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...
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...
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
Designed by esteemed architect Moshe Safdie, the stunning Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is marked by its shell-shaped exterior and all-glass walls. Inside the 285,00-square-foot space are two acoustically perfect theaters, designed to...
1616 E 18th St, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
Founded in a one-room office in 1990, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum has come a long way in the intervening years. Today, it occupies a 10,000-square-foot space in Kansas City’s 18th & Vine Historic Jazz District and serves as the...
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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