Soulard is one of the oldest neighborhoods in St. Louis, established before the Civil War. Soulard Market is the oldest public market west of the Mississippi. The area is also known for being the home of the North American headquarters of the Anheuser-Busch brewery and a huge Mardi Gras celebration.
The area has a lot of bars and restaurants. I know a few of the marquee locations, but today I saw another side to the neighborhood. We walked down blocks of red brick row houses and stopped to read plaques at historical houses and buildings. We found historic churches, parks, and statues. We walked through a parking lot at the brewery and all of a sudden a security van (driven by a friendly officer) pulled up to ask us what we were doing there. He gave us directions to the building we were looking for.
After we found about two thirds of the places we stopped by the Market. I needed some kale for a recipe and was pretty sure I could find it there. Twenty minutes later we left carrying the bunch of kale as well as a big bag of tomatoes and a box of 10 mangoes. (For the price we couldn't pass them up.)
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