Missouri’s shopping options offer something for every taste and budget, whether you’re looking for a new ensemble or simply the right accessory to complement your favorite outfit. Missouri has well-known names, from Saks Fifth Avenue to Michael Kors, along with unique, hometown boutiques. Yes, it’s easy to find your inner fashionista in Missouri.
More information on shopping options in Missouri can be found on VisitMO.com, the official website for the Missouri Division of Tourism. Go to VisitMO.com/shopping for details.
Among the great shopping destinations in Missouri is Kansas City, home to venues such as Country Club Plaza and Zona Rosa. Country Club Plaza, located about 10 minutes south of downtown Kansas City, is a 15-block retail district offering more than 150 shops and dining options. While walking the streets of The Plaza, you find clothing by designers such as Betsey Johnson and Giorgio Armani, jewelry from Pandora, and the latest handbag styles at Coach.
If you work up an appetite while shopping, there are dozens of places to find a terrific meal or a simple snack to help keep your energy up. Popular spots are Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, known for fine steaks and fresh seafood, and The Melting Pot, where everything is better with their variety of incredible dipping sauces. For a true taste of Kansas City, known as one of the country’s great destinations for barbecue, try Fiorella’s Jack Stack.
If you just want a quick bite, enjoy a bag of Topsy’s famous popcorn, or head to The Cheesecake Factory, which offers more than 50 incredible cheesecake choices; the Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake Cheesecake sounds exceptional!
In North Kansas City, Zona Rosa has more than 75 shops and restaurants, venues to enjoy family activities and a comedy club. Although it’s just 15 minutes north of downtown Kansas City, Zona Rosa has a village-esque feel. Plus, there’s ample free parking, which means you can spend more money shopping.
Zona Rosa’s clothing options include retailers such as Coldwater Creek, Charlotte Russe, Lane Bryant and Marshall’s, while shops such as Charming Charlie and Claire’s have your accessory needs covered. Shopping with the kids? Enjoy the creative choices available at Build-A-Bear Workshop, and be wowed at Maze Craze while working through mirror and laser mazes.
For a great meal, try Buddha by Kenji Fusion, which offers Thai and Chinese choices, sushi and a Hibachi grill; or Stone Canyon Pizza, where the diverse offerings make for an unforgettable meal. Just want to snack? No worries, enjoy specialty choices at Chocolaterie Stam or build your own creation at Yogurtini.
Across Missouri, in St. Louis, the shopping options are, in a word, exceptional. Shopping centers such as Saint Louis Galleria offer variety and big-name retailers, while neighborhoods such as the Central West End feature unique boutiques and one-of-a-kind creations. Those who prefer high-end retailers will enjoy time at Plaza Frontenac, home of St. Louis’ only Saks Fifth Avenue.Saint Louis Galleria features more than 100 shops from which to choose and is one of the top destinations for shoppers in the St. Louis area. Among the choices for ladies are Ann Taylor, Arden B., Lane Bryant and New York and Co. Looking for
menswear? Try Brooks Brothers, Lacoste and Eddie Bauer. The Galleria also is home to several eateries and the Galleria 6 Cinema, which, among its concessions offers a St. Louis favorite, Ted Drewes frozen custard.
The trendy Central West End neighborhood of St. Louis features several specialty shops for those looking for something truly unique. Keep your wardrobe updated with stops at Boutique 83, Ivy Hill and Mary Jane’s – especially if you’re in the mood for new shoes. Another exciting shop in the Central West in is 10denza – translated from Italian, tendenza means “trending.” Inside 10denza you find clothing and accessories, as well as tech gear, books and music.
At Plaza Frontenac, enjoy one of Missouri’s upscale shopping experiences with a visit to Saks Fifth Avenue or Missouri’s only Neiman Marcus location; just two of the 40 specialty shops found at Plaza Frontenac. Other popular stops include kate spade New York, Louis Vuitton, and Coach. Plaza Frontenac also features fine dining options including Cardwell’s at the Plaza and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar.
Another great shopping destination in Missouri is Springfield, the state’s third-largest city and home to abundant shopping choices. You can find the latest fashion trends and apparel at shops along South Avenue, Commercial Street (a retail area known as C-Street) and Park Central Square. Some of the premier shopping spots downtown include Staxx, a women’s apparel shop, and Fresh Art Gallery, which showcases local and regional artists’ works; on C-Street, enjoy a sweet treat at Askinosie Chocolate. Of course, no shopping trip to Springfield would be complete without visiting the mammoth Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World; even if you’re not an outdoor enthusiast, you’ll be impressed.
Two more Missouri destinations primarily known for attractions not related to shopping also offer great excuses to indulge in retail therapy. In central Missouri, the Lake of the Ozarks area offers great options with retailers along the famous Bagnell Dam Strip, along with the 100-plus shops at the Osage Beach Premium Outlets shopping center. And Branson, known as the “Live Music Show Capital of the World,” has outstanding choices, whether it’s the retailers on Branson Landing, or places such as the Tanger Outlets and Shoppes at Branson Meadows.
And when it comes to shopping in Missouri, don’t forget Columbia, home of the University of Missouri Tigers. More than 100 unique shops, including Bluestem Missouri Crafts, Absolute Vintage and Swank Boutique, are in The District, a vibrant shopping, arts and entertainment section of Columbia. Take a break from shopping at one of the sidewalk cafes or restaurants; popular stops include Flat Branch Pub and Brewing Company and Bleu Restaurant and Wine Bar.
In the Southeast Missouri city of Cape Girardeau, enjoy a shopping trip with stops at West Park Mall, home to dozens of stores, including American Eagle, Charlotte Russe, Macy’s and Old Navy. While you’re in Cape Girardeau, be sure to visit the historic downtown area, which is home to a variety of art and artisan galleries, plus a unique shopping experience at Annie Laurie’s Antiques. In addition to antiques, the showroom at Annie Laurie’s offers jewelry, vintage clothing and collectibles.
These are just some of the shopping options found in Missouri; the Show-Me State truly has something to show you when it comes to shopping. To learn more about shopping choices in Missouri, log on to VisitMO.com, keyword “shopping.”