The Visitors’ Choice Awards is an annual program that honors area businesses, murals, fountains and more as traveler favorites, each selected exclusively by voters who live outside the five-county metro region. From nationally renowned barbecue to iconic jazz venues, the awards recognize the best of Kansas City.

Best of Kansas City

Winner: Union Station

History both past and present persists in Union Station, an architectural masterpiece that features nearly endless attractions for all to experience.

The 2018 Winners

Arts & Entertainment

  • Favorite Art Museum – The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
  • Favorite Art Gallery – Hilliard Gallery
  • Favorite Mural – Lewis & Clark (River Market)
  • Favorite Performing Arts Group – Kansas City Symphony
  • Favorite Nightlife Spot – Crossroads KC at Grinders
  • Favorite Concert/Live Music Venue – Starlight Theatre
  • Favorite Jazz Venue – The Blue Room
  • Favorite Casino – Hollywood Casino at the Kansas Speedway
  • Favorite Gay Bar – Hamburger Mary’s Bar & Grille

Attractions

  • Favorite Family Friendly Attraction – Science City at Union Station
  • Favorite Free Thing to Do – The City Market
  • Favorite KC Neighborhood – Brookside
  • Favorite Historical Attraction – Union Station Kansas City
  • Favorite Romantic Spot – Country Club Plaza
  • Favorite Place to Snap a Photo – Country Club Plaza
  • Favorite Daytrip – Lawrence, KS

Sports & Recreation

  • Favorite Landmark or Monument – Union Station at Kansas City
  • Favorite Fountain – J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain (47th & Nichols)
  • Favorite City Park – Loose Park
  • Favorite Golf Course – Shoal Creek Golf Course
  • Favorite Professional Sports Team – Kansas City Royals

Special Events

  • Favorite Family Festival – Kansas City Renaissance Festival
  • Favorite Music Festival – Rockfest
  • Favorite Beer Festival – KC Beer Fest
  • Favorite Art Festival – Plaza Art Fair

Food & Drink

  • Favorite Restaurant – Rye
  • Favorite Steakhouse – Hereford House
  • Favorite Barbecue Restaurant – Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que
  • Favorite Fine Dining Restaurant – Pierpont's at Union Station
  • Favorite Brunch Restaurant – The Farmhouse
  • Favorite International Cuisine – Bo Lings
  • Favorite Burger Joint – Westport Flea Market
  • Favorite Pizza Place – Minsky’s Pizza
  • Favorite Food Truck – Crave of KC Truck
  • Favorite Patio – Gram & Dun
  • Favorite Bakery – McLain’s Bakery
  • Favorite Coffee Shop – The Roasterie Café
  • Favorite Winery – Stone Pillar Winery
  • Favorite Brewery – Boulevard Brewing Co.
  • Favorite Distillery – Tom’s Town Distilling Co.

Shopping

  • Favorite Shopping Center or District – Country Club Plaza
  • Favorite Local Shop or Store – Made in KC
  • Favorite Local Product or Souvenir – Kansas City Barbecue Sauce
  • Favorite Antique/Vintage Store – River Market Antiques

Accommodations

  • Favorite Hotel, More than 300 Rooms – The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center
  • Favorite Hotel, 300 Rooms or Less – The Raphael Hotel
  • Favorite Inn/Bed & Breakfast – Chateau Avalon
Contact Visit KC