When you’re looking for a home there seems to be an endless series of questions that need answering to direct your search. Practicalities like school districts and budgets must be considered as you look for a place that will satisfy your dreams of the life you’ll live once you are settled into your new corner of the world. While these considerations are important, dreams of happy living are generally fueled by the sweeter details of a hometown, like getting ice cream with the family and the baristas at the local cafe knowing your order. As you search for the perfect home, be sure to explore both the functional and fun places St. Louis has to offer.
1. Vincent van Doughnut
Few foods elicit the nostalgic response that a donut does. A fresh artisanal donut is deeply satisfying, and you can find this sugary delight at Vincent van Doughnut. This artisanal donut shop is in The Grove commerce area, and their made-from-scratch donuts aren’t your everyday pastry. They are baked fresh and thick daily, prepared in a myriad of exciting and exotic flavors, including New York Style Cheesecake and Lemon Lavender. In addition to their decadent array of choices, there are gluten-free and vegan options on the menu once a week. Beyond their donut selection, they offer other daily pastries such as the viral, savory breakfast muffin with a soft-boiled egg in the center. Swing by the shop for breakfast, a treat, or a dozen for the office.
2. Hank’s Cheesecakes
A local favorite for decades, this cake shop charms with a vintage atmosphere and beautiful concoctions that claim to offer “the best cheesecake this side of heaven.” Hank’s Cheesecakes is a local haunt with a longstanding history in St. Louis. Naturally, they specialize in cheesecake, offering more than 37 flavors of gourmet deliciousness. They also have a selection of outstanding layer cakes that can be ordered by the slice or as a whole. Whether you’re getting hitched or throwing a birthday party, Hank’s can create the perfect layer cake or cheesecake for the event. Their multiple cake and cheesecake sizes will feed a crowd or a small celebration. The shop guarantees high-quality ingredients and desserts that are freshly made from scratch every day. Hank’s is located near the St. Louis Zoo, a combination that makes for a great day with children and family. Be sure to add this shop to your list of St. Louis tour stops.
3. Jilly’s Cupcake Bar and Cafe
Jilly’s Cupcake Bar and Cafe’s mission is to fill you with the feeling of a celebration! The owners of this adorable, upbeat shop are two-time winners of the Food Network show, Cupcake Wars, so you know you’ll get a uniquely delicious pastry from the shop. These cupcakes aren’t your everyday dessert—the award-winning, signature pastry is known for being a sizable half pound.
5. Clementine’s Naughty and Nice Creamery
A house is not a home without a local ice cream shop nearby. If you choose to live in the central corridor, you will be close to Clementine’s Naughty and Nice Creamery, a great place to turn to for sweet treats. Clementine’s micro creamery is focused on quality, which means you get a little something extra than what’s found in a grocery store pint. These indulgent scoops are made in small batches by hand to ensure you get the creamiest, most luxurious treat possible. Classic flavors are elevated with one-of-a-kind ingredients like their Madagascar Vanilla. Interesting new flavors like the vegan Pink Champagne sorbet are an exclusive find you can only get at a specialty shop like Clementine’s.
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