Most Beautiful Place for a Wedding


Our readers voted the Missouri Botanical Garden the most beautiful place to say ‘I do,’ which is probably why it books out more than year in advance! Can’t argue with that. It’s also the most beautiful place to take a walk, to take a photo, to read a book...the list goes on.

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis

The Coronado Ballroom

Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis

World’s Fair Pavilion


Best Golf Course


If it’s good enough for Tiger, Tom Watson and Jay Haas, it’s good enough for us. Some of golf’s greatest players have enjoyed the fairways and greens of Bellerive, voted best golf course by our readers. It will again play host to the 2013 Senior PGA Championship and the 2018 PGA Championship—an honor bestowed on only the country’s greatest courses.

Country Club of St. Albans

The Norman K. Probstein Golf Course in Forest Park

Old Warson Country Club

Westwood Country Club


Best Grocery


What’s not to love about Schnucks? Locally owned and operated, a fi xture in every St. Louis community, and likely the site of many a fi rst offi cial job. Most of us could navigate our neighborhood Schnucks with our eyes closed. And recent perks—like Kaldi’s Coffee Cafes on site—have made the shopping experience an even better one.


Whole Foods


Trader Joe’s


Best Bike Path


The Katy Trail has more than 200 miles of trail that cross the state and is considered the bike trail of record for cycling enthusiasts and amateurs alike, thanks to its beautiful vistas and mostly fl at terrain. Don’t have a bike? No worries. You can rent all the gear you need along the way. Fun for the whole family!

Forest Park

Grant’s Trail

Creve Coeur Park

Castlewood State Park


Best TV Personality


When news is happening in St. Louis, our readers want to hear it from Mike Bush. The KSDK anchor takes his job seriously, but also does it with heart—the best possible combination.

Frank Cusumano

Jennifer Blome

Art Holliday

Tim Ezell


Best Place to See and Be Seen


On a tony corner in Clayton, just steps away from some of St. Louis’ most powerful businesses, lies Café Napoli, whose prime patio begs for peoplewatching. At lunch or dinner, you’ll see diners and drinkers dressed to impress. A favorite spot for some of St. Louis’ favorite athletes, you may even spot a local celeb or two.

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis


Brio Tuscan Grille

Annie Gunn’s


Best Radio Personality


Guy Phillips has been a St. Louis radio fi xture for more than 30 years. His program, Phillips and Company Morning Show, is among the highest-rated shows on the radio, and his voice has charmed audiences—including our readers—on their morning drive for decades.

Dave Glover

McGraw Milhaven

Bernie Miklasz

Jamie Allman


Best Place to Volunteer


In truth, there could be as many different answers to this question as there are good causes that need our help. But the one that came up most often in our survey was St. Patrick Center, which is the largest provider of homeless services in our state. They offer more than 20 housing, employment and mental health programs to help individuals and families move from homelessness to independence. To volunteer,

St. Louis Children’s Hospital

SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center

Food Outreach

Humane Society of Missouri


Best Retirement Community


“The answer is yes. Now what is the question?” When that’s your motto, you know you’re doing something right. The Gatesworth has long been a pioneer in high-quality senior living and, as the fi eld has widened with options, has kept its status as the best-of-the-best with its over-the-top amenities and impressive customer service rivaling luxury hotels. If that’s retirement living, sign us up!

Mari de Villa

Aberdeen Heights

One Mcknight Place

Brookings Park


Most Fun Outdoor Festival


Our readers picked the Saint Louis Art Fair to top their list of Most Fun Outdoor Festival. Why? Well, pair incredible art with restaurant-quality food with live entertainment and tons of hands-on activities for kids—all in the heart of Clayton—and your questions will be answered. See you at the fair!

Fair Saint Louis

The Great Forest Park Balloon Race

Soulard Mardi Gras

Festival of Nations


Our City’s Best Kept Secret


Have you heard? The epicenter of the chess world is right in the Central West End. Who knew? Housed in a beautifully restored, historic 15,900 square-foot residence-turnedbusiness, the World Chess Hall of Fame is one part museum, one part outreach center and chess school. No matter your skill or interest level, it’s worth checking out next time you’re in the neighborhood—you never know who might be up for a game!

The Hill

Lafayette Square

Soulard Market

Tower Grove Park


Best Cougar Den


The cougars of the world and the men who love them—get thee to Brio, where the population of both parties is robust.


Bar Napoli

Sky Lounge

Annie Gunn’s


Best Bar to Bring a Wing Man


Gentleman, when it comes to wooing the ladies—especially at hot spots like Lester’s—you know it’s best to have someone watch your back. Two minds (or lines?) are better than one, right? And in between pickup lines, you and your wingman can enjoy Lester’s extensive beer selection and man-food menu options.

Herbie’s Vintage 72

Brio Tuscan Grille

Annie Gunn’s

Bar Napoli


Best Free Attraction


If you’ve ever visited a zoo during your travels, paid the hefty parking and admission and concession fees only to realize the zoo right in your own backyard is far superior—and FREE—you’re not alone. St. Louis is blessed to have a world-class zoo and community that supports it. Enjoy the wonders of the natural world without getting out your credit card—now that’s an adventure!

Saint Louis Art Museum

Missouri History Museum

Saint Louis Art Fair

City Garden


Best Window Shopping


Stroll down the beautifully tiled promenades of Plaza Frontenac and feast your eyes on the carefully designed window displays at Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Tiffany & Co. and more. Disclaimer: Window shopping the likes of Plaza Frontenac has—on more than one occasion—led to actual shopping. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Central West End

The Marketplace in Ladue


Washington Avenue


Best Farmers Market


The Soulard Farmers Market is a St. Louis institution. Smack in the middle of one of the city’s most historic neighborhoods, the vendors and shoppers greet each other week after week, trolling for produce, meats, cheese, spices, fl owers and other goods, some locally grown and others shipped in. Started in 1779, it’s one of the oldest farmer’s markets west of the Mississippi.

Tower Grove Farmers Market

Clayton Farmers Market

Kirkwood Farmers Market

Maplewood Farmers Market


Best Out-of-the-Ordinary Night


City Museum (and its quirky fabulousness) isn’t just out of the ordinary in St. Louis, it’s unique in the country—maybe even the world! When the sun goes down and the kids go home, it’s the adults’ turn to climb, slide and swing from one thing to another. Have a few cocktails and as they suggest on their website, let your imagination run wild!

Lumiere Place

Central West End


Fast Eddie’s Bon Air


Best Kid’s Attraction


Beloved by families of all ages, The Magic House encapsulates everything fun about being a kid— science and math exploration, artistic expression, pretend play and water splashing and sand! Your little ones will fi nd intrigue around every corner. And as its members know, the fun at The Magic House never gets old: No matter how many times you’ve visited, it feels like the first time.

Saint Louis Zoo

City Museum

Saint Louis Science Center

Six Flags


St. Louis Best Customer Service


Nordstrom is known the nation over for its aboveand- beyond customer service (books have been written about it, we kid you not), so we were not surprised when they came in fi rst. So next time you thinking about ‘clicking to purchase,’ consider logging off and experiencing the thrill of personon- person service—you might ditch your online ways forever.

Genovese Jewelers

NutriFormance St. Louis

The Gatesworth

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis