South St. Louis City

Trendy and urban environment in a historic part of town.

Welcome to South St. Louis City

Trendy and urban environment in a historic part of town
Below Interstate 44, you’ll discover the vibrant and quaint South St. Louis neighborhood. Boasting a lively nightlife scene, trendy restaurants, several top attractions (including the Missouri Botanical Garden), and charming residential areas, this part of the city is overflowing with wonderful characteristics. Just like other parts of town, South St. Louis sits on the banks of the Mississippi River, which also runs along the Missouri-Illinois state border.
As you tour the neighborhood, you are sure to be impressed by what you find. Classic “gingerbread homes” are one of the more sought-after homes styles in this part of St. Louis. You can also purchase a cozy bungalow or townhome. Properties here are historic and full of unique personality.

What to Love

  • Historic buildings — including coveted gingerbread homes
  • Lively nightlife and restaurant scene
  • Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Tower Grove Park

Local Lifestyle

South St. Louis is the perfect locale for anyone who wants to be close to city life, yet desires peaceful residential living. While considered an urban area, quite a few communities have an almost suburban vibe. Locals are always steps away from the newest and trendiest restaurants, bars, and cafes. Local public schools are also highly rated, making this a great place for families to relocate. This part of the city is also well-known for its ample green space. Minutes from anywhere, you can visit favorite area parks that have outstanding features.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Among all of its qualities, South St. Louis is perhaps most loved for its shopping, dining, and nightlife scene. Some of the best establishments in all of St. Louis are located within this neighborhood.
Not sure where to start? Whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong. When it comes to your restaurant selection, residents recommend visiting City Park Grill, FarmHaus Restaurant, Russell’s on Macklind, Grbic Restaurant and Private Events, Sidney Street Cafe, Sister Cities Cajun, Lemmons, Kounter Kulture, Tree House Restaurant, Rooster, and Anthonino’s Taverna. In the mood to check out South St. Louis’s famed bar and nightlife scene? Swing by favorite places such as The Famous Bar (a cigar bar), CBGB, The Haunt, Tower Pub, The Silver Ballroom, The Heavy Anchor, and Novella Wine Bar.
There’s also a fantastic selection of stores that makes life here even more convenient and delightful. Down and around Chippewa Street, you can find retailers such as PetSmart, Bwell Pharmacy, Craft Beer Cellar, Target, and Le Grand’s Market and Catering. Also, as you drive around town, be sure to stop into Zee Bee Market (gift shop), Urban Matter, Jay International Food Co, and Parsimonia Vintage Store.

Things to Do

Just like the rest of the city, South St. Louis has numerous things to do, see, and explore. Instead of sticking around some of the more touristy spots, you can spend your days off at hidden gems.
Nearly all of the parks in South St. Louis could be considered hidden gems. Tucked away from the busyness of downtown and midtown, bask in the gorgeous weather at Carondelet Park (which features pergolas and fishing ponds), Southwest City Dog Park (a members-only dog park), and at Francis Park. Tower Grove Park — which is connected to the Missouri Botanical Garden — is an expansive community space that officially opened in 1868. Play rounds of tennis, take a relaxing horse-drawn carriage ride, or stock up on local goodies at the Tower Grove Farmers Market (held Saturday mornings).
Other fun experiences in the area include the Miniature Museum of Greater St. Louis, the Chatillion-DeMenril Mansion, and The Mural Mile.


South St. Louis features quite a few quality schools in the neighborhood. From kindergarten through 12th grade, parents with school-aged children can easily locate a good school nearby.
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