Des Moines Coffee Shops

Des Moines Coffee Shops

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!

5 Borough Bagels

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.

Des Moines, Iowa, Coffee, 5 Borough Bagels

Blue Bean

110 N Ankeny Blvd. Ste. 200, Ankeny

Blue Bean is a modern coffee shop located in Ankeny, Iowa, and is known for its coffee flights. They also offer a membership co-working space.

Cafe Diem

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.

The Coffeesmith

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!

Des Moines, Iowa, Coffee, The Coffeesmith

Coffee Cats

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!

Corazon Coffee Roasters

516 Elm Street, West Des Moines

Corazon Coffee Roasters roast organic, fair-trade coffee beans right here in Des Moines!

DreiBerge Coffee

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.

coffee shops in Des Moines, Iowa including DreiBerge Coffee.

DSM Brew Coffee Co.

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!

Des Moines, Iowa, Coffee, DSM Brew

Freedom Blend Coffee

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.

Des Moines, Iowa, Coffee, Freedom Blend Coffee

Friedrichs Coffee

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!

Grounds for Celebration

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.

Horizon Line Coffee

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.

Java Joes Coffee House

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!

Kava DSM

300 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway

Part coffee shop. Part health food shop. Part natural tea shop. And all in a relaxed, modern tropical environment. The perfect blend of healthy, satisfying treats in trendy downtown Des Moines.

La Barista 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.

Lightbrite Coffee Roasters

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.

Mahalo’s Coffee & Mini Donuts

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.

Mars Cafe

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.

Mars Sidebar

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.

The Morning Grind Coffee

720 Prairie Street, Adel

The Morning Grind Coffee offers hot and cold drinks in addition to delicious breakfast sandwiches and other fun baked items.

Northern Vessel

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.

Porch Light Coffeehouse

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.

Ritual Cafe

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.

Scenic Route Bakery

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.

Slow Down Coffee Co.

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.

Smokey Row Coffee Co.

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.

Des Moines, Iowa, Coffee, Smokey Row

St. Kilda Cafe & Bakery

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.

Sugar Grove Goods

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.

The Traveling Bean Co.

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.

The Traveling Bean Co., Des Moines, Iowa, local coffee, traveling coffee

Twisted Bean Coffee Company

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.

West End Cafe

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.

Zanzibar’s Coffee Adventure

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!

Des Moines, Iowa, Coffee, Zanzibar's Coffee

Des Moines, Iowa, Coffee Shops, Local

Erin Huiatt

Erin is a reliable resource and stepping stone for women and families to find support and make connections within our community. She wants families to feel confident to reach out and ask for help and advice to get pointed in the right direction. She enjoys traveling and exploring with her two children in tow!

2 thoughts on “Des Moines Coffee Shops

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *