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The Best of … Webster Groves

Tucked away in southeastern St. Louis County, Webster Groves grew from five communities that formed around railroad lines in the nineteenth century. Webster, Old Orchard, Webster Park, Tuxedo Park and Selma merged to create a unified city. Since then, the community’s abundance of great eateries and unique shopping opportunities has ensured the area remains a great place to live, work and play.

Founded: 1896
Named in honor of: Webster College for Boys
Notable landmarks: Webster University, Hawken House

bars & restaurants

  • Big Sky Cafe: American comfort food made from locally and sustainably sourced ingredients is the focus of the menu at this quaint eatery.
  • The Clover and the Bee: From the team behind Olive + Oak, this eatery and cocktail bar is serving Italian-inspired fare for breakfast and lunch.
  • Layla: This local fave focuses on gourmet burgers and shawarma. Unlike its original Grove location, the one in Webster Groves also offers breakfast and brunch.
  • Robust Wine Bar: This award-winning cafe and wine shop offers a friendly way to explore the world of wine. Pair your meal with one of more than 40 wines offered by the glass, sample a variety with a flight or purchase a full bottle.

local shops

  • Field Theory: From Ian VanDam of Civil Alchemy and Truly Floral Spirits, the store focuses on apparel, gear and gifts from premium outdoor brands from the U.S., Europe and Japan.
  • Kind Soap Company: You can find natural homemade soaps, body care and beauty products created from sustainably sourced, fair trade ingredients.
  • Maypop Coffee & Garden Shop: Named after a native vine, this combination cafe and garden center focuses on environmental sustainability and offers workshops to help expand your knowledge of gardening and plants.
  • The Novel Neighbor: Literature lovers will want to check out this independent bookstore, which also carries the work of more than 20 local artisans and has a community meeting space.

parks

  • Blackburn Park: The almost 38-acre park has ballfields, tennis courts and walking paths. It also includes a bird sanctuary and is included on the Great Missouri Birding Trail.
  • Deer Creek Greenway: At around two miles, this trail begins at Deer Creek Park and winds through notable areas of Webster Groves, including Barnickel Park, Marshall Trail Head and Lorraine Davis Park.
  • Sculpture Park: Follow the winding paths and enjoy the gardens, sculptures and other artwork in this newer park.

annual events

  • Community Days: Held over several days, the Fourth of July celebration includes fireworks, a parade, and a carnival and barbecue presented by the Webster Groves Lions Club.
  • Webster Arts Fair: Held the first weekend of June, the fair includes art from regional and national artists, on-site food from local restaurants, live music and creative activities for the whole family.
  • Old Webster Jazz and Blues Festival: This family friendly event offers the opportunity to enjoy jazz and blues performed on two stages, street entertainers, food and more.

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