These downtown Des Moines coffee shops and breakfast cafes will get your day started right – Des Moines Register

Need a coffee fix? Downtown Des Moines is full of coffee shops and cafes, ready to meet your morning caffeine and breakfast needs.
We even stretched our boundaries to Sherman Hill for good measure. 
It helps to wake up early to purchase the light and fluffy donuts at ChuChu, which are  so popular they can sell out before closing. All made fresh daily, traditional choices join cake flavors including devil’s food, blueberry and red velvet, plus a menu featuring croissant donut bites, Bismarcks, maple bacon Long Johns, bear claws, cinnamon rolls, coffee and tea to help kick start your day.
Location: 580 S.W. Ninth St., Suite 116, Des Moines
Hours: 5.30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday
Contact: (515) 243-2534;; Facebook
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Evolve Juicery and Kitchen, a regional chain, specializes in healthy food options friendly to those with dietary restrictions and food allergies. Enjoy breakfast dishes, soups, salads, snacks, smoothies, lunch and dinner entrees, and desserts. Grab-and-go options also are available.
Location: 218 Sixth Ave., Unit 102, Des Moines
Hours: 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday- Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday
Contact: (515) 400-2660;; Facebook
Sherman Hill’s Gateway Market is not just a gourmet grocery. Its cafe has become a great place to catch a meal with friends or to work alone while sipping on coffee. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, it offers egg dishes, noodle bowls, cranberry-walnut salads, baked goods and desserts. Don’t forget about the deli sandwiches.
Location: 2002 Woodland Ave., Des Moines
Hours: 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Sunday.
Contact: (515) 243-1754;; Facebook
A coffee bar and roastery staffed by an informed and welcoming staff, Horizon Line sources high-quality, ethical, and traceable coffees, with many unique to the region. The daily roster of pastries has included ginger lime and matcha chocolate scones, plus local home baker Mark Nickel creates sconut holes —donut holes made from scone batter — and cakes on the weekends.
Location: 1417 Walnut St., B, Des Moines
Hours: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday
Contact:; Facebook
In the heart of downtown, Java Joe’s roasts its coffee beans on site, and encourages visitors to sit a while and enjoy the homey, vintage interior. Popular for breakfast, and vegetarian and gluten-free menu options, the coffee house also offers cold and grilled sandwiches and premium ice cream.
Location: 214 Fourth St., Des Moines
Hours: 6:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 6:30 a.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday; 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday
Contact: (515) 288-5282;; Facebook
There’s always a crowd at this popular location of Palmer’s just off the skywalk in the Kaleidoscope building. At Palmer’s it’s all about the numbers. There are 18 sandwiches to choose from, 20 market salads, up to 10 soups, seven signature salads and 18 kinds of cookies, brownies and bars. And that doesn’t include create-your-own sandwiches and salads.
Location: Kaleidoscope At the Hub, 655 Walnut St., Des Moines
Hours: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday
Contact: (515) 288-4466;; Facebook
Enjoy an approachable menu that’s full of locally sourced dishes paying homage to Iowa’s favorite foods with a touch of elevation. Park Street at the Hilton Des Moines Downtown gives diners options for all-day dining , beginning with breakfast at 6 a.m. The adjacent bar features bites and a full menu, plus craft beer from Iowa’s Exile and Peace Tree brewing companies.
Location: 435 Park St., Des Moines
Hours: 6 a.m.-10 p.m. daily
Contact: (515) 241-1456;; Facebook
One of the only truly vegetarian restaurants in Des Moines, this eatery serves up coffee and coffee drinks as well as breakfast, lunch and an early dinner. Start your day off with the “oatmeal with the works” — organic oats topped with hemp nut granola, craisins, hemp nuts and then drizzled with salted caramel syrup. Or try a vegan sweet and spicy sandwich for lunch: chickpeas in curry sauce with massaman curry spread and mango-chili jam served on marbled rye bread.
Location: 1301 Locust St., Suite D, Des Moines
Hours: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday
Contact: (515) 288-4872;; Facebook
Des Moines’ first-ever Australian-style cafe, this elegantly modern spot serves everything from egg dishes, coffee and freshly-baked pastries to light and healthy dishes for lunch. Plus, there are artisanal coffee choices, smoothies and a full bar pouring brunch cocktail favorites. 
Location: 300 S.W. Fifth St., Des Moines
Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily
Contact: (515) 369-7854;; Facebook
Located in an enviable position on the west bank of the Des Moines River, the Riverwalk Hub tempts you with its views and then with focaccia pizza, freshly made sandwiches, salads and charcuterie plates for two. Pastries and desserts are created daily by the local Doré Bakery.
Location: 208 Court Ave., Des Moines
Hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.
Contact: (515) 330-1517;; Facebook
There’s always a fast-moving crowd at this caffeine emporium in the triangular building on the corner of a busy intersection in Sherman Hill. The hardwood floors and diner-like feel of the space pair perfectly with its full line of coffee drinks and teas. The food menu provides lots of choices like breakfast items, baked goods, salads and sandwiches. Try Smokey Row’s signature soup: cheeseburger chowder with ground beef and shredded potatoes.
Location: 1910 Cottage Grove Ave., Des Moines
Hours: 6 a.m.-9 p.m. daily
Contact: (515) 244-2611;; Facebook