Best of Kansas City 2017

62 of the best places to eat, drink, shop and play right now.


   It’s no secret that we live in one the nation’s greatest cities. So great, in fact, that it was not a stretch to complete this cast list of our favorite Kansas City characters. Narrowing it down was the hard part. In our quest, we left no gift shop or bar unturned and no bakery undiscovered. With help from our readers and our team of editors, we present you with this master list of the best of the best that Kansas City has to offer. From parties and museums to pizza and escape rooms, we have KC covered. But perhaps most importantly, this list is punctuated by the intangibles that make Kansas City great: the people. With our readers’ opinions at the forefront, we pay homage to KC and the notable people and places that make it unique.

Best of Kansas City: Buy


Best Record Store

Best Greenery Guru

Best Handcrafted Furniture

Best Gift Shop

Best Pet Store

Best Vintage Furniture

Best Pop-Up Shop

Best Ethnic Grocer

Best Antique Shop

Best Home Fragrance

Best Kitchen Accessories

Best Resale Shop


Best of Kansas City: Eat & Drink


Best Dinner Series

Best Juice Bar

Best Seafood

Best Wine Bar

Best Tequila Bar

Best Whiskey Bar

Best Cold Brew

Best Bakery


Best of Kansas City: Kids & Play


Best Kids Clothing

Best Kid-Friendly Event

Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant

Best Party for a Cause

Best Girls Night Out

Best Party You Didn't Know You Were Missing

Best New Health Haven

Best Ninja School

Best Dance Lessons

Best Barcade

Best Instagram Account

Best Park 


Best of Kansas City: Beauty & Arts


Best Style Blogger

Best Hair Extensions

Best Relaxing Massage

Best Nail Art

Best Local Band

Best Dance Troupe

Best Theater Company

Best Under-the-Radar Art Fair

Best Museum

Best Jazz Group

Best Arts Venue


Best of Kansas City: Readers' Choice


See who won the vote for the best ramen, best cool jewelry, art gallery and more. 


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