September 9, 2019

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.

18th & Vine Neighborhood

18th and Vine Neighborhood in Kansas City Missouri

This isn’t your average street corner. This intersection is a place where exceptional arts such as music and art, collide with delicious cuisine and sports. This is considered one of Kansas City’s most historical entertainment districts.

Out on the Town

The Blue Room is nestled inside the American Jazz Museum. This jazz bar honors past musicians, while also showcasing jazz performers of today. Some of the best local and national talent comes to perform to the iconic museum to play and sing in the distinctive jazz bar. The Blue Room is open daily with performances nearly every night. There is a weekly Blue Monday Jam session, larger known bands will play on the first Monday of each month, and there is a Latin Jazz/Salsa series that takes place on the last Thursday of each month.

Family Fun

The Blue Room is located inside the exciting American Jazz Museum. The museum is located on 1616 E 18th St, and is referred to as “as interactive paradise” by the New York Times. The American Jazz Museum provides excitement for people of all ages with its many listening stations, touch-screen adventures, and custom-mixing soundboards.

Where to Work

The family owned, Mildred’s Cafe has been a staple in the area for over 20 years. Throughout the years, it has become one of the most popular places for breakfast, coffee, and lunch. There is a wide variety of baked goods, specialty coffee, and a lunch menu with sandwiches, soups, and salads. They offer weekly specials and a killer espresso bar for those longer days.

Country Club Plaza Neighborhood

Country Club Plaza Neighborhood in Kansas City Missouri

This neighborhood in Kansas City features one of the country’s oldest outdoor shopping and entertainment districts. This area resembles a Spanish village with fountains, hand-painted mosaic tiles, and custom ironwork.

Out on the Town

The Oliver is considered a refined version of the American tavern. Located at 4807 Jefferson St, it celebrates the community by using local ingredients while having an individual and modern style in the food, service, and environment. Menus include brunch, lunch, dinner, and desert, each including a specific drinks section.

Family Fun

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, located on 4525 Oak St, is a great place for the entire family. With free admission every day, go ahead and discover the rich history from ancient to contemporary collections of more than 35,000 pieces of art. Take a tour, visit a festival, or partake in one of the many offered classes.

Where to Work

The Kaldi’s Coffee Cafe located on Jefferson Street is one of two stores located in Kansas City’s renowned Country Club Plaza. It has a wide coffee selection and comfortable seating, so you can focus throughout the day and stay caffeinated. It is open daily, Monday – Friday 6 AM – 10 PM, Saturday, 7 AM – 10 PM, and Sunday 7 AM – 9 PM.

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