Downtown Emporia

Visit Commercial Street

Commercial Street in Downtown Emporia is the bustling heart of the city, home to an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, and cultural attractions. Located just south of Emporia State University, Downtown is an easily walkable area of 9 blocks.

You’ll find gorgeous architecture and classic storefronts lining the sidewalks of historic Commercial Street. Downtown is also home to many events including the monthly First Friday Art Walk, block parties, parades, cultural celebrations, music and theatre shows. The area is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to experience the unique charm and hospitality of small-town America.

 

emporia granada theatre marquee

Downtown Attractions

Conveniently located just steps apart on Commercial Street.

emporia arts center gallery

Emporia Arts Center

Visit Gallery Located in downtown Emporia next to the historic Granada Theatre, The Emporia Arts…

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Emporia Granada Theatre

Visit: This historic 1929 Spanish Colonial Revival style theater underwent a complete restoration in 2009.…

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Imaginarium

Imaginarium is a STEM education center and makerspace providing fun learning opportunities to kids of…

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Lyon County History Center

This historic building in Downtown Emporia houses over 150,000 artifacts, as well as a model train…

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Poehler Mercantile Antique Mall

Poehler’s 15,000-square-foot showroom is a wonderland to explore. It’s filled with everything from furniture ranging…

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Sweet Granada Chocolate Cafe

The Sweet Granada is a specialty sweets shop featuring handmade chocolates, as well as other…

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The Axe Shedd

If your aim is to carve a slice of fun out of your day then…

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Trox Gallery and Gifts

Trox Gallery and Gifts

Spruce up your home or find a fun gift at Trox! Visitors will find eclectic…

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Food & Drink

Foodies will love the diverse range of dining options in downtown Emporia, from burgers and BBQ to Mexican and Japanese. You'll also find amazing spots for a coffee, craft beer, or cocktail downtown.

amanda's bakery sandwich

Amanda’s Bakery & Cafe

Amanda’s Bakery & Cafe serves up delicious sandwiches that are made with freshly baked bread…

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bobby d's bbq pulled pork

BobbyD’s Merchant Street BBQ

Hungry for slowly smoked ribs, brisket or pork? How about a slice of smoked prime…

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Bourbon Cowboy

A favorite among cowboys, cowgirls, and two-steppers, this 6,000 square foot, two-level country dance bar…

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plate of food from Casa Ramos mexican restaurant

Casa Ramos

Generous portions of the Ramos family collection of delicious authentic Mexican cuisine will delight your…

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Commercial Street Diner

This all-American diner serves up piles of hash browns, pancakes bigger than your head, and…

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Granada Coffee Company

Located next to the historic Granada Theatre, the Granada Coffee Company is a true treasure…

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Gravel City Roasters

This hip local coffee spot shares a space with Trox Gallery & Gifts so you…

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Hagaya Sushi & Ramen Shop

Traditional cooking techniques ensure perfection at this Japanese style ramen shop serving everything from modern…

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Mi Chavelita Mexican Grill

Family business offering authentic home-made Mexican food. Build your own style ordering, including burritos, tacos,…

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Mulready’s Pub

Recently voted best bar in the Flint Hills, Mulready’s Pub is the place for craft…

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craft beer from radius brewing

Radius Brewing Company

Emporia’s first brewery since prohibition features brick-oven pizzas, burgers, mac & cheese,  sandwiches, soups and…

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Union Street Social

Self-described as half speakeasy and half grandma’s basement, this eclectic eatery features upscale cocktails and…

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Downtown Shopping

Commercial Street is lined with unique and locally owned shops.

Browns Shoe Fit

Brown’s carries footwear for the entire family with a wide selection of styles and sizes.…

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De Stijl Art, Antiques, Vintage, Modern 

DE STIJL is a unique destination for collectors and design enthusiasts, with treasures ranging from…

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Dynamic Discs Retail Store

Dynamic Discs is the dynasty behind the disc golf movement in Emporia. Founded in March…

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Merchant Cycles

Merchant Cycles provides equipment and supplies to the cycling community.

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Plum Bazaar

Located in downtown Emporia, Plum Bazaar features a huge selection of arts & craft supplies.…

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Shelbys’ Sassy Designs

Locally-owned boutique offering trendy clothing and accessories. Follow on Facebook  or reach out at [email protected].

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The Dusty Trail Gift Shoppe

The Dusty Trail Gift Shoppe is your alternative source for gifts. Last minute shopping? Hard…

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Vault Meats & Cheeses

A meat and cheese lovers paradise, this locally-owned charcuterie joins the ever-growing downtown area and…

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Downtown Events

Check out what's coming up downtown!

Garmin Unbound Gravel

June 1

Join us in Emporia for the World’s Premier Gravel Cycling Event!

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Emporia Farmer’s Market

June 5 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

The Emporia Farmer’s Market is the primary outlet for 60+ area farmers, backyard gardeners, and…

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Emporia First Friday Art Walk

June 7 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

See this month’s venues and artists at emporiafirstfriday.com. The Emporia First Friday Art Walk takes place…

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Emporia Farmer’s Market

June 12 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

The Emporia Farmer’s Market is the primary outlet for 60+ area farmers, backyard gardeners, and…

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Emporia Farmer’s Market

June 19 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

The Emporia Farmer’s Market is the primary outlet for 60+ area farmers, backyard gardeners, and…

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Emporia Pride Celebration Presents: Emporia Drag Celebration hosted by Q!!!

June 22 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Kansas Free for Arts/Halfway to Everywhere inc and Emporia Pride Celebration proudly present: EMPORIA DRAG…

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Emporia Farmer’s Market

June 26 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

The Emporia Farmer’s Market is the primary outlet for 60+ area farmers, backyard gardeners, and…

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Hawthorne Heights with I See Stars, Anberlin, Armor For Sleep, Emery and This Wild Life

June 26 @ 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Hawthorne Heights’ eighth studio album, The Rain Just Follows Me, offers some of JT Woodruff’s most…

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