Kansas City for Anyone
Collected by Calliope Gianpoulos , AFAR Local Expert
During the Roaring 20s, Kansas City was known as the Paris of the Plains, and its dramatic urban revitalization has brought that adventurous spirit back to the Heartland. KC is an arts, food, music, and sports hub—big-city amenities with a friendly, Midwestern vibe.
Prairiefire, Overland Park, KS, USA
Prairiefire is unlike your typical complex: While it does have shopping and restaurants, it's also got a bunch of cool and unusual things to do. Outside, you can walk the wetlands trail. Inside, Pinstripes puts a new twist on bowling by adding...
101 W 22nd St, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
Grünauer is an authentic Viennese gasthaus, located in the historic Freight House. The impressive building matches the menu and the cocktail list, both of which are impeccably conceived. Expect familiar items like goulash, bratwurst, and schnitzel...
4141 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City, MO 64111, USA
Converted from a trendy food truck to a new restaurant in the Westport area, Port Fonda serves up authentic Mexican food and drinks, including over a dozen mezcals, Mexican beers on tap, and some of the best cocktails in the city. Focusing on...
1644 Wyandotte St, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
The Webster House is one of Kansas City’s most unique locations. At once, it’s an artisan restaurant with a local seasonal menu, an antique shop, and a boutique specializing in European fashions. Originally a schoolhouse from the 1880s, the house...
112 E Missouri Ave, Kansas City, MO 64106, USA
Stumble into Harry’s Country Club and you'll find a pure honky-tonk establishment with a classy mahogany bar fully stocked with scotch, whiskey, and beer. Enjoy some good food and a drink like Rye on the Rocks while listening to country crooners...
4525 Oak St, Kansas City, MO 64111, USA
I have traveled throughout the States and Europe, and my favorite building is smack dab in the middle of the U.S. I love the contrast of the old art museum modeled after (I believe) the Cleveland Art Museum, and the new addition by Steven Holl. It...
1610 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
Not only does Anton’s have one of the most extensive beer menus in Kansas City, owner Anton Kotar is committed hormone and antibiotic free meats and grass-fed beef. Steaks are aged in house, and cut to order. The menu changes frequently, but...
1900 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
One of Kansas City’s four James Beard Best Chef Midwest winners, Michael Smith operates both Michael Smith and its sister restaurant, Extra Virgin, in the same building in the Crossroads District. Michael Smith is a full menu restaurant, offering...
1601 Broadway Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
Completed in 2011, the Moshe Safdie-designed Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is the most visually stunning and acoustically perfect music venue in the country. The Center is a glass and stainless steel shell over two distinct theaters,...
1616 E 18th St, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
The 18th and Vine District is a testament to one of the most revered figures in Kansas City history, Buck O’Neil, who gained fame in Ken Burns’ documentary Baseball. Buck helped establish the nation’s only Negro Leagues baseball museum, which pays...
1830 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
There are very few places like Michael’s Fine Clothes for Men in the Crossroads District. Since 1906, Michael’s has outfitted the men of Kansas City in timeless-but-fashionable fine pants, ties, jackets, and suits. If you or the man in your life...
1663 Summit St, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
Talk about local: Once near closing time, Chef Nina Gann came out of the kitchen to offer the table a honeysuckle ice cream she just whipped up using flowers picked from across the street. A farm-to-table restaurant just up the 17th Street hill on...
251 E 55th St, Kansas City, MO 64113, USA
A little farther south than the Plaza, but easily accessible off of Brookside Boulevard in the sought-after Brookside neighborhood, the Crestwood Shops are almost entirely local, high-end design stores. Charlecote, The Pear Tree, and O’Home are...
417 E 18th St, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
If you want to sample several of the Crossroads Arts District’s best eateries with a group of friends, try the Taste of Kansas City Food Tour. Covering about one and a half miles in three hours, the Tour includes stops at upscale restaurants,...
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