Living in the Lou: So Much to Do in University City (U City)


University City is a true gem to STL! It has so much to offer and is an excellent place for families.


It’s been almost three years since I became a U City mama. I can finally say I love it here! It took some time for me to admit it, but it was all thanks to some of the treasures I’ve discovered!

Here are some of my finds:

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There are so many kid-friendly places to take kids in U City! There are also a ton of parks, but I wanted to highlight some of our favorites!


boys sitting on top of a playground play structureOur top favorite playgrounds:

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Heman Park Pool

7210 Olive Boulevard, University City, MO

This pool connects to the Centennial Commons community center on Olive. There is a great kid area with a pool and a mini slide.

The University City Library

6701 Delmar Boulevard, University City, MO 63130

The upstairs level of this library is a section for young kids and teens. My kids’ favorite part of this library is the tubs (yes, bathtubs) available for kids to sit in and read their books. Or, in my kids’ case, perfect for looking at the pictures.

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Family Restaurants

Chong Wah

4129 Lindell Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63108

There is something about STL Chinese food that hits different! Seriously, this is one of my favorite Chinese food spots ever. Confession: I craved Chinese food my entire second pregnancy! We weren’t even living in University City at the time, but my mother-in-law was kind enough to bring me some every time she came to visit us in Chicago!


Phillies Cheesesteaks

6800 Olive Boulevard, Unit F, University City, MO 63130

A newer restaurant to the U City area with fantastic Philly Cheesesteaks and great fries.



6605 Delmar Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63130

This is an American-style food place. But the highlight is you can see them make root beer right in the restaurant! My kids love watching how root beer is made. I have to say their root beer floats are the best in town!

Date Night Spots

My husband and I love close date nights (you know, just if one of the kids gets unruly). Here are a few spots we love and even spots we have on our list to visit:

Soup Dumplings STL

8110 Olive Boulevard, University City, MO 63130

This place has terrific dumplings with a lovely intimate setting.

Taco Buddha

7405 Pershing Avenue, University City, MO 63130

Tex Mex restaurant with a unique aesthetic.


The W Karaoke Lounge

6655 Delmar Boulevard, University City, MO 63130

The W Karaoke Lounge is located in the Loop. This is an upscale karaoke bar!

Frank & Helen Pizzeria

8111 Olive Street Road, University City, MO 63130

Mom and pop Pizza place! I love pizza that isn’t from a major chain.





Delmar Loop

The Loop has a great selection of food, clothing, and specialty shops.

Vintage Vinyl

6610 Delmar, St. Louis, MO 63130

Yes, they sell vintage vinyl records. They also sell CDs (that word sounds so weird to even say anymore!). It’s a cool trip down memory lane. Surprisingly some more modern artists choose to make their latest albums on vinyl and CD!

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Every city has its hidden gems, and here are some I love in U City!

Ruth Park Nature Trail

1100 McKnight Road, University City, MO 63130

We are a nature-loving family, and this trail is a true gem. It’s simple but yet so beautiful. The trail is a bit of a hike but well worth it. As a homeschooling mama, I enjoy the many teachable moments you can create on the path.



6951 Olive Boulevard, University City, MO 63130

An African American Bookstore. We have been rocking with this book store since we moved to STL, mainly because it used to be walking distance from our home.


Jilly’s Cupcake Bar

8509 Delmar Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63124

This has to be one of my favorite places! The cupcakes here are so delightful! I love that they always have new cupcakes in rotation, so most likely, you won’t find the same cupcakes each time you go.

Growing Together: The U City Schools Food Garden Network

This is a newer gem to U City! Growing Together is a network of the schools of University City that’s goal is to bring gardens into homes in the community. The hub is at Brittany Woods middle school. This program provides materials, training, and support to anyone who desires to grow their own food! We were able to start our own garden through this program and also got an opportunity to connect to others in our community. Such a great asset to the community!