Washington Avenue Historic District

Washington Avenue Historic District
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Food, fashion and the blues reign supreme in this creative district of downtown St. Louis. Wander elegant tree-lined streets and delve into city history at museums.

Visit Washington Avenue Historic District to spend a day discovering many retail, dining and entertainment attractions. For more than half a century from the late 1800s, this downtown corridor was the epicenter of the city’s garment-making industry. Clothing factories and warehouses lined the streets and filled up with fans of fashion. Today Washington Avenue Historic District is a revitalized area of boutiques, nightclubs, lofts and museums.

Washington Avenue cuts through the heart of the district, with impressive grand brick, stone and terra-cotta buildings. In its heyday the avenue was nicknamed Shoe Street, USA, because of the large number of footwear manufacturers here. Stroll the wide sidewalks to admire refurbished lofts and find clothing and accessories stores. Browse the works of regional artists at independent galleries.

Have something to eat at casual cafés, fast-food joints and sleek restaurants. Talented chefs serve Asian, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and South American dishes, in addition to typical North American fare. As night falls, lounges, pubs, speakeasies and wine bars attract a lively crowd of hipsters and office workers.

Set aside time for a glimpse into the life of the family of a renowned fur trader at the Campbell House Museum. The City Museum has dozens of factory elements repurposed as one-of-a-kind slides, among other family-friendly attractions. Peruse thousands of books and attend cultural festivals, such as a celebration of hip-hop, at the majestic Central Public Library.

Music lovers flock to the National Blues Museum to explore the evolution of one of America’s most influential music genres. Peruse original artifacts and photographs of blues legends such as Muddy Waters. Watch archive concert footage and have fun creating your own blues song.

Washington Avenue Historic District spreads across areas of Downtown St. Louis and Downtown West. Experience the energetic and contemporary vibe by getting around on foot. Major transit stops, such as Civic Center and Convention Center, are short walks away.

Top Hotels Close to Washington Avenue Historic District

OYO Hotel St. Louis Downtown City Center MO
OYO Hotel St. Louis Downtown City Center MO
3.5 out of 5
400 S 14th St, St. Louis, MO, 63103
The price is $93 per night from Nov 6 to Nov 7
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in St. Louis. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the clean rooms and the ...
3.3/5 (1,078 reviews)
"The employees were nice."

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2022

Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
4 out of 5
315 Chestnut St, St. Louis, MO, 63102
The price is $167 per night from Nov 6 to Nov 7
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in St. Louis. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 restaurants, and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (2,345 reviews)
"We love staying here. Our room was spacious and very quiet. The bed was comfy with plenty of pillows. It is within easy walking distance of the arch, Busch stadium and many restaurants."

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2022

The Last Hotel
The Last Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1501 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO, 63103
The price is $169 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 24
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in St. Louis. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 bars/lounges, and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (830 reviews)
"We stayed in a room with King size bed. Room was a little small and no night stands. I use a CPAP machine and need a night stand to place in on. Plus unable to have phone next to bed. Would have been nice to have microwave. We went to a show at Stifel Center and wanted something to eat after. We ..."

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2022

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Best Lodging Options Near Washington Avenue Historic District

OYO Hotel St. Louis Downtown City Center MO
OYO Hotel St. Louis Downtown City Center MO
3.5 out of 5
400 S 14th St, St. Louis, MO, 63103
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
4 out of 5
315 Chestnut St, St. Louis, MO, 63102
The Last Hotel
The Last Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1501 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO, 63103
Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis at the Arch
Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis at the Arch
3 out of 5
2 South 4th Street, St. Louis, MO, 63102
St. Louis Union Station Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton
St. Louis Union Station Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton
4 out of 5
1820 Market Street, St. Louis, MO, 63103
Drury Inn St. Louis at Union Station
Drury Inn St. Louis at Union Station
3 out of 5
201 S 20th St, St. Louis, MO, 63103
Tru By Hilton St. Louis Downtown
Tru By Hilton St. Louis Downtown
2.5 out of 5
1221 Locus Street, St. Louis, MO, 63103
Home2 Suites by Hilton St. Louis Downtown
Home2 Suites by Hilton St. Louis Downtown
3 out of 5
1221 Locus Street, St. Louis, MO, 63103
Marriott St. Louis Grand
Marriott St. Louis Grand
4 out of 5
800 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO, 63101
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