Cafes in Des Moines


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  • Grounds for Celebration
    When George Rivera-Davis first tasted coffee from beans grown on his uncle’s farm in Panama, he was amazed—it tasted nothing like the brown liquid he’d been taught to call coffee in Des Moines. Inspired by the delicious brew, he ventured into the coffee business. Now, George and his wife, Jan—herself a certified tea blender—grow their own coffee in Panama with the aid of their family, bringing gourmet brews to Des Moines through their award-winning coffee shop and café, Grounds for Celebration. Grounds for Celebration’s coffee connoisseurs roast beans onsite before brewing fresh cups of java, blending espresso creations, and flavoring lattes with Monin syrup and Ghirardelli chocolate. Thirsty patrons can also opt for yerba mate, chai, and smoothies, or venture into Jan’s area of expertise and gulp tea in varieties that range from gunpowder green to ginger peach. While sipping from steaming mugs, patrons can also munch croissants and cinnamon rolls baked fresh each day. At midday, they fortify themselves for afternoon paperclip jousts with lunch sandwiches, salads, and wraps. Some take their time to savor natural, from-scratch gelato while sitting amid the café’s local art and connecting devices to free WiFi.
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    2709 Beaver Ave
    Des Moines, IA US
  • Mars Cafe
    Located in Des Moines, Mars Cafe is a popular restaurant that features delicious coffee and good tea. An unforgettable dining experience set in a trendy ambience. It's a favorite spot for visitors that want outstanding food. If you're trying to plan your week, most people can agree that Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays are the best evenings to visit. Also, you'll definitely want to take advantage of its outdoor seating when the Great Plains weather is suitable. It should be noted that casual attire is encouraged and even though the prices may be low, be sure to remember that it's cash-only. If you're in the mood for tunes, it's a great option for live music. If you're searching for the perfect spot for a family gathering, it's been reviewed as a great local option for big groups and families with kids. WiFi is available if you want to get some work done, and in addition to its convenient take-out menu, the restaurant even provides catering for events around town. Specializing in both breakfast and lunch, a trip to Mars Cafe is definitely worthwhile. The restaurant is easily reachable by public transit, and visitors who drive have access to a private lot nearby (or can park on the street).
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    2318 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA US
  • Ritual Cafe
    For the best pick-me-up in town, grab a cup of java at Ritual Cafe. Low-fat alternatives are not available, however, so make sure your waistband has some wiggle room. Enjoy a drink with your dinner — Ritual Cafe has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more. Parents, bring your kids along to Ritual Cafe, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience. Wifi access is totally free at Ritual Cafe, perfect for catching up on the news, hopping on social media, or even working. The dress code is strictly casual at Ritual Cafe, so come as you are (and as you are comfortable). If you're strapped for time, take out food from Ritual Cafe. It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from Ritual Cafe. Ritual Cafe's diners can score a street parking spot just a short walk away. Thrifty eaters will also love Ritual Cafe's prices, which are generally below $15. Ritual Cafe has three square meals a day on the menu, so swing by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
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    1301 Locust St
    Des Moines, IA US
  • Palazzo's Apparel
    Palazzo's in Des Moines is one of the better-priced restaurants in the area, offering a delicious menu that won't empty the wallet. Whether you are stopping in for the great quality, friendly service, or both, you'll always leave this restaurant satisfied. Thanks to its outdoor seating, the restaurant is a fantastic option when the Midwest weather is nice. There's no particular required attire, so feel free to dress comfortably. Also, though the prices are considered to be lower than average, you aren't going to sacrifice any quality. In fact, you should be able to enjoy a good meal for $11 or $12, and can probably get in and out for $8 if you try. If you're in a hurry, you can call ahead and take advantage of the convenient take-out offerings. When you add it all up, Palazzo's Apparel is definitely a good call. Don't worry about trying to find a spot on the street, as visitors to the restaurant do have access to a private parking lot nearby.
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    3304 E University Ave
    Des Moines, IA US
  • Zanzibar's Coffee Adventure
    For the perfect jolt of caffeine, look no further than Zanzibar's Coffee Adventure. It's easy to find fare you love at Zanzibar's Coffee Adventure, though fat levels are anything but low. Patio tables and chairs are ready for Zanzibar's Coffee Adventure diners who prefer their meals al fresco. Great place to bring the whole family with great food and a business casual dress code. Zanzibar's Coffee Adventure will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours. Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy Zanzibar's Coffee Adventure's cooking from the comfort of their own home. Drivers will embrace the number of street and lot parking choices close to Zanzibar's Coffee Adventure. With prices below $15 per person, you can eat at Zanzibar's Coffee Adventure as often as you like! The breakfast dishes at the coffee shop really bring the crowds in, though lunch and dinner are also served.
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    2723 Ingersoll Ave
    Des Moines, IA US
  • Waveland Cafe
    Serving a range of tasty food and drink, Waveland Cafe in Des Moines will have you thinking about seconds (or thirds). Waveland Cafe does not prepare their menu with low-fat items, though, so those following a strict diet may have better luck elsewhere. Little guys and gals will also love dining at Waveland Cafe, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu). Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead. Bring the Waveland Cafe's great food to your place. Diners that drive to dinner will find street parking readily available at Waveland Cafe's University Ave address. Waveland Cafe offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists. You'll find your bill at Waveland Cafe to be more than reasonable, with most meals costing less than $15. The breakfast dishes at the restaurant really bring the crowds in, though lunch and dinner are also served.
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    4708 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA US

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