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The barbeque. Kansas City is home to more than 90 barbeque restaurants in the metro area. And the American Royal each fall hosts what it claims is the world’s biggest barbeque contest. Locals proclaim these the “don’t miss” barbeque joints:  Arthur Bryant’s, Gates and Sons, Oklahoma Joe’s, Fiorella’s Jack Stack, and LC’s.

Don’t be fooled, though. We‘re proud of the barbeque, but we don’t stop there. Travel + Leisure ranked Kansas City among the best cities for foodies.  You can find just about anything your stomach craves in Kansas City and we’re also typically praised for the prices at our local eateries, too.


There’s no shortage of active nightlife in Kansas City. Across the city, you’ll discover plenty of bars & night clubs, comedy clubs, concert venues, casinos, and jazz clubs.

The Kansas City Power & Light District ignites downtown. It’s an entire block filled with restaurants, bars, night clubs, and concerts. Make sure to rest up for this one.

The Country Club Plaza and Westport areas have no shortage of bars and restaurants to enjoy. The two areas are just a short cab ride away from each other and both offer clusters of unique spots to duck in to.

Martini Corner offers a row of five hip restaurants and nightclubs, many with the perfect patio for a summer night out.

And the city’s best kept secret, The Mutual Musician’s Foundation, a historic jazz club near 18th and Vine that’s open until 5:30 a.m. Kick back with local musicians during the late-night jam sessions.


Kansas City’s shopping scene attracts visitors from all over the country. The region is filled with large scale shopping malls, outdoor retail parks, outlet malls, and quaint boutiques.

The most notable shopping district in the region is the Country Club Plaza. Nestled among beautiful Spanish-influenced architecture reminiscent of Seville, Spain, you’ll find more than 150 upscale retailers, restaurants, boutiques, and all the stores you know and love.

Other popular shopping districts include Oak Park Mall, outdoor retail centers Town Center Plaza and Zona Rosa, and The Legends at Village West outlet mall.

Arts & Entertainment

Immersing yourself in Kansas City’s flourishing visual arts and performing arts scenes is easy in this Midwest cultural center. Many new and historical attractions contribute to Kansas City’s art scene.

The Crossroads Arts District is one of the most concentrated gallery districts in the country; head down there on the First Friday of each month for gallery show debuts, street performers, refreshments and much more until 9 p.m.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is internationally recognized for its outstanding collection of more than 33,500 objects. From ancient times to modern day, this encyclopedic museum is one of the best in the country. Kansas City also is one of the few cities to offer two contemporary art museums:  the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is the new home of KC’s ballet, opera, and symphony companies. It also hosts traveling Broadway and theater shows. Many other small- to mid-sized venues around the city are great places to catch a performance.

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