Laclede’s Landing is within easy walking distance from the Edward Jones Dome, Busch Stadium, America’s Center convention complex and the St. Louis downtown hotel and business district.
Laclede’s Landing has evolved significantly since French fur trader Pierre Laclede first established the area as a trading post in 1764. While still a center of commerce during the day, the Landing turns into a dining and nightlife hotspot in the evenings. Stroll through the nine-block area along original cobblestone streets and stop into restaurants, shops, bars and businesses that are housed within original brick and cast-iron buildings, which were carefully renovated during a project beginning in 1975.
Laclede’s Landing is within easy walking distance from the Edward Jones Dome, Busch Stadium, America’s Center convention complex and the St. Louis downtown hotel and business district, making it easily accessible for visitors and locals alike. Parking is ample via multiple parking lots, and a MetroLink station connects Laclede’s Landing with the rest of downtown and metro St. Louis. No matter if you’re traveling with friends, family or coworkers, Laclede’s Landing will provide entertainment for your entire group.
Grab a brochure (available at Laclede’s Landing Merchant’s Association, 710 N. Second Street, Suite 310 North) and take a walking tour of the historic buildings within the district. The Cast Iron building, located at 712-714 N. Second Street, was built in 1855 and has one of the most stunning cast-iron facades in the city. Across from the Cast Iron building, you’ll see the Schoelhorn-Albrecht Building. Before the building was erected in 1874, this was the site of the freeing of the first Mulatto slave, Esther, in 1791. More than 120 years old, this building used to manufacture pieces for Mississippi River barges. If you turn left and walk up Morgan Street towards Third Street, you’ll see that the sidewalks are uneven—below the street was a room that was used to hide run-away slaves.
Throughout Laclede’s Landing, you’ll see public art along streets and on corners. See if you can spot the Missouri Tall Grass, the Loud Mouth Bass Band or the Mystic Vessel Ascending.
Walk over to see where the Eads Bridge crosses the Mississippi, near Leonor K. Sullivan Blvd. and Washington Avenue. This bridge was designed in 1867 and was the first bridge to use steel extensively in its structure. The bridge was a catalyst in shaping St. Louis’ industry and transportation to railroads. The upper deck was designed for automobile use, and the lower level was for trains.
Stop into Gibbol’s Novelties and Costumes for some giggles. Located at 811 N. Second Street, this circus-themed shop is chock full of toys, masks, clown supplies, costumes and more. Also on Second Street is the Wax Museum (720 N. Second Street), where more than 180 costumed wax figures reside. View likenesses of sports heroes, celebrities, presidents and more. Plan ahead; the museum is open daily April-October but open on weekends only November-March.
When hunger pangs strike, visit Joey B’s On The Landing (710 N. Second Street). With a menu of soups, salads, burgers, appetizers, sandwiches, pizzas and more, this spot is a crowd-pleaser (there’s also a children’s menu). Rachael Ray named Joey B’s the best pizza in St. Louis on the Rachael Ray’s Tasty Travels show on the Food Network.
Traveling with Friends
Bachelor party, girls’ weekend, afternoon getaway—whatever your reason for traveling with friends may be, there’s something to discover in Laclede’s Landing. Ladies, check into the HoteLumiére and relax a bit before heading down to the casino and restaurants on site—or cross the street and enter the hustle and bustle of Laclede’s Landing. The Drunken Fish is a hotspot for sushi and signature cocktails—with names like Angel on Acid and the Sake Peach Ball, you may have to stay for more than one!
Sake not your drink of choice? Try Morgan Street Brewery, a perfect place for large groups. The handcrafted beers and American cuisine are an excellent beginning to a night on the Landing. For those looking for entertainment, there are six pool tables on site, and brewery tours are offered (call for times).
The Big Bang is one of the most high-energy spots to end the night. Popular for birthday parties and after-game fun, this dueling piano bar is like one big crazy sing-along. Private tables are available for reservations in the evenings (with fantastic drink specials).
Looking for a casual coworkers’ lunch or a restaurant for a business dinner? There are plenty of appropriate options at Laclede’s Landing. Hannegan’s Restaurant and Pub (719 N. Second Street) offers an American menu and live jazz on the weekends. The stately dining room is a replica of the U.S. Senate Dining Room circa 1940s.
Also try Jake’s Steaks, a casual steakhouse (708 N. Second Street). The St. Louis-style baby back ribs are a big draw, as are the hand-cut Angus steaks.