Nightlife: Cherokee Street is most well known for its nightlife, and it's not a wonder. With dozens of establishments dotting the neighborhood, it's an easy choice for a night out with friends. Bars offer custom brews, with cultural diversity not found in may bars. You can find German, Irish, and Mexican beers all on the same street, and go from bar to bar to try them all. The area is a popular destination because of it's beer, and the diversity of the pubs, but the nightlife scene is still growing. Some music, live bands, and DJs are to be found, but not as many as in some similar areas. With upscale bars, dancing establishments, and clubs, all side by side, the area has something for everyone. Despite the large amount of bars available in the area, the neighborhood restricts which businesses can sell alcohol to keep the area as family friendly as possible.
Food: Cherokee Street is well known for it's food, and whether the plethora of quality Mexican and Spanish inspired eateries that dot the street, or classic soul food, there's a little of something for everyone. The area is, of course, most well known for Mexican food, with over 7 of the restaurants in the area, but bakeries, coffee houses, and Italian pizzerias are also available. The result is one of the better food neighborhoods in the city, with a mix of food cultures, and very good restaurants available for affordable price ranges. On the opposite side of Cherokee, you can find another small, but thriving scene of eateries and bakeries as well. Like the rest of Cherokee Street, the food is often as diverse and as unique as the street, with custom concoctions unique to the area available to try.
Shopping: Cherokee is one of the most diverse and most unique shopping areas in St. Louis, primarily because there aren't really any chain stores. Where JC Penny and Walgreens used to dominate, there are now small shops and boutiques which offer unique and custom clothing, artwork, collectibles, and gifts, not to be found anywhere else in the city. The result is a perfect place for jaded shoppers to spend the afternoon, or the day, and features plenty of coffee shops and small cafes with sandwiches and desserts, to eat during the day. With seasonal shops as well as markets and boutiques, it's also important to keep going back throughout the year, especially around local festivals, like Cinco De Mayo, when the available shopping is completely different.
Art and Culture: Cherokee Street has an extremely diverse culture, with artists and art styles hailing from around the world. Wherever it's from, art in Cherokee is extremely visible, with murals, paintings, and mosaics nearly everywhere, and often found for sale in boutiques and up for view in galleries throughout the neighborhood. Cherokee is proud of its culture, and its artists, and as a result, it's not hard to find something from one of them. With little to no chain stores, almost all of the art is organic and local, which is something incredibly unique, especially for art lovers. The area is also home to extremely diverse architecture, dating back to Victorian periods, and hailing from different cultures and styles, which comes together to create a unique, but beautiful area. With dozens of art galleries and spaces around the neighborhood, there are also plenty of places to go to see and view art.
Cherokee Street is a developing neighborhood, and it's constantly growing, as are the streets and neighborhoods around it. With new businesses and art events, new galleries, and new events constantly under development, Cherokee has a lot to offer, no matter why you’re going.
This article is reprinted with permission from STLFood.com