Kansas City’s iconic Country Club Plaza opened in 1922 as the nation’s first suburban shopping district. Since then, the Plaza remains a must-see destination for exceptional shopping, dining and some of the city’s most anticipated annual events.
The Plaza’s 15 blocks are lined with eye-catching Spanish architecture, European art and some of the most recognizable fashion brands, resulting in a truly world-class experience—no passport required!
Find your new favorite gadget inside the spacious Apple store, or unleash your tastebuds with the culinary delights of locally owned The Better Cheddar. Beauty Brands, also locally owned, is part salon and spa, part beauty boutique, stocked with the best in haircare, makeup, skincare and more. Kansas City’s cult T-shirt brand, Charlie Hustle, has a Plaza retail location. Additional locally owned must-sees include Niall, which offers luxury timepieces made in Kansas City; Standard Style and Baldwin Denim, side-by-side boutiques owned by a fashion-forward husband and wife team; and TIVOL, a family-owned jewelry store that’s been an integral part of Kansas City for more than a century.
Other retail highlights include The Coach Store, Evereve, Free People, H&M, lululemon, vineyard vines, Warby Parker and west elm. And the food—we can’t forget the food! Kick back in a cozy seat and enjoy unexpected twists on classic appetizers and entrees at locally owned gastropub Gram & Dun. The Oliver, a more recent addition to the Plaza’s dining scene, is a refined tavern that embraces the local ingredients and flavors of each season. Seasons 52 explores the lighter side of dining without compromising flavor or quality. Just off the Plaza, Stock Hill is a quintessential Kansas City steakhouse, perfect for a special occasion or a simply unforgettable night out. Or try JJ’s Restaurant, a longtime fine dining destination that specializes in contemporary American fare and one of the best wine lists in the world.
Pro tip? To get the most out of the Plaza, check out upcoming events. The Plaza Art Fair, held the third weekend in September, is a celebration of art, live music and food. The annual Plaza Lighting Ceremony on Thanksgiving night is the official start of the Kansas City holiday season. Or catch a performance during the Plaza Live! Courtyard Concert series, which runs Thursday-Sunday from May until September.