For jazz, blues, big band and swing music, cabaret-styled seating and a Southern menu, the place to be is BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups.
Tip: Try the St. Louis Cuban sandwich -- pulled pork with grilled ham, Swiss cheese and all the fixin's.
GET THEE TO THE ALTAR
The sheer beauty and grandeur of the Shrine of St. Joseph makes it a must-see. With its cornerstone laid in 1844, the church features an altar (left) representing the Italian Renaissance style at its most magnificent. In the 1970s, plans were afoot to tear the place down, but a group of dedicated preservationists prevailed.
Get acquainted with the sights and scenes of the city via St. Louis Fun Tours. The 75-minutetrolley rides cover landmarks including the iconic St. Louis Arch, Busch Stadium, Millionaire's Row, Forest Park and more.
THE BIG EASY OF THE MIDWEST
For a taste of New Orleans in St. Louis, the Broadway Oyster Bar, or BOB, as natives call it, does it right, using sustainable seafood such as fresh Gulf and Blue Point oysters, Louisiana crawfish and shrimp done up in Cajun and Creole style. Be brave and try a fried alligator tail while enjoying nightly live reggae, bluegrass, funk and more.
Founded in 1859, the Missouri Botanical Garden is a National Historic Landmark filled with frankly fabulous flora. The Climatron (left) houses a tropical rainforest environment; floating out front are colorful glass Walla Walla onions created by Dale Chihuly.