Kansas City Plaza

The KC Country Club Plaza is a delightful architectural square of great shopping and dining. The Spanish style architecture of this plaza is a jewel of the Midwest. Just simply walking through it is enough of an experience—but the shopping and dining is what it’s all about! Local boutiques and chain stores offer a little bit of everything you’re looking for. photo 2The restaurants and cafes are divine. There are many hotels right on the plaza to choose from to enhance your visit so you can walk right out onto this charming place!

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I like to spend time in Barnes and Noble going from floor to floor getting lost in all the books. Stopping into one of the many home decor stores to get ideas, listening to live music on several corners and enjoying  happy hour specials makes the plaza experience linger into several hours, if you want! There were yoga classes at Lululemon, (free every Sunday at 11:00 in the store) coffee breaks in front of the fire at Starbucks, and cheese samples (and other samples) at Better Cheddar–so much to do! I could easily write an article on every place there! One of my favorite stores is Standard Style boutique—edgy, chic and glamorous.

IMG_7039The sculptures around the plaza are really gorgeous. It definitely has a European feel to it.IMG_7035I appreciate the team spirit on the days that there is a KC Royals game—even the fountain water turns royal blue for the excitement of the game!IMG_7031With a game day coming up, the team spirit was shown with quite a celebration going on at 8 a.m. one Friday morning at the fountain! People holding posters, a deejay, people dancing and cars honking—all for the Royals game! A little girl dressed in a cape with a Royals ball cap on –could not have been cuter! Not all cities have this kind of vibe to it. I was happy that I was there to see it happening.IMG_7040I stopped into one of my favorite stores–The Better Cheddar to get some jarred delicacies for my evening tapas platter. Better Cheddar is amazing—and it’s found only here in KC! (two locations).

the Better Cheddar
the Better Cheddar

You walk in and are immediately hit with the smell of cheese! There are cheese samples, crackers and jams, sauces, dips, etc….Walls of delicacies, wines, fridges full of chorizos, sausages, pasta sections, desserts, etc….IMG_7049

cheese at Better Cheddar
cheese at Better Cheddar

I even found a package of ladyfingers for homemade tiramisu! I bought those—now I have to figure out how to make it. One of my favorite finds there are the cream cheese stuffed peppers.  And the sea-salted capers. OH MY!

The plaza is really just wonderful. Late at night, we saw people lining up at an ice cream shoppe on a hot summer night. On several street corners, you can hear live music, street entertainers–even people preaching! Occasionally, you might see a Hare Krishna dancing! People can rent bikes and Segways to get around. I saw a Segway tour guide leading a group around. We also saw Segway hover boards.photo 3photo 5IMG_7036The Nelson Atkins Museum, located next to the plaza and within walking distance, is one of the best museums I’ve ever been to. I never leave there without being enriched in some way. The gift shop/bookstore is a stop for me each time I go there. The books are so unique.

Nelson Atkins Museum in Kansas City
Nelson Atkins Museum in Kansas City

We love it all at the plaza. The holiday lights for the Christmas season, the horse drawn carriages,IMG_7668 IMG_7672the boat races in June and the arts festival in September with all the food trucks, etc…–it’s visually stunning and very pedestrian.

fall on the plaza at the Nelson Atkins museum
fall on the plaza at the Nelson Atkins museum

Who doesn’t love a little European flavor in a metropolitan city?IMG_7058

www.countryclubplaza.com

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