Valentine’s Day Date Nights: Des Moines | Midwest Living

Valentine’s Day Date Nights: Des Moines

A French restaurant, a free art museum and a classic musical are just three ways to celebrate Valentine's Day in Des Moines. Check out our picks below for Valentine's dates at three price points.


Eatery A ( The open kitchen turns out wood-fired pizzas and Mediterranean food like Moroccan carrots and fattoush. Inventive cocktails enhance a casually upscale experience. While you’re in the neighborhood, walk to Crème Cupcake and Dessert for after-dinner sweets.

Des Moines Arts Center ( The 5,000-piece collection includes works by Georgia O’Keeffe, Edward Hopper and Henri Matisse. Stroll through more than 80,000 square feet of art for free.


Centro ( Treat your date to upscale Italian fare such as seared sea scallops or pizza with aged Gorgonzola and toasted pecans.

Noce ( Head to Noce, Des Moines’ jazz and cabaret club, for a Valentine's night of Sinatra, performed by crooner Max Wellman. What says romance more than the music of Ol’ Blue Eyes? Tickets to the show cost $30.


Django ( The French know romance. They also know food. Django has all the perks of a fancy French restaurant, like a great wine list, bouillabaisse, and crepes, without stuffiness or attitude. Warm lighting and cozy booths make this a great date spot.

Des Moines Civic Center ( Celebrate with the classic The Sound of Music, playing at the civic center February 7-12 (AKA Valentine’s Day weekend). Tickets are $40 to $133.

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