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City Guide: Prairie Village

The centerpiece of the Chocolate Frog Cafe is the 70-foot horseshoe-shaped bar.
The centerpiece of the Chocolate Frog Cafe is the 70-foot horseshoe-shaped bar. File

Prairie Village isn’t your typical chain-restaurant suburb.

Known for its bistros and locally owned novelty shops, Prairie Village offers an escape from the city, the small-town charm of suburban yesteryear and even a little glamour.

Nestled near Mission Hills, the Village shops, established in 1950, features fine dining and chic boutiques.

At the recently modernized Corinth Square shopping center, 83rd Street and Mission Road, local favorites, such as Hattie’s Coffee Shop and Mely’s Yogurt & Ice Cream, draw customers from all over the Kansas City area.

And scattered throughout the town are treasures such as Tatsu’s, a popular French restaurant situated in an isolated shopping strip near 90th Street and Roe Avenue, and Bruce Smith Drugs, a boutique pharmacy near 71st Street and Mission Road.

Eat

French Market

6947 Tomahawk Road

If you’re looking for a little taste of France, stop by this cozy shop. The to-go menu includes baguette sandwiches, homemade soups and traditional French entrees such as coq au vin. Desserts also include buttery croissants and macarons, in flavors such as salted caramel, and fig and goat cheese. Visit on Saturdays for freshly made crepes.

Story

3931 W. 69th Terrace

Known for its elegant atmosphere, creative, meat-heavy menu and impressive wine list, Story is one of the most celebrated bistros in the region and keeps piling on the national accolades each year. Popular menu items include the smoked-duck empanadas and the braised beef short ribs.

Urban Table

8232 Mission Road

Over in Corinth Square, this hip and casual restaurant boasts one of the most popular happy hours in Prairie Village. From 3 to 6 p.m. on weekdays you can nibble on deviled eggs and artichoke fritters while sipping $5 cocktails or $3 beers. During brunch, enjoy a mimosa with your quinoa burger or brioche French toast, among many other options.

Shop

Spanglers

6927 Tomahawk Road

This charming little gift shop has been a go-to for suburbanites for more than half a century. Whether you’re looking for a designer cloth handbag — a treasure trove of Vera Bradley accessories welcomes you as soon as you walk through the door — or a stylish baby gift, Spanglers will not disappoint.

Mission Road Antique Mall

4101 W. 83rd St.

One of the most popular antique malls in the Kansas City area, Mission Road has more than 50,000 square feet of vendors. If you have sophisticated tastes, the wide array of vintage lamps, classic furniture and elegant jewelry will impress you. If you’re a little more quirky, there are always pop culture gems to be discovered.

Laura Little’s Candies

2100 W. 75th St.

Chocolate rum fudge. Butter almond toffee. Chocolate-dipped Oreos. Do we have your attention yet? This quaint candy shop has been a Kansas City staple since 1970. The heavenly scent of freshly made chocolate might make you a little giddy as you contemplate whether to get a chocolate-covered strawberry or tin of caramel popcorn, or perhaps splurge on an entire box of chocolates.

Play

Chocolate Frog Cafe

3935 W. 69th Terrace

Date-night dilemmas are solved with this movie theater-restaurant concept. Enjoy dinner in an intimate booth at the Chocolate Frog or nurse a drink at the bar before hopping over to catch a flick. Its theaters also feature comfy leather reclining seats. Movie ticket prices are under 10 bucks, making it a better deal than the more flashy options in town.

Village Music Academy

15 on the Mall

If you’re interested in learning classical guitar or want to sharpen your piano skills, this music school is the place for you. When the popular Toon Shop music store went out of business after 64 years in 2011, its dedicated faculty, with impressive musical backgrounds, formed Village Music Academy in the same spot. Aspiring musicians of all ages are welcome to sign up for lessons.

United Studios of Self Defense

8227 Corinth Mall

One of the largest martial arts schools in the country has a location in Prairie Village. This place isn’t just for martial arts enthusiasts, however. Classes offer skills to assist in self-defense, confidence for children to overcome bullying, and, of course, an effective way to shed a few pounds.

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