In St. Louis, Soulard is one of the most popular neighborhoods, as well as the city’s oldest neighborhood. Historically French, Soulard is named after Antoine Soulard, a surveyor for the Spanish government and refugee from the French Revolution in the 1790’s.
This entire neighborhood encompasses just over 380 acres, housing a population of over 3400. Enjoy the Soulard Farmers Market, in continuous operation each Wednesday through Saturday since 1779, as well as the numerous eateries and attractions throughout. The food is reminiscent of pubs and taverns of France and early St. Louis, such as the 1860 Saloon and Soulard Restaurant. For fun things to do here head to Budweiser or Chatillon Demenil Mansion, or learn a bit at the Archive Museum House.
Just walking around the neighborhood will be a history lesson in itself, the red brick townhomes and red-brick streets giving way to historic churches and monuments galore. Did we mention this spot is only 5 minutes from the Arch?
Note: If you happen to be in the neighborhood around Mardi Gras season or in October you are in for a treat, Soulard putting on one of the best Mardi Gras Fetes in the Midwest, as well as one absolutely amazing Oktoberfest Festival.
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