Just south of Downtown
St. Louis, MO
Submitted by: Keith Belk
The oldest neighborhood in St. Louis is a thriving bar, restaurant, shopping and tourist district.
Soulard is the oldest neighborhood in St. Louis, with most buildings dating from the Civil War to the World's Fair in 1904. For example, our two-family Federal Immigrant House was built in 1876. Soulard is home to about 20 bars and restaurants, many of which are part of the St. Louis music scene. Soulard is also the home of the Blues (music), Soulard Market, the Anheuser Busch Brewery and our Mardi Gras as well as many other activities. It's a great place to live and play.
This was one of many areas of St. Louis where razing buildings had started in the late 60ís and early 70ís, and it was saved by a small hard working group of people.
What Makes Soulard a Great Place?
The area is very accessible. Traffic has been calmed and bike lanes added to one major street, which will connect to the River Front Trail.
It makes a great impression once you get into the neighborhood and enjoy it.
Dining, shopping, Soulard Market, Mardi Gras, various home tours, tastes and other activities are held in the neighborhood.
The neighborhood is full of good meeting places. It is very diverse and very comfortable.