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Kansas City is a progressive arts and food town in the middle of the country. Big city tastes, sights, and sounds with friendly Midwestern charm.
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120 E Gregory Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64114, USA
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A little farther south in the hip, young Waldo neighborhood, the Bier Station is worth seeking out. John Couture, who lives around the corner, created a combination neighborhood pub and beer retailer with suds from the world over. The "Station"...
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811 W 17th St, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
Little Freshie is one of the most fun food and drink places in Kansas City. In the eclectic Westside neighborhood, Little Freshie is a small space sandwiched between upscale bistros and other shops. Little Freshie does delicious cappuccinos and...
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1526 Walnut St, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
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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....
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302 W 8th St, Kansas City, MO 64105, USA
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A Kansas City landmark on the corner of the old Garment District in downtown, The Phoenix is downtown’s best jazz joint. I’ve had very good Old Fashioneds and Side Cars here, they do the best Guinness pour in town, and they always have a good...
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1924 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
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Imbibe’s 2013 Bartender of the Year, Ryan Maybee has created a throwback to Kansas City’s speakeasy age with Manifesto, an underground bar beneath the historic Rieger Hotel Grill and Exchange in the Crossroads District (the building with the giant...
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1819 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
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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...
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400 E 5th St, Kansas City, MO 64106, USA
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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...
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1610 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
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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...
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1700 Summit St, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
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Up a small hill in Kansas City’s Westside neighborhood, you’ll know the Blue Bird Bistro by the blue front with the yellow door on the corner of 17th and Summit. Everything is locally sourced, and the Blue Bird is one of the most vegetarian...
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101 W 22nd St #300, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
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Kansas City is most famous for its barbecue: Bring up the topic, and locals will declare loyalties and dig in. If you’re downtown, the best barbecue experience is Fiorella’s Jack Stack in the Freight House District across the tracks from Union...
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1900 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
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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...
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900 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111, USA
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2013 James Beard Best Chef Midwest winner Colby Garrelts heads Bluestem, an unassuming boutique restaurant in the Westport neighborhood south of downtown. The best way to enjoy Chef Garrelts’ wares is the five course menu, which gives you...
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300 Delaware St, Kansas City, MO 64105, USA
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Nestled into a corner building just off the historic City Market, The Farmhouse specializes in farm-to-table, mostly organic ingredients in classic American dishes—some of which come directly from the Farmer’s Market across the street. On the...
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1663 Summit St, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
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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...
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200 E 25th St #400, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
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Four different James Beard Best Chefs Midwest have helmed The American, which features an ever-changing menu of four-star meals at the upscale dining experience in Kansas City. New Executive Chef Josh Eans has put together a summer menu of seafood...
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251 E 55th St, Kansas City, MO 64113, USA
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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...
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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...
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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...
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2450 Grand Blvd Ste 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...
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1644 Wyandotte St, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
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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...
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4706 Broadway Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64112, USA
The Country Club Plaza, famous for its spectacular Spanish-inspired architecture and holiday lights display, also hosts one of the largest arts fairs in the country. One weekend in mid-September, the eight-block shopping district is transformed...
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20 E 5th Street #201, Kansas City, MO 64106, USA
The City Market in the River Market District of Kansas City hosts one of the largest farmers' markets in the Midwest, perhaps the most popular Saturday morning even in KC. But the City Market is much more: restaurants and shops ring the rows of...
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2501 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
This isn’t your regular brewery tour. Boulevard is the largest craft brewery in the Midwest, coming online in the late 1980s, before the craft beer revolution. You’ll get a forty-five minute tour of the facility to see how the beer is made and get...
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417 E 18th St, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
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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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W 18th St, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
The block of West 18th Street between Baltimore and Wyandotte Streets is the funkiest block in Kansas City, home to art galleries, Birdies (an artistically inclined women’s intimates shop), YJ’s Third World Snack Bar (owner/artist David Ford...
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2 Memorial Dr, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
In 2006, Kansas City opened the nation’s official museum dedicated to World War I, recently refurbished to be the center of WWI centennial celebrations 2014. The Walk of Honor leads you down to the museum entrance; to pass into the exhibits, you...
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30 W Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
Kansas City’s Union Station is most notorious for 1933 shootout between Pretty Boy Floyd (allegedly) and the FBI and KCMO police (supposedly the bullet holes still exist). Today, Union Station has been restored to its architectural glory, hosting...
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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...
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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...
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4525 Oak St, Kansas City, MO 64111, USA
The Nelson-Atkins isn’t just another art museum; with architect Steven Holl’s addition of the Bloch building in 2007, the grounds themselves are a “work of haunting power,” according to The New York Times. The original building, with a traditional...
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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,...
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1401 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64106, USA
During the madness of March, downtown Kansas City is a festival of college basketball. At two different venues, downtown KC hosts five different tournaments and is on the regular rotation of NCAA tournament host sites. This is why Kansas City is...
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417 E 18th St, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
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A music venue of a more gritty sort, CrossroadsKC at Grinder’s is an outdoor concert space just outside the downtown loop, with views of the skyline. More than that, it’s connected to Grinder’s, the beloved KC dive that served pizza, philly cheese...
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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,...
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Crown Center, Kansas City, MO, USA
The Crown Center Square is enveloped by the Hallmark international headquarters and a bustling three-story shopping/entertainment space. On summer Friday nights, Crown Center hosts the “WeekEnder”: the square is filled with booths from local...
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1 Royal Way, Kansas City, MO 64129, USA
If you ever find yourself in Kansas City, definitely visit Kaufman Stadium, but make sure to come at least 30 minutes to visit the Royals' Hall of Fame, a museum located in left field. It's a great visit, I wish I had known it was there before I...