New Places to Check Out in Des Moines


new des moines2021 is in full swing and with it comes new businesses to the Des Moines metro. Many new places to grab a bite to eat or drink have popped up along with new shops and activities to check out. 

New Places in Des Moines

Kinship Brewing – Waukee

Located off the Raccoon River Valley Trail in Waukee, this brand new brewery offers craft beers and food from local food trucks. It’s kid-friendly with bright murals and a vast taproom. There is even a dog park and once the weather warms up a dog-friendly patio.

Love Blooms Mural

Checking out the plethora of murals around town is a great winter activity. World-class art from the comfort of your car! New to the scene is the Love Blooms, on the side of the RoCA building on Court Avenue. The mural by local artist Jenna Brownlee, is a vibrant piece celebrating love and diversity.

Franka Pizzeria

You can never have too much pizza, right? Don’t miss Franka Pizzeria, Neapolitan style pizza with small bites and colorful salads to boot. With brunch on the weekends and easy online ordering, it’s easy to try out this new East Village eatery.

Buff City Soap – Waukee, Johnston, Ankeny

With three new locations in the metro area, Buff City Soap has made a splash with in-house made products to clean just about everything in your life. And bonus, all their products are free of harsh ingredients and full of nourishing plant-based goodies 

Ghost Restaurants

What’s a ghost restaurant? Basically, it’s a food service establishment that offers take-out only with many being available via delivery services. A few to check-out- George’s Burger Joint, Dumpling House DSM, Just Pancakes, Cucina Fantasma

Surety Hotel

A perfect option for a little staycation or just an afternoon exploring the cozy corners of this newly opened boutique hotel. The inviting lobby is perfect for lounging while enjoying a coffee or wine.

Revival House DSM

Ready for a fun date night? Tropical vibes and expertly crafted tiki drinks await you at Revival House. Order some snacks from adjoining Blue Sushi Sake Grill and imagine yourself somewhere sunny!

Steak ‘n Shake – West Des Moines

A favorite chain of our neighboring states has opened a Des Moines location. Diner-style smash burgers and handmade shakes are the go-to items at the newly opened drive-thru spot. 

Monarca Paletas – West Des Moines

Perhaps the most Instagramable ice cream in the metro. Customize your own paleta (ice cream popsicle) with endless combos of flavors, dips, and toppings for an almost too pretty to eat treat.

What are your favorite places that are new in Des Moines?


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