Dubbed one of America's best downtowns after a $6.5 billion renaissance a few years ago, Downtown Kansas City is a vibrant, inspiring place to live and visit. It encompasses multiple diverse neighborhoods and districts, including Union Hill, Longfellow, the Crossroads Art District, Beacon Hill, Westside, the Power & Light District, River Market, and West & East Bottoms.
A mixture of residential, condos, and lofts, this urban area is packed with various amenities crafted to fit any lifestyle. Galleries, showrooms, speakeasies, and breweries are the bread and butter of the Crossroads Art District. At the heart of Kansas City, you'll find the Power & Light District, the best place for late-night fun and home to the biggest sporting events around.
In contrast to the revelry in some of the other districts, River Market is a charming and idyllic place to live, famous for its riverfront neighborhood and excellent farmers’ market stalls teeming with fresh produce.
What to Love
- Vibrant nightlife
- Art & cultural centers
- Diverse and multicultural
- Excellent shopping & dining
- Tons of local events
People & Lifestyle
Living in Downtown Kansas City provides residents easy access to the best restaurants, nightlife, and entertainment the city has to offer. It's no wonder the area is a hotbed for young adults in their twenties, especially those who just graduated from college and are renting their first condo or loft.
Residents enjoy the urban, metropolitan vibe of the neighborhoods in the district, especially since it's easy to walk from place to place and enjoy the multitude of parks, breweries, bars, and coffeehouses. Depending on where you live, there’s a good chance you won't even need a car while living here, facilitated by the walkable neighborhoods & newly developed streetcar system running through the central artery of this district.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Living in the Crossroads Art District puts residents in the vicinity of creative eateries offering unique experiences. serves Mediterranean tapas in a lively atmosphere while is a sleek supper club cooking up New American cuisine alongside tasting menus. Patrons can also look forward to nightly live music performances while dining on savory dishes and progressive culinary delights.
If you want to be bold, visit , an intimate restaurant and bar pairing Mediterranean, East Asian, and Midwestern dishes with the perfect wine, beer, or house cocktail. Also located in the Crossroads Art District is , a restaurant with the sole goal of giving each guest a truly unique culinary experience with their innovative seasonal dishes.
Other upscale dining options in the Crossroads Art District include , , and . Lidia's has one of the most creative and compelling interiors in the district. Nestled inside an old railroad house, dining at Lidia's will make you feel like you've been transported to Northern Italy.
Handcrafted cocktails and classic dishes are all part of The Rieger's goal of serving "beautiful food to the people" of Kansas City in honor of the revitalized downtown. Finally, The Crossroads Hotel, known for it's urban chic-vibe and relaxed modern comfort, is the perfect place to spend the night or stop by for a craft cocktail. Their restaurant, , combines old-school Italian with hip-hop to make an eclectic but harmonic duo, and their livley roof-top bar, , offers the best sweeping views of the city.
While in River Market, dine on classic American cuisine at , which is housed in a former Merchant’s Bank. Then there is , which is not nearly as pretentious as it sounds. It’s a cozy French restaurant with a New York flair and a chef who sometimes likes to sing to his guests. is a great hangout spot for coffee lovers in an industrial-chic building.
Other fine-dining staples in downtown include , an old-school steakhouse with nightly jazz performances, , one of the oldest live music nightclubs around, and , a posh historic bar located inside the 21c Museum Hotel.
Things to Do
The Crossroads Art District is a haven for creative people and artsy types. Multiple jazz clubs, performing arts centers, and galleries populate the area. and are two of the most popular jazz clubs. is the performance home of the Lyric Opera, Kansas City Ballet, and the Kansas City Symphony.
In downtown, the refurbished houses incredible attractions, museum exhibits, and theaters. The nearby is a vast entertainment and shopping district neighboring the Power & Light District, which is known for its nightlife.
Other festivals and events downtown include , , and the .
Downtown Kansas City is typically served by the Kansas City School District.