This distinct 150-year-old riverfront neighborhood is a mecca for lovers of history, local produce and fresh foods.
THINGS TO DO
Nestled just south of the Missouri River is historic River Market, a diverse area abundant in local and international flavor. Take family and friends to visit the region’s largest farmers market, found at The City Marketevery Saturday and Sunday year-round. The bounty includes more than 140 stalls of fresh produce, flowers, baked goods and other local wares. A quick jaunt across the market brings you to the Arabia Steamboat Museum, where visitors can travel back in time to Kansas City’s frontier days and discover 200 tons of sunken treasure dating back to 1856. Fuel up at Quay Coffee with an espresso (made with locally roasted coffee beans) before testing your problem-solving skills at Breakout KC, an entertainment game with one simple goal: escape from a locked room in 60 minutes or less. Then lace up your skates and hit the ice at The Blue Line, a hockey-themed establishment and one of the city’s top-rated sports bars.
WHERE TO SHOP
Venture down to River Market for unique finds of all kinds. Go digging at River Market Antiques in pursuit of vintage artifacts to deck out your digs. Search through Emblazon Cards & Gifts and the Candy Wizard for retro candy or a funky birthday card. Suit up at Houndstooth with hand-made, tailored clothing that never goes out of style. Coffee enthusiasts congregate at City Market Coffee, where organic, fair trade beans are king, along with all the brewing accessories and equipment needed to make the perfect cup at home. Chefs both amateur and experienced love finding fresh, locally-produced ingredients for their next dish at the farmers market every weekend in The City Market, plus locally sourced meats at The Local Pig.
PLACES TO EAT
Foodies won’t have to walk far to uncover a plethora of palate-pleasing dishes in River Market. The Farmhousesets the bar high with its farm-to-table, tip-to-tail comfort food done right. Belly up to the bar for happy hour at Harry’s Country Club and enjoy classic fare plus a cocktail. Then there's Pigwich, a local favorite for its simple-but-delicious sandwich menu featuring staples like cheesesteak and banh mi to rotating classics like fried pork loin and porchetta. Sample cuisines from around the world at places like Taste of Brazil, Blue Nile Cafe and Tribe Street Kitchen. Those in search of Vietnamese dishes need look no further than Nguyen Pho and Grill, a delicious eatery that specializes in, you guessed it, pho. Dine in or carry out delicious Chinese cuisine from Bo Ling’s, a family-owned staple in the KC culinary scene. Cupcakes are always a must, and thankfully Baby Cakes has you covered. Its gourmet treats are perfect for special occasions—or for treating yourself. Or, try Mexican-Korean fusion at The Bite. Treat yourself by grabbing a scoop (or several) at Betty Rae's Ice Cream.