DSM Local Favorite Places + Stays 



AC Hotel East Village Des Moines 

Surety Hotel Downtown Des Moines 


White Oak Hillside Oasis | Host Locally Owned By The Grateful Chef Brandy Shayan 


Iris Aisle | Cabins + Tents | Host Locally Owned Photographer By Raelyn Ramey 



Restaurants + Grocery 

India Star | Near Merle Hay Mall

Pho Real Kitchen | Downtown 

Lucky Lotus | Ingersoll Neighborhood 

Zombie Burger | East Village 

Open Sesame | East Village 

Haiku Sushi| Drake Neighborhood 

Gateway Market | Near Downtown/ Ingersoll 

Campbell's Nutrition| Drake Neighborhood

The Grateful Chef | Southside  

Fresko | Downtown

Flavory Bistro | Ankeny *Gluten Free Options* 


Mars Cafe | Ghanaian + Paraguayan Owned  A long time favorite. Rotating artwork is always a gem to view and purchase. Decent amount of natural light, chill vibes, great place to work or study for a while. Very accessible for wheelchair or mobile chairs. Easy parking behind building or on side streets. 

Ritual Cafe | Latinx Owned  The lunch food here is delightful, with vegan and vegetarian options. Delicious smoothies. I always enjoy the colorful atmosphere and easy going vibes. Sometimes the garage door is open for a nice breeze and plenty of light.  Parking usually available on side streets 

Savor The Rise | Located just south of Des Moines in Indianola. This is the place for pastries, like you will not regret, and maybe want to check socials to ensure they have not sold out for the day.  The coffee and food is 10/10 if you’re up for just a short little drive 20-30 minutes from the studio. 




Storyhouse Books 

Spa + Wellness 

East Village Spa 

Fun Things To Do

Des Moines Art  Center 

Botanical Gardens 

Science Center 

Skate Park 

Local City Parks + Trails 

Biking Trails