Hip Hangouts Loved by Kansas City Locals

From food halls to dog parks, these trendy hotspots are must-visits where you can easily lose track of time—and soak in uniquely KC culture—by simply enjoying yourself.


Motherclucker at Parlor | Pilsen Photo Co-op
Motherclucker at Parlor | Pilsen Photo Co-op

Located on the east end of the Crossroads Arts District, Parlor is less a humming food hall and more a recreation resort.

Between Nashville hot chicken and Korean comfort food, the rotating bites here are a big draw, as diners can choose between six different culinary concepts—or mix and match with whatever they’re craving. Meanwhile, when combined with two full bars, the stellar patio and cozy basement prove that you could spend all day at Parlor and forget that you haven’t left.


Prospero's | David Arbogast
David Arbogast

Travel to the funky 39th Street West district—an offbeat strip that combines award-winning restaurants with unique slices of Kansas City life—to post up in Prospero’s, a used bookseller in the heart of the neighborhood.

The beauty of the three-story establishment is that it’s exactly what you want in a bookstore: a place where bibliophiles, collectors and readers of any age can get lost, either in the pages of their next favorite story or in between the shelves that line the building’s wood-floored rooms.

Delaware Street

Delaware Street

Situated next to City Market lies this cozy street, a restaurant row on the KC Streetcar line that could fill a whole day and a half, if you’re so inclined.

Start by caffeinating at Thou Mayest, a great café to work, chat and share a pastry among lush greenery. Grab lunch at Tribe Street Kitchen, which features flavors from around the world. Ice cream phenom Betty Rae’s is next, so be sure to save some room in your appetite.

Just down the block is Breakout KC, an escape room perfect for problem-solving groups. Round out the evening with dinner and drinks at Neapolitan pizzeria Il Lazzarone.

Boulevard Brewing Co.

Boulevard Brewing Co. Rec Deck | Pilsen Photo Co-op
Pilsen Photo Co-op

You don’t have to be a craft beer enthusiast to enjoy Boulevard Brewing Co.’s incredible Tours & Recreation Center, but it certainly adds to the experience.

Tours of the largest craft brewery in the Midwest begin and end right here. Afterwards, take in the huge second-floor taproom and fourth-floor Rec Deck—fully equipped with shuffleboard courts, skyline views and a killer menu of bites.

Brookside’s 63rd Street

Heirloom Bakery & Hearth

Best-known as a neighborhood, Brookside has come into its own as a visitor destination, thanks in part to this lively stretch on the eastern edge of the neighborhood.

Don’t pass up a morning meal of breakfast sandwiches and other hand-crafted sweets and treats at Heirloom Bakery & Hearth. Meanwhile, health nuts love Unbakery & Juicery for its feel-good menu, and craft beer heads savor sours (among other varieties) at BKS Artisan Ales.

Bar K

Bar K | Pilsen Photo Co-op
Pilsen Photo Co-op

There’s hardly a better place to pal around with your pooch than at Bar K, a hangout made especially for you and your canine companion.

The facility quadruples as a restaurant, coffee shop, off-leash dog park and bar, meaning you can let your dog loose while you do the same, no matter the time of day or your drink of choice. Special events and other charming programming round out the options at this beloved community gathering spot just steps from the water at Berkley Riverfront.