Crossroads Arts District - Kansas City, MO
April - October:
Fridays & Saturdays - 11:00 AM
- Top ranking tour on tripadvisor.com
- Discover the trendy Crossroads neighborhood, take in the sights, and learn about the history, culture and entertainment offerings
- Experience 5-7 food tastings offering tasty local eats that range from the neighborhood's hidden gem "mom and pop" shops to 5 star culinary destinations
- This is a great experience for locals and visitors alike!
On this Crossroads Arts District Historical Food Tour in Kansas City, you will enjoy an off-the-beaten path food journey and learn about one of Kansas City's most historical neighborhoods.
Your fun and informative guides will lead you on a 3-hour tour outside the popular Power & Light District in the heart of downtown to the area where local natives eat and live - Crossroads.
Your tour guide will talk about buildings of historical interest and share stories of the historical role some of these buildings played in politics, during prohibition and even with mobsters.
The Crossroads Arts District is home to a very talented food scene. Many chefs have migrated here to show off their skills and creative culinary flair.
You'll enjoy delicious tastings at establishments which may include (and are subject to change):
- A locally and nationally recognized pizza restaurant
- Coffee-house voted Kansas City's best
- An award winning artisanal chocolatier specialty shop
- A unique, artful frozen cocktail company
- Local mercantile and scratch kitchen for local cheeses
- A charming and rustic Italian establishment
- New American and Modern eatery
- Approximately 1.5 miles of walking
- Tastings are included in the price
- Must be 21 or older with valid ID for alcohol tastings
- Tour requires a minimum of 4 participants to run
- Gratuity for your tour guide is not included, but is appreciated
You will be accompanied by other tour participants, with a maximum of 12 per tour. For groups larger than 4 please contact Cloud 9 Living directly for pricing.
This experience is only for those on the tour.
This tour runs rain or shine. In the rare event the provider must cancel due to inclement weather, you will reschedule directly with the experience provider.
What to Wear:
Wear comfortable clothing and shoes appropriate for expected weather conditions and walking.
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 1 week prior to your desired date.
Prior to scheduling/booking a date for this experience, Cloud 9 Living's standard return and exchange policy shall apply. Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation, all bookings for this experience are final.
How much food is served on the tour?
This tour provides enough food that for most participants, lunch afterwards or breakfast before will not be necessary. With the mix of drink and food tastings combined with short stops outside the historical landmarks and the sharing of inside knowledge, most participants are comfortably full after the tour. Please understand this food tour is not intended to replace breakfast and lunch combined, so please consider eating a light breakfast before the tour.
Will there be alcohol tastings on the tour?
There are a couple of stops on our tour that do include alcohol tastings. For guests of legal drinking age who would like to participate in these tastings, please be sure to have a valid ID. For those without ID or under the age of 21, please let us know at the time of booking and substitute tastings will be made available.
What if I have dietary restrictions or allergies?
Food substitutions for vegetarians can be made, however gluten-free or dairy allergies cannot be accommodated. Please make note of any vegetarian requests at the time of booking. The chefs have carefully thought out their presentations to you and feel that what they present best represents their story.
How much walking is there on the tour?
The 3 hour tour covers a little over one mile. There are short breaks along the way.
Does the tour end at the same location it starts?
No. The final tasting is about a 15 minute walk from the starting location. If you have any questions about how to get back, please be sure to ask your tour guide who will gladly give you detailed directions.
What happens if it rains?
The tour runs rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, you will be able to go inside many of the establishments on the tour. You will not be outdoors for the entire 3 hours. You should still dress appropriately for the day's weather conditions.
Is the tour appropriate for children?
Children are more than welcome, but please keep in mind that some children have a limited attention span and therefore a 3 hour walking tour may not be appropriate. Parents know their children best and should assess the situation individually. Since there is a lot of standing and walking, please consider this when deciding whether the tour is appropriate for your child.
Is the tour wheelchair or stroller accessible?
Using wheelchairs or strollers on this tour will be extremely challenging. Please contact Cloud 9 Living with specific questions or to inquire further about what type of needs the tour can accommodate.
Will there be time to shop during the tour?
We ask that you please wait to shop until after the tour is completed so that the group can stay on the food-tasting schedule and continue with the tour and food tastings in a timely manner. We realize there may be a couple of locations you would like to purchase items so we ask you to allow time at the end of the tour to return to your favorite locations. The tours are on a schedule to arrive at each tasting location so it's important to stay on schedule so the food is fresh and at proper temperature at each stop.
Are restrooms available during the tour?
There will be restrooms available at the beginning, halfway and at the end of the tour.
Does the tour have anything to offer the locals of Kansas City?
Absolutely! A majority of tour attendees live right in the Kansas City area. Locals join the tour to learn about the great food finds and the amazing culinary talent that has been under their noses and in their back yards the entire time! The Crossroads is brimming with interesting facts, lively tales and history that will surprise you!
Is gratuity included?
Gratuity for your guide is not included, but is appreciated if you enjoy the tour.
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"We had a delightful guide -- very sweet and fun. She is fairly new to KC and very young, so some of the historical stories may have been a bit off, but her enthusiasm and energy made up for it. The food at each stop was delicious. We had a blast!"
"Very good. Guide seemed to not have reviewed some material, but no big deal."
"Should point out the amount of steps at different locations. Our guide (Rebecca) did very good. It was a perfect thing to do on our 49th wedding anniversary. We plan on sharing with friends and family. We would like to do the dinner tour. Group size was perfect. Worst appetizers were the meatballs. Christopher Elbow chocolate was the best. First Fridays and Grinders will be further destinations. A Westport tour would be fun. More choices on Cloud 9 Living would be welcome."