Visit Manhattan, Kansas
Kansas – What comes to your mind? Hills? Kansas? Yes! Manhattan is located in the beautiful Flint Hills. The Flint Hills extend from Nebraska to Oklahoma across 22 counties in the eastern half of the state. Our college town is a vibrant mix of youth and an ecologically unique environment. It also boasts a wonderful dining scene, vibrant downtown, and a vibrant student population. Make your first stop in Manhattan at the Flint Hills Discovery Center as you begin your journey. The Flint Hills Discovery Center is located in downtown and will transport you to the wonder and beauty that is the Flint Hills. You can find inspiration by taking a leisurely drive on the National Flint Hills Scenic Byways or the Native Stone Scenic Byway. Manhattan is the gateway into the Flint Hills, and Kansas State University is located here. You’ll see why Manhattan, Kansas has been named “One of America’s 20 Best Places to live” and “The Best College Town” by Livability.
Manhattan offers many delights, from shopping to dining to outdoor adventures. Take a hike on the Konza Prairie or view the community from the Top of the World. Or zipline at Wildwood Adventure for a different way to experience the Flint Hills. Find inspiration in our art galleries, shops, and art that features the Flint Hills. There are many restaurants in Manhattan’s downtown area. There are also unique boutiques and shops that sell handcrafted goods, home interiors, and other items. Aggieville, Kansas’ oldest shopping district, is located right across from Kansas State University and offers unique shopping, dining, attractions, and more. It is the perfect place to celebrate Kansas State University Wildcat Victories.
Manhattan’s food-and-drink scene is studded with a multitude of vibrant, locally-owned-and-operated establishments. You will find unique coffee shops, wineries, breweries, as well as unique restaurants throughout Manhattan. You can enjoy great Kansas steaks and BBQ, as well as authentic Mexican and Thai food. Many of the beloved establishments have won regional acclaim, many of which were founded from humble beginnings. One such collection is the One Egg Group, which was founded by Evan and Andrea Grier and supported by a team made up of Manhattan’s finest culinary and service professionals. A traveler’s search for great food and drink can be fulfilled in each of the lively environments at Tallgrass Tap House, Bourbon & Baker, and Guilty Biscuit. Bourbon & Baker’s menu is seasoned with Midwestern, Southern and Southern influences. It also features a full-service bar that offers a wide range of bourbons. The bakery counter is open for drop-in and offers a variety of homemade treats, cakes and other specialty cookies. Tallgrass Tap House is a 11,000-square-foot full-service restaurant and microbrewery that has been a favorite spot for both the local community as well as Kansas State University alumni. The 10-barrel brewhouse serves a rotating selection of craft beers on tap. The Rooftop Bar is a popular spot for comforting, yet creative American cuisine. It offers great views of the Flint Hills and great brews. Guilty Biscuit, One Egg Group’s newest dining concept, features biscuit sandwiches, weekend breakfast specials and lighter “Less Guilty”. While biscuits and gravy are a must-have, you will soon crave The Guilty, a French-toast biscuit stuffed with fried chicken, cream gravy, and pecan bacon.
Bring your appetite to Manhattan! You will be astonished by the beauty of the Flint Hills, as well as the great local food options. Go to for more information about Manhattan’s many offerings. www.visitmanhattanks.org.
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