The Farmhouse in River Market
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By Katy Schamberger

A leisurely, indulgent meal often accompanied by cocktails—it’s no wonder that brunch has become a favorite weekend tradition. With so much to do in KC, you can take your brunch pairing in a new direction, combining beloved dining destinations with nearby activities and attractions so that you can make a day of it.

Here’s what’s on the menu:

An Artful Start

Cafe Sebastienne at Kemper Museum

Brunch: Inside the stunning surroundings of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art awaits Café Sebastienne, which aptly celebrates the art of the plate. With a brunch menu that changes weekly and highlights seasonal global flavors enhanced by local organic produce, it’s not surprising that Café Sebastienne has become a go-to brunch destination. Due to the restaurant’s popularity and limited brunch availability (11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday), reservations are recommended. As you enjoy your meal, you’ll be captivated by the museum’s permanent collection, which adorns the café’s interior and creates a truly breathtaking location.

Then: After your meal, continue your artistic immersion by exploring the eye-catching galleries of the Kemper Museum, a free experience that welcomes more than 100,000 visitors annually. The museum’s permanent collection is intermingled with revolving exhibitions, so be sure to check the schedule before you go. And don’t miss the outdoor art installations, including Spider, 1996, created by Louise Bourgeois. One other must-see stop? The Museum Shop, a favorite destination for contemporary art books, handcrafted gifts and jewelry.

Farm to Table to Farm

Brunch: Perched on a bustling corner of Downtown Kansas City’s River Market neighborhood is The Farmhouse, described as a “farm-to-table, tip-to-tail homestyle restaurant.” The menu, comprised of creative comfort food (including several vegetarian selections), showcases seasonal ingredients from a variety of local farmers in a way that maximizes each cut of meat, piece of produce or herb. The talented culinary staff prides itself on a wide variety of housemade ingredients, including bacon, lardons, broths, stews, sauces and syrups. It’s no wonder that The Farmhouse has become a popular brunch spot with a menu that’s available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

City Market

Then: After your meal (or before, if you’re an early-bird), keep the farm-to-table theme going with a trip over to The City Market, one of the region’s largest farmers markets. Browse more than 140 stalls bursting with fresh produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods and much more from numerous area farmers. Along the perimeter of the market, you’ll find a mouthwatering array of specialty and ethnic shops, including Italian and Middle Eastern grocery stores, a local bakery, a coffeehouse, a tea shop and more. Plus, there’s a good chance you’ll catch a cooking demonstration, live music performance or another local event while you’re there—all in all, the perfect way to spend a weekend afternoon!

Fuel Up for Antiques Shopping

West Bottoms Kansas City

The sprawling antiques shops [of Kansas City’s West Bottoms district] are typically open only on the first weekend of the month, which means you have a lot of ground to cover. And you can’t shop on an empty stomach!

Brunch: Start your day at Genessee Royale Bistro, housed in a former gas station across the street from Kansas City’s historic Livestock Exchange Building. Inside the eclectic space awaits a mouthwatering range of breakfast dishes, served beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, while a brunch menu is offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays.

Restoration Emporium in the West Bottoms

Then: Once you’ve had your fill, explore an impressive variety of antique stores, many of which span multiple floors in huge, historic buildings. You’ll find no shortage of treasures, including furniture, décor, collectibles, clothing, accessories and much more. Although you’ll have the most selection during the first weekend of the month, there are several antique stores that are now open every weekend due to the area’s skyrocketing popularity.

Paris and the Parks

Brunch: Just north of Downtown Kansas City, you’ll find Parkville, Mo., a small town steeped in equal parts charm and history. Parkville is home to a number of shops and restaurants, including Café des Amis, a delightful French bistro tucked away on a tree-lined street. Brunch is served during a limited window on Sundays—noon to 3 p.m.—with a menu that features traditional French favorites like croque monsieur, quiche Lorraine, omelette provençale and more. Whatever you order, just be sure to save room for dessert. Need help? Try the baked-to-order soufflé au chocolat, served warm with homemade vanilla ice cream.

English Landing Park in Parkville, MO
Photo by Mike Day

Then: After your meal, continue your Parisian-inspired day with a leisurely stroll through English Landing Park, a 68-acre facility that includes three miles of walking trails, most of which run alongside the Missouri River. The nearby Pocket Park, located in Parkville’s historic downtown district, is a great place to stop for a photo opportunity or a few minutes of relaxation.

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