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Lisa says, Don't leave Kansas City without visiting the Country Club Plaza, with its gorgeous Spanish architecture, equally gorgeous fountains, great shops and delicious restaurants. BY Lisa Waterman Gray. Locating the best shops in a city you've never visited before can be a daunting task, but 10Best offers plenty of great options.
Purchase fresh produce and authentic Italian sausage in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri's oldest commercial neighborhood or find beautiful fashion at deep discounts inside Kansas City, Kansas's Legends Outlets. You can support the local creative community while shopping in the Crossro Arts District or purchase handcrafted chocolate and sports gear in the gorgeous Spanish village known as the Country Club Plaza. Whether you prefer suburban shopping near the airport or checking out one-of-a-kind retailers in a cozy neighborhood with tree-lined streets and wide sidewalks, it's all here.
Looking for dozens of name-brand stores under one roof, or fun yet educational toys for your kids? We've got it. Buy tasty treats for your four-legged friend or a beautiful necklace for your special someone too. And when you've had your fill of shopping, Kansas City's diverse retail districts are also great places to eat, drink and play.
The area's only deer outlet center features dozens of name-brand stores and local favorites, offering quality merchandise at discounted prices. Crew Crewcuts, or F21 Red Forever 21to name a few. Books-A-Million Bam! Opened on Nov. The company represents more than local artists, 'makers' and deers, in this fourth location.
Shop 'til you drop! Recommended for Best Shopping because : Purchase top quality clothing and other essentials at Legends Outlets, without breaking the bank. The web site lists in-store sales and promotions too. Lisa's expert tip : Legends Outlets Kansas City takes its name from more than 80 Kansas residents whose sculpted figures — and information about their historical ificance — dot the entire campus.
Upscale housing and hotel rooms, and new office space, intermingle with distinctive retail shops. You'll find handcrafted accessories from throughout the world at TallulahBelle's, and deer brands inside Alysa Rene Boutique. There's plenty more adult fashion on hand, at Etiquette Boutique or Geno Men's Clothier, as well as luxury sunglasses and stylish bridesmaid dresses. Pet owners can find perfect toys for their furry friends, while kids will marvel at the stunning aquarium gallery inside Picasso Exotic Aquatics and timeless toys that pack the Learning Tree store.
While in the neighborhood, you can also enjoy healthy, made-to-order juices or freshly prepared sushi, as well as gastropub fare or burgers served amid sustainable surroundings. From spa treatments to manicures, or a wine-fueled painting class, there are many ways to pamper yourself, and play too.
Recommended for Best Shopping because : Small enough to feel cozy, Park Place has a decidedly urban feel in the heart of Greater Kansas City's most affluent county. Lisa's expert tip : During summertime, Park Place's outdoor ice skating rink becomes a lively concert venue. Throughout the year, there are food, drink and even beauty happy hour specials. Great gifts abound during the Handmade Holidays pop up event too, from healthy cookies to honey-based body care products and candles. This fun and funky district is full of creative people whose work fills neighborhood galleries and studios with everything from handcrafted ceramics to enormous oil paintings and meticulously crafted jewelry.
At Christopher Elbow Artisanal Chocolates gorgeous gourmet confections combine artistic appearance with divine decadence, while Hammerpress offers paper goods made with an old-fashioned press. You'll find high-end furnishings at Black Bamboo and High Cotton too. Several unusual shops include the massive, decades-old Bob Jones Shoes, and Elements of Green, home of environmentally friendly flooring and counter tops.
Locally owned Mexican, Thai, Germanic, Italian, steakhouse and burger-focused restaurants give visitors a tasty shopping break. Recommended for Best Shopping because : The Crossro Arts District showcases Kansas City's creative community amid a well-worn, yet newly vibrant, landscape.
Lisa's expert tip : If you're okay with crowds, there's no better time to shop the Crossro Arts District than on First Fridays, when thousands of locals and visitors, as well as food trucks and sidewalk musicians create a blocks-long party throughout the evening.
The Kansas City area's largest indoor shopping mall, and the largest mall in Kansas, covers more than 1. Four department store anchors include J. Penney's, Nordstrom, Macy's and Dillard's. A massive food court, and dozens of smaller stores fill remaining space across two sprawling levels.
Computer geeks will enjoy shopping in the Microsoft Store — only the 20th location opened in the world. From fashion and jewelry to books and natural cosmetics, Oak Park Mall offers enormous shopping variety amid indoor comfort. Recommended for Best Shopping because : Plenty of parking, dozens of familiar brands, and multiple restaurants have made Oak Park Mall one of this area's most successful shopping destinations. Lisa's expert tip : Want to know where and when to find cheaper toys or dress shirts at Oak Park Mall?
Visit the web site before your shopping trip, where there are dozens of deals listed in one place. Though probably best known for the region's largest farmer's market, that's only a small part of what this popular Kansas City, Missouri destination offers. It's located in the historic River Market area neighborhood, which has been an active commercial hub since While thousands of people purchase fresh produce and herbs, meat, dairy and other foods here each year, it's also a great place to buy bedding plants and gift items.
Individual shops that surround vendor booths also sell a wealth of Italian staples, ingredients for Brazilian or Middle Eastern cuisine and much more. But you'll find interesting housewares and kitchenware too, as well as Mexican silver, or African art and jewelry. This is a true melting pot of cultures and ages, where the atmosphere becomes downright festive during the peak produce season.
Enough said. Lisa's expert tip : Need another reason to check out the City Market? A wide array of concerts, food-centered events and other activities for all ages, take place throughout the year. Check the calendar and learn more on the official web site.
Canine fur-babies love treats from Brookside Barkery and Bath while women of all ages appreciate eclectic fashions and jewelry available from Shopgirls, amid this quaint and cozy neighborhood. Candlemakers offers a dizzying array of hand-poured and highly-fragranced candles. The neighborhood also hosts several galleries and multiple restaurants.
Getting hungry? Planned and built in the s, Brookside remains one of Kansas City's favorite suburban shopping areas.
Recommended for Best Shopping because : A shopping destination for nearly years, this lovely neighborhood only gets better with age. Lisa's expert tip : Offering fresh local, organic, and non-GMO produce, eggs, artisan cheeses and more, the Brookside Farmers' Market takes place from late spring to early fall.
All producers travel less than miles to the market, and grow, raise or make every product they sell — including produce from KC's urban farms. Operating for over 40 years, Crown Center features more than 60 shops and restaurants that spread outwards from a light-filled three-story atrium. This is also a great place to share train-delivered burgers and fries at Fritz's Railroad Restaurant, with children of all ages, or classic deli fare and pizza at d'Bronx.
You can see a movie on the third floor, enjoy live theater or visit the Ice Terrace. Crown Center promises hours of shopping, dining and entertainment. Recommended for Best Shopping because : Crown Center combines the excitement of a bustling urban neighborhood with the comfort and convenience of a suburban shopping mall. There's custom gift wrapping available too, and you can even buy a metro bus pass or stamps.
Located only minutes from Interstatethis Kansas shopping center offers lo of parking with convenient access to dozens of shops and restaurants. When hunger beckons, you'll find plenty of choices, from delicious Italian food and stellar steaks to a dessert-focused eatery. There's a shop dedicated to gamers and a screen movie theater here too — including IMAX.
Even when Town Center Plaza is packed with people, there's still plenty of room to breathe as you shop. Recommended for Best Shopping because : Fresh air, wide open surroundings, and dozens of retail or restaurant choices create a delightful outdoor shopping district. Lisa's expert tip : Several Town Center restaurants feature happy hour deals on food and cocktails as well as bar bites and even lobster claws.
Check the web site for current deals. Located near Kansas City International Airport, visitors and locals are equally drawn to this Northland shopping area, which also features offices and residences. Zona Rosa hosts brand names such as Chico's, or Marshall's Home Goods, and great restaurants that suit every taste. Full of wide sidewalks and grassy areas, this highly walk-able neighborhood offers plenty of free parking too.
Patio umbrellas and park benches enhance the ambiance, reminiscent of old-fashioned downtown areas. Whether you're looking for children's clothes, women's accessories or the latest book, shopping here is a pleasure. No matter when you visit, Zona Rosa is laid-back yet packed with possibilities. Recommended for Best Shopping because : Much more than a shopping district, Zona Rosa businesses enhance well-being too, from yoga or massage to waxing and nail services. One of the nation's earliest outdoor shopping districts, this 1-million-square-foot dining and retail neighborhood is full of Spanish architecture and red tile roofs.
In addition to the beloved and recently renovated J. Nichols Memorial Fountain, multiple smaller fountains decorate this one-of-a-kind destination. Neighborhood restaurants offer upscale bar food as well as hearty breakfasts, patio dining and premium steaks. No trip to Kansas City is complete without a visit to the breathtakingly beautiful Country Club Plaza.
Recommended for Best Shopping because : It doesn't get much better than premium shopping and stellar dining set amid a gorgeous Spanish village, without the cost of plane fare. Lisa's expert tip : You could explore this historic shopping district on foot, for hours.
But if you'd rather exercise in the gym, consider an informative organized tour by Segway Experience of Kansas City. You'll mostly navigate pedestrians with these wheels. Learn more at www. A member of the Midwest Travel Writers Association, she's excited about the More About Lisa. Follow 10Best Like 10Best. Legends Outlets Kansas City. Photo courtesy of Legends Outlets Kansas City. Park Place. Photo courtesy of Park Place. Crossro Arts District. Oak Park Mall. City Market. Photo courtesy of City Market.
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