By Jenny Vergara

With the streets of Downtown Kansas City suddenly sporting a set of shiny new tracks, we now have an easy way to eat and drink our way from The City Market to Union Station and back again, just by stepping on the new KC Streetcar.

Park near The City Market and then hop on at the first stop at 5th & Walnut, and follow this guide. When you are finished, simply hop back on the streetcar and ride it back to the City Market. Ride for free, until you are full.

The streetcars run approximately every 15 minutes from Monday through Thursday 6 a.m.-midnight, Friday and Saturday 6 a.m.-2 a.m. and Sunday 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

Enjoy the ride! 

City Market – 5th & Walnut

Start your tour in the center of the action at The City Market. Stop on the weekends for breakfast at Cascone’s Grill, then hit the farmers market across the street to shop the middle aisles for locally-grown produce. For lunch, you have the United Nations of restaurants to choose from: Bo Lings for Chinese, Blue Nile for Ethiopian, Habashi House for Middle Eastern, Tikka House for Indian, Hien Vuong Restaurant for Vietnamese, Carollo’s Gourmet Grocery & Deli for Italian, Taste of Brazil for Brazilian and The Bite for sandwiches with an international twist. For dessert, don’t miss Bloom Baking Co. Look for a new fine dining and drinking establishment, Brown & Loe to open soon, the perfect place to land for dinner.

River Market West – 4th & Delaware

Ride the streetcar around The City Market to the final River Market stop, and step off for more locally-owned food and drink. Need your caffeine? Grab an excellent cup of coffee from Quay Coffee. If authentic Neapolitan pizza is calling your name, then you should check out Il Lazzarone. For brunch, lunch or dinner, head to Chef Michael Foust’s farm-to-table flagship restaurant, The Farmhouse. for locally-sourced farm fresh dishes.

Metro Center – 12th & Main

Travel into the heart of downtown and get off at 12th & Main to grab some award-winning Kansas City-style competitive barbecue at Plowboys BBQ or for something a little lighter, head down the street and hit the incredible salad bar or hot bar for a quick grab n’ go meal at Cosentino’s Market.

Power & Light – 14th & Main

Here you will be dropped off at the edge of KC’s downtown entertainment hub, the Power & Light District. In this area, there is an endless array of bars and restaurants where you can listen to some live music, play a few games or simply grab a meal. Get a gourmet burger from locally-owned BRGR, or slide next door to another hometown favorite, Bristol Seafood Grill, for fresh seafood and steaks along with an impressive wine list. For veggie friendly options, check out The Mixx or hit up Cleaver & Cork—a concept from local chef and butcher, Alex Pope—for its meat-centric menu. At No Other Pub, you will be provided with all of Sporting KC soccer fun and games you can handle. 

Kauffman Center – 16th & Main

Cruise across the downtown loop, and at your next stop you’ll find delicious options on both sides of the street. Step off the streetcar in front of Anton’s Taproom and Restaurant for a steak as big as you want them to cut it, and beer taps as far as the eye can see. Across the street, stop into Nara Japanese Sushi Grill for a chic downtown dining room serving sushi, sake and cocktails. Finally, one of KC’s newest downtown distilleries, Tom’s Town, offers a lux lounge experience with fantastic craft cocktails made from their own bourbon, gin and vodka along with a small selection of small plates. 

Crossroads – 19th & Main

Roll to a stop at this popular corner of the Crossroads Arts District and you can’t throw a stick without hitting some of the most popular restaurants in the city. Across the street you’ll find Affäre, owned by Chef Martin Heuser, and his wife Katrin, serving modern German cuisine and offering a full bar. Another husband and wife team, Chef Michael Smith, and his wife Nancy, own Michael Smith Restaurant and the more casual Extra Virgin, where you can taste dishes from one of our James Beard Award-winning chefs. Head south on Main Street to find a local favorite, The Rieger Hotel Grill and Exchange, co-owned by Chef Howard Hanna and Ryan Maybee, one of the founding fathers of Kansas City’s craft cocktail scene. In the basement of the restaurant you’ll find his speakeasy, Manifesto, where a crew of bartenders is waiting to make you some deliciously decadent drinks. Call or text to make a reservation.

Union Station – Pershing & Main

You’ve finally arrived at the last stop, where you must go sit at the beautiful bar at Pierpont’s for a drink, or if you start your night here, the happy hour menu offers some real bargains. If you need caffeine, then follow your nose to Parisi’s Artisan Coffee, and don’t hesitate to get a pastry to go.


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