Things To Do Downtown Des Moines

The East Village

A great area to wander around and shop on a Saturday morning or grab a drink in the evening.  Walkable from anywhere downtown.  Here are a few of our favorites:

Scenic Route Bakery  – Great pastries and coffee

Raygun – The hippest place to get a t-shirt or other essential Des Moines souvenirs

The Republic – Located on the rooftop of the AC Marriott Hotel.  They offer small plates & crafted cocktails as well as great views of the city.

Iowa Tap Room – Beer hall style setting featuring all Iowa beers

The Cheese Bar – Home of Soon-to-be-World-Famous Cast-Iron Mac & Cheese, grilled cheeses to die for, house-made charcuterie, 30 beers, cider and mead on tap, and 18 wines by the glass.


Other Downtown Favorites

St. Kilda’s – Austrailian style café and bakery

Centro – An Urban Italian Eatery

300 MLK – Multiuse building with restaurants on the ground floor and a rooftop bar

Powerlife Yoga– A great place to catch a quick yoga or spin class

Des Moines Art Center – Don’t forget the sculpture park

Jasper Winery – Their vines are behind the house where Matt grew up

Summerset Winery – An estate style winery a short drive out of the city near where Mel grew up

West End Salvage – Made famous on HGTV, their passion is rescuing craftsmanship from the past, also so a great place to grab a cup of coffee and a pastry