20 E. 5th St., Kansas City
HOURS: Vary throughout the year
Whether you crave the crisp flavor of fresh produce or simply want to immerse yourself in local culture, a weekend visit to City Market is a must.
Celebrated as one of the region’s largest (and most enduring) farmers markets, City Market offers shoppers a vibrant mix of produce, baked goods, and crafts from local farmers and artisans, as well as an alluring array of more than 30 full-time, year-round merchants that hock specialty foods, spices, gifts, and more.
During spring and summer months, the historic market (which dates back to 1857) offers numerous events, including kid-friendly petting zoos, cooking demonstrations, and in-depth seminars that educate attendees about in-season produce, as well as concerts from local, regional, and national acts.
Arrive early, bring cash and plastic or reusable bags, and pick up ingredients for a picnic lunch—a picturesque park just behind City Market provides a lush respite amid the heart of downtown’s scenic River Market neighborhood.