The Best Shopping Center in Kansas City, Missouri- The Country Plaza

Pomona Courtyard at The Plaza   photos by flickr
Pomona Courtyard at The Plaza photos by flickr
Time Tower and Mermaid Court
Time Tower and Mermaid Court

The first time I walked through the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri, the song “I’m Going to Kansas City”, kept going through my mind. The Plaza in the downtown district of Kansas City is a beautiful showcase of wonderful European style statues, beautiful landscapes, dozens of wonderful restaurants and so many shops to choose from, as well as spas, salons, bookstores, and jewelry stores. You can even find the best chocolatiers in the Country.

The Plaza takes up 15 city blocks and it is a must see. You can spend the whole day just walking along the city sidewalks enjoying the atmosphere and enjoying the sculptures that adorn the city streets.

The Plaza was constructed in 1922 by J.C. Nichols, who wanted to transform a swampy piece of land into the country’s first shopping center, and his hard work resulted in the beautiful plaza. Statues were brought over from Europe, and designed to give a look of Spanish and Greek decor. On the courtyard stands an original bronze of Pomona by Donatello Gabrielli,a statue of Sir Winston Churchill,there is also an impressive statue of Neptune in the center square. It is a pleasant surprise to see these works of art right here in Kansas City.

At any day of the week you can see many tourists and locals hanging out at the Plaza, as there is many things to do and places to see. The whole Plaza has a very quaint atmosphere about it, and the stores there cater to many different clients, from the average priced to the high priced stores, there is something for everyone.

The Plaza is a very lively place, and has great summer concerts in the courtyards, and is beautifully decorated during the holiday season with the famous Plaza Lights.

Tiffany & Co.
Tiffany & Co.
Banana Republic
Banana Republic

Great Shopping Experience

A/X Armani Exchange

Aldo

American Apparel

American Eagle

Apple Store

Baby Gap

Barnes and Noble

Banana Republic

Brooks Brothers

Coach

Eddie Bauer

Pandora

Pottery Barn

Scooters Coffeehouse

St. John

Tiffany & Co.

Tivol

Victoria’s Secret

And many more very popular stores to choose from.

A markerThe Country Plaza Kansas City Missouri -
Country Club Plaza, Kansas City, MO, USA
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M&S Grill
M&S Grill
The Cheesecake Factory.
The Cheesecake Factory.
Noodles and Company.
Noodles and Company.
Houston's ambiance is fantastic and food is great.
Houston's ambiance is fantastic and food is great.

Restaurants

There are many great restaurants on the Plaza, M&S Grill being one of the most famous for its great selection of American food, sophisticated dining, or just to hang out in the saloon. located just across from the J.C. Nichols fountain.

Some other fine restaurants and cafes are:

810 Zone

Barnes and Noble Café

The Better Cheddar

Blanc Burgers and Bottles

Brio Tuscan Grill

Buca di Beppo

The Cheesecake Factory

Hibachi Japanese Steakhouse

LatteLand Espresso and Tea

McCormack and Schmick’s

Noodles and Company

Panache Chocolatier

Starbucks

Tomfooleries

Topsy's Popcorn

Starker's Restaurant

Houston's

My first time in Kansas City, my sisters and I went to have lunch at Houston's and it was such an enjoyable experience. The atmosphere was great, the food was really fantastic and the waiter was so professional. The prices are a little higher, but the food was worth it. I highly recommend Houston's.

The Annual Art Fair
The Annual Art Fair

Special Events

Annual Plaza Art Fair 2010

Sept 24,25,26

Fri 5:00-10:00pm

Sat 10:am-10:pm

Sun 11:00 am-5:00pm

Every fall season the plaza is transformed into a beautiful outdoor art gallery. Artists from all over the state and 4 different countries will come together to show off their works of art and this event attracts countless art enthusiasts. The Plaza Art Fair this year includes:

  • 240 Artists
  • Three live music stages
  • Kids Art Workshop
  • Kemper Street Museum

Directions to the Art Center

Plaza Live Concerts

The Plaza also hosts concerts throughout the summer featuring the best musicians from Kansas City. The concerts are held at several different courtyards every week with several showings.

Thursday 5-8pm

Friday 6-9pm

Saturday 2-5pm

Sunday noon-3 pm

Plaza Lights

Every year the Plaza has their annual Plaza Lights show on Thanksgiving night. The Plaza Lightening Ceremony stage is located at Wyonette and Nicholas Road. You can imagine the whole shopping square covered in lights, it brightens up the night sky and gives the place an old fashioned feel, especially in the brisk autumn night. Many people come out from all over Missouri to watch this spectacular event.

The Plaza lights will shine starting Nov 25, 2010 through Jan 16,2011.

Plaza Lights Ceremony

Horse and Carriage Rides

During the Autumn season the horse and carriage rides are quite popular, and you can take a ride around the Plaza and view all the beautiful sights. It is especially nice during the evening hours because there are so many lights, and the carriages are covered in lights as well. You might really have to cover up however because the Missouri fall evenings are pretty cool. But its a good opportunty to cuddle up with your honey and take in the sights, I think that this is a very romantic carriage ride and lots of fun for kids as well.

Carriage and Gondola Rides

Not only does the Plaza offer carriage rides but they also offer gondola rides, another romantic means of transportation. You can also book a gondola at a group rate for birthdays, proms, anniversaries and any other special occasion.

Reserve your gondola boat ride by calling (816) 365-7101

And if you would like information about the carriage rides you can call 816-531-1999or go to this website: http://Search ambianceonthewater@yahoo.com

What a great idea !!

Directions for Gondola and Carriage Rides

A marker200 Ward Parkway Kansas City, Missouri -
200 Ward Pkwy, Kansas City, MO 64112, USA
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Horse and Carriages at the Plaza
Horse and Carriages at the Plaza
Pub in Plaza square
Pub in Plaza square
The J.C. Nichols Fountain
The J.C. Nichols Fountain
The Penguin Courtyard
The Penguin Courtyard
A view of the Plaza
A view of the Plaza
The Night lights at the Plaza
The Night lights at the Plaza

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rose56 6 years ago

Awesome this is a great hub. You did it again Miss Ladyjane. This is getting the green button.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Beautiful photos, ladyjane. Just learned from you that one of my favorite restaurants, Brio, is also located in the beautiful Country Club Plaza. Now I will have to visit.


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hi, this was lovely, I would love to visit it, there are so many great things there, I loved the photos, another great hub, rated up cheers nell


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Scrapaholic 6 years ago

Wow! This was such an informative read. For the first time in my life, I have the overwhelming desire to visit Kansas City!


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks Rose thats nice of you to say. Glad you enjoyed my hub. Cheers.

Drbj thanks for reading and I will have to check out that restaurant myself. And if you ever make it here let me know...cheers.

Nell thanks for stopping by and for the compliment, good to see you cheers to you.

Scrapoholic you are always welcome. Thanks for reading Cheers.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

This was a terrific guide to the Plaza. I live about an hour away in Lawrence, Kansas and I have gone there many times. In fact, I hope to get up there in a few weeks to see the Arts Fair--I haven't made it for about three years, and I miss it.

Among the other fine restaurants in the Plaza is a Houston's Restaurant (for steaks), the Melting Pot (for fondue), and a California Pizza Kitchen. There are also many other wonderful restaurants that offer outdoor seating.

The Plaza lights during the holiday season absolutely must be seen. The streets are packed Thanksgiving weekend, waiting for the moment they are lit for the first time every year. It is festive and beautiful.

The shopping is magnificent and, as you said, there is something for everyone. The Barnes and Noble Bookstore happens to be a four-story building.

This was a great hub, and now I can't wait to go back to the Plaza!!!!! Thank you for your wonderful tribute to a great place to visit in the Midwest. Take care.

Mike


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Hello Mike thanks for your kind words, the plaza sure did impress me the first time I came here and my sisters an I did eat at Houston's and the food was awesome. I will be going to the art show and I cant wait for the plaza lights this year also, what a great place. Appreciate your comments. Cheers to you and maybe I will see you there.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

This is a great vacation. America has so many wonderful things. We don't have to travel far.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks Micky appreciate the read and comment. Cheers.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

I had no idea Missouri had such finery! I've been to St. Louis, though, and it was rather grand. My most experience is with Branson, which is a fun place - sort of a countrified Vegas - but this Plaza is truly lovely and the shops look quite special! Your illustrations are certainly - illustrative!! Seems to have some of everything delightful!! I'm agreeing with Mickey - no need to travel all that far or get a passport to have lovely places to visit right her in the good ole US of A!

Thanks for a great presentation, LJ!!


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Nellieanna I had no idea that Kansas City had this plaza either and I really fell in love with it. We just relocated to Missouri and I am looking forward to the Plaza lights this holiday season. Thanks for checking out the hub. Cheers.


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Simone Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

This is such a great hub, and about such a cool place, too! The photos are great, and it's wonderful how you've shared not only some personal thoughts on the place, but also information on shops, restaurants, events, features, and services available there. I really want to go on a carriage ride there- those carriages look like Cinderella's pumpkin!!


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

A completely gorgeous hub, filled with lovely photographs that make me want to get on the next plane to MO! Congrats on your well-deserved win.


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geegee77 6 years ago from The Lone Star State!!

Awsome hub and congratulations on your win you deserve it and many more:) ge


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Simonesmith thanks so much for reading my hub. It was fun to write and more fun to go there. The Plaza really is a great place to visit.Cheers.

stephhicks thanks for reading and if you did get on that plane you certainly wouldnt be dissappointed lol thanks again. cheers.

Geegee thanks for that, I cant believe I won its so exciting. Cheers to me Cheers to you too. LOve


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gpaarman 6 years ago from Belton, Missouri

great hub.


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Whidbeywriter 6 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

Great info and nicely done, congrats on winning you did an awesome job - cheers!


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

thanks a lot sis I appreciate ya...cheers to you.


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rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay

what memories you bring back! I used to live in Columbia MO a number of years ago and we had to travel throughout the state for our work. I loved going to KC because I would always make time for a trip to the plaza. It's stunningly beautiful during the Christmas season. A super hub!! congrats on your win. :]


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MyMastiffPuppies 6 years ago

Wonderful pictures! makes you feel like you are really there. I can't say that I have ever been to Missouri but you have really made me want to go.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

rebekahELLE thanks for reading and your nice comment. Im glad that I could bring back some fond memories for you. Thank you. Cheers.

Mymastiffpuppies thanks for reading and for the compliment, Im glad you liked the hub and if you do ever get to Missouri, I hope you enjoy it. Cheers.


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Purple Perl 6 years ago from Bangalore,India

WOW! Beautiful pics and so well presented! Congrats on your win! Truly inspiring hub!


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Purple Perl thanks so much for your comments. Im glad you enjoyed it...cheers.


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LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

Congratulations!


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

LillyGrillzit glad to have you on my hub and thank you. Cheers to you.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

So, when my wife and Icvome over, you will show us around? :-))


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Most definitely De Greek it would be awesome!!You and your wife are always welcome....I just moved here so I am getting to know the area and this was my favorite so far. Thanks for visiting. Cheers.


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Chupp22 6 years ago from Orem, Utah

My hometown is Independence (right next to Kansas City), and I agree. Those are some of the best places to visit in KC! If you all do visit though you have to have Kansas City Barbecue its the best!


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Chupp22 thanks for reading Im really enjoying living here and geez just shoot me but I havent tried the bbq yet, Im originally from Texas and their bbq is pretty good too so i guess I gotta give the bbq a try Im sure its great lol cheers.


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Str8up Hookups 5 years ago

Awesome hub full of helpful info.

Guess I need to take a little trip to KC!

Thanks for sharing!


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ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas Author

Str8up Hookups thanks for reading and if you do go to KC you will not be sorry. The Christmas lights are up now and its beautiful. Cheers.

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