If the lines at your favorite Kansas City shops and restaurants seem a little bit longer this fall, blame Vogue.
The fashion magazine encouraged its readers Tuesday to venture out to “America’s Heartland,” and provided guides on shopping, food, accommodations and sight-seeing for Indianapolis, Oklahoma City and — you guessed it — Kansas City.
“Long known for its stockyards, jazz and famed barbecue, Kansas City is also said to have more fountains than Rome and more boulevards than Paris — thus its honorary title, ‘Paris of the Plains,’” contributor Kate Donnelly wrote. “Conjuring up a few days in this friendly, easy-to-zip-around city includes a robust dose of art, shopping, music, and, of course, indulging in some classic Midwestern fare.”
County Club Plaza staples such as Standard Style and Baldwin KC, as well as the Hallmark world headquarters, get shout-outs in the piece, as well as local shops Golden & Pine, Dear Society and Birdies, among others.
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The champagne bar Ca Va is called “small and chic,” while other Midtown hotspots such as cantina Port Fonda, whiskey bar Julep and Scandinavian restaurant Krokstrom Klubb & Market are recognized. Joe’s Kansas City and Q39 are Vogue’s barbecue suggestions.
Not mentioned: Gates Bar-B-Q, The Roasterie or Char Bar.
Of course, a trip to Kansas City wouldn’t be complete without visits to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The Green Lady Lounge and the Majestic are recommended for live music.
But the piece leaves out the storied 18th and Vine district, the Kauffman Memorial Gardens and the River Market.
Also missing from the entire report? St. Louis.
Check out all the recommendations here, and tell us what else is a must-see on a trip to Kansas City.