3rd to 5th Streets, between Walnut and Delaware
Kansas City, MO
Contributed by Project for Public Spaces
Renovated in the 1980's, the market has since come back to life as a centerpiece for an entire riverfront district.
The market has become a focal point for Kansas City; its heart is the open-air sheds that accommodate some 200 vendors. Beginning with spring flowers and ending with harvest pumpkins, the sheds provide an ever-changing spectacle of Missouri and Kansas farmers - who have exclusive use of them in the summers on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The market is surrounded by year-round shops selling a variety of food products and crafts, as well as restaurants and loft apartments.
What Makes City Market a Great Place?
The market is a kind of public square, with weekly concerts and events during the summer and special seasonal activities like the turkey races at Thanksgiving. Specialty grocery stores selling Italian, Asian, and Mexican products are particularly popular, as are restaurants with traditional Kansas City barbecue. The market is also home to an unusual museum of the treasures of the sunken steamboat Arabia - a kind of floating market itself - with millions of restored objects from fur coats to nails that were all part of a lost shipment in 1856. On Sundays in the summer, the sheds become an art market with scores of local artists and craftspeople selling their wares.
History & Background
City Market has been on its current site since 1857, when the space was leased from the city for $50 per year.