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Market Day in Kansas City

A magnet for foodies, City Market brings global and local together in a historic downtown neighborhood.
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    Historic City Market
    Kansas City's Historic City Market.
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    Historic City Market.

Outside Al-Habashi Middle Eastern grocery, customers line up to buy red paprika, yellow turmeric and dusky bay leaves from open bins. The colorful display looks like a set piece from Aladdin, yet nearby, chocolate croissants tempt at Bloom Baking Company. That happy mix of exotic and familiar defines historic City Market, which anchors the River Market neighborhood in Kansas City, Missouri. On weekends, a farmers market and small community yard sale complement the food shops and cafes. Bring an appetite, a sense of adventure and maybe a cooler, too, to stow your purchases while you explore the area. (816) 842-1271;

Day-trip checklist

1 Kick off a day of international eating with all-American bacon, eggs and pancakes at The City Diner across from City Market. (816) 471-5121;

2 Founded in 1924 to serve farmers who brought produce to City Market, Planters Seed and Spice Company sells garden gear in a rambling general-store atmosphere. (816) 842-3651;

3 Friendly servers at Blue Nile make the Ethiopian menu of spicy meats and veggies, dark coffee and spongy bread approachable, even for newbies. (816) 283-0990;

4 The outstanding Arabia Steamboat Museum preserves 200 tons of cargo (including 156-year-old jars of pickles) recovered from a sunken Missouri River steamboat. (816) 471-1856;

5 Free coffee fuels shoppers as they explore the booths of 175 dealers spread over four floors in vast 30,000-square-foot River Market Antiques. (816) 221-0220;

6 For a splurge, end your world food tour in France at Le Fou Frog, a charming dinner-only restaurant with top-notch service and delicious caramel-­drizzled apple tarte tatin. (816) 474-6060;

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