Anyone with an interest in food and cooking can find some great places to shop in St. Louis. Over the years as the Gateway City's food culture has grown, we've been seeing more unique shops and gourmet food stores around town. Some stores cater to specific tastes, others have a broader appeal. So the next time you need a foodie fix, check out any of these five places.
7801 Clayton Road, St. Louis, (314) 721-9997, Open: Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
We're starting with dessert because, why not?
Lake Forest Confections uses old fashioned recipes and techniques to turn out some of the best handmade candies in St. Louis. Each batch of sweets is made with care using the finest ingredients. Lake Forest offers chocolate-dipped fruits, truffles and petit fours and much more. Browse through the shops cases to see the daily offerings. The Lake Forest bakery also creates tempting cakes and coffee cakes, including St. Louis' famous gooey butter.
8021 Clayton Road, St. Louis, (314) 862-2665, Store Open: Monday-Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Need a professional chef's knife of a tart tamper? Kitchen Conservatory has just about any food prep tool you'd ever need. From graters and blenders to lobster tongs and splatter screens, the store is stocked with kitchen items and gourmet ingredients from around the world. If you don't know what to do with all that stuff, sign up for one of the many classes offered and a professional chef will teach you everything you need to know.
7435 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, (314) 727-8878
9755 Manchester Road, Rock Hill, (314) 962-8150
457 North New Ballas Road, Creve Coeur, (314) 989-0020
14748 Clayton Road, Ballwin, (636) 527-1144
Open: Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Wine and cheese is a delicious combination and you'll find plenty of both at the four local locations of The Wine & Cheese Place.
This is the shop to go to if you need a nice triple creme brie for a party, or you just want to learn more about gourmet cheese and wine. The staff is very knowledgeable and can help pick out the right items to suit your tastes.
5139 Shaw Avenue, St. Louis, (314) 771-5476, Open: Monday-Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A trip to The Hill in St. Louis is always a culinary treat. One place you don't want to miss is J. Viviano and Sons. This family-owned Italian grocery store is a perfect example of the tradition you'll find on The Hill. The store is filled with olive oil, spices, pastas and gourmet imports from Italy. Stop by for ingredients to make your own meal, or choose from the selection of meats, cheeses, olives and prepared foods in the back of the shop.
8282 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, (314) 725-2121, Open: Monday-Saturday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
13414 Clayton Road, Town and Country, (314) 434-4707, Open: Monday-Saturday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
211 West Lockwood, Webster Groves, (314) 962-0169, Open: Monday-Saturday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
302 North Kingshighway, St. Louis, (314)361-6646, Open: Monday-Saturday 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Straubs is the grandfather of gourmet grocery stores in St. Louis. The first Straubs opened more than 100 years ago. Today, there are four locations of this full-service supermarket complete with a butcher shop, deli, bakery and produce section. Straubs is also known for its wide variety of prepared foods and baked goods for when you need a quick meal on the go.