A list of must-sees, must-dos, and must-eats.

By Catherine Neville
January 17, 2007

A love for local produce and healthful activities keeps thisurban center well fed and on the move. You'll find outstandingarchitecture, unique neighborhoods, live music from opera to theblues, and plenty of parks.

Stroll up Delmar Boulevard to The Loop neighborhood. Hereyou'll find one of the first restaurants in St. Louis to focus oncooking with local products. Riddles Penultimate Café and Wine Bar (314-725-6985, www.riddlescafe.com) offers arotating daily menu that highlights the best of what's in season.Items like limited availability Black Forest ambrosia (cantaloupegrown on the banks of the Missouri River in Augusta, wrapped inpaper-thin slices of Black Forest ham smoked on the south side ofSt. Louis) keep this venerable eatery packed.

Forest Park (314-367-7275, www.forestparkforever.org),at 1,293 acres, is one of the country's largest urban parks. For aguided, narrated bike tour, call City Cycling Tours (314-616-5724, www.citycyclingtours.com).They provide the gear needed and offer a 10-mile tour featuring 18stops.

Just a few miles from Forest Park lies Tower Grove Park (314-771-2679, www.towergrovepark.org).Its 289 acres of meandering paths give visitors places to picnicand pause. You'll find more than 325 varieties of trees scatteredthrough the park (7,500 in all-the greatest variety in any of thecountry's urban parks.)