City Guide: The Brookside experience

Jennifer Bhargava, Special to Ink

Margherita pizza at Bella Napoli, 6229 Brookside Blvd. in Kansas City.
Margherita pizza at Bella Napoli, 6229 Brookside Blvd. in Kansas City. The Kansas City Star

With its architecturally stunning early 20th century homes and all-American charm, Brookside is one of the prettiest neighborhoods in Kansas City. Nestled near the Country Club Plaza, in the heart of the city, Brookside offers much more than prime real estate for eager home-buyers.

At its core is a metropolitan hub, The Brookside Shops, featuring trendy restaurants and unique boutiques. Families and couples stroll to the shopping center for relaxing evenings. Kansas Citians, who live a little farther, spend weekend afternoons there, browsing for local gems. The eclectic neighborhood is also rich with American history and modern culture. No wonder so many people in town are #foreverBrookside.


Bella Napoli

6229 Brookside Blvd.

If you enjoy sitting on a patio with a glass of wine and plate of delicious Italian food on a beautiful summer afternoon, then Bella Napoli should be on your to-dine list.

Not only is the quaint cafe perfect for lunch with co-workers or brunch with friends, but it also has a gourmet coffee shop and grocery store.

Popular menu items include the mouthwatering Il Saro deli sandwich, the aromatic lasagna and fresh-baked pizzas.

Brooksider Sports Bar & Grill

6330 Brookside Plaza

This Brookside icon just might be the best place in town to watch the Royals, Chiefs, or Sporting KC teams kick some butt. There are three different bar areas and more than 30 flat-screen HDTVs. Plus, it has a pet-friendly patio, which is open year-round.

The menu offers traditional bar food favorites, such as scrumptious dry-rubbed Buffalo wings and Angus beef hamburgers.


6227 Brookside Plaza

Six years after opening, this cozy corner restaurant has become a staple for Kansas City foodies. It is the first restaurant opened by James Beard Award-winning chef Celina Tio.

Julian’s menu offers fine dining and more casual options, including house-smoked salmon deviled eggs, open faced curried lentil and tuna salad sandwich, and chicken fried veal sweetbreads.

It also features an extensive wine, beer, and liquor menu and a brunch buffet.


Lauren Alexandra

322 W. 63rd St.

This ethereal baby boutique, with soft white walls and twinkling chandelier, offers whimsical gifts for the little prince or princess in your life.

Fluffy pink tutus and white sailor outfits greet you at the entrance. Humorous books, such as “The Three-Martini Playdate” and “The Pregnancy Instruction Manual,” line the back wall.

Moms looking to treat themselves should stop by the glass display case, near the cash register, which features sparkly vintage-inspired jewelry.

The New Dime Store

314 W. 63rd St.

Any visit to Brookside should include a stroll down the 300 block of 63rd Street, which is dense with retail shops (like World’s Window and Brookside Jewelry), a popular happy hour and brunch spot (Avenues Bistro) and a fine art gallery (Leopold).

But if you’re looking for something different … bundles of yarn … wine glasses … squirrel underwear … The New Dime Store is a quirky, modern take on a traditional general store with everything you need, and then some.

Whether you’re a local or a tourist, it’s easy to spend too much time in this sprawling store, browsing everything from craft supplies to Royals gear to home decor.

It’s kind of like a treasure hunt.

Shop Girls

6245 Brookside Plaza

Flowy soft blouses and flirty sundresses are summer favorites at this popular Brookside women’s clothing boutique, where you’re greeted with a genuine smile upon arrival.

Look for deals on everything from sports bras to colorful skirts at their frequent sidewalk sales.

Glittery jewelry and bohemian chic iPad clutches are also must-haves.


The John Wornall House

6115 Wornall Road

It was once called the “most pretentious house” in the area. This gorgeous historical brick home is an important destination for local history buffs.

Built in 1858 for John Wornall, a prosperous farmer and community leader, and his family, the home also played a dramatic role during the Civil War. The house was ransacked by soldiers on both sides and served as a hospital for those injured in battle.

The site is open for tours Wednesday through Sunday and is available as an event venue.

Pure Pilates

6310 Brookside Plaza

Brookside has plenty for the fitness enthusiast. The Trolley Track Trail is a popular spot for runners and cyclists. Tennis courts are centrally located along Brookside Boulevard between 63rd Street and Meyer Boulevard. And Fit Formula, a new boutique yoga and fitness studio, offers a series of events for residents looking to get active.

If you want to burn calories in an attractive setting using state-of-the-art equipment, consider Pure Pilates.

This local studio offers a high-end experience, with private and small group mat classes, ensuring devoted attention for each person.

Brookside Farmers’ Market

6321 Wornall Road

Fresh, colorful fruit and veggies are the stars of this show.

Every Saturday morning from mid-April to Halloween the market bustles to life at 63rd Street and Wornall Road.

Vendors have local and organic products. Flowers, baked treats and handmade soaps are popular as well.

The market isn’t just for shopping. It offers live music, children’s activities, educational exhibits and chef demos.

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