The Delmar Loop is actually not a loop at all, but rather a straight stretch that runs along Delmar Boulevard. Its western end starts in University City—originally a planned community developed by Edward Gardner Lewis, who, in 1902, purchased 85 acres not far from what would be the site of the 1904 World’s Fair, after his publication, Women’s Farm Journal, outgrew its Downtown St. Louis headquarters.
Soon came three terms as mayor, the construction of distinctive U. City buildings and landmarks (including City Hall, bookending The Delmar Loop on the west) and the founding of notable art institutions and newspapers under Lewis’ watch. Fast forward some 115 years, and The Delmar Loop—one of the nation’s most recognized entertainment districts— remains culturally vibrant and innovative. A case in point: the new trolley line connecting it to Forest Park. And, thanks to growth in the businesses along its eastern end, it now extends into the City of St. Louis.
One of the neighborhood’s oldest entrepreneurial families offers authentic Italian coffee, fresh-baked desserts, pastries and gelato late into the evening.
6197 Delmar Blvd.