Exploring Kansas City

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It’s been three years, four months and eleven days now since I began eating, drinking and perusing my way through Kansas City – iPhone (and Pete) in tow. So much has changed since then, but one constant remains: there isn’t a shortage of places to explore.

I’ve got a handful of not-to-be-missed establishments to share with you today, whether you live in Kansas City or you’re planning your next weekend getaway.

everyday stripesWHERE TO NOSH

Pop in The Filling Station for a freshly squeezed juice in a unique, garage-style atmosphere. My order: the Clean Green (+ kale) and the occasional bagel with cream cheese (because life is all about balance, after all). If you’re hoping to get your caffeine fix, they’ve got you covered in that department as well. And even though I’ve yet to fall victim to their donut selection, it’s bound to happen one of these days, after which I’ll be sure to report back!

freshly squeezedThe Sundry (pronounced sun-dree) is a local grocer located in the heart of the Crossroads offering up goods from local vendors – which makes me feel good about shopping there! They also host cooking classes and considering I’m fully aware that I need all the help I can get in the kitchen, I’ll be signing up for one of those, stat.

shop local, eat local

It’s Friday night. Round up the troops and head to il Lazzarone for a taste of Italy right in the heart of KC. Order up a couple of Neapolitan pies to split and wash it all down with a local brew or a glass of wine.

the best spot for pizza in Kansas City

For those of you with a serious hankering for something sweet (it’s okay, I’m right there with you), be sure to stop by Kaldi’s for a wedding cake cookie. But unless you’re looking for a sugar high, it’s best to bring a friend!


In three words, Coveted Home is interior design heaven. Jaclyn Joslin has exquisite taste and it shows in her perfectly curated storefront. Not only is it the perfect stop when it comes to filling your home with pieces you will love for years to come, it’s also a great place to pick up a special gift made by a local artisan.

interior inspirationcoveted homeliving room inspirationIs “dress local” a thing? If so, The Westside Storey is your one-stop shop. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked in to “window shop” and walked out with another Kansas City tee to add to my collection.

Westside Storey, KCjukeboxthe best of Kansas CityWHERE TO VISIT/STAY

The top of the Liberty Memorial offers up the best view of downtown, hands down. Rent a bike and make your way to the top of the hill for a wow-worthy (not to mention Instagrammable) view!

If you’re just passing through, Hotel Sorella on the Country Club Plaza is an experience in itself (the proof is in this post).

downtown Kansas City

With summer simmering down and the crisp, cool days of fall moving in, I’m looking forward to Instagramming  my way through the rest of the various nooks and crannies that Kansas City has to offer.

Where is your favorite spot in the city? I’d love to hear from you down in the comments!

Can’t get enough of Kansas City? There’s more where that came from.

Photos by Sarah Sweeney Co. | Outfit last seen here


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  1. Alexandra

    The baristas at The Filling Station are so friendly and embarrassingly enough know me by name (I spend way too much $ there). Danny and Stephen both make a mean Americano 🙂 The Sundry is also a fave lunch spot of mine. Great post, I’ll have to check out Coveted Home!

    1. Jess Post author

      I especially love how close it is! Makes getting my green juice fix super easy. Have you had their donuts? I was so proud of my self control when we went last Saturday lol. They were staring me down!

  2. Rachel

    I sadly did not make it to any of these places when I was in KC but I did find some good food and stores! Love this post and bookmarking it for next time I’m there 😉

    1. Jess Post author

      Yes, you do! As I continue to make my way through the city, I’ll be sure to let you know what other gems I uncover 🙂 I actually work with a photographer for most of my photos (Sarah Sweeney Co.). I know she uses a Canon, but I’m not sure on anything else – sorry!

  3. Elle

    I always can’t believe how many places in KC I still have to check out! That’s what I love about this town, its like a big treasure hunt… there’s always something amazing to discover.

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