A Design Lover’s Guide to Kansas City, Missouri


While Kansas City, Missouri is famous for barbecue and jazz, the destination is an underrated treasure trove of design-focused spots. From quaint hotel rooms decorated with artwork by local artisans to antique shops brimming with unique finds, the city is worth visiting even for a of its separate offerings. You don’t have to search hard to find them either, because we’ve tapped Kansas City-based designers to share all of their favorite places to shop, eat, drink, explore and stay in the Midwestern city. . Dive into all the top recommendations ahead and your final itinerary will be flawless.



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A hybrid of a boutique hotel and a collection of Airbnbs, Complete is a retreat for tourists and locals. Each of the eight bedrooms has a distinct yet cohesive look. “I’ve been on auctions, estate sales, and craigslist — I’ve spent the last two years collecting pre-loved antiques and unique, funky home decor items,” says the owner and Kansas native. City. Spencer view. The guesthouse also features works by dozens of local artists and makers, including hand-painted panels, murals, and woodwork. “My goal was to create a real collaborative project,” adds the designer. Rooms can be rented individually or all together, to accommodate everything from micro-weddings to birthday parties.


In a building with a rich past, Hotel in Kansas City is more than just a place to stay. “This Gothic Revival-style institution, located in the Power and Light District near Union Station, offers a chance to travel back in time through history to the Roaring Twenties, with stained glass and hand-hewn walnut as reminders of a proud past,” says designer Laura McCroskey.



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Anna Petrow

A newly renovated colonial house, Trout features modern, moody interiors. “It’s steps from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and within walking distance of the Country Club Plaza shopping area,” says the designer Sarah Noble. “The modern decor is fun to enjoy during your stay.”


To Carrefour Hotel, guests can expect historic rooms with hardwood, exposed brick, and original industrial details. “We love that the venue has brought in local artists, designers and vendors to share their talent and creativity inside the hotel,” McCroskey said.



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Family restaurant since 1957, jack stack started out as a traditional barbecue stand with a small selection of five to six items. Today it is in its fourth generation of family ownership and has transformed into a huge wood-fired kitchen. “It features a lively atmosphere, the best barbecue beans in town, and classic Kansas City barbecue, and it’s loved by everyone,” McCroskey says.

Opened by a Palestinian refugee and his family just six months ago, Baba’s Pantry quickly becoming a Kansas City institution,” says Sight. “The food and the atmosphere are transcendent. At peak times, be prepared to queue to try the tasty family recipes and a garnish of friendly faces. The authentic Palestinian-American deli and cafe is a real labor of love and has something for everyone, from vegan shawarma to saffron-pink kombucha.

With a farm-to-table menu that rotates with the seasons, Displayare offers German dishes in an intimate yet sophisticated atmosphere. “I’ve never had a bad meal here,” says Noble. “They often serve full courses with wine pairings which I highly recommend, and weather permitting you should sit in the beer garden.”

For stunning views of Kansas City and a dreamlike atmosphere, head to the upscale bar by reservation only The Mercury room for drinks. You’ll find plush seating, stylish bar-height ghost chairs, and a ceiling flooded with lights to look like stars in the night sky.


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Emily Reinhardt and Sasha Santillan

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Emily Reinhardt and Sasha Santillan

To Duoyou can buy tons of funky pieces that make perfect keepsakes or gifts, from a giant corn stool at colorful woven throws. “The place is iridescent and multifaceted [since it’s a] boutique, gallery and art studio,” adds Sight. “It’s located in the Crossroads Art District and is owned by funky duo Sasha Santillan and Emily Reinhardt.”

Designer Mark Sudermann and his wife Jean-Anne never tire of hunting around at flea markets and antique shops. When their personal collection grew too large, they opened SID & Co. They offer an ever-changing assortment of vintage furniture, custom upholstery, lighting, candles, and even handmade jewelry. Plus, the shop is located near tons of other antique stores worth checking out.

Plant lovers should check out J’adore Home & Garden, which offers French furniture and accessories and is “known for having great topiary and indoor plants,” says McCroskey.

Pass by Jorji for a fresh take on wallpaper, fabric, art and accessories. Whether you need new barware, fancy adding another coffee table book to your collection, or want to spruce up your sofa with a throw pillow made from a vintage rug, the shop has something. for everyone. “Jorjy is our go-to for creative, colorful home accessories and décor,” says McCroskey.


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Art lovers will love discovering the exhibitions of the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, which features works from various continents, cultures and eras. On the pitch, be sure to check out the iconic large ruffle sculpturesand remember to stop at the museum Restaurant Cour Rozelle designed to look like a 15th century Italian court. Note that the museum is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, so plan accordingly!

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Head to the West Bottoms for everything from shopping and music to food trucks and historic buildings. This area is Sight’s favorite place to explore. “Over the past two decades, the aesthetics of movie sets have drawn manufacturers, artists and antique dealers to occupy buildings once widely used for manufacturing,” says the designer. He adds: “The buildings themselves tell the story of a bygone era. This is the part of town where I’m opening my next hotel.

Kansas City is practically synonymous with jazz. Noble recommends spending time at Green Lady Lounge, where live music is played every night. The establishment is TV-free so you can really concentrate on the music and the atmosphere, which features red velvet walls adorned with vintage oil paintings.

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A renovated station, Union Station is home for City of Sciences, a collection of 300 interactive exhibits and host to numerous STEM events; the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium, which offers interactive astronomy education and public performances; a model train gallery which covers 8,000 square feet; and traveling exhibitions worth exploring. Not to mention that you can learn all about the fascinating history of the building.

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