South Grand has a flavor all its own. You can travel around the world on South Grand, known locally and regionally as an International District, the neighborhood offers a wide array of activity from unique stores and eclectic shops to a huge array of ethic restaurants covering more countries than Epcot. Annual neighborhood events include an International Dine Around in May, Fall Fest in September and Grinchmas in December.
Tower Grove Park, an elegant 19th-century Victorian walking park, features whimsical pavilions, statuary, fountains and mock classical “ruins.” The neighborhood’s Missouri Botanical Garden welcomes visitors and researchers to one of the top three botanical gardens in the world. Renowned for its research, education, landscaping and, of course, flowers, MBG attractions include the Japanese Garden, Climatron geodesic dome, a whimsical Children’s Garden and a garden dedicated to George Washington Carver.
Eleven Things To Do on South Grand
- Eat around the world. Fourteen countries are represented on South Grand – more than Epcot!
- Stop by The Gin Room and have a drink with Natasha Bahrami, the only American to be inducted to the Gin Hall of Fame. Bahrami owns the Gin Room bar inside Natasha’s Café and also runs Ginworld, an educational outreach program that brings distillers together with consumers at gin festivals around the country.
- Shop. South Grand has 13 independently owned businesses where you can shop for items from around the world, plus everyday essentials like makeup, books, clothing and accessories.
- South Grand has a self-guided historic walking tour. Check it out at www.southgrand.org.
- Take a stroll down South Grand. The community is proud to be a sustainable business district that includes rain gardens, native plants and trees throughout the area.
- Fourteen events a year are held on South Grand, 12 of which are located in Ritz Park located at 3147 South Grand Blvd., the district’s outdoor event space.
- Love ice cream? Tower Grover Creamery on South Grand is home to Central Dairy ice cream and gelato made from scratch right here.
- Vegetarian? You are in luck! South Grand has three vegetarian and vegan-only restaurants, but all of the restaurants within the district offer vegetarian and gluten-free options, too.
- South Grand is just south of Tower Grove Park, a Victorian Walking Park. It is home to the Piper Palm House, the oldest greenhouse west of the Mississippi. Also, South Grand is just minutes from the Missouri Botanical Garden.
- Just north of the district is the Compton Hill Reservoir Park located at South Grand and I-44 where you get a rare opportunity to go up in the water tower on Full Moon Nights, as well as Saturday afternoons. The schedule can be found at www.southgrand.org/attractions.
- Love ethnic food? Stop by one of St. Louis’ most treasured grocery stores to purchase items from around the world.
For a taste of global cuisine, head to South Grand, where you can experience the flavor of the Philippines, Iran, Japan, Vietnam and more, all along one tree-lined avenue.