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The Ultimate Kansas City Girls Weekend

By Kathryn Greene

Whether you’re coming from near or far, you’ll discover quickly that between cocktail bars, shopping, nightlife, the art scene and more, Kansas City has everything girls need to have fun. So pack your bags and gather your closest girlfriends—it’s time for a getaway.

Here are some of the best recommendations for a memorable girls weekend in KC:

State of the Art

Kick off the weekend by meeting up with the girls for dinner at Café Sebastienne. Located inside Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, you can’t go wrong by dining in either the bright courtyard or art-filled dining room. Afterward, savor the latest exhibits as a post-dinner digestif.

Spill It


After-hours, head to SoT in the Crossroads Arts District. With inconspicuous signage and a tucked-away patio, SoT not only feels like being let in on a well-kept secret but is perhaps the perfect place to exchange a few of your own among friends. The elevated lounge is known for its interactive cocktails that allow you to be a mixologist—if only for a few minutes.

Shop ’Til You Drop

Country Club Plaza | Michelle Chan

No girls weekend would be complete without some retail therapy. Wander the historic Country Club Plaza for unbeatable outdoor shopping with a view. Be sure to stop into Kansas City original stores like Baldwin KC for selections you won’t find anywhere else. When it’s time for a break, stop and recharge at T. Loft, which sells fresh-pressed juice and protein balls. 

Brunch Time

As the weekend draws to a close, reminisce about the memories you made throughout the trip over brunch. Avenues Bistro, nestled in Kansas City's charming Brookside neighborhood, anchors a string of independent shops and art galleries. Try one of their signature bottomless breakfast cocktails like pomegranate punch or a "spritzzle me this." Each entree includes access to the brunch bar, which is stocked with homemade pastries, desserts, seasonal fresh fruit and assorted charcuterie and cheeses. If you find yourself back in Westport, there’s always Port Fonda, a tried and true brunch favorite.  

Take It Home

Charlie Hustle

Looking for something to remember your girls’ getaway? Charlie Hustle on the Country Club Plaza sells the now-iconic Kansas City Heart Tee, a favorite among visitors and locals alike.


Bakeries and Baked Goods in KC

Warm and flaky or sweet and moist, Kansas City’s bakeries are serving hungry patrons with scratch-made pastries, cupcakes, loafs and, well, pretty much anything that rises in the oven and gets our stomachs growling.

Spas and Salons in KC