The Central West End Guide
For the past 10 years I’ve been sharing what I love about living in the heart of the City of St. Louis publishing Nicki’s Central West End Guide.
Because I’ve lived in the neighborhood for many years, people who were new to the area often asked me where things were, or what places they should check out. I have always loved reporting, getting my start years ago writing about food and shops for the West End Word. So I decided the easiest way to share the information was on a blog format.
Voted by the American Planning Association as one of “America’s 10 Great Places: Neighborhoods” in 2014, the Central West End is home to a wide variety of people, eclectic shops, interesting art galleries, a public library, movie theater, Saint Louis Art Museum and other cultural institutions, as well as a large restaurant and bar scene.
The Central West End is bordered by a large medical complex (Barnes-Jewish Hospital), two major universities (Washington University & St. Louis University). This is one of the many reasons the neighborhood attracts young families, singles, and retirees. The CWE has also experienced an enormous growth in the start-up community drawn by the Cortex Innovation Community and TechArtista Co-Working Environment.
The Central West End is a beautiful neighborhood too. The area’s architecture dates back to the 1904 World’s Fair. We’re fortunate to have Forest Park, named one of the Best Parks in the U.S. in 2016, as the neighborhood’s playground.
After many years of covering the CWE, I still find that there is lots more to discover and share.
I hope you will enjoy what you find on these pages. Please check back often.