Welcome to Clayton
An upscale and hip community on the outskirts of St. Louis
The city of Clayton, Missouri combines a bustling, vibrant business district with charming, residential neighborhoods and scenic parks. With over 7,000,000 square feet of office space and over 1,000,000 square feet of retail space, there is no shortage of things to do and see in Clayton. Grab coffee with friends and browse the boutiques and high-end shops in the walkable downtown district, or stroll through one of many active parks along the city’s outskirts. Clayton perfectly blends busy city life with laid-back, suburban experiences.
Residential areas in Clayton range from stately brick homes to high-rise, luxury condominiums above upscale boutiques. Everything in Clayton is within walking distance, and the metropolitan city of St. Louis is just minutes away by car. The Cross County MetroLink public transportation system also provides commuters with quick, easy access around Clayton and to St. Louis, adding another desirable feature to the area. Clayton is an energetic, vibrant, and fun place to live and offers an abundance of amenities for all tastes and interests.
What to Love
- The walkability of the city and convenient access to St. Louis
- Over 70 acres of active parks in the neighborhood
- Family-friendly neighborhoods with excellent, high-achieving schools
Residents of Clayton enjoy a community-focused atmosphere. With monthly coffee gatherings and frequent neighborhood dialogues, the citizens of Clayton are highly invested in the well-being of their community. Fundraisers, festivals, and other opportunities to support local businesses are frequent occurrences in this neighborhood, and it’s no surprise if restaurant owners remember your name and your order in Clayton. Community is at the heart of what Clayton stands for — providing a welcoming place for all citizens. Enjoy days spent browsing the boutiques downtown or taking a leisurely walk through a tree-lined neighborhood. Residents of Clayton are mostly professionals and families, but also a great place to retire. Interested in high rise living? Click here to see what's available at The Maryland Walk, The Crescent and The Plaza in Clayton.
Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping
In 1989, Tony and Kathy Pietoso decided to open their dream restaurant, Cafe Napoli. Getting its start in a basement in downtown Clayton, Cafe Napoli was small but offered tremendous food and top-notch service. This family-owned restaurant was known as Clayton’s hidden gem and soon began its climb to a much larger, above-ground venue. Today, the Pietosos own and operate Cafe Napoli, Napoli2, Napoli III, and the Napoli online store, offering fashionable merchandise. Menu items feature Italian-American fares, like linguine salsiccia and the Provimi veal chop house special. For an upscale experience with mouthwatering meals, quality ingredients, and fantastic service, Cafe Napoli is the place to be.
At Herbies, you’re already a regular. Featuring dishes inspired by all corners of the world, Herbies is the best spot to visit in Clayton for diverse menu options in a casual, French bistro atmosphere. Find flavors of France, Italy, Asia, and South America on their menu, and experience their award-winning wine list. Located in the heart of Clayton, Herbies is a favorite spot for locals and tourists with a pristine reputation for great food, great service, and a great time!
William A. Straub began his journey as the local grocer in 1901, when he would visit the community of Webster Grove collecting grocery orders on his horse and buggy. Over the years, his grocery business grew to become Straub’s, offering pickup and deliveries to Clayton, Brentwood, Richmond Heights, and Central West End neighborhoods. The Clayton store opened in 1948, providing residents with outstanding specialty foods and the highest quality community service. Straub’s is still owned and operated by fourth-generation family members carrying William’s legacy into the new century.
Tony’s Restaurant is the finest Italian restaurant in St. Louis and one of the finest in the nation. The renowned restaurant boasts a AAA 4 Diamond Award, the Mobil 5 Star Award, and a Levee Stone Award, providing residents with not only quality food but unparalleled customer service and dining experiences. Serving lunch and dinner in an upscale atmosphere with a business-casual dress code, Tony’s offers delicious authentic Italian meals paired with an extensive wine list and even better desserts!
Things to Do
Held in downtown Clayton, the Saint Louis Art Fair runs over two days in the fall, with each year offering a different theme. Over 150 artists showcase their unique talents every year, and the fair features live music, dozens of food vendors, and an arts and crafts center for little artists. The purpose of the fair is to inspire others to be more creative and grow in appreciation for the arts in all forms. This family-friendly event is entirely supported by the community through charitable donations and aims to give back through art education in schools and throughout the broader Clayton community.
The 30-acre Shaw Park is the city’s oldest and largest park. It includes a playground, soccer and football fields, tennis courts, and a pavilion and features three beautiful gardens. The park is home to the annual Parties in the Park, a community celebration with live music and food trucks. Bring the family and your blankets for a perfect summer evening at Clayton’s second-largest park, Oak Knoll. Offering free outdoor Musical Nights throughout the summer near the beautiful, lighted fountain on the pond, the park comes alive with the sounds of the summer for two hours every month.
There are several high-achieving schools in the Clayton area. Some include:
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