First date, 50th anniversary or somewhere in between, there’s always room for romance in a relationship. Kansas City has you covered. But corny has no room in KC—keep up with the hottest nightlife, tastiest cuisine and most decadent hotels during your romantic adventures, whether they’re a single night out or a weekend getaway. Named one of America’s Most Romantic Cities and one of America’s Best Cities for Singles, it’s clear that here in the City of Fountains, love flourishes.

Here are some of the most romantic spots in KC: 

Intimate Experiences

Memorable date nights are common here, thanks in part to a wildly inventive cocktail scene. Grab a pre-Prohibition drink at Tom’s Town Distilling Company, a Gatsby-style lounge in the Crossroads Arts District. Or head to Julep in Westport for creative whiskey drinks and other handcrafted libations. After dinner, sneak down to P.S., a low-lit speakeasy located underneath the recently renovated Hotel Phillips.

Live music is a must in KC. Hit up Green Lady Lounge or The Phoenix for some of the best jazz in the city. For daytime adventures, head to Bird’s Botanicals in SubTropolis. Open to the public on Tuesdays, you’ll be amazed at the wonderful assortment of orchids available for purchase or sightseeing, all stored underground. Then there’s Powell Gardens, home to breathtaking floral displays, compelling architecture and the Heartland Harvest Garden, the country’s largest edible landscape.  

Romantic Dining

Adventurous meals elevate any affectionate evening. Revel in Italian delights at Lidia’s and Cucina della Ragazza. Taste the flavors of Argentina at Piropos, Germany at Affäre Restaurant and Spain at La Bodega. Fresh seafood flown in daily awaits at Bristol Seafood Grill in the Power & Light District while French specialties shine at Le Fou Frog.

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The Country Club Plaza boasts several dining destinations perfect for two, such as Chaz on the Plaza (the signature restaurant of the Raphael Hotel), Rosso at Hotel Sorella and Café Trio. Experience modern American fare at both Novel and Story, two establishments with vastly different décor but equally delicious menus.  

Pop the Q

JC Nichols Fountain

Maybe you’re thinking of something a little more special. Take, for instance, popping the question. While there are countless ways and places to ask your significant other to wed, some are just too perfect to pass up. Like the J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain, an iconic KC landmark that’s relentlessly photographable and even known to host weddings. Or pretty much anywhere in Union Station thanks to its stunning, 100-plus-year-old architecture.

Greenery and scenery stun on the lawns of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Get down on one knee while overlooking the city at The National World War I Museum and Memorial or The Scout, one of the most recognizable statues in the city. For something a little different, try asking at the beautiful Rose Garden in Loose Park or at a Kansas City Royals game, possibly even during Summer Fireworks.   

Lodging Options

Where to stay is almost as important as the rest of your romantic adventures. Swank predominates at The Fontaine while old-school class and style make Hotel Phillips and The Raphael Hotel must-stays during a romantic weekend.

Find a home away from home at Southmoreland on the Plaza, a B&B beloved by many. Or rest and recover at The Elms Hotel and Spa, an Excelsior Springs treasure known for its history and restorative amenities. Regardless, you’ll find no shortage of overnight options perfect for romance while in KC. 

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