Kansas City for Couples
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.
2450 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
In operation since 1979, the Coterie Theatre mounts thoughtful and exciting productions with an eye to community outreach and the interests of diverse audiences. During the 2014/2015 season, look for performances of Rosa Parks and Montgomery Bus...
900 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111, USA
A semifinalist for the 2015, 2016, and 2017 James Beard “Outstanding Restaurant” award, Bluestem is where you’ll find well-heeled locals celebrating a special occasion. Helmed by husband-and-wife team Colby and Megan Garrelts,...
Crown Center, 2450 Grand Blvd #333, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
Originally opened in 1916 by Joyce C. Hall three years after he founded his greeting card company, Hall’s will soon occupy the entire third floor of Crown Center, adjacent to Hallmark’s international headquarters. A high-end retailer in the mold...
1526 Walnut St, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
A large space amongst a neighborhood of lofts between the Power and Light District and the Crossroads, Tannin has the largest wine menu in the city. The tables and booths are designed for groups, making Tannin the best meet-up spot after the show....
1819 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
Look for the Orange “E” between 18th and 19th on McGee Street for a divine chocolate experience. Christopher Elbow’s bold flavors don’t overpower the chocolate, but each different piece is a new experience. Linger on the painted artistry before...
1924 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
Founded by restaurateur Ryan Maybee and chef Howard Hanna, this downtown hot spot occupies the former Rieger Hotel, which dates all the way back to 1915. Many of the building’s original architectural details have been left intact, including...
400 E 5th St, Kansas City, MO 64106, USA
One of the most romantic restaurants in Kansas City, Mano and Barbara Rafael’s French bistro in the River Market brings Paris to the Paris of the Plains. Start with the traditional French Onion soup (sweetened with Port), but leave room for one of...
1321 W 13th St #8, Kansas City, MO 64102, USA
The West Bottoms of Kansas City used to be America’s shipping crossroads and home to huge livestock yards. Today, the enormous warehouse spaces have been converted into haunted houses and the like, but recently the area around the 12th Street...
Crossroads, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
The First Friday Art Walk in the Crossroads predates KC’s urban renaissance, when local artists opened, once a month, the galleries they built out of the century-old warehouses and industrial buildings. Today, nearly a hundred galleries turn the...
3700 Broadway Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64111, USA
The name comes from Kansas City’s nickname back in the 1920s and 30s, when the Pendergast Political Machine ignored prohibition and turned KC into a gambling, bootlegging, and jazz den for locals and travelers alike. Harkening back to that age,...
4525 Oak St, Kansas City, MO 64111, USA
It's not hard to spot the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Just look for the giant shuttlecock sculptures displayed on the 20-plus-acre lawn in front of the building. When Claes Oldenburg and his late wife, Coosje van Bruggen, first installed the...
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