Kansas City, MO

*I know that KC isn’t a trip because it’s where I live, but Marlyn came up for a long weekend, so I got to be a tourist in my own city*


  • Double Shift: by far our family’s favorite brewery (might have to do with my parent’s being an investor there…but still really good beer)
  • National World War I Museum and Memorial: I haven’t been to the museum in years, but the memorial has the best skyline views of KC
  • Union Station: the 3rd biggest train station in the US
  • RayGun: started in Iowa, this Midwest store has clever sayings on t-shirts, posters, stickers, magnets, mugs–you name it
  • First Friday’s: on the first Friday of every month, the art galleries open, food trucks drive in, vendors set up shop, street performs show up, and tons of people come downtown


  • River Market: during the week, the River Market’s diverse selection of restaurants are all open, but on Saturday mornings in the summer, the Farmer’s Market opens up; our favorite restaurants are Blue Nile Ethiopian, Bloom Bakery, and Beignet; our favorite vendor at the Farmer’s Market is the quaker ladies who have the best baked goods
  • Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Fair: with different events throughout the year, Strawberry Swing Craft Fairs feature handmade goods by local artists
  • Jackstack BBQ: where you go for fancy BBQ: their ribs and cheesey corn are the best
  • Nelson Atkins Museum of Art: one of the biggest art museums in the country, the 2007 Bloch extension by Steven Holl added a beautiful modern art wing
  • Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art: located across the street from the Kansas City Art Institute, this small museum features different art exhibits throughout the year
  • Brookside Art Annual: art festival in Brookside, a neighborhood 15 minutes south of downtown
  • Foo’s Fabulous Frozen Custard: a local Kansas City custard joint
  • Bella Napoli’s: one of the best Italian restaurants in KC


  • Royals Game: ever since they won the World Series in 2015, everyone’s become a baseball fan
  • West Bottoms: this area used to be very industrialized, but now it’s known for haunted houses and refurbished antique furniture (it’s cooler than it sounds)
  • Westside Storey: one of the many local-makers, Kansas City-centered stores, we went for the wide selection of KC t-shirts
  • Goat Hill Coffee & Soda: fancy snow cones were delicious
  • Westside Local: farm-to-table freshness with great vegetarian (and omnivore) options


  • Heirloom Bakery: baked goods made fresh with local and seasonal ingredients; my favorite is the homemade pop-tart
  • Roasterie: the biggest local coffee supplier in Kansas City, their factory offers tours and samples to prove what makes their coffee the best
  • Power & Light: across the street from the Sprint Center, Power & Light is the heart of Kansas City’s night life; they have free concerts and stream sporting events live throughout the year
  • Sprint Center: the biggest arena in Kansas City; home to big name superstars and events like the Big 12 basketball championship every March
  • Kauffman Center for Performing Arts: where performances by the Kansas City Symphony and the Nutcracker are held
  • Joe’s Kansas City BBQ: located in a gas station, this BBQ joint has been ranked one of the best in the country (I’m not just saying this, google it)
  • Westport: hipster neighborhood of Kansas City with stores like Bunker (KC apparel and goods), Pryde’s (dream kitchen supplies), Char Bar (their beer garden has ping pong, bocce, croquet, and cornhole!) Doughnut Lounge (coffee and donuts served late and with a DJ), Midcoast Modern (KC apparel and goods), and Oddly Correct Coffee
  • BRGR: one of the best local burger chain with locations in Power & Light, Prairie Village, and Leawood (only 10 minutes from us!)


  • Country Club Plaza: premier shopping district in Kansas City where you’ll find stores like Tiffany, Marc Jacobs, Kate Spade, and Apple; also where my dad’s architecture firm is located
  • Charlie Hustle: the original Kansas City t-shirt store (if you don’t have a KC heart t-shirt, do you really live there??)
  • Loose Park: located in Mission Hills, which is the fanciest place to live in KC, this park is known for it’s beautiful Rose Garden
  • Betty Rae’s Ice Cream: although they’ve barely been open a year, Betty Rae’s has received all kinds of awards and can usually be seen with a line out the door during summer weekends
  • Blue Koi: one of my personal favorites in KC, Blue Koi has amazing noodles & dumplings



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