St. Charles Historic District

St. Charles Historic District

St. Charles Historic District
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Historic District St. Charles: 16 blocks of shopping, dining and lodging in historic, restored structures on the banks of the Missouri River. Settlement dates to 1769.
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  • Sarah O
    Mexico, Missouri74 contributions
    Something for Everyone
    The historic district is incredible. The amount of interesting things to see, shops to explore, and food to eat is extensive. There are shops specializing in different things, bakeries, bars, restaurants with patios and fire pits to keep you warm, art galleries, and just something for everyone. There were many dogs out and about too. Parking can probably get pretty busy and I would imagine on a beautiful day, this place is extremely busy.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 4, 2023
  • traveltheworld012
    Rochester, Minnesota13,838 contributions
    Quite a lot of history here
    Staying nearby, my wife had a business meeting all day, so I went here to check it out on Friday, March 10, 2023. I arrived at 8:30AM, but everything was closed until 10AM. It was a cold day, brisk wind, threatening rain and about 32 degrees. I walked around for a half hour, then had to warm up in the car. Finally, after going for another walk in the park area and visiting the Lewis & Clark Boathouse, I came back to see it again. I visited mostly antique stores and had lunch at a cafe. Great looking architecture and most buildings are well kept or restored. There is also an old vertical log church from 1791. There are plenty of parking lots one block off the main street all along the village. Also one can park on both sides of the street anywhere for free. I'm sure this is great for the disabled and the lazy ones. What would make this historic village much better and enjoyable, is to make the entire cobblestone street the full length of the town a pedestrian walkway. Cars passing through can easily bypass the main street, off street parking is very convenient and close by. Too many historical villages around the USA are spoiled by too many cars, this is another one.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 13, 2023
  • Jeanne B
    Ocala, Florida1 contribution
    St Charles— A Lovely Place
    The restaurants are great. It is so picturesque. Fun walking around. It is a good place to be. We ate in Louis & Clarke. It was really good. There are so many things to see and do in that area. We went to The Arch in St Louis. That is a full day to see and do there. My husband lived there several years and really loved it.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 15, 2023
  • JHawk0769
    West Terre Haute, Indiana20 contributions
    A really great place to spend a day
    My wife and I went to Saint Charles for our wedding anniversary. We spent the day wandering the streets, stopping in different places and having a very enjoyable time. We stopped at The Main House for a great plate of barbecue chicken nachos and a couple of beers. Then we entered through the shops. Very laid-back, very polite people. Really enjoyable time we will be back.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 15, 2023
  • Christine W
    4 contributions
    History and Charm
    A very enjoyable experience. Love the brick street and walk ways but be careful as they are old and uneven. Lots of great shops and many restaurants. Be aware of shop hours as some are not open late or on Monday and Tuesday. So much history and ambience. Wonderful old buildings. I would plan 2 days and possibly 3 if you do night life.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 13, 2023
  • Sylvia Z
    Saint Louis, Missouri78 contributions
    Historic St. Charles
    A lot of history at the First Capitol Building. Lots of good eating and even more fun shops to explore. South end of Main (about 7-8 blocks is historic with nice small dining places (many with outdoor seating as well as indoor), many craft and artisan shops, and many unique apparel shops. The North end (also about 7-8 blocks) has lots of restaurants, bar and grill eating places, and some interesting retail shops. This end of Main Street is good for evening entertainment as most of the eating and drinking places stay open late and have live entertainment.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 12, 2023
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Sarah O
Mexico, MO74 contributions
Mar 2023 • Friends
The historic district is incredible. The amount of interesting things to see, shops to explore, and food to eat is extensive. There are shops specializing in different things, bakeries, bars, restaurants with patios and fire pits to keep you warm, art galleries, and just something for everyone. There were many dogs out and about too. Parking can probably get pretty busy and I would imagine on a beautiful day, this place is extremely busy.
Written March 4, 2023
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Jagi55025
Forest Lake, MN262 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
Loved it. Loved it. Loved it. Blocks and blocks of original buildings featuring small business arts and artisan..interspersed with some amazing eateries, restaurants, and sweet treat shops. It’s almost a sensory overload. The cobblestone streets and sidewalks are the icing on the cake. It’s a step back in time with something for everyone.
Written March 18, 2022
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michelebarry2
Illinois124 contributions
Jan 2022
Decided on three nights stay during the week (in winter). Really didn't know what to expect and was very surprised (overall) how large the city of St. Charles was. However, we stayed just a few blocks from Main Street (Historic District) and loved that it was quiet and within walking distance to all of the shops and restaurants the district has to offer.

Shopkeepers all kept telling us to return in the summer when there would be lots more "festive" things to do. We were okay with a winter visit as well just be aware many places are not open daily or close earlier than summer due to it being a slower time. Definetely make dinner reservations ahead of time there in the district. Bradden's and Tony's were are favorite places to eat.
Written January 29, 2022
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042143
Glen Carbon, IL497 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
Commonly called Old Town St Charles this is a great shopping, dining, people watching place. Lots of antique shops, trinket shops, spice shops and very good restaurants. Great place to walk by the MO River with its parks, trails and parking. It is worth your time to go.
Written March 5, 2021
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traveltheworld012
Rochester, MN13,838 contributions
Mar 2023
Staying nearby, my wife had a business meeting all day, so I went here to check it out on Friday, March 10, 2023. I arrived at 8:30AM, but everything was closed until 10AM. It was a cold day, brisk wind, threatening rain and about 32 degrees. I walked around for a half hour, then had to warm up in the car. Finally, after going for another walk in the park area and visiting the Lewis & Clark Boathouse, I came back to see it again. I visited mostly antique stores and had lunch at a cafe. Great looking architecture and most buildings are well kept or restored. There is also an old vertical log church from 1791. There are plenty of parking lots one block off the main street all along the village. Also one can park on both sides of the street anywhere for free. I'm sure this is great for the disabled and the lazy ones. What would make this historic village much better and enjoyable, is to make the entire cobblestone street the full length of the town a pedestrian walkway. Cars passing through can easily bypass the main street, off street parking is very convenient and close by. Too many historical villages around the USA are spoiled by too many cars, this is another one.
Written March 13, 2023
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PowerTrippers
Cocoa Beach, FL1,288 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
We had a wonderful time in downtown St. Charles. The area is a very charming and laid back district near the Missouri River. It features a variety of cool and unique shops, lots of great places to eat (meals and snacks), great bars, and lots of history. We loved the cobblestone streets.

We spent a wonderful, relaxing day here and are looking forward to returning soon. Two big Power Trippers thumbs up!

- The Power Trippers
Written April 5, 2021
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Sylvia Z
Saint Louis, MO78 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
A lot of history at the First Capitol Building. Lots of good eating and even more fun shops to explore. South end of Main (about 7-8 blocks is historic with nice small dining places (many with outdoor seating as well as indoor), many craft and artisan shops, and many unique apparel shops. The North end (also about 7-8 blocks) has lots of restaurants, bar and grill eating places, and some interesting retail shops. This end of Main Street is good for evening entertainment as most of the eating and drinking places stay open late and have live entertainment.
Written November 12, 2023
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JHawk0769
West Terre Haute, IN20 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
My wife and I went to Saint Charles for our wedding anniversary. We spent the day wandering the streets, stopping in different places and having a very enjoyable time. We stopped at The Main House for a great plate of barbecue chicken nachos and a couple of beers. Then we entered through the shops. Very laid-back, very polite people. Really enjoyable time we will be back.
Written September 15, 2023
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akparran
Kansas City, MO73 contributions
Oct 2019
Had a great time visiting St. Charles Old Town and eateries! Once for a conference and secondly for a high school reunion (I will NOT give the number of years). The free Trolley around town was the best discovery of all - from our hotel to Old Town and back...keep that in mind if you visit.
Written January 5, 2020
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Scott E
Kansas City, MO22 contributions
Jul 2022
We were in town for The Black Keys concert and decided to make a weekend of it. We visited the historic downtown St. Charles, which was a lot of fun. There are many different shops and restaurants to enjoy. The old brick street was something to see. We managed to make a whole day out of that area, which was quite fun!
Written July 29, 2022
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