I get to go to St. Louis in May for a science teacher's conference. I've never been to St. Louis and am staying next to the convention center. Can anyone tell me about this area of St. Louis? Is it safe to walk in day light hours? Any good restaurants (I'm not picky, just want good food)? Any shopping near buy - department stores, malls, etc.? Anything I must see while in that area other than the arch? Thanks! I'm really excited to go. I'll be traveling alone, so this is quite the adventure for me!!