In December I published my list of Des Moines Essentials—all of my favorite places to eat, drink, shop and explore in Iowa’s capital city. As promised, I’m expanding upon that collection with a little more detail and some recommendations from the places I love.
Since it’s typically -10 degrees here these days, what better to start with than my favorite Des Moines coffee shops and cafés. These cozy haunts are the perfect place to grab breakfast with a friend or settle in with a latte and a good book:
La Mie (Shops At Roosevelt, 841 42nd Street)
For the most delicious French pastries you’ve ever seen this side of the Mississippi, you’ll want to stop by La Mie. Fair warning: if you’re planning on visiting for Saturday brunch, they get busy quick. Get there early.
My favorites: Fromage omelet, ham & cheese croissant or grilled brie sandwich
Mars Cafe (2318 University Avenue)
Mars was my first coffee shop love in Des Moines and it’s yet to be dethroned. While I no longer live in the Drake neighborhood, I still try to make it back to Mars for some quality time in my favorite window booth every once and awhile.
My favorites: the Sputnik, Mar’s signature latteContinue Reading…