Go for convenience, accessibility, and selection. Those are the perks of St. Louis's best malls and shopping centers. You can get in and out quickly and see a ton of things. Loads of local shopping options include high-brow and low-brow stores, along with food offerings should you need a drink or a bite along the way. Check out the wide variety at places like Saint Louis Galleria or West County. Indoors or outdoors, there's a bounty to be had.
Saint Louis Galleria
This wonderful galleria includes Macy's, Dillard's and Mark Shale, along with specialty shops, a cinema and restaurants. It is designed in coral, cream and black with marble columns and floors. Trees and flowers set in glazed pots and colorful ceramic discs accent the décor. Unique waterfalls and fountains add character and motion to the shopping center. Glossy black, Mission-style benches provide a respite for weary shoppers. (314-863-5500)
This sophisticated venue features upscale shopping and fine dining and includes such well-known stores as Neiman Marcus and J. Crew. The bright airy space is designed with upholstered furnishings, hardwood floors, and a grand piano in the atrium. The façade resembles a colonial mansion, built entirely of brick with large white columns and beautiful architectural detailing. (314-432-0604)
St. Louis Mills
Located in the northwest St. Louis area, this expansive shopping mall offers plenty of options under one roof. Approximately 175 shops and entertainment options call the mall home. Large department stores like Marshall's MegaStore and Burlington Coat Factory stand alongside smaller name brand favorites like Aeropostale, American Eagle Outfitters and Cabela's. A number of outlet stores are located here as well, including the Banana Republic Factory Store, Gymboree Outlet, the Gap Outlet and the Guess Factory Store. A cinema and a large food court are also located here. (314-227-5555)
West County Center
Nordstrom, Macy's, and JC Penney anchor this mall that's convenient to I-270. Over 270 stores and eateries are based here. Name brand favorites stand alongside boutique stores, including Aldo, Coach, Guess, Sephora, and Apple. (314-288-2020)
Located in nearby Chesterfield, this shopping mall includes department stores Macy's, Dillard's and Sears as well as a host of smaller chain shops like Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Pottery Barn and Williams-Sonoma. AMC Theatres is located on-site as are a number of your favorite restaurants, like California Pizza Kitchen and The Cheesecake Factory. (636-532-0777)
Affectionately known as "The Loop," this six-block shopping, dining and nightlife area is located next to Washington University. Approximately 140 shops are located within The Loop's vicinity. Vendors include those offering books, wine, clothing, art, housewares and furniture. Area favorites include Rag-o-rama, Runway Fashions and more. A large portion of the area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (314-727-8000)
Cherokee Antique Row
This area is antique central in St. Louis. It covers a six block area and includes over 30 antique stores that sell a variety of vintage wares, including pottery, glassware, military items, furniture, jewelry, clothing and books. It's located just south of the downtown area in the Cherokee-Lemp Historic District. A number of galleries, specialty shops and restaurants call this area home as well.
Central West End
This diverse, sophisticated district features a variety of fine restaurants, sidewalk cafés, clubs, galleries, bookstores, stylish boutiques, and specialty and antique shops. It is situated in the central area of St. Louis, a short distance from Forest Park. Established during the Westward Expansion, this prestigious neighborhood is the site of some of the finest and most elegant homes in the city. The Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis is the centerpiece of the district and features the world's largest collection of mosaic art. (314-367-2220)
St. Louis Union Station
This well-known St. Louis landmark was once the country's busiest passenger-rail terminal. The century old Romanesque-style building is designed with enormous arched ceilings, skylights, exposed beams and girders, polished brick walkways, and brass railings. It has been beautifully restored and houses more than 80 unique shops, restaurants, a hotel, nightlife, and even a small lake — all under a single roof. (314-421-6655)