Best of KC 2017

As someone who loves trying new places, finding hidden gems, and staying loyal to my local faves I am excited to share with you my Kansas City Local favorites for 2017! I have always wanted to do this, and I thought my 10th year in KC was the perfect time to start.

All of the places on this list are local; no chains. I would like to note that NO part of this is sponsored. For some categories there may be only 1 favorite, and for others I have listed a few. They are in no particular order.



at Monarch Bar shot by Ruthie Stark Photography

Best Restaurant: Antler Room, Cafe Provence, Ragazza, Story

Best Patio: Aixois, Story, JJ’s, Gram and Dun, Char Bar , The Monarch Bar

Best Brunch: Genessee Royale Bistro, Rye, Port Fonda

image via Port Fonda

Best Restaurant that keeps both the parents and kids happy (great food and great kids menu): Story, Rye, North Italia ,Port Fonda

Best Restaurant for Date Night: Cafe Provence, Antler Room, Novel

Cafe Provence image via 

Best “big night out” Meal: Story, Bluestem

Best Cozy Winter Spot: Osteria Il Centro, Le Fou Frog, Ragazza, Shio Ramen

Best Grab and Go Food: Unbakery and Juicery, The French Market, T.Loft

Best Healthy Food: Enjoy Pure Food, Unbakery and Juicery

Best Salad: The Mixx, Cafe Europa, Summit Grill

Best Sushi: Jun’s

At Goat Hill Coffee shot by Ruthie Stark Photography

Best Coffee: Kaldi’s, Goat Hill, Monarch Coffee, Messenger Coffee Co. 

Best Burger: Hogshead, Summit Grill

Best Sweets: Dolce Bakery, Heirloom Bakery

Monarch Bar shot by Ruthie Stark Photography

Best Place for a cocktail: The Monarch Bar, Bluestem, CaVa Champagne Bar, SOT

Best Hidden Gems: Shio Ramen, Happy Gillis, Speak Sandwiches, Snack Shack on Santa Fe


image via Anaphora

Best Women’s Clothing: Anaphora,, Dear Society, Finefolk, Halls, Standard Style

Best Shoes and Bags: Halls, Standard Style 

Best Kids Clothing & Shoes: The Little House

Best Swimwear: Nani Nalu Swimwear Boutique

Best Mens Store: Baldwin, Halls, Ulah

Best store for Dressy Occasions: Halls

Best Store for Gifts: Coveted Home, Hand and Land, Made in KC, Pink Antlers Studio, RSVP in the Village, Standard Style

Hand and Land image via Made in KC Explorer

Best Store for Natural items: Hand and Land, Within Apothecary 

Best Home Store: Coveted Home, Golden & Pine, J’adore, O’Home, Nell Hills

Doves Jewelry at Glitters shot by Ruthie Stark Photography

Best Jewelry: Glitters Fine Jewelry, Tivol

Best Local Designers: Ampersand Design Studio, Amina Marie Millinery, Baldwin, Object Enthusiast, Jennifer Janesko, Sierra Winter Jewelry

Baldwin shot by Ruthie Stark Photography

Best Hidden Gems: Coco, Do Good Co.,  Houndstooth for Men, Varnish + Vine,


Hair by Colby at Lumine Salon shot by Ruthie Stark Photography

Best Hair Salon: Lumine Salon, Bespoke Salon, Hudson & Hawk for guys

Best Eyebrows: Heidi at Wax and Honey

Best Spraytan: Hoopla Studio ask for Bobbi

Best Manicure and Pedicure: Hoopla Studio, Lovely Nails

[Nicki Griffith Photography] at Hoopla Studio

Best Makeup Artist: Gina Holmberg, Beth Nelson, Jami Roth

Beth Nelson of B.Beauty working her magic 

Best Facial: Nikki at Bare Medspa

Best Laser: Forever Young BBL or Halo Aestheticare

Best Botox: Mandy at Bare Medspa


Best workout: ok, ok I may be a tiny bit biased; but nothing beats Health House. 


Best Parks to go with Kids: Loose Park (spray park is a hidden gem), Valley Park in Grandview, and Roe Park

Best Free Activity with kids: Ride the streetcar, pack up a picnic and hang in Loose Park, Kauffman Gardens, The Nelson-Atkins Art Museum, Liberty Memorial

Best Paid activity with Kids: Science City (and their new outdoor area is amazing!), Seeing the Nutcracker at Kauffman Center, Skyzone Trampoline Park, Deanna Rose Farm, Johnson Farm in the fall, Ice Skating at Park Place, The Toy & Miniature Museum

Unique to KC: Antique shopping in the West Bottoms, First Fridays, Plaza Art Fair



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