Mars Cafe

Coffee Shop, Tea Room, Café
2318 University Ave (btwn 23rd & 24th St.)
Des Moines, IA 50311
(515) 369-6277
6:30am - 10:00pm
6:30am - 10:00pm
6:30am - 10:00pm
6:30am - 10:00pm
6:30am - 10:00pm
7:30am - 10:00pm
7:30am - 8:00pm



  • Great place for meetings!
  • Say hello to @hworthy while you're here. She's the one in the corner wearing the Mayor crown.
  • Nice place for studying any day of the week. Good mix of random beers too.
  • Voted "best first date spot" among other awards, so...bring someone special!
  • Check out Mars: PBR in a bottle, quality humus, and the Caprese panini.
  • I always see friends, creative types, professionals, and meet new people every single time I come here. Pull up your computer, use the WiFi and take breaks talkin to those around you in this cool caf
  • Best all-around spot for coffee Mars Cafe is a hub of cultural activity in Drakes Dogtown neighborhood. Besides great coffee, they have beer and occasional live music.
  • Challenge your friends to Connect 4 or Risk while you sip a hot or cold drink -- or grab a sandwich, bakery item or piece of fruit to go.
  • You can't not love this place. I've been coming here since I was a freshman and the food and service never disappoints.
  • If you are looking for a hot drink try Sputnik or for an Iced coffee try the Coconut Almond Mocha...... delicious!
  • The corner booth by the window is the best. Hands down
  • It gets cold in here with all the traffic in and out - be sure to dress warmly!
  • Nutella and banana = Awesome
  • Blueberry Vanilla Soda is a must-have!
  • Had been treated very kind for my 1st time here. I purchased a Cosmo it's a light tasting Carmel latte very delicious
  • Get the expresso shake add flavoring syrup, yummy and filling :-)
  • Here for lunch? Try the Turkey Pesto Panini.
  • Try the Millstream soda or beer. Iowa made and delicious.
  • Turkey pesto panini--you won't regret it.
  • Come here for coffee.

Nearby places

2002 Woodland Ave (at MLK Pkwy)
1910 Cottage Grove Ave (at 19th St)
1111 25th St (btwn University & Drake Park)