Welcome to Brookside, MO
One of Kansas City’s most cherished and beloved neighborhoods.
Home to Kansas City’s first suburban shopping area, Brookside is a collection of neighborhoods located within the Greater Metropolitan Area of Kansas City. A portion of Brookside is included in the Country Club District, a master-planned community developed from 1906-to 1950. Today, Brookside is home to a thriving business district and sought-after historic homes in immaculate neighborhoods.
Home to 12,000 residents, Brookside can be found just five miles south of Kansas City (on the Missouri side) and is bursting with mom-and-pop restaurants and independently owned businesses connected by walkable, tree-lined streets. Offering something for everyone, Brookside is a highly coveted neighborhood along the outskirts of Kansas City and ideal for those seeking a happy, suburban community with big-city amenities just minutes away.
What to Love
- The welcoming, tight-knit neighborhood
- Historic architecture and diverse housing options
- Proximity to Kansas City with easy commutes
Dine, shop, and play in this quintessential Kansas City neighborhood! Brookside is known for its exhilarating parades, casual and low-key atmosphere, and historic charm spread throughout the tree-lined streets of this charming community. Residents enjoy endless things to do in this area and appreciate the dozens of themed festivals and fairs held throughout the year.
The atmosphere could be described as “urban downtown meets suburban town square,” making Brookside a desirable place to live for people with many diverse interests from all walks of life. Enjoy beautiful parks, peruse the Leopold Gallery to take in a new art exhibit, and gather with friends at one of many independently owned restaurants and shops. Something for everyone, Brookside is the ultimate suburban neighborhood of Kansas City and is an excellent place to call home.
Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping
Enjoy a cozy coffee date for breakfast on the sunny outdoor patio, or reserve a table in their intimate dining room for an authentic French culinary experience at AIXOIS Bistro. The restaurant offers classic French dishes like the “Croque Monsieur,” a grilled French ham and cheese with béchamel sauce and Foie De Veau sauté with veal liver in a caramelized apple and onion compote. AIXOIS is perfect for casual gatherings or private events, with an additional dining room available for parties of up to 75 guests.
The top destination to catch a game on the weekends, Charlie Hooper’s Bar and Grille offers 30 craft beers on tap, with an additional 100 bottled options. The atmosphere is lively and energetic, making it the perfect place to gather with friends over an excellent, hearty meal and drinks. Enjoy menu items like fish and chips, fried avocado and shrimp tacos, pub burgers, and signature hot dogs. If you’re searching for the best coffee, visit The Roasterie Cafe for an abundance of options from all over the world. Offering six locations around Kansas City, The Roasterie Cafe has been a Brookside favorite since 2005. Enjoy the bright, open indoor dining space and grab a table on the outdoor patio during the warmer months. Try a signature drink and a breakfast burrito on your way to work — you won’t be disappointed!
An artistic lifestyle store, and one of the favorites among Brookside locals, STUFF (or “A Store Named Stuff”) features eclectic and witty collectibles, unique treasures, and high-end, inspirational, and functional artwork. Give yourself time to browse when in STUFF — there are hundreds of fun things to marvel at in this store! One of Kansas City’s Top 25 Businesses and dedicated to “people, not product,” each visit to STUFF is a one-of-a-kind experience.
Things to Do
The John Wornall House Museum was built in 1858 and is one of the few surviving homes of the Civil War era in Kansas City. It was initially used as a field hospital for the Battle of Westport and included original artifacts that belonged to the Wornall family in the 1800s. Take a tour of the property, learn all about life during the Civil War era in Kansas, and attend one of their excellent programs for children, like a middle school book club, storytimes in the barn, and Nursery Rhymes After Dark carnival activities.
Founded in 1991, the Leopold Gallery features hundreds of works of art from around the world and highlights special collections from Kansas City artists. The gallery is nationally ranked to build regional culture and assist beginning collections on their art journeys. Partnering with local charities for fundraisers, programs, and events, the Leopold Gallery is a staple of the Brookside and greater Kansas City neighborhoods and one of the most popular gathering places to experience the essence of community.
Held during the first weekend in May, the Brookside Art Annual has attracted thousands of visitors over the last 35 years to explore their creativity and connect with the community. With family-friendly activities, live music, hundreds of food vendors, and an extensive collection of artwork from all mediums, the Brookside Art Annual show is one of the most anticipated events of the year.
Fast-forward to winter and switch gears for the annual Holiday Season Opener, another favorite neighborhood event that celebrates the winter season. The Holiday Season Opener is the perfect time to showcase local businesses and start your holiday shopping. Enjoy concerts, pop-up events, and giveaways, and make room for hot chocolate and treats sponsored by The Roasterie Cafe.
One of the year's best events is the St Patrick’s Day Parade, a 40-year tradition for Brookside residents. The parade brings over 100 vendors from the greater Kansas City metro area to celebrate the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day with the entire community.
There are several high-achieving public and private schools in Brookside. A few include: