Whether you covet the latest trends, love to scour antique markets or (literally) wear your Kansas City pride on your sleeve, the local shopping scene has something for you. To help make your retail exploration a little easier, we’ve picked several options based on your personality and interests. Ready to shop until you drop?

Style Icons: The Ladies

Kansas City is home to an increasing number of boutiques that cater to the oh-so-stylish. Start in downtown Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District and indulge your inner trendsetter at Fable, a newer arrival to the local shopping scene. Carefully curated lingerie and swimwear make Birdie’s a must-visit, while the always eclectic Peggy Noland boutique is as fun to see as it is to shop. Standard Style, with shops on the Country Club Plaza and in Leawood, is your go-to for chic fashion, fabulous accessories and select cosmetics. Feeling spendy? Upscale specialty boutique Feng is a calming retail oasis. Or splurge on a custom-made jacket at Asiatica, which also offers jewelry and accessories for those in the market to make a statement. Prefer the variety and ambiance of a department store? This September, be sure to check out the newly refurbished Halls in downtown Kansas City’s Crown Center for all the clothing, accessories, shoes and cosmetics you could ever want. And if you need a little bling to complement your new wardrobe, Tivol has all the sparkle you can handle.

Baldwin KC hat

Style Icons: The Gents

Whether your style is of-the-moment, dapper or somewhere in-between, Kansas City has a shop for your style needs. Houndstooth, which recently opened in downtown’s River Market neighborhood, is a dual delight of covetable selection and delightful ambiance. On the other side of downtown, Michael’s Fine Clothing for Men has been a staple of the Kansas City fashion scene since 1905. Baldwin Men’s Shop (with locations in Leawood and on the Country Club Plaza) offers superior denim selection, not to mention one-of-a-kind items like the shop’s signature KC wool hats.

Pryde's Old Westport

Culinary Enthusiasts

If you love to shop for your kitchen as much as you love to eat, this section of shops is for you. Start your journey at Season + Square in Kansas City’s charming Brookside neighborhood and browse spices, kitchen implements, home goods and, of course, cookbooks. Give yourself plenty of time to explore the crowded yet wondrous shelves in Pryde’s Old Westport, which likely has any kitchen tool you could ever need. Don’t forget to pick up a snack from the shop’s on-site bakery. And speaking of snacks, Little Freshie is a mecca of all things delicious. Although the handcrafted sodas and baked goods are the stars, the charming Westside shop also carries sauces and condiments from local non-profit organization Boys Grow, as well as small-batch nut butters and other tasty treats. Indulge your spicy side at Original Juan, which offers a full range of salsas, hot sauces and other condiments. Cheese lovers, don’t leave town without stopping at The Better Cheddar, which started as a cheese and sandwich shop in 1983 and has since grown to a beloved gourmet food destination.

River Market Antiques

Antique Aficionados

The past is full of treasures, many of which you’re sure to discover as you explore Kansas City’s eclectic and flourishing antique scene. Start with longstanding antique destinations like the River Market Antiques, the Mission Road Antique Mall (be sure to grab lunch at The Bloomsbury Bistro), Webster House (which also offers a fantastic restaurant) and Parkville Antique Mall. If you’re going to be in Kansas City during the first weekend of the month, the West Bottoms neighborhood is a treasure trove of antique and vintage shops like Bella PatinaFoundation Architectural ReclamationRag and BoneSit On It Chair Gallery and Stuffology. Another destination on the same schedule is Urban Mining, a vintage market that includes furniture, décor, textiles, architectural elements and more. For a mix of vintage items and art, explore Thistle, just a short walk away from The City Market, one of the largest farmers’ markets in the Midwest.

5B & Co in Brookside

The Gift Giver

There’s nothing better than finding a fun, quirky or distinctive gift to give a loved one (or yourself)! If you’re a fan of paper goods, Hammerpress is your happy place. The Crossroads company also offers a store with letterpress prints and cards, as well as notebooks, writing instruments, books, jewelry and more. In the Brookside neighborhood, the aptly named Stuff is, well, stuffed with gifts, accessories and décor created by artists. The shop exterior is incredibly photogenic, too, so stop for a photo opp. A short walk away, 5B & Co. Candlemakers is your destination for delightfully fragranced, hand-poured candles. Stock up on perennial favorites like Hella Vanilla and Burnt Sugar or go for a more adventurous pick like Clean Undies, Bar-b-que or Grandpa’s Pipe. On bustling 39th StreetMash Handmade offers handmade goods for your home from more than 30 makers. And if you have a trip to The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art planned during your stay, don’t leave without visiting the gift shop. Pick up a signature Shuttlecock coffee mug or Christmas ornament and bring a piece of the Nelson home!

Charlie Hustle t-shirt

Proud Kansas Citians

Kansas City is a cool place to visit (and live), which explains why the number of Kansas City-centric stores is on the rise. Westport’s retail screen-printing shop, Normal Human, offers a wide range of Kansas City T-shirts, as well as towels, totes and other wares. On the other side of Westport, Bunker offers an eclectic mix of clothing that includes several local Kansas City brands like Charlie Hustle and Bunker’s signature designs. West Side Storey is part antique store, part Kansas City gift shop and includes locally themed T-shirts, Sock 101 socks and Kansas City art. Des Moines-based Raygun opened a store in Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District that includes the brand’s delightfully snarky T-shirts, as well as glassware, magnets, stickers, jewelry and more. And for all of your local sports apparel needs, Rally House Kansas City has all of the team-centric clothing and accessories you could want.

Boulevard Beer

Cocktail Connoisseurs

If you prefer to recreate your favorite cocktails at home, make sure your bar (and refrigerator) is stocked with everything you need. Beer lovers, make a beeline for Bier Station, where you can pick from an astounding selection of bottled beverages to drink in-shop or take home. Boulevard Brewing Co.’s gift shop is a great source for glassware and bar décor like tin signs, coasters and more. Cellar Rat, located in the Crossroads Art District, may not be the biggest wine shop in Kansas City, but don’t let that fool you. A diverse wine selection is accompanied by a carefully curated liquor inventory that’s perfect for the discerning drinker. In the Crestwood Shops, Underdog Wine Co. might be small in size, but there’s plenty to see. The bottles, which are organized like a wine list, have all been handpicked by the owner, which means you’re getting the best of the best. Don’t miss the hard liquor and artisanal chocolate bars.

How’s that for a shopping guide? And to think we’ve only scratched the surface of Kansas City’s retail scene. Happy buying!

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