About The CWE

Where else can you find the best restaurants, bistros, bars, shopping, galleries and entertainment in St. Louis? Look no further — it’s all right here in the Central West End!

The Central West End, named by the American Planning Association as one of America’s Top 10 Neighborhoods, features an exciting mix of St. Louis’ best dining, entertainment, shopping and nightlife in a setting where accidental interactions and unexpected experiences just happen.

The CWE is a growing neighborhood rich with history, ready to embrace the changing urban environment. In an atmosphere of historic St. Louis architecture and pedestrian- and bike-friendly streets, you’ll find great places to shop, dine and explore. Home to some of St. Louis’s oldest shops, one-of-a-kind businesses and unique attractions such as the World Chess Hall of Fame, the CWE is often described as “bohemian-chic” or St. Louis’s version of “The Village.” The charming people and places of the CWE evoke a feeling of community and create a sense of place throughout the neighborhood — a neighborhood with endless energy.

Euclid Avenue serves as the Main Street of the Central West End, connecting Maryland Plaza, McPherson Avenue and Washington Avenue with more than 125 shops, galleries, restaurants, bars, salons, hotels and other businesses. All walks of life happily co-exist on the streets of the Central West End, from art lovers, foodies and shoppers, to students, residents and our four-legged friends — there is something for everyone in this one-of-a-kind urban setting.

The streetscape is characterized by its stunning architecture, including a mix of the finest French Tudor, Colonial, Federal, Greek Revival, Mid-Century and Postmodern styles in the St. Louis area. Surrounding the Central West End are some of the most prestigious single-family homes and private streets in the Midwest. This urban oasis is bolstered by the Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Forest Park — the nation’s seventh-largest urban park.

Conveniently located in the heart of the city, the CWE has something for everyone.