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I am taking you inside a weekend trip to Overland Park from a local’s perspective. Where I like to eat, shop, and how I fill my weekend with my favorite things the city has to offer.
After getting settled, head on over to Oak Park Mall for some wonderful shopping. My personal favorite is Kindred, a collective boutique that offers new and vintage accessories, clothing, and jewelry. After you snag a new (or a few) outfits, head on over to Wonder Wonder. This place is an immersive photo studio with themed rooms where your creative photography or video skills can blossom. Be prepared to spend at least one hour taking photos - it is a darn good time.
Head back to your hotel, drop off your purchases and change into comfortable clothes because it’s time to get active! We are so lucky to have Topgolf right in the heart of Overland Park. On weekends, they are open until 2am, and have a DJ spinning new and throwback tunes while you enjoy a large menu of appetizers and yummy cocktails! Don't miss the pretzel charcuterie board or the spicy Korean fried cauliflower.
Set that alarm because you don't want to miss the Downtown Overland Park Farmers’ Market that runs from 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM on Saturdays April - September. Grab a reusable bag and some cash (not all places take cards) and be prepared to shop (and eat) at all of the wonderful vendors. First stop, a fresh strawberry basil latte from Wild Way Coffee trailer.
Next, you can snag local cheese, honey, baked goods, and wildflower bouquets from the lovely vendors. I love the breakfast style bacon sausage with gravy dog from the Wiener Wagon. Don't forget to explore the brick and mortar shops in Downtown Overland Park as well. There are cute boutiques like Camp David and Ensemble, gift shops, and my personal favorite, an out of this world pie shop called The Upper Crust. I suggest a couple of slices served with homemade ice cream as a treat.
After you have shopped and worked up an appetite again, head on over to Brew Lab to enjoy some local craft brews and yummy food. I would recommend the BLT or Buffalo chicken wrap. Don't forget about the fries, trust me you will be obsessed!
After lunch, relax with some self-care. Book yourself an appointment at Primp and Blow located inside the Prairiefire shopping center, for a wash and blowout. If you are still in the mood for shopping, there are a handful of beautiful boutiques and a local favorite, Made in KC, where you can pick up many locally made products as a souvenir.
To end the night, make a dinner reservation at local favorite The Brass Onion, a modern American menu with a lowcountry flare. Can't-miss menu items are: the Wild Empress or Brass Feather to drink, the Brass Onion Dip or Crab Hushpuppies for appetizers, and for dinner the Low Country Macaroni+Cheese or the 14oz Ribeye.
It is a crime to head to a new city and not experience a Sunday brunch. To check it off the list, I recommend Westport Cafe and Bar, a French bistro with craft cocktails and incredible brunch in KC. Every brunch entree is accompanied by a complimentary cocktail, I suggest the peach Bellini.
Soak up the sun and stretch your legs before your drive home by wandering around the lawn at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. It is FREE and has some AMAZING photo opportunities! If you have time, I highly recommend popping inside (free admission) to view some of the incredible art. You could easily spend all day here if your schedule allows for it!
On your way out of town, stop for one more meal! Louie's Wine Dive is a fabulous place to grab a glass of wine and a great entree in this super cute and Instagram worthy restaurant. I love to ask the waiter or waitress what they recommend, it’s a great way to try the best things on the menu! Standout items are the crisp pecan brussels sprouts or the beignets served with rum butter.