What To Do & Where To Eat in Kansas City

Coveted Home shop in Kansas City

It’s funny, a lot of my friends here in DC said that my post and Instagrams from my last trip to Kansas City actually made them want to go there. Or at least I made it seem like a cool place to visit. I was like, ya because it is! I told them, if I took you to Kansas City for a weekend, you’d think you in any other cool city, but you probably wouldn’t spend near as much money…

Gotta love the affordable Midwest! That is definitely something I miss about living there — the cost of living! Let’s just say that my rent on a 1-bedroom apartment in DC is almost triple what my mortgage was for a 3-bedroom house in Kansas City. So yeah, it’s affordable. But that’s not for lack of culture or things to do. So if you decide to pick up and take a weekend trip to Kansas City, here are a few things I think you should consider doing during your stay.

Sculpture at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

What to do in Kansas City

It all depends on the type of things you like to do of course. But these are things that are really fun and are a part of the fabric of Kansas City.

 

ROYALS GAME — I mean, who doesn’t enjoy a baseball game every now and then. Especially when the team is good (ahem, the Royals are the World Series Champs!).

CHIEFS GAME — Now the Chiefs haven’t been very good the past few years, but that doesn’t stop the fans from cheering them on in one of the loudest stadiums in the NFL. Good times are had Chiefs games, and they all start with tailgating. This is a must. You must get to the game at least two hours early (we would always get there three hours early) and start eating and drinking. Tailgating at Arrowhead is truly the definition of tailgating, so get together with some native Kansas Citians and let them show you how it’s done. The games are always fun as well! I don’t recommend going when it’s freezing cold though…

SPORTING KC — And if soccer is your sport, yep, Kansas City has that too! Catch a Sporting KC match!

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art // Kansas City

ART — Kansas City has some serious art game. The Nelson-Atkins Muesum of Art is a must. The contemporary collection in the Bloch Building is great, and the museum itself is spectacular. Don’t miss all of the sculptures outside! The Nelson-Atkins is known for the Shuttlecocks by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, but there are many other sculptures outside that you don’t want to miss. The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is also very impressive. You can also visit any of the smaller galleries in Kansas City — the Crossroads District has a lot of galleries concentrated in one area, this a good list of galleries, and here is a map of all the art galleries in Kansas City.

WORKOUT — Don’t miss a workout, you can hit up one of the CrossFit gyms or other places I recommend getting your sweat on at are Maya Yoga, Fusion Fitness, and Health House KC. You can also check out Smithville Lake or Lake Lotawana if you like the water, or take a jog around Loose Park.

NATIONAL WORLD WAR I MUSEUM & MEMORIAL — Kansas City is home to the best World War I Museum. If you don’t have time to go through the actual museum, it is a great place to see a view of downtown Kansas City and take photos. If you do have time, I recommend going up to the observation deck in the memorial tower — the view from there is incredible!

BEER TOUR — With a plethora of breweries and distilleries in Kansas City like I mentioned in this post, you could spend an entire weekend exploring them all. Obviously we don’t want you to drive around after drinking, so you can take one of the tours! The KC Beer Tour or the Barley Bus — or just hire your own driver! Kansas City does have Uber, so no worries!

GANGSTER TOUR — The mob is a huge part of Kansas City’s history. I learned from touring Tom’s Town that Kansas City didn’t really partake in prohibition. So if you’re into the gangster history, the gangster tour is for you!

Halls Department Store // Kansas City

SHOPPING — If you have limited time, here are some of my favorite stores I recommend: Coveted Home, Standard Style, Halls, Nell Hills, Charlie Hustle, Westside Storey, and Made in Kansas City. Some of the shopping hubs are the Country Club Plaza, West Bottoms for antiques, Corinth Square, Briarcliff Village, BrooksideZona Rosa, downtown Lee’s Summit, Prairie Village Shops, Town Center, Crossroads, Legends Outlets, and City Market.

For more ideas, just head over to VisitKC.com.

 

Gram & Dun Restaurant in Kansas City

Where to Eat in Kansas City

This list could get insanely long, so I’m going to point out a few of my favorite spots.

 

BREAKFAST & COFFEE

Oddly Correct — The. Best. Coffee.

Classic Cup — For a fancy breakfast, this is your spot.

Eggtc. — If you like lively, this is a great place. There’s always a wait, so go early!

 

LUNCH & DINNER

BBQ — Obviously barbecue must go first because there are so many great options, but some of the best are Q39, Joe’s (formerly Oklahoma Joe’s), and Arthur Bryant’s.

El Patron — If you like Mexican, Kansas City has some amazing spots along Southwest Boulevard, but this is my favorite one.

Justus Drugstore — If you want something special, fancy, and tasty, go here.

The Rieger — After dinner, get a craft cocktail downstairs at Manifesto.

Urban Table — Reliably good food at a great price.

Gram & Dun — With a huge patio on the Country Club Plaza, you can eat amazing food here any time of day — brunch, lunch, or dinner.

Enjoy — For a super healthy meal, this is the spot.

The Mixx — THE salad place.

You Say Tomato — I used to frequent this tiny spot when I worked at Hallmark Cards. Like their name suggests, they have amazing tomatoes, and I still crave their BLT and hummus.

The Pizza Shoppe — I’d get in trouble if I didn’t mention the gourmet pizza franchise my family owns. Plus I think it’s the best pizza on earth. I recommend going to the one at 7687 NW Prairie View Road.

Andy’s Frozen Custard — For dessert, I highly recommend this custard spot. It actually started in Springfield, Missouri, and is slowly expanding. I’m beyond excited that there is a location in Kansas City because it’s hands down consistently the best custard I’ve ever had in my life.

For drinks, you can check out my list of Kansas City breweries and distilleries.

 

Did I miss one of your favorite spots? Tell me what it is in the comments!

More travel content HERE. More about Kansas City HERE.

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This post was sponsored by VisitKC. All opinions are my own.

All images by Meg Biram. Image one is inside Coveted Home. Image two is a sculpture at the Nelson-Atkins. Image three is outside the Nelson-Atkins. Image four is inside the new Halls. Image five is at Gram & Dun.