St. Louis is a diverse city with limitless options for food, coffee and exploring. Spread throughout the St. Louis metro area are neighborhoods just as diverse as the people that inhabit them. St. Louis is a true representation of a global society living together. From the upscale Central West End to the eclectic Tower Grove neighborhoods, when combined, these neighborhoods create the perfect mixture that makes St. Louis such a great city to call home.

Arguably, the most well-known area in St. Louis, the Delmar Loop sits on the border of St. Louis city and St. Louis County. It has countless options for food, coffee, entertainment and shopping all located on Delmar Boulevard. Located near Washington University, Fontbonne University and Saint Louis University it has the perfect college town feel. It was named one of the ten great streets in America by the American Planning Association and once you visit you’ll know why. Here are some of the best options the Loop has to offer:

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Blueprint Coffee

6225 Delmar Blvd, Saint Louis, MO

Walking in, you might feel like you’ve been transported to L.A. with the clean, sleek vibe of this shop. Metal and blue accent the space and a large roaster lies in the back where you can watch the roasters use a computerized system to make the coffee precise every time. Serving up coffees from around the world, try a latte, pour over or their Neapolitan creation. Check out our other favorite STL coffee spots.

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Subterranean Books

6275 Delmar Blvd, Saint Louis, MO

A charming, small bookstore with best sellers and local authors alike. Shelves are packed full of books, from new to old. The owners and employees are all avid readers and eager to give suggestions. With a frequent buyer program, after 10 books purchased you’re able to receive store credit to go towards another great read.

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Salt + Smoke

6525 Delmar Blvd., Saint Louis, MO

You won’t be able to resist the delicious smell coming from the smoker at this local barbecue joint on the Loop. All of the food served in this restaurant is made from scratch featuring classics like pulled pork sandwiches and unique creations like the falafel burger or fried jalapeño and cheddar bologna. Pair one of these sandwiches with a side like garlic and herb fries or white cheddar cracker mac ‘n cheese to create an unforgettable meal.

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Snow Factory

6602 Delmar Blvd., Saint Louis, MO

One of the newest trends sweeping the ice cream world stateside is rolled ice cream. Originated in Thailand, Snow Factory brought the one-of-a-kind experience to St. Louis with 30 different combinations. From salted cracker caramel, cookie dough, Oreo wonderland, cherry blossom to the classic pure vanilla, watch the magic happen in front of your eyes. Make sure to leave your mark by filling out a sticky note and posting it on the wall with thousands of other people.

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Mission Taco Joint

6235 Delmar Blvd., Saint Louis, MO

Offering a west coast experience with delectable street fare, Mission Taco is a St. Louis treasure. There are three locations, with more opening soon, in St. Louis with the Delmar Loop location right in the center of all the action. Tacos are ordered a la carte with nine different options including BBQ duck, beef brisket Birria, and local Mofu tofu served on a handmade corn tortilla — which you can watch them make in the window from the Delmar sideswalk. Mission Taco also offers other TexMex favorites like burritos, street corn, cilantro rice and house made churros. a

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The Pageant and Delmar Hall

6161 Delmar Blvd., Saint Louis, MO

The Pageant is the premiere concert venue in the Loop and hosts hundreds of concerts every year. It has gained a reputation as one of the best concert venues in the country. Artists including Tori Kelly, Needtobreathe, Jon Bellion, Trey Songz and Lukas Graham have all played at The Pageant. With a capacity of 2000, anywhere is a good place to view the show. No matter where you’re standing or sitting you’ll be within 70 feet of the stage. Check out the full-line up of artists coming to The Pageant and its next door sister venue Delmar Hall this year.

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Blueberry Hill

6504 Delmar Blvd., Saint Louis, MO

A St. Louis landmark, Blueberry Hill is a restaurant and music club that opened over 40 years ago before the Loop was the thriving area that it is today. It came to recognition as a music club whenever The Father of Rock and Roll, the late Chuck Berry, inaugurated their Duck Room and ended up playing over 200 consecutive monthly concerts in the room that maxes out at 340 people. Blueberry Hill is also known for their burgers, which is referred to as the Famous Burger.

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