#44 – Crown Center Shops
2450 Grand Boulevard; Kansas City, MO 64108
Good for: Business travelers, tourists, families.
Features: Halls Kansas City, Topsy’s Popcorn, SPIN!
Tip: Spend a whole day exploring the shops and the surrounding area – Crown Center has a lot to offer.
Crown Center is a mixed-use complex that houses the international headquarters of Hallmark Cards. Visit The Crown Center Shops for a three-story shopping and dining experience that features plenty of family-friendly options.
What to do at the Crown Center Shops
Overall, the Crown Center Shops are not what you would imagine as a typical mall. There aren’t many name brand shops or clothing stores. They do have Halls Kansas City, Hallmark’s luxury department store. The layout of the shops can be a bit confusing, but if you ask for directions, the employees are happy to point you in the right direction.
- Fritz’s Railroad Café (Model trains bring your meal!)
- Unforked (An eco-conscious quick-serve spot)
- SPIN! (local Neapolitan-style pizza chain)
- Halls Kansas City (luxury department store)
- Crayola store
- Amy’s Hallmark
- Chip’s Chocolate Factory
A lot of the restaurants are in a food court set up, though plenty are not. The shops are open Monday–Saturday, 10am – 7pm and Sunday, 12pm – 6pm.
About Crown Center
The Crown Center Shops are located in an 85-acre complex that is home to the Hallmark Cards headquarters. Connected by a climate-controlled skywalk, you can explore the extensive area on foot. The skywalk even connects to Kansas City’s Union Station and near the Liberty Memorial. Crown Center hosts:
- Two hotels – Westin Kansas City and the Sheraton Kansas City
- Crown Center Square fountain
- Residential community with more than 230 condominiums
- SEA LIFE aquarium
- Ice skating rink
- Coterie Theater
- The Hallmark Visitors Center and more
Overall, Crown Center and the Crown Center Shops are a fun, family-friendly place best suited for families and tourists. Beyond the seasonal ice skating rink, couples or singles will be bored. xx, Libbie.