Week one: the River Market
Kansas City classic is one of the region’s best-kept secrets
A few blocks north of the Power & Light District is the River Market, one of Kansas City’s most eclectic, funky and underrated neighborhoods.
The River Market is only a short 10 minute drive or bus ride from campus.
Located just south of the Missouri River, the River Market is also one of Kansas City’s most historic districts, with renovated brick warehouse buildings dating from the mid-late 1800s complemented by the recent addition of high-end infill developments.
Here are the River Market’s best-kept secrets:
River Market Antique Mall:
The store boasts four stories and dozens of dealers, with items such as egg chairs, vinyl albums, fur coats, retro sofas, late 1800s cameras and anything else one’s mind can imagine.
River Market Antique Mall is located at the intersection of 5th and Wyandotte streets.
Chinatown Food Market:
I was blown away by the wide variety of Asian foods- and the smell of fish- when I first set foot in Chinatown Food Market.
Chinatown carries a wide selection of teas, exotic spices, fruits and live seafood.
While I’m not a huge fan of killing my own dinner, I have fallen in love with Chinatown’s ginger candies, Jasmine teas, Japanese chewing gum and unique sodas bottles, which are sealed using a marble, of all things.
Chinatown Food Market is at 2nd Street and Grand Boulevard.
The City Market:
The historic City Market has been a Kansas City tradition for decades. During the warmer months, it serves as a farmer’s market.
The City Market also includes several locally-owned ethnic grocers (Al-Habashi Market and Carollo’s Gourmet Grocer are my favorites) and restaurants, which are open seven days a week.
A complete listing of tenants can be found at www.thecitymarket.org.
The City Market is located at 400 Grand Blvd.
Steamboat Arabia Museum:
At the Steamboat Arabia Museum, one can explore the treasures of the Steamboat Arabia, which sunk in the Missouri River in 1858 and was rediscovered in 1988. The Steamboat Arabia Museum is a fun and exciting way to rediscover America’s pioneer days.
Hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday (4:30 p.m. closing January-March), and noon-5 p.m. Sundays.
River Market pedestrian bridge:
Surprisingly few people know about the pedestrian bridge located at the northern terminal of Main Street in River Market. The bridge crosses the railroad tracks that separate the Missouri River from River Market and allows joggers, bikers and pedestrians to access a trail overlooking the Missouri River.
And of course, there are many other places in the River Market to check out.
Coming up next week: Southwest Boulevard and the Westside.