Best of … Tower Grove
With beautiful plant life and whimsical pavilions, Tower Grove Park is a cultural gem. And the community around it is just as vibrant. South Grand is home to several unique businesses, including restaurants that showcase cuisine from 14 countries. The area truly has a flavor all its own.
➊ Apotheosis Comics & Lounge: Along with stocking thousands of comic books and graphic novels, the shop features a bar that offers coffee, local beers, wine and snacks. It hosts many events, including a kids’ reading group every Saturday morning.
➋ Parsimonia Vintage: Shop a curated collection of unique, vintage pieces.
➌ Zee Bee Market: Explore handcrafted, ethically and sustainably sourced items from around the world.
bars and restaurants
➍ Tree House: The kitchen serves from-scratch, plant-based dishes.
➎ VP Square: Explore a variety of Asian dishes from the Pham siblings, the team behind another neighborhood favorite, Cafe Mochi.
➏ MoKaBe’s Coffeehouse: Grab a signature latte, or enjoy a vegetarian brunch on Sundays.
➐ Tower Grove Park: Extending 1.6 miles, this Victorian-era walking park includes 32 pavilions, the Piper Palm House (the oldest greenhouse west of the Mississippi!), a bandstand, wading pool, softball diamonds, tennis courts, soccer fields, and walking paths. The park also features several statues from the 1800s, including likenesses of William Shakespeare and Mozart.
➑ Ritz Park: Named after the theater that once was there, the space hosts events throughout the year, including film screenings, concerts, plays and lectures.
➒ Compton Hill Water Tower: The tower was built in 1897 and stands 179 feet high. It almost was demolished in the 1990s, but the neighborhood instead forced a $19 million restoration project. It’s open for tours and hosts Full Moon Openings for the chance to view the city from the top at night.
➓ Stray Dog Theatre: Housed in Tower Grove Abbey, a century-old church, the company presents a collaborative theatrical experience.
Festival of Nations (August): The region’s largest multicultural celebration features food, performances and an international bazaar.
South Grand Chalk Walk (October): Artists of all ages and abilities can create chalk art and enjoy games, music and more.
Tower Grove Farmer’s Market (AprilNovember): Check out more than 60 local vendors Saturday a.m. and Tuesday p.m.