As one of the gateways to the American frontier, St. Charles developed a diverse culture stemming from French and German settlers looking for a new life. You can see this influence in the European-inspired architecture and food that abounds on Main Street and in the rest of the city. If you’re lucky enough to be in St. Charles during a historical re-enactment or festival, you’ll enjoy the period costumes worn by shop owners as you browse more than 125 stores.
If you’re looking for dining options, you’ll find flavors from every corner of the globe, including European cuisine from France, Germany and Italy along with places that serve Chinese, Brazilian and American fare. You can also sample a variety of restaurant styles, from upscale eateries to neighborhood sports bars.
While you’re in St. Charles, be sure to enjoy the fruits of Missouri Wine Country, home to some of the Midwest’s finest wineries. Many of the wineries serve their wine in local restaurants and have storefronts on Main Street, so stop in for a tasting.