Country Club Plaza, MO

Kansas City
Country Club Plaza
Shop, dine or sip coffee at an outdoor table in this beautiful Spanish-style shopping area, which is scattered with picturesque statues and fountains.

For most people, country clubs evoke images of upscale luxury, and Country Club Plaza lives up to that elegant ideal. Whether you have money to spend or simply want to do some window-shopping, you will find this gorgeous shopping district a wonderful place to relax for an afternoon. Wander between pretty stores shaded by trees and admire the fountains and statues along the way. Enjoy some culture at the nearby museums and set aside plenty of time to take advantage of the area’s great selection of restaurants.

The square’s excellent shopping is its major draw. Browse the racks in classic high-end stores such as Burberry and Kate Spade. Look for local brands too, such as the Three Dog Bakery, which originated here in Kansas City. To pick up a gift that is truly unique, head to the 45th and State Line antiques district, where one-off vintage wonders abound.

See the area in style by taking a ride in a horse-drawn carriage or leave other shoppers far behind by climbing aboard one of the gondolas that travel along Brush Creek. Another way to take a break from the buzz of the streets is by following the scenic trails that run alongside the creek.

Vary your day by stopping in to see some art at one of the highly respected museums in the neighborhood: the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art or the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The Kansas City Repertory Theatre is another of the area’s cultural gems. Check to see if an interesting play is being performed here during your visit.

Dine out at one of the stylish restaurants that are peppered around the district. With outdoor seating, these provide the perfect spots to watch passersby as you relax with a meal and some wine.

Country Club Plaza’s central location makes it easily reachable from many of Kansas City’s tourist accommodations. Take advantage of the great parking facilities nearby, which include street and valet parking as well as free parking garages. Come during the week to beat the rush or on the weekend for high-quality people-watching.

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