About Nicki’s Central West End Guide


Longtime resident of the Central West End in the City of St. Louis shares her love of a vibrant neighborhood.

The Central West End Guide

For the past 8 years I’ve been sharing what I love about living in the heart of the City of St. Louis in 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 through 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 why the neighborhood attracts young families, singles, and retirees. The area is attractive for millennials and entrepreneurs as well. The CWE has also experienced an enormous growth in the start-up community that has been attracted to Cortex Innovation Community  and TechArtista Co-Working Environment.

The Central West End is a beautiful neighborhood too. Most of the area’s architecture dates back to the 1904 World’s Fair. Forest Park, named one of the Best Parks in the U.S. in 2016, is the neighborhood’s playground.

After 8 years of covering the neighborhood, I still find that there is lots more to discover and share with my readers.

I hope you will enjoy what you find on these pages. Please check back often.