The Old Town District is nestled in the heart of Wichita, just east of downtown. Among the brick-lined streets and historic lampposts are a collection of converted brick warehouses dating back to the late 1800s. Built with brick and native limestone accents, these distinctive architectural features define the character of Old Town. With more than 100 businesses, Old Town has become a destination sought out for its restaurants, shops, clubs, theaters, galleries, museums and stores. It’s a popular nightlife district you will rave about exploring.
Check into your hotel. Options in Old Town include the beautiful Hotel at Old Town and the contemporary Courtyard Wichita at Old Town. Located in the most exciting district of Wichita, both hotels are just steps away from some of the finest restaurants, entertainment, theaters, and museums.
Once the Keen Kutter building, this historic brick warehouse now boasts the Hotel at Old Town’s lavishly decorated suites, a beautiful atrium lobby and a classic piano bar.
The Courtyard Wichita at Old Town was originally built in 1930 as a warehouse and features the amenities you desire - contemporary style, an awe-inspiring atrium and the type of service that will make you never want to leave.
After settling in to your hotel, jump right in and experience the flavor of Wichita at Wheat State Distilling, Kansas’ first legal distillery since prohibition, which focuses on premium, hand-crafted spirits. Play a game of shuffle board in this relaxing, yet modern newly-opened distillery in Old Town.
Dinner at District Taqueria: This hip restaurant and bar celebrates the street taco with scratch-made salsas, house-marinated and roasted meats, fresh local-made tortillas and a full bar.
After a quality meal, the night is yours. There are regular performances at Public at the Brickyard, Mort’s Martini & Cigar Bar, Pumphouse, River City Brewing Co. and Emerson Biggins’ live-music venue and Rock Island Live. Many of Old Town’s favorite eateries and pubs also have fantastic patios for spending time under the stars. Or, if there’s a sporting event you’d like to catch, the area’s many sports bars with huge screens have you covered. Other fun places to grab a drink include Blue Fin Sake Bar and Sushi, Bite Me BBQ and Playa Azul.
Insider Tip: If you are visiting between April and October, head to Old Town Square (just north of Museum of World Treasures) and stroll around the Old Town Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings from 7 a.m. to noon. During winter months, you’ll find the market inside Distillery 244 Old Town.
Start your day by hopping a ride on the Q-Line Trolley to eat breakfast at The Donut Whole while exploring another unique Wichita area, the Douglas Design District. Catch your ride in Old Town where Q signs are posted. Stops are located approximately every other block and trolleys run about every 10 minutes (http://www.wichitatransit.org/qline/Pages/default.aspx).
The Donut Whole is a coffeehouse, donut shop, art gallery and live music venue located in the Douglas Design District. They do things the old-fashioned way, making every batch of donuts from scratch using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients -- but with a fun, modern twist. They offer 40+ varieties of rich, moist cake donuts in delicious flavors such as root beer float, maple bacon and many more.
After breakfast, walk around and find the district’s many murals (and take a selfie or two). When uploading to social media, be sure to include hashtags #ICTMoments, #visitWichita and #ilovewichita. Snag a ride on the Q-Line back to Old Town when you’re hungry for lunch.
Treat yourself to lunch at Old Mill Tasty Shop. A Wichita tradition, families have been coming to Old Mill Tasty Shop since 1932. Have a soda made the old-fashioned way from a working, marble countered soda fountain. Try it with their blue-plate special or one of their many scrumptious sandwiches. And save room for sundae or a malt.
After lunch, shop the afternoon away in Old Town. Lucinda's offers an incredible selection of cheeky and off-the-wall gifts, distinctive clothing and shoes, gorgeous jewelry and unique accessories for you and your home. You'll always find something new and exciting. Lucinda’s is also a great place to find unique items featuring the Wichita flag or the Keeper of the Plains.
Looking for a unique gift? Visit Bella Luz, Wichita's home for American made art. This gift gallery features works by more than 120 U.S. artists, including a selection by talented Kansas artists.
Just a little to the east of Old Town is a Wichita staple, The Spice Merchant & Company. In this family-owned store, you can browse hundreds of choices in coffee, spices, teas and specialty foods. A short distance west of Old Town, you’ll find unique furniture, art, lighting, accent pieces and home décor at Urban Interiors by Farmhouse 5. If you need a boost of energy after an afternoon of shopping, a cup of hand-crafted coffee across the street at Mead’s Corner awaits you.
Unwind and start your evening at Mort’s Martini & Cigar Bar. Choose from more than 160 martinis and enjoy live music on the patio. Then, get ready for a night of laughs at Mosley Street Melodrama, Wichita's only audience-participation dinner theatre. With a collection of hit shows with a local flare, you and the family are sure to have a blast, eat amazing barbecue from Pig In, Pig Out BBQ and share in a night of laughter. Doors open at 6; dinner is served from 6:15 to 7:30; show starts at 7:50 p.m.
After dinner, explore more of Old Town’s nightlife, or call it a night and enjoy your inviting accommodations at Hotel at Old Town or the Courtyard Wichita at Old Town.
Sleep in and then enjoy brunch at The Anchor, a quick walk from your hotel. This is easily one of the best brunches in Wichita, with scrumptious breakfast fare, killer cocktails, beer specials and a DIY bloody mary bar.
Discover treasures from around the world and through the ages right in Old Town at the Museum of World Treasures, which opens at noon. Exhibits include: Form and Function, Transcend: Religious and Royal Art of Asia, Creating the Crown, Romancing the West, Treasures from the Grave Exhibit and Berlin Wall. Plus, you’ll see Egyptian mummies and one of the most complete T. Rex in the world.
Before heading home, fill up on a tasty meal at River City Brewing Co., founded in 1993 as Wichita's first brew pub. Their refreshing handcrafted ales and palette-pleasing recipes have kept patrons coming back. They keep 16 handcrafted ales on tap, and their menu reflects Kansas' heritage with the inclusion of Kansas beef, great pastas, seafood and more. Be sure to sit on the upstairs deck where you’ll have a fabulous view of Old Town.