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Kansas City Malls and Retail Neighborhoods Are Full of Great Shopping Opportunities

Convenience, accessibility, and selection are the hallmarks of shopping throughout Kansas City, whether you hit a suburban mall or stroll through a cozy, long-established retail neighborhood. Park your car and head inside or exercise your legs across multiple urban blocks. You'll find the latest fashions from nationally known name brands, to funky style at one-of-a-kind boutiques. Shopping with the kids? They'll love choosing new art supplies or helping you create a handcrafted Teddy bear. You can buy natural cosmetics or a wide variety of accessories to top-of-the-line athletic wear and the latest in tech equipment. Then grab a snack at a food court or a locally owned restaurant. Enjoy old-school ambiance in the Brookside Shopping District, a weekend festival atmosphere amid City Market vendor booths and shops, and recently renovated surroundings inside Oak Park Mall or Independence Center. And there's no better place to shop 'til you drop, while catching a beautiful glimpse of Kansas City history, than at the Country Club Plaza.  

Independence Center


Conveniently located near I-70 and Highway 291, this three-story, climate-controlled shopping mall features 117 retail shops. Purchase current fashions at PINK Victoria Secret or American Eagle Outfitters, and accessories from Claire's or Jared,...  Read More

Legends Outlets Kansas City
Photo courtesy of Legends Outlets Kansas City


Shop dozens of name-brand stores and local favorites, at discounted prices, when you visit the Kansas City area's only designer outlet center. Current fashions abound from Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th, to J. Crew | Crewcuts, or F21 Red (Forever...  Read More

Crossroads Arts District


If you love one-of-a-kind, creative design, then the fun and funky Crossroads Arts District is a must-do shopping destination. Creative people have filled neighborhood galleries and studios with handcrafted ceramics to enormous oil paintings,...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Southtown, Waldo, Brookside


Planned and built in the 1920s, Brookside remains one of Kansas City's favorite suburban shopping areas. Full of leafy trees, broad sidewalks and independently owned businesses, this neighborhood feels a bit like you're stepping back in time....  Read More

North Kansas City
Zona Rosa
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Visitors and locals are equally drawn to this Northland shopping area located near Kansas City International Airport, also home to offices and residences. Full of wide sidewalks and grassy areas, this highly walk-able neighborhood offers plenty...  Read More

Town Center Plaza & Town Center Crossing
Photo courtesy of GLIMCHER


Two open-air shopping areas with a common name are great places to browse the latest fashions at White House | Black Market, purchase upscale home essentials at Restoration Hardware or find premium athletic-wear at Lululemon Athletica. One shop...  Read More

Overland Park
Oak Park Mall
Photo courtesy of CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.


Kansas' largest shopping mall is also the Kansas City area's largest indoor shopping mall, encompassing more than 1.5 million square feet. With a modern, streamlined appearance, Oak Park Mall includes four department store anchors - J.C. Penney,...  Read More

City Market
Photo courtesy of City Market


Kansas City, Missouri's historic River Market area has been an active commercial hub since 1857. Today it is home to the region's largest farmer's market and beloved weekend destination, the City Market. Sure, you can purchase fresh produce and...  Read More



Operating for more than 40 years, the bright and modern Crown Center features dozens of unique shops and restaurants that spread outwards from a light-filled three-story atrium. Purchase brightly colored art supplies from Crayola ® Kansas City...  Read More

Country Club Plaza
Photo courtesy of Highwoods Properties


No trip to Kansas City is complete without a visit to the breathtakingly beautiful Country Club Plaza, a legendary 15-block neighborhood full of Spanish architecture, red tile roofs, and hand-painted tiles. One of the nation's earliest outdoor...  Read More


Meet Lisa Waterman Gray

Lisa Waterman Gray moved to the Kansas City area 35 years ago and has written professionally for 20+ years. A member of the Midwest Travel Writers Association, she's excited about the...  More About Lisa