Des Moines Trip Guide | Midwest Living

Des Moines Trip Guide

Des Moines, Iowa's capital city, gives artists, athletes and foodies alike plenty to love.


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Where to eat

801 Chophouse Savor USDA-prime steaks and great wine on the second floor of the city’s tallest building. See reviews and ratings. (515) 288-6000;

Alba A 1950s Art Moderne exterior gives way to an elegant wood and glass interior. It’s a bit noisy on weekends, but good wine, an interesting menu and solid service work magic. Seasonal salads, chorizo fries, and lava cake with sea salt and buttermilk ice cream all score. See reviews and ratings. (515) 244-0261;

Bistro Montage Just west of downtown, a chef-owned spot delivers classic French cuisine via a knowledgeable waitstaff. See reviews and ratings. (515) 557-1924;

Centro Crowds come in for contemporary Italian. If you want room for steak, pasta, panini or thin-crust pizza, beware the basket of addictive fresh focaccia. (515) 248-1780;

Django If French restaurants make you nervous, quell your fear at this pleasantly unfroufrou brasserie. The menu offers cozy plates (mac and cheese) and foodie delights (raw oyster bar), and you can even BYOWine. See reviews and ratings. (515) 288-0268;

Hagar’s Manhattan Deli Call ahead for your great, no-frills deli sandwich, or go after the lunch rush. Cash or check only. See reviews and ratings. (515) 274-1208;

Miyabi 9 In downtown’s hip East Village, Miyabi Yamamoto rolls some of the city’s best sushi. See reviews and ratings. (515) 288-8885;

Palmer’s Deli and Market  Parking is tough here at lunchtime, and for good reason: fresh-made sandwiches, soups, salads and jumbo cookies. (515) 274-4004;

Sbrocco You’ll love the inventive American cuisine and a super-stocked wine bar in downtown’s Court Avenue district. (515) 282-3663;

Tursi’s Latin King A family-owned favorite, it has served Italian fare for more than 60 years on the East Side. Try the toasted ravioli. (515) 266-4466;

Where to stay

Ramada Tropics Resort and Conference Center The remodeled property just off Interstate-80 has an indoor water park with five big water slides. From $99, including water park passes. (515) 278-0271;

Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel The historical hotel connects to attractions via the downtown skywalk system. From $129. See reviews and ratings. (515) 244-2151;

For information: Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau (800) 451-2625;


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