From Past to Present: The Personality of Lafayette Square
Considering living in or around Lafayette Square? You couldn’t have chosen a more fascinating neighborhood. From its beginning as a private residential mansion area to its present restored grandeur, the area is still a vital force in St. Louis. Despite destruction by a tornado in 1896 and subsequent low-income housing, the neighborhood still retains its historic relevance. It has been refurbished with respect and is the modern-day home of classic architecture, lodgings, shops, fine dining and culture surrounding the park. As you’re deciding where you want to live, take some time to enjoy these special places and activities in the neighborhood.


This neighborhood boasts some of the most celebrated food in all St. Louis. Thousands of visitors on TripAdvisor can’t be all wrong!

  • Eleven Eleven Mississippi
  • Planter’s House
  • Bogart’s Smokehouse (rated #1)
  • Blue’s City Deli
  • John D. McGurk’s Irish Pub
  • Pappy’s Smokehouse
  • Fountain on Locust
  • Broadway Oyster Bar
  • The Shaved Duck
  • Bailey’s Chocolate Bar
  • Square One Brewery
  • PW’s Pizza


From paintings for your new walls to natural foods for your family paws to groceries, you’ll find exquisite shops in the Square:

  • Field’s Foods for the family
  • Grand Petite Market
  • Four Muddy Paws for the pets
  • Forest Gallery
  • Looking Glass Designs
  • Butler’s Pantry for catering your first party
  • Soulard Farmer’s Market
  • Herbaria
  • Di Gregorio Market
  • Cherokee Antique Row


The neighborhood abounds with places to get to know your new town. Music, history, theater and other treats await you at:

  • Bush Stadium (you can’t live here unless you love baseball!)
  • City Museum
  • Fox Theater
  • Missouri Botanical Gardens
  • St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
  • Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Trolley and horse and carriage tours
  • St. Louis Zoo
  • Gateway Arch
  • St. Louis Science Center

Things Absolutely not to be Missed

Now that you know where the grocery store, great shopping and cultural pursuits may be found, what is there to see and do in your new neighborhood? What musical or theatrical treats under the stars are available, food tours to enjoy or other neighborhood activities from which you can choose? Glad you asked!

  • May 21, 5 p.m., Cocktails on the Plaza
  • June 6, 10 a.m. and June 7, 5 p.m., Spring Home and Garden Tour
  • June 6 and 20, 6 to 9 p.m., Concert in the Park
  • July 4 and 18, 6 to 9 p.m., Concert in the Park
  • July 30, 6:30 to 10 p.m., Movie in the Park
  • August 1, 15, 29, 6 to 9 p.m., Concert in the Park
  • August 22, 6:30 to 10 p.m., Movie in the Park
  • September 4, 2 to 10:30 p.m., Tour de Lafayette-Gateway Cup Bike Race
  • September 12, 6 to 9 p.m., Concert in the Park
  • September 26, 6 to 10 p.m., Movie in the Park
  • October 24, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tricks and Treats on Park
  • November 27, 5 to 7 p.m., Holiday Tree Lighting
  • December 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Holiday Parlor Tour

Other activities not to be missed are opportunities to view your new home from a different perspective:

  • On the Marc Paragliding
  • St. Louis Running Tour
  • Gateway Helicopter Tours
  • Gateway Arch Riverboats
  • St. Louis Bi-Plane Rides

The personality of this neighborhood is one of history, vitality and beauty. We’d love to tell you more about it when you contact us.