffee is a local St. Louis joint with good coffee, and they serve the best Gooey butter cake – a St. Louis staple.
- Ballpark Village is a fun area right by the St. Louis Cardinals’ stadium. The local’s love the Cardinals, who happen to be playing at home the week of the conference if you want to catch a ball game. The area often has live music playing in the center, different bars and restaurants, plus the Cardinals Hall of Fame.
- There are tons of local breweries in St. Louis, and Urban Chestnut is a recommended spot. They have standard beers and a unique selection of craft beers, including a mint vanilla porter. If you’re looking for a St. Louis icon, the Anheuser-Busch Brewery offers free tours with beer samples, as well.
- Not far from downtown is the Schlafly Tap Room, a microbrewery with signature beers in a historic building.
If you have time, consider checking out these neighborhoods that are a short 10 minute drive from the downtown area.
Lafayette Square: Walk around the small French-inspired neighborhood. There is a park, nice homes to view, and small square with shops and restaurants.
- Planter’s House has some of the most unique cocktails. Our St. Louis natives guarantee you’ll try something you’ve never had before here!
- Bailey’s Chocolate Bar is a must for chocolate lovers. When you sit down, they’ll serve you warm chocolate cookies right away.
- 4 Hands Brewery is another local favorite for craft beers with games to play upstairs.
- Square One Brewery and Distillery is a great spot for a brewery tour.
Central West End: This chic and charming neighborhood includes an eclectic mix of art, culture, shopping and dining.
- Central West End is home to Forest Park, once the site of the 1940 World Fair. This is a must see if you want to relax and “getaway” for a short time. This public park is 1,371 acres and very well maintained. The space includes the St. Louis Art Museum (free), the St. Louis Zoo (free and worth the trip), the old World Fair Pavilion, ponds, bridges and a restaurant called the Boathouse, which sits on a pond. You can event rent a paddle boat, kayak, or stand up board there.
- Check out the World Chess Hall of Fame, home of the largest chess piece in the world. There are always games going on outside, and you can pick up one yourself.
- Jeni’s Ice Cream has shops across the country, including one in Central West End. They have unique ice cream flavors, like brandied banana brûlée and salted honey pie. A great treat to beat the St. Louis heat.
The Hill: Not far from Central West End is The Hill, a famous Old Italian neighborhood known for its restaurants. Our St. Louis natives recommend these Italian dining options in the area: