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Our Favorite Things to Do in Des Moines

One thing about us at Trixies Salon & Spa is that we LOVE our Des Moines community. There are so many amazing, locally-owned businesses — some of which have been around for decades. 

Here are some of our favorite spots to check out: 

For Cocktails

You won’t find better locally-owned bars than in Des Moines. These spots make you feel like you’re on an episode of Cheers, where everyone knows your name. 

They have the BEST Bloody Mary’s in town. 

This is our favorite Southside watering hole.

You absolutely have to try their Whiskey Sour.  

Seriously, everyone loves Carl’s Place!

For Shopping 

We love the variety of shopping options that can be found in Des Moines. There’s truly a spot for everything! 

The cutest little place with the cutest clothes. 

This modern mystical shop is the perfect spot for a unique find. 

Located in Valley Junction, this boutique is size inclusive and an absolute must stop for curvy girls. 

We love this one-of-a-kind shop for all our jewelry needs. 

Candles, incense, wax melts and so much more! 

For Coffee 

For the coffee shop enthusiast, these aren’t just places to grab a quick caffeine fix but a sanctuary where passion for coffee, community, and culture converge. You can find our favorite coffee havens in Des Moines here:

Great coffee, great food, great people. 

Slow down for a cup of joe and connection. 

Try their specialty raspberry mocha! 

For Breakfast

There is truly nothing better than a home-cooked breakfast. These are our favorite Des Moines establishments that make you feel like you’re getting just that: 

A true Des Moines staple — maybe you’ll even spot Jason Momoa! 

You’ve got to try their homemade pop tarts … soooo good. 

For a little more upscale breakfast, St. Kilda has it all. 

Not only is their breakfast top-notch, but the vibes are immaculate. 

For Lunch 

From tacos to deli sandwiches, there are so many great options for a quick lunch when you’re in Des Moines. Here are some must-visits: 

By far the best tacos you’ll find in town.

So many options for a satisfying lunch. 

Their deli sandwiches and wraps are to die for. 

Make sure to check out their appetizers — from dumplings to edamame. 

For Dinner

You won’t find better locally-owned restaurants than the ones in Des Moines! Try one of these legendary locations: 

A decades-long Des Moines staple serving up classic Italian and American cuisine. 

A cozy atmosphere with yummy pasta dishes. 

Old-fashioned, family-oriented red-sauce Italian parlor with a full bar — and a bocce ball court. 

The perfect spot if you’re looking for a classic Mediterranean dish .

For Ice Cream 

One thing that makes Des Moines so special is its many local ice cream shops. They each offer nostalgia AND tasty ice cream. 

The most unique ice cream flavors you’ll ever find. An old-fashioned drink in ice cream form, anyone? 

You’ve got to try this Des Moines gem! 

A fabulous, locally-owned ice cream tradition. 

The name says it all … this place serves up the most fantastic frozen custard. 

For Kid Friendly Activities 

There’s no shortage of fun things you can do with your kiddos around the area, but here are some of our favorites! 

This monster-themed arcade and pizza joint is both fun and tasty! 

Hot dogs, Cracker Jacks, baseball … could anything be better? 

A museum full of hands-on activities for all ages. 

Strap up some ice skates and have fun in downtown Des Moines with the family. 

The perfect spot for a bit of old-school skating.


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