New Places to Explore in Midtown Kansas City

November 15, 2020 LeasingKC

New Places to Explore in Midtown Kansas City

Midtown Kansas City

There are a lot of words you could use to describe Kansas City: exciting, lively, Super Bowl champions, etc. 😉 One word that you certainly couldn’t use, however, is boring. With so many interesting activities and cool, unique places, it’s nearly impossible to see every neat thing this city has to offer. 

One of the epicenters for captivating activities in KC is Midtown, which offers some best restaurants, shops, and nightlife venues in all of the city 🌃  Now, you may be a newbie to Kansas City or you might be a lifelong resident. Heck, maybe you live in Midtown right now. But no matter how long you’ve been here, there’s always something new to experience around these parts!

As the go-to experts for everything Kansas City, LeasingKC is here to help you find all of the colorful new places to explore around this great city of ours. Here are a few of our favorites from the Midtown area, starting with one of KC’s most historic neighborhoods.

Exploring Midtown Kansas City

Union Hill, Tower East, and Martini Corner

Located right in the heart of midtown, you’re never far away from the action at Union Hill! This scenic neighborhood sits just north of the “Tower East” area and not only overlooks downtown, but it’s also conveniently located close to some of the most popular venues in KC.

Make no mistake about it, though, Union Hill isn’t just a place to crash in-between big city  adventures. The neighborhood itself offers a variety of different shops, restaurants, and nightlife venues to explore, including the increasingly popular Martini Corner Entertainment District

With NFL and college football in full swing, Brick House and Tower Tavern are great places to grab some brews and watch the big game 🍻 If you’re searching for the perfect date night complement, Underdog Wine Co. has over 400 select wines to choose from in a small, family owned business. Or if you’re just looking to get your day started off on the right foot, Oh! Cafe and Filling Station are two of the best cafes in the area.

And if you’re a super foodie, you’re in luck! Union Hill residents are within walking distance of Costco, Billie’s Grocery, and other quaint convenience stores that are there for anything you need to whip up the perfect cocktail or grab a bite day or night. 

Hyde Park

Visiting Hyde Park is almost like jumping into a real-life history textbook. From beautiful buildings designed by some of Kansas City’s most famous architects, to seven different landmarks on the National Register of Historic Places, a stroll through Hyde Park might be one of the closest things a KC resident has to time travel.

And not only is it historic, the neighborhood is still beautiful and thriving to this day! If you’re visiting for just the day, be sure to take a walk and enjoy the scenic views that encompass the entire neighborhood 🌳 Old Hyde Park is especially great for checking out some of KC’s best preserved turn-of-the-century architecture.

After that, Gillham Park is great for a quick game of tennis or pickleball, and Hyde Park Antiques can ensure that you take a piece of history home with you. If you visit during the right time of year, you may be able to catch the annual Historic Homes tour as well.

If you’re looking for more of a long term stay, Hyde Park is also a great place to raise a family. The entire neighborhood is filled with great educational opportunities, from public and private schools to charter schools and foreign language academies. On top of that, the residents of Hyde Park pride themselves on being some of the friendliest neighbors you’ll ever find!

No matter how long you stay, Hyde Park will leave you feeling connected to KC’s past, present and future ✨


Speaking of history, it’s nearly impossible to talk about places to explore in KC without bringing up its oldest neighborhood.

Over 150 years old, Westport has long since established itself as one of Kansas CIty’s premier entertainment districts. More than a place to get just rowdy on the weekends, though, this neighborhood offers several unique establishments. 

For the fashionable, places like Clothz Minded, Buffalo Exchange, and Arizona Trading Company are great places for new, vintage, or secondhand clothing. If you’re really looking to up your KC cred, the Bunker is a great place for local gear, while Mid Coast Modern and Mills Record Company showcase all of the area’s best local artists 🙌.

Of course, Westport is also well known for its wide selection of restaurants. It’s hard to go wrong with established local favorites like Char Bar and Westport Flea Market, but don’t sleep on some of the new eateries in the area, such as Fat Sully’s and Denver Biscuit Company. With so many different things to do in Westport, it really is an explorer’s dream!


Even More to Explore

Think this is all Midtown has to offer? Not even close! There are a total of 22 neighborhoods within the Midtown KC area, and each has their own unique taste and flair. From the historic Uptown Theater in the Valentine neighborhood to the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Southmoreland, there really is something for everyone at any time of the year. 

Even better, many of these locations are within a short walk of each other. Taking a nice afternoon to explore Midtown’s historic and thriving neighborhoods can make for an excellent Kansas City day, and this blog post hasn’t even begun to scratch the surface of all the cool activities available in the area.

Find the most affordable apartments in Midtown

With so many activities inside and around Midtown, an apartment in the area is sure to keep you at the heart of the action. There are a variety of neighborhoods and complexes that could fit anyone’s needs. 

If you’re looking for the most affordable apartments in Midtown, we’ve got you covered. LeasingKC is a rental listing site run by local experts to help you find Kansas City apartments, rental homes, condos, and lofts.

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