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 has 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 location and two location on the DMACC Ankeny Campus grounds. I love the laid back vibe.
900 Mulberry Street, Des Moines
Capes Kafe is located in the Des Moines Social Club and makes milkshakes, smoothies, teas, and Italian Sodas. They have fun drinks and have hundreds of comic books to read. A fun place for any comic book lover.
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 include a Babyccino, Not-S0-Hot Chocolate, and Iced Chocolate. All three include sprinkles. Win!
516 Elm Street, West Des Moines
Corazon Coffee Roasters roast organic, fair trade coffee beans right here in Des Moines!
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 then 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 then 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.
117 5th Street, West Des Moines
If you are walking and shopping around in Historical Valley Junction, make sure you stop here for a pick me up. They offer a complete menu of coffee drinks, ice cream, pastries, breakfast and lunch sandwiches.
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 musics 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, full menu of coffee drinks, homemade pastries and breakfast items. They are famous for their ham & cheese quiche and breakfast burritos using Grazianos sausage.
4800 Mills Civic Parkway, #105 , West Des Moines
Who doesn’t love coffee and dounts?! Mahalo’s offers several of delicious donuts to indulge on 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 event 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.
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 their 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 vising 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.
1910 Cottage Grove Avenue, Des Moines
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.
Timbuktuu Coffee Bar
4825 EP True Parkway, West Des Moines
Timbuktuu offers yummy coffee, smoothies, pastry and more.
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 the Cafe Zanzibar!