Best Neighborhoods: Kansas City

Kansas City offers unique adventures for all visitors. Each neighborhood presents character and individuality through different dining, adventure, and entertainment experiences.

No matter the destination, planning a trip is never necessarily easy. There are many decisions to make, especially at the beginning! For example, what is the best neighborhood to stay in? Are you into shopping, looking for unique drinks, or are you traveling for business? The best neighborhood to stay in Kansas City depends on who you are and what you’re hoping to take away from your trip. We’ve outlined Kansas City neighborhoods, hoping to make your life a little easier.

Crossroads Neighborhood

Crossroads Neighborhood in Kansas City Missouri
This section of Kansas City is packed with creative energy. There are happening art galleries that were once old warehouses, hip coffee bars and brewpubs, and retro-styled bars. There are independent boutiques that sell a wide range of items, from handcrafted jewellery to quirky stationery.

Out on the Town

Located on 1526 Walnut St, the Tannin Wine Bar + Kitchen is a great spot for date night or an evening with friends. The extensive wine list is suited well for every type of wine drinker. Whether you’re an avid wine drinker or looking to taste something new, there is a flavor for everyone wanting to taste, have a glass, or share a bottle. They also offer a separate lunch and dinner menu that includes shareables to large plates.

Family Fun

The Kauffman Center of Performing Arts is located on 1601 Broadway Blvd. This not-for-profit center is home to the local Kansas City Ballet, Lyric Opera, Kansas City Symphony, and other innovative programs. The Kauffman Center of Performing Arts provides a wide range of art experiences from music, opera, theater, and dance. It was opened by Moshe Safdie in 2011 and has been honored as one of the World’s 15 Most Beautiful Concert Halls.

Where to Work

Thou Mayest is here to “get you buzzed” while traveling for business. Located on 519 E 18th St, this a great space to get work done on your own or meet with colleagues to collaborate. Thou Mayest translates to “the way is open” ; this idea is delivered in the ambiance and service of the cafe.

River Market Neighborhood

River Market Neighborhood in Kansas City Missouri
The River Market neighborhood of Kansas City is a busy and happening area. This area brings global eats, gourmet groceries, and indie boutiques together, and is surrounded by pavilions that provide weekly farmers’ markets. If you’re looking for different experiences and sights in just one area, this a wonderful neighborhood to either stay in or visit while in Kansas City.

Out on the Town

Taste of Brazil presents an authentic and delicious Brazilian menu. Unique and tasty dishes include platters, sandwiches, burgers, desserts, pastries and drinks. Located on 25 E 3rd St, was opened by Sao Paulo, Brazil natives Marco Rabello and Cristian Maciel. Brazil is known for being the most hospital country in the world; this hospitality is mirrored at Taste of Brazil. The relaxed and friendly environment makes you feel like you’re part of the family.

Family Fun

A must see while in the River Market Neighborhood is the Arabia Steamboat Museum. The Steamboat Arabia sank near Kansas City on September 5, 1856 and was discovered in 1988. The Museum, located on 400 Grand Blvd, takes you back in time during Kansas City’s frontier days and gives visitors the chance to explore the wonders of the 1988 discovery. There are tours every 30 minutes and we suggest that you plan at least an hour and a half for a visit.

Where to Work

The Opera House Coffee and Food Emporium serves up breakfast, coffee, lunch, and even events! Located in Kansas City’s historic Gillis Opera House, it provides a space that is calming and charming, to meet with friends and employees, or come on your own to enjoy a fresh roasted coffee and tasty treat from the bakery.

Crown Center Neighborhood

Crown Center Neighborhood in Kansas City Missouri

If you’re in town to shop, the Crown Center neighborhood is the spot for you! There is shopping and entertainment, and the area is dominated by its namesake mall. The area is full of family-friendly attractions that include the Hallmark Visitors Center and the Coterie Theatre.

Out on the Town

Pierpont’s at Union Station has been called the “culinary jewel” of Kansas City with food and service that is noted to be as memorable as the historic setting. They are known for their steaks and fresh seafood that arrives daily. The bar is 30 feet and made of mahogany, perfect for happy hour.

Family Fun

The Hallmark Visitors Center provides the chance to discover the beginning of the billion-dollar company that gives us a all that warm, fuzzy feeling. The world of Hallmark presents the timeline, starting from its humble beginnings to now working with U.S. presidents, world leaders, famous artists, and more. Visitors have the chance to meet the artists, be part of events, and tour the facility.

Where to Work

The Parisi Cafe is located inside the historic Union Station. They offer fresh roasted coffee, handcrafted espresso drinks, breakfast, lunch, and pastries that are baked daily. The cafe is Italian influenced and being located in the Union Station, it is in a great destination to spend the work day while traveling.