The Crossroads District


DESCRIPTION: The Crossroads Arts District is an artistic downtown neighborhood where once-vacant warehouses now house a variety of eclectic, locally owned boutiques, award winning restaurants, local craft beverage makers and a thriving arts scene.

ADDRESS: Whether catching the action at 19th & Baltimore or along 18th St. east of Grand, the Crossroads has something to offer the eye and palate from 15th to 22nd Street and I-35 to Troost Avenue.  

LOCATION: The District is located south of the downtown area and just north of Union Station. 

PHONE: 816-994-7313



  • Local, regional and national artists are featured in over 30 galleries and artist studios including the Belger Arts Center, Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, Blue Gallery, Cerbera Gallery, The Bunker Center for the Arts, Studios Inc., The Bauer, Studio Above and more. 
  • From casual fare to fine-dining, the Crossroads has a wide variety of restaurants. Four award-winning chefs, Michael Smith, Michael Corvino, Martin Heuser and Lidia Bastianich, operate restaurants here. 
  • The Crossroads is home to many unique boutique shops. Choices range from Dear Society, Charlie Hustle, Cheryl Eve Acosta and Coki Bijoux for clothing and accessories, Artist & Craftsman Supply for your art needs, Madison Flitch for handcrafted wood furniture and Raygun for KC favorites. 
  • Cap the evening off with a visit to the East Crossroads where you’ll find the highest concentration of local breweries, distilleries, and wineries in the Kansas City Metro including KC Wineworks, Tom’s Town, City Barrel Brewery & Kitchen, Torn Label, Lifted Spirits, Double Shift, Casual Animal and more.


HISTORY: Once a neglected commercial area, the Crossroads has been transformed into a vibrant and sophisticated artistic community with numerous art galleries, artist studios, eclectic boutiques, craft beverage makers and award-winning restaurants. 

WHERE TO EAT: There are numerous dining choices in this district, including award-winning Extra Virgin, Farina, Affare, Novel Restaurant and Corvino's. Or choose one of the historic Freight House restaurants: Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue, Grunauer and Lidia's. The East Crossroads has also become home to exceptional local libations, such as Tom's Town Distilling Co., KC Wineworks, City Barrel Brewery & Kitchen, Torn Label and more.

WHAT’S NEARBY: While the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts lies in the Crossroads, Crown Center is also nearby, along with Union Station and the National WWI Museum and Memorial. Downtown is also close–including the Power & Light District, T-Mobile Center and much more.

DID YOU KNOW: Through the ongoing efforts of the SpraySeeMo Festival, the Crossroads has become the city’s mural destination for exploring and enjoying large-scale public art murals throughout the district.

DON’T FORGET: Children are welcome to First Friday events. However, galleries and streets tend to become crowded, and most galleries cannot accommodate strollers.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Take the MAX bus to the Crossroads stop at the corner of Main and 19th Street or take the KC Streetcar to the Crossroads stop (19th & Main). Visit the website for a list of convenient transportation options. 

PARKING: There is an abundance of on-street parking and small lots throughout the area. Be prepared to walk between venues on First Fridays. It can be crowded.


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