13 Hot Breakfast Spots in Des Moines

13 Hot Breakfast Spots in Des Moines

13 Hot Breakfast Spots in Des Moines, Iowa

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and one of our family’s favorite meals of the day. No matter where we are, we love to search for the best breakfast places. That is no different for Des Moines, Iowa. For the past several years Des Moines has been booming with great places to grab breakfast. Whether you are looking for the best bloody mary, breakfast burrito, poached egg, hash browns, breakfast sandwiches, there is no shortage of great breakfast spots in Des Moines. Here is our list of the best places to grab breakfast or brunch in central Iowa.


1312 Locust Street Des Moines, Iowa; 515-283-1312

If you ask locals Americana may be considered the very best breakfast restaurant because of their bottomless mimosa and bloody mary’s. Their ‘Bombshell Brunch’ will leave you full and satisfied with all their amazing choices. A breakfast bucket list must!

The Breakfast Club

212 East 3rd Street Des Moines, Iowa; 515-280-5251

The Breakfast Club is newer to Des Moines and located in downtown Des Moines, near the East Village. This is a hot brunch spot! They serve up fun, crafted cocktails, breakfast corndogs, banana foster french toast and so much more. Great food and fun vibes!

Drake Diner

1111 25th St, Des Moines, Iowa; 515 – 277-1111

The Drake Diner is perfect if you are wanting some classic items such as omelets or buttermilk biscuits and gravy. Located in the Drake Neighborhood, the Drake Diner has been around for a while and is a great place to grab the first meal of the day.

Early Bird

9250 University Ave., Ste 107, West Des Moines, Iowa; 515-528-2212

I first fell in love with Early Bird when I traveled to Omaha, Nebraska and now I can enjoy this best breakfast spot any time. With a slogan like “not your everyday brunch, every day” you need to check it out! They now have a location in West Des Moines. Menu items include Pecan Pie Pancakes, Crab Cake Benny, fun cocktails, and more. Another great stop in the Des Moines area.

Eggs & Jam

1907 EP True Pkwy Suite 102, West Des Moines, Iowa; 515- 528-2248

If you love the 90’s and hip hop, Eggs & Jam is the place to go. All of their dishes are named after 90’s hits such as ‘The Roots’ veggie omelet or the ‘I Just Crush A Lot’ mimosa flight. A fun place for the whole family. Introduce them to some of your favorite music from back in the day.


909 Locust Street Suite 103, Des Moines, Iowa; 515-630-7009

Fresko is known for its seasonal menus made from locally sourced ingredients. Everything is fresh, unique, and oh, so good! Tasty skillets, french toasts such as the Pretzel Croissant, and even a lavender mimosa! They offer a special menu just for kids. Perfect for the whole family to enjoy.

Kava DSM

300 W. Martin Luther King Jr. PKWY Des Moines, Iowa; 515 – 661 -2755

Kava DSM is an oasis in the middle of downtown Des Moines. When you walk in you will forget you are in the state of Iowa! Filled with greenery they take pride in being a part coffee shop, part health food shop, and part tea shop. They offer beautiful smoothie bowls, paleo waffles, coffee drinks, and so much more.

La Mie Bakery

841 42nd Street, Des Moines, Iowa; 515- 255 – 1625

Part coffee shop, part breakfast, and lunch spot! If you love baked goods you will love this place. When you walk in you will find tables filled with freshly baked goods such as croissants, rolls, and bread. They also offer french toast, a salmon tartine, and several other breakfast platters.


1300 SE 1st St. Des Moines, Iowa; 515-244-1443

Great food, a large outdoor fun area along the Des Moines River with great views of downtown. If you are looking for a hearty breakfast this is the place to be! Some of my favorites include the smoked salmon cream cheese omelet, the new avocado flight, and breakfast meatloaf.

Mulberry Street Tavern

206 6th Ave. Des Moines, Iowa; 515 – 985-2066

Mulberry Street Tavern is located in the hip and trendy The Surety Hotel in downtown Des Moines, just near the Court Avenue area. They offer brunch ONE day a week, Saturday, so this is one place you need to plan for. They offer classics such as an egg sandwich elevated with jalapeno aioli or something fancier like the skirt steak and eggs.

Perkup Cafe

2700 University Ave, West Des Moines, Iowa; 515 – 270-1466

The Perkup Cafe is a classic diner full of amazing, home-cooked-style meals. Breakfast is served all day and the menu includes combo plates and items such as strawberry stuffed french toast which is my breakfast food of choice! *drool*

St. Kilda

Downtown Des Moines 300 SW 5th St, Des Moines, Iowa; 515 – 369-7854

Historic Valley Junction – 333 5th St, West Des Moines, Iowa; 515 – 705-2030

St. Kilda offers two different locations. One in downtown Des Moines and one in Valley Junction. No matter which one you choose to visit you will not be disappointed. Granola bowls, Spanish eggs, fried chicken & crumpets, so many things to choose from!

Waveland Cafe

4708 University Ave, Des Moines, Iowa; 515-279-4341

The Waveland Cafe, the BEST hashbrowns in the galaxy! All the classics. All the hashbrown. You do not want to miss visiting this hole-in-the-wall breakfast spot. Even Aquaman himself has made a visit.

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Erin Huiatt

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