When the City of St. Louis separated from St. Louis County, it necessitated a new home for the county court system. More than 100 acres were donated to create a county seat, and in the course of a few decades, it grew from forests and farmland into the bustling city of Clayton. Combining a metropolitan downtown with chic residential neighborhoods, Clayton is a hub of business, culture, dining and shopping.

Founded: 1877
Named in honor of:  Ralph Clayton, who donated the land for the St. Louis County courthouse after St. Louis city split from the county
Notable landmarks:  Historic Hanley House

bars & restaurants

  • Akar: From chef Bernie Lee, this innovative restaurant combines Asian influences with seasonal ingredients to create innovative cuisine.
  • Casa Don Alfonso: The first U.S. restaurant project from Michelin-starred restaurateur Mario Iaccarino, this fine dining spot offers Mediterranean cuisine from the Sorrento Coast in a relaxed, approachable setting.
  • Seven: This bistro’s menu of locally sourced cuisine includes the “Lost Classics,” iconic dishes from beloved restaurants that are now closed like Layton’s and Busch’s Grove.

local shops

  • Lusso: This hip lifestyle boutique offers a curated selection of home decor, jewelry, clothing and gifts from top designers.
  • Savile Row Custom Clothiers: For more than 30 years, this shop has offered both business and casual custom clothing.
  • Sweet Boutique: You can find a sweet selection of items, including baby and children’s items, gifts, accessories and home decor.


  • Shaw Park: Established in 1935, this is Clayton’s oldest and largest park at 47.47 acres. Key features include Century Garden, which is home to the statue Molecular Bloom with Single Flower by James Surls; the Treetop Playground; a sensory garden; and Moneta Garden, which features native plantings and a sculpture by Clatyon native Ernest Trova.
  • Oak Knoll Park: Named after the 150-year-old trees its home to, this park has picnic areas, a large playground and a half-mile walking path that takes visitors through three garden areas.

annual events

  • Saint Louis Art Fair: Each September, art enthusiasts come to downtown Clayton to explore beautiful artworks, live music performances, food and drink samplings from local restaurants, children’s activities and more.
  • Musical Nights: This free concert series in Oak Knoll Park is held the first Sunday of the month June through September.
  • Fourth of July Celebration: Held at Shaw Park’s aquatic center, this pool party includes music and family-friendly pool games.