Coffee is pretty much a necessity if you are a parent. Not only do I love coffee, but I love the atmosphere when entering a local coffee shop. I love to take in all the uniqueness that coffee shops have to offer. It is a great place to hang out, drink some yummy (caffeinated) beverages, enjoy snacks, and even play games with the kids. Take a look at this list of local Des Moines Coffee Shops. I still have a bunch to check out!
13435 University Avenue, Clive
The title may not give it away, but 5 Borough Bagels has some unique and delicious lattes such as a Cookie Butter Latte or Peppermint Zebra Latte. One of our favorite spots to stop and grab a New York Style bagel and coffee.
229 Main Street, Ames
2005 S Ankeny Blvd Ste 700, Ankeny
Cafe Diem offers two main locations and two locations on the DMACC Ankeny Campus grounds. I love the laid back vibe.
770 Alice’s Road, Waukee
We just made a visit to The Coffeesmith. They offer traditional espressos, coffee, and espresso specialties including a Peanut Butter Cup Mocha (yum!) This is the place to visit if you have a little future coffee enthusiast. They have the “Little Smitty” menu which includes a Babyccino, Not-S0-Hot Chocolate, and Iced Chocolate. All three include sprinkles. Win!
312 5th St, West Des Moines, IA 50265
Love coffee? Love cats? This is the place for you! Grab a delicious cup of coffee and a sweet treat from the cafe and snuggle some adoptable ARL cats all at once. The perfect place to make a new friend!
516 Elm Street, West Des Moines
Corazon Coffee Roasters roast organic, fair-trade coffee beans right here in Des Moines!
111 E Grand Avenue, Suite 109, Des Moines
The moment you walk into DreiBerge Coffee you get an overwhelming calmness. I love the simplicity and the feeling of community of their coffee shop. Their menu is simple and they offer delicious coffee. Bonus! They have a small kids area with blocks, puzzles, and coloring for kids to play while you enjoy your cup of joe.
300 W Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, Suite 140, Des Moines
This is a fun place to visit and one of my favorite things to order is the Nitro Coffee. Nitro coffee is cold brewed and then infused with nitrogen gas. It is served straight from a tap and is delish!
2329 Hickman Road, Des Moines
Freedom Blend Coffee is much more than just coffee drinks. They are an enterprise of Freedom for Youth Ministries. They teach job skills such as marketing, customer services, management and more. They also offer some lunch options.
801 Grand Ave Suite 310, Des Moines
4632 86th Street, Urbandale
1821 2nd Street Unit 101, West Des Moines
4126 University Avenue, Des Moines
699 Walnut Street, Des Moines
Friedrichs Coffee is located in several places around Des Moines. This is one of my favorite places to sit and work. They offer many roasts you can take home in bulk and tea!
2709 Beaver Avenue, Des Moines
6601 University Avenue, Windsor Heights
5950 University Avenue, Located at the Iowa Clinic Cafe, West Des Moines
They offer much more than just delicious coffee. One of my favorite spots for lunch which includes sandwiches, salads, and more.
1417 Walnut Street, Suite B, Des Moines
Located in downtown Des Moines, this place is worth the stop! Not sure what to try? Check out their Coffee Flight option.
214 4th Street, Des Moines
4944 Douglas Avenue, Des Moines
Java Joes Coffee House is located in two different locations. The original location, downtown offers live music and events, tasty food, a fun small theater space for kids, and coffee of course. The Douglas location offers food and coffee!
1963 Grand Avenue, West Des Moines
La Barista Coffee has been around since 1995 and offers a convenient drive-thru, a full menu of coffee drinks, homemade pastries, and breakfast items. They are famous for their ham & cheese quiche and breakfast burritos using Graziano’s sausage.
1895 SE Grimes Blvd. Suite 105, Grimes
Lightbrite Coffee Roasters is located right off highway 141 in Grimes. They offer delicious coffee and roast their own beans.
4800 Mills Civic Parkway, # 105, West Des Moines
Who doesn’t love coffee and donuts?! Mahalo’s offers several delicious donuts to indulge in while you sip on your coffee.
2318 University Avenue, Des Moines
One of my favorites in Des Moines. Located in the Drake neighborhood, this is a popular hang out for college students who are studying. They offer delicious coffee drinks, breakfast options, panini’s, desserts, smoothies, and even wine & beer.
400 Locust Street, Suite #130, Des Moines
If you are walking through the East Village and need a quick pick me up, the locally owned Mars Cafe has a sidebar available! They offer their coffee drinks and pour-overs at this location.
720 Prairie Street, Adel
The Morning Grind Coffee offers hot and cold drinks in addition to delicious breakfast sandwiches and other fun baked items.
Coffee delivered to you!
This concept is every parents dream come true. Delicious coffee delivered straight to your doorstep. Their Oat Milk Cold Brew is to die for! They just recently began a a subscription service similar to the ‘milk man’ where you pay weekly or bi-weekly and they deliver glass jars filled of coffee.
417 SW 3rd Street, Ankeny
Porch Light Coffeehouse is located in the newly developed Uptown Ankeny. They offer coffee drinks and other hot drinks such as the Mexican Spiced Hot Chocolate. They also offer Coffee Rings, code for delicious mini donuts, along with sandwiches and salads.
1301 Locust Street, Suite D, Des Moines
Ritual Cafe is known for its vegetarian menu, all the time. They also serve amazing coffee and coffee drinks. They are located in Western Gateway Park in Downtown Des Moines. The perfect place to stop after visiting the Central Library or walking through Pappajohn Sculpture Park.
350 East Locust Street, Suite 104, Des Moines
One of my favorites and located in the East Village. They offer amazing coffee, pastries, lunch items in a super cute coffee shop.
3613 6th Ave, Des Moines, IA 50313
Located in the Highland Park area, you will not want to miss this sweet gem. Delicious coffee and community.
1910 Cottage Grove Avenue, Des Moines
1530 SW Vintage Parkway, Ankeny
This is a favorite of the entire family! We enjoy grabbing coffee, lunch, and dinner at Smokey Row. They offer some yummy pies and ice cream as well.
300 SW 5th, Des Moines
St. Kilda is a full-service Australian-style café & bakery serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Their menu is amazing and if you are looking for a truly unique coffee beverage check out the Australian Iced Coffee.
1404 Walnut Street, Dallas Center
This is a new one located in Dallas Center, Iowa, and definitely worth the drive. They offer delicious coffee (hello, Lavender Lattes) and Dunkers by Matt donuts. Sugar Grove Goods has been making goat milk soap, bath bombs, and solid lotion for years and will be offering these products within their shop.
Timbuktuu Coffee Bar
4825 EP True Parkway, West Des Moines
Timbuktuu offers yummy coffee, smoothies, pastry and more.
Just as their company name describes, The Traveling Bean Co. is a traveling van serving up coffee all over the Des Moines, Iowa area. Keep tabs on their Facebook page to check their locations.
6155 SE 14th Street, Des Moines
4504 Merle Hay Road, Urbandale
I just came across the Twisted Bean Coffee Company a few weeks ago and fell in love with their coffee and tasty pastries. Each location’s menu is a bit different but the Urbandale location offers breakfast and lunch sandwiches, smoothies and more.
22 9th Street, Des Moines
The West End Cafe is located in the West End Architectural Salvage. They are a large cafe that offers free wif-fi in addition to a complete coffee bar with hot and cold espresso drinks, Italian sodas, and smoothies.
2723 Ingersoll Avenue, Des Moines
Zanzibar’s is a fun adventure and I love their unique coffee shop. They offer breakfast, snacks, espresso beverages, and more. I have enjoyed Cafe Zanzibar!