Mars Cafe

Mars Cafe

Coffee Shop, Tea Room, and Café$$$$
Des Moines
  • (KSMA) Kapatiran Suntukan Martial Arts
    "I love the Sputnik!"(4 Tips)
    Adam L.
    "The Cosmonaut w/ 2 splenda and some ice is friggin amazing!"(2 Tips)
    Kevin R.
    "Pourover coffee in v60 or chemex!"(3 Tips)
    Elisabeth L.
    "The posters for the Pour Over Show are incredible."(4 Tips)
102 Tips and reviews
  • coffee
  • sputnik
  • espresso drinks
  • tea
  • paninis
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  • Mic B.
    Mic BergerFebruary 3
    Such a cute and quirky atmosphere to get work done. If you like to be productive in a fun environment I recommend getting a cup of joe at Mars. They also have great music!
  • Tara S.
    Tara St.JohnOctober 14, 2016
    Consistently good coffee. Two different baristas with similar outcomes. Also has some good local beer. Chill atmosphere. Best in the area for coffee that I have found.
  • Kevin R.
    Kevin RutanApril 3, 2016
    Pourover coffee in v60 or chemex!
  • Rachel V.
    Rachel VanniceMarch 2, 2016
    Seriously solid espresso drinks, chai's a bit sweet for my tastes, but a great, well-lit work spot w/ lots o' outlets
  • Estepha F.
    Estepha FrancisqueDecember 28, 2015
    Maybe the best place by Drake. Huge place, lots of energy, but super authentic with good service and food
  • Anthony G.
    Anthony GomezNovember 11, 2015
    Great coffee & tea. Staff could've been a bit more knowledgeable about their products but barista was friendly. Lots of students, lots of laptops but a chill spot to get some work done or hang out.
  • Mariah M.
    Mariah MarconiOctober 21, 2015
    Decent coffee. Excellent place to meet or study.
  • Eric M.
    Eric MohlisJuly 19, 2015
    Nice vibe to sit and work or meet up with friends. Definitely a great local place.
  • Michelle K.
    Michelle KofmanFebruary 14, 2015
    Tea, coffee, people, steel cut oats!
  • Megan P.
    Megan P.October 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Mars Cafe is my favorite DSM shop for high-quality, espresso-based drinks. Convenient location off the interstate for a quick cup.
  • Ismail M.
    Ismail MAugust 3, 2014
    Unfortunately the Mocha is not all that great. Very light coffee and chocolate taste - more like flavored milk.
  • CeeJay L.
    CeeJay LouisFebruary 8, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Talk to the staff; they're pretty cool, just like you. :)
  • Mia R.
    Mia RushSeptember 12, 2013
    The Strawberry Mango Smoothie is a perfect choice especially for a first time visit.
  • Michelle
    MichelleSeptember 6, 2013
    I come 3 times a year, I'm from Chicago and absolutely love this place!!! Great atmosphere, great ppl, and more importantly the coffee is out if this world!! The ppl that work here are very friendly!!
  • samantha o.
    samantha oleaSeptember 6, 2013
    If you are looking for a hot drink try Sputnik or for an Iced coffee try the Coconut Almond Mocha...... delicious! Read more
  • Scott G.
    Scott GoldblattJuly 24, 2013
    Yep. The V60 is worth the extra buck. Don't worry first timers, the current 4sq special covers it. Won't disappoint.
  • Jarek B.
    Jarek BakkenMay 17, 2013
    Great coffee, kind employees, and very nice atmosphere. This is my first and definitely not last time coming here.
  • Justin W.
    Justin WiseMay 13, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
  • Oliver H.
    Oliver HousmanApril 1, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    They have moved to using Square for transactions. Make sure you have a debit or credit card to order.
  • Shawn C.
    Shawn CWDecember 31, 2012
    Okay...stopped here cuz off what everyone said about this place... I wish I could say this was a good cappuccino..but not only was it a latte... all milk..IT WAS THE WORST ever
  • Mars Cafe
    Mars CafeOctober 3, 2012
    use other Mars Cafe venue for check-in
  • Annelise T.
    Annelise TarnowskiSeptember 23, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the Blackberry Mocha while you still can!
  • Morgan C.
    Morgan CannataSeptember 7, 2012
    I am a freshman, but now it's closed! No fair
  • Mike V.
    Mike VajdaJune 24, 2012
    Had been treated very kind for my 1st time here. I purchased a Cosmo it's a light tasting Carmel latte very delicious
  • Hallie F.
    Hallie FroboseJune 7, 2012
    These guys are AWESOME delicious everything
  • ben c.
    ben coxMay 5, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Coors tallboys.
  • DrakeDeals
    DrakeDealsApril 24, 2012
    Student Deal: Sun-Mon 6pm- 10pm get 2 for 1 coffee, tea or espresso w/ student I.D.
  • Rachel C.
    Rachel CutlerApril 21, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Get the expresso shake add flavoring syrup, yummy and filling :-)
  • Laura H.
    Laura HassebrockApril 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Check in on Friday to get a good deal on coffee and espresso.
  • Emily L.
    Emily LeeMarch 30, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Here for lunch? Try the Turkey Pesto Panini.
  • (KSMA) Kapatiran Suntukan Martial Arts
    (KSMA) Kapatiran Suntukan Martial ArtsMarch 28, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    I love the Sputnik!
  • Juice Magazine
    Juice MagazineFebruary 29, 2012
    Brunch means delicious French toast and eggs at this casual brunch spot. Read more
  • TJ M.
    TJ MitchellFebruary 29, 2012
    Everything is great here from the tarts, to the paninis, to the hot chocolate with cream leaf designs. Ignore Starbucks for an always great experience.
  • Rae F.
    Rae FehringJanuary 31, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Best chocolate chip cookies in Des Moines!
  • Brandon H.
    Brandon HarkenJanuary 26, 2012
    La panini... C'est incredible!!!
  • Kelsey J.
    Kelsey JonesDecember 26, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Friday nights are usually not as crowded. Great date place or fun area to people watch a read a book. Never a dull moment of unfriendly barista at this coffee house!
  • Vinay B.
    Vinay BhatDecember 19, 2011
    The Moonwalker is delicious!
  • Vinay B.
    Vinay BhatDecember 18, 2011
    Get the Mudslide Mocha!
  • Aaron S.
    Aaron SDecember 16, 2011
    The "Moonwalker" is delicious.
  • Jon M.
    Jon McDonaldNovember 14, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Look beyond the Starbucks on campus for an original coffee experience. A great atmosphere and varied menu make this the "must" of near-campus businesses.
  • Hilary H.
    Hilary HenakNovember 13, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Millstream soda or beer. Iowa made and delicious.
  • Nicole S.
    Nicole ScilingoNovember 13, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Turkey pesto panini--you won't regret it.
  • Andrew P.
    Andrew PetersNovember 10, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    You can generally get any of the cold sandwiches prepared hot. A perfect way to stay warm.
  • Drew V.
    Drew Van Woert 🍺November 5, 2011
    This is a happenin Foursquare spot, everyone that comes here has Foursquare!
  • Juice Magazine
    Juice MagazineOctober 25, 2011
    Best all-around spot for coffee Mars Cafe is a hub of cultural activity in Drake’s Dogtown neighborhood. Besides great coffee, they have beer and occasional live music. Read more
  • Monica D.
    Monica DavidsSeptember 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The Apollo (white chocolate mocha) is probably the best I have ever had.
  • Drew V.
    Drew Van Woert 🍺August 28, 2011
    Happy hour 4-6pm every day, $2 beer and $5 wine. Interesting mix of beer too. Leinenkugels, Grain Belt, Pabst, Millstream among others.
  • Adam H.
    Adam HansenAugust 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Come here for coffee.
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WayAugust 19, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Get the sputnik
  • Drake University
    Drake UniversityAugust 16, 2011
    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.
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