The Livestock Exchange Building is at the heart of the West Bottoms. Christopher Smith | Special to The Star

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The change and revitalization in the historic square have increased foot and bicycle traffic. Christopher Smith | Special to The Star
In buildings and warehouses built over 100 years ago for agriculture, the West Bottoms is a spot for shopping and entertainment on First Fridays. Rich Sugg | rsugg@kcstar.com
A relative newcomer to the NKC restaurant scene is Taco Luchador, offering burritos and tacos made to order. Christopher Smith | Special to The Star
Genessee Royale features a bright, sunny interior and serves French bistro-style food. Christopher Smith | Special to The Star
Athletes from around the metro area come to Mission’s Kansas City Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for first-class martial arts training. Christopher Smith | Special to The Star
Racheal Burnett co-owns Wild Juniper, a newcomer to downtown Liberty specializing in handmade accessories like turbans and tassel necklaces. Christopher Smith | Special to The Star
Cinder Block Brewery features a cozy pub that can get crowded with folks stopping for a pint of craft beer after work. The beer is top-notch. File photo | .
You can get a cup of coffee anywhere, anytime, but you can find the coffee shop experience at Hammerhand Coffee. Christopher Smith | Special to The Star
Chicken and Pickle has indoor and outdoor pickle ball courts, a huge patio with outdoor games and a rooftop deck. File photo | .
Play a bar game in a dining room completely covered in graphic art at Rockstar Burgers. Christopher Smith | Special to The Star
Amigoni Urban Winery draws guests for wine, beer, cheese and charcuterie plates. Christopher Smith | Special to The Star
Longboards is known for burrito-style grilled wraps served with house-made sauces, noodle bowls and Hawaiian sliders. File photo |
Veteran restaurants like La Costa Mexicana anchor the square with the feeling of a small town community. Christopher Smith | Special to The Star
The Screenland Armour has two screens showing first-run movies plus smaller, more obscure titles. The bar in the lobby and old-school video games are added bonuses. Christopher Smith | Special to The Star
Brothers Music offers a well-curated selection of vinyl, cassettes, CDs, guitars and T-shirts, as well as music lessons. Christopher Smith | Special to The Star
The Keyhole Tavern is a neighborhood tap room featuring live music and lots of personality. Jennifer Hack | Ink

North Kansas City

Tucked among the industrial brick buildings, loading docks and tidy houses of North Kansas City is a hidden gem of a downtown.

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West Bottoms

An eclectic mix of new restaurants and bars sets the tone for this neighborhood: a history of KC cattle.

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Mission

A walkable community marries old and new in an inner-ring suburb.

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Liberty Square

Made up of historic buildings dating back to the 1800s, this area has its eyes to the future.

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By Ink Staff and Christopher Smith, Special to Ink


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