This shop is probably most known for it's "adult" items (from toys to phallic-shaped candles) but you'll find a wider variety than that. There's also occult items such as tarot cards, a nice selection of incense, and a fabulaous array of cards, as well as sexy hipster clothes and gay pride paraphanalia. Great decor items. Oh, you can also get body piercing here. I found the staff to be friendly and down-to-earth, not pushy or anything, and overall had a very good experience here.
I would put the Gardens on top of my list of St. Louis attractions. They are extensive, varied, and beautiful. It's truly something for the whole family: children LOVE to feed the fish in the Japanese gardens, and there's also a maze for them to run around in, a children's garden, and sculptues to climb on.
Two of my favorite areas are the beautiful Asian gardens, and the home gardening center. The latter is a great resource for Gardeners, demonstrating just about every kind of garden, from native wildflowers to herb to butterfly-gardens.
If you go on Wednesdays and Saturdays before 11am and you are a city resident, admission is free.
Although it can't compete with museums in such cities as New York or Chicago, the Saint Louis Art Museum is still a fun place to wander through on a rainy day. They have a small representation from most every period and style. I find their decorative collection, found on the basement level, particularly nice. My favorite thing about the museum, however, is their family program every Sunday afternoon. They have a new kid's educational activity every week, FREE. Oh, admission is also free to the public, thank you, St. Louis, for that!
This place is so huge, and there's so much to do, for literally any age. I can see teenagers on a date having as much fun here as a preschooler. From a teacher's perspective, TMH covers it all educationally: electricity, magnatism, math concepts, dramatic play, imagination games... and they'll have so much fun they won't realize they're learning. The third Friday night of every month is free but CROWDED.
Warning: you will probably not have any energy left when you leave this place.
If your looking for anything New Age, wiccan, or metaphysical, come here. There's a really nice energy that makes you want to browse here for awhile. Very nice selection of music, we picked up some tribal drumming reiki music. We also got some beautiful artwork, and a "mystical creatures" coloring book for my daughter. They have a calender chock full of classes and events, too. Beautiful jewelry and stones. Very helpful staff.
This is a great place. You can buy home goods, jewelry, toys, and crafts form all over the world; it is volunteer-run and the profits go to helping families in develpoing countries. I especially like the selection of African instruments and wooden toys.
Cheryl has everything herbal that you need, from tictures to teas to aromatherapy. A good place to get bulk herbs. Cheryl's also offers classes on a wide variety of herbal subjects. We visit Cheryl's regularly during cold and flu season. She has everything you need to boost your immune system through the winter: highest quality echinacia, ginger and garlic tonics, etc.
This is a beautiful gift shop with an Asian theme - most of the items are from India and the Far East. Wonderful jewelry selection, especially rings and earrings. The clothes are nice too, with beautiful ptachy silks and natural fiber pullovers. I believe they are a Fair Trade store too, which makes this a nice business to support.
This store has nice browsing-appeal. Many titles are displayed cover out and I saw a lot of books which caught my eye. My paticular addiction, Children's books, were not increadably well represented, but enough was there to be able to pick out a good gift selection, such as a collector's Alice in Wonderland and of course Harry Potter.
Black Bear Bakery took over Lickhalter's which was a St. Louis tradition; they kept many of their recipes including their rye, which is really the best in town. The pumpernickel and Sorghum multi-grain are also excellent. They are only open at their store front on Thursdays and Fridays, and have a stall st Soulard. You really can't miss this locally made, all-natural bread made by a collectively-run bakery.