Kansas City straddles both Kansas and Missouri. It’s well known for barbecue, jazz, and sports teams. While those things are okay, I do not love them. So what do I love in KC so much that I take my family and visiting friends?! Here is my top five in no particular order.
Be advised that this post was written before COVID-19 changed our lives. I no longer live in the KCMO area, so I am unaware of closures. If I have recommended a closed business – please comment below and I will be happy to amend this post!
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City Market (20 E 5th St, Kansas City, Missouri)
I stumbled across this famous market when I needed an Italian grocery. This square is a great cross section of world culture. Shops range from Brazilian to Vietnamese restaurants, and world spices to local meats. We visit when I need spices, air plants, bubble tea, or if we just want to walk and try something new. Parking gets tight on weekends, but that’s true of most downtown markets. Bring extra shopping bags if you’re crunchy like me.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (4525 Oak St, Kansas City, Missouri)
I just love museums period. Admission is free, garage is $10 and it supports the museum. They have your heavy hitters like Van Gogh, Monet, and Caravaggio. They also have serious collections of Asian art, Renaissance furniture, and ancient Egyptian pieces that leave me breathless. Did I say free admission? Did I say giant iconic shuttlecocks? Go.
happy hour cappuccinos
The Roastarie (1204 W 27th St, Kansas City, Missouri)
We love our coffee. So when we found a coffee place -with an airplane on the roof- we were sold right away. Air-roasted coffee tastes cleaner, and these folks even deliver fresh roasted beans if you’re nearby. The DC-3 did fly in the Berlin Airlift in 1948, and they have happy hour cappuccinos on Fridays. Not into les cappuccinos? Try their nitro brew, and drink it there -it’s a gorgeous drink and having it in a to-go cup cheapens the experience.
Port Fonda (4141 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City, Missouri)
Friends introduced us to Port Fonda in Westport and we are forever grateful. We love modern Mexican restaurants that are full of hipsters with waxed mustaches. I’m not being trite; I like cheap Tecate too. Everything on the menu is delicious, I can’t get enough of the biscuit & gravy brunch. Also, they have an impressive Bloody Mary Bar. If you eat or drink too much, Westport is a great neighborhood to walk it off.
Mister Jupiter’s #1 favorite. Ever.
Alamo Drafthouse (1400 Main St, Kansas City, Missouri)
Although this one isn’t unique to KC, we love Alamo. What’s better than assigned seating, cocktail specials, fun footage 30 minutes before the movie, and affordable films? Nothing. Well, few things, but still. This is Mister Jupiter’s #1 favorite. Ever. He would marry Alamo Drafthouse if possible.
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