Mars Cafe

Mars Cafe

Coffee Shop, Tea Room, and Café$$$$
Des Moines
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  • (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)
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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
    Verisimilitude.
  • 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. http://dmreg.co/weNg9z 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 http://dmreg.com/acPvhR 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.
  • Evan[Bu]
    Evan[Bu]July 20, 2011
    Get the Bacon & Egg Panini! It's literally from outer-space (yes, it's that good)! Throw some cheddar cheese on that panini for added deliciousness! Also, the coffee is worth mentioning, it's good.
  • Sara L.
    Sara LaueJune 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try their Chemex for Two. Also, all of the coffe is from Intelligentsia so you know you are getting the best coffee in town.
  • Christina S.
    Christina SibouihMarch 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Free panini for dethroning the mayor... One turkey pesto please! Sorry Amadeo!
  • CASSIE S.
    CASSIE SEMERADMarch 8, 2011
    Solarz sandwich = awesome! Best espresso in town!
  • Christina S.
    Christina SibouihMarch 8, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Mmmm.... Sputnik
  • Megan B.
    Megan BannisterMarch 6, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    The corner booth by the window is the best. Hands down
  • Justin B.
    Justin BradyFebruary 23, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Ask for the lucky Chai. It's not on the menu but they will make it for you. (it's chai w/ Irish Crème)
  • Mars Cafe
    Mars CafeFebruary 21, 2011
    Try weekend brunch every Saturday and Sunday 9-1: French Toast w/La Mie Bakery's sweet Challah and poached egg breakfast sandwiches on fresh ciabatta.
  • Mars Cafe
    Mars CafeFebruary 21, 2011
    Study Table every Sunday and Monday 6 to 10pm: 2 for 1 coffee, tea or espresso drink w/any student ID.
  • Elisabeth L.
    Elisabeth LewinFebruary 16, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    The posters for the Pour Over Show are incredible. Come check 'em out.
  • John B.
    John BeyerDecember 15, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    It gets cold in here with all the traffic in and out - be sure to dress warmly!
  • Erik U.
    Erik UllestadDecember 14, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Lost my Chemex virginity today. It's so smooth. I like the new coffee roast from Guatamala as well. Nicely done!
  • Zachary B.
    Zachary Bales-HenryDecember 6, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Best coffee shop in Des Moines.
  • Becca M.
    Becca MataloniNovember 20, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the pumpkin chai! Perfect fall drink.
  • Norah C.
    Norah CarrollNovember 8, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Say hello to @hworthy while you're here. She's the one in the corner wearing the Mayor crown.
  • Jami K.
    Jami KleinOctober 24, 2010
    Great cafe. Whenever I'm back in town to visit my family, I always make sure to save a moment to relax with a book here.
  • Jason S.
    Jason SigalOctober 16, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The wifi is free, but is password protected... It also changes periodically. Find the most up to date one on the display of cash register at the counter.
  • Holly W.
    Holly W.October 13, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Try one of the best lattes around, with lovely latte art to boot!
  • Kyle S.
    Kyle SchafrothSeptember 28, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    If you like chai tea, give the chocolate chai a chance, its phenominal iced or hot!
  • Phil J.
    Phil JamesSeptember 7, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Great place for meetings!
  • Colin
    ColinSeptember 6, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Take home a bag of the Mars Blend beans. Your Mr. Coffee will be glad you did.
  • Tyler M.
    Tyler MenzAugust 23, 2010
    Skim milk latte with suger-free dark chocolate syrup. Rediculously good, with out the guilty side effects.
  • Brendan
    BrendanAugust 14, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Nutella and banana = Awesome
  • Nathan W.
    Nathan WrightAugust 13, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The Space Egg sandwich is a delicious start to your day!
  • Craig P.
    Craig PetersenAugust 10, 2010
    Try the Spicy Italian. Great stuff.
  • Sarah
    SarahAugust 9, 2010
    Relaxing atmosphere with plenty of space to do coursework.
  • Holly S.
    Holly ShkolnickAugust 7, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    You can't not love this place. I've been coming here since I was a freshman and the food and service never disappoints.
  • Brendan
    BrendanAugust 2, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Mars coffee is perfect for the rainy commute.
  • Adam L.
    Adam LessJuly 17, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Nothing better than a Kaluaha Iced Coffee to go!
  • Adam L.
    Adam LessJuly 16, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The Cosmonaut w/ 2 splenda and some ice is friggin amazing!
  • Zac A.
    Zac AhmannJuly 16, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    I'm brand new to town and this place is a must for coffee! I will definitely go back for $1 iced coffee! Love it!
  • Nicole W.
    Nicole WatsonJuly 10, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Blueberry Vanilla Soda is a must-have!
  • Clint H.
    Clint HarveyJuly 7, 2010
    The iced chai tea is delicious.
  • Kelsey J.
    Kelsey JonesJune 26, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Get ready for an awesome all around experience! Great food and chocolate chai is uniquely wonderful
  • Jonathan M.
    Jonathan MarcusJune 26, 2010
    Buy a Mars coffee mug and get a FREE cup of coffee! Great place!
  • Brad H.
    Brad HarrisJune 25, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Bacon Turkey Panini and enjoy a refreshing Sparkling Grapefruit Izze. The sweet and tangy if the two make for a wonderful experience.
  • Adam P.
    Adam PirilloJune 12, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Ever since Hal has been working with the food menu it is a must eat brunch on Saturday and Sundays!
  • Macy K.
    Macy K.June 10, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Voted "best first date spot" among other awards, so...bring someone special!
  • Brian W.
    Brian WaneMay 7, 2010
    Paninis are disappointing
  • Christine S.
    Christine StinemanMarch 25, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Come to #Twestivaldsm @marscafe 7 pm today, help @Concern build a school. #twestival Read more
  • John H.
    John HernandezMarch 23, 2010
    Take your pick: mine is the Cosmonaut! Read more
  • PantanJimdjembelibiblionheart HeavenlyBeefbaton B.
    training out back, SporTea inside
  • Kristine
    KristineMarch 11, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Get an ice cream sundae to go with your latte. The nice baristas will even bring it to your table for you.
  • diane
    dianeFebruary 4, 2010
    Order the nutella panini. That is all.
  • Autumn R.
    Autumn RupkeyJanuary 15, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Check out Mars: PBR in a bottle, quality humus, and the Caprese panini.
  • Jason W.
    Jason WalsmithJanuary 14, 2010
    I can't resist the Cuban when I'm here near the lunch hour.
  • Rachel W.
    Rachel WJanuary 11, 2010
    Breve is indeed breathtaking.
  • Paul S.
    Paul StewartJanuary 6, 2010
    Best cappuccino in Des Moines! Read more
  • Phil J.
    Phil JamesJanuary 6, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    I dig Mars Cafe.
  • Amedeo R.
    Amedeo RossiJanuary 6, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    A 750ml bottle of San Pelegrino Sparkling Water is $2.50 plus tax. Its an excellent value and a great follow up to a cup of coffee when you are working.
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