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The Wedding Website of Max Cavett and Annelise Tarnowski
Des Moines has been such a fun place to fall in love and build our life together. We hope that you get the chance to enjoy some of our favorite things while you're here! Below are our suggestions, but if you'd like even more ideas, check out https://www.catchdesmoines.com/things-to-do/itineraries/
Food: The Library

Food: The Library

3506 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311

The Library has a big place in our hearts. It was a frequent spot in college and it's down the street from our old apartment (and now down the street from our house). If you know us, you've heard us talk about how often we go to The Library. We've celebrated, watched elections, mourned, watched the Olympics and played quarters at The Library. It's the place where everyone knows our names (or at least faces). Max is always trying something new on the menu. Annelise recommends the reuben and a Two Hearted.

Activity: Des Moines' Downtown Farmers’ Market

Activity: Des Moines' Downtown Farmers’ Market

300 Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309

Every Saturday morning, thousands of people flock to Court Ave for the produce, music, and people-watching. Lots of things to see, smell, and eat. Lots of dogs to pet.

Beer and Food: Lua Brewing

Beer and Food: Lua Brewing

1525 High Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

Outside, inside, daytime, nighttime. You can't go wrong at Lua. Fantastic beer, gourmet brewery food. Max recommends the smush burger and Annelise loves the avocado toast.

Food: Lucky Lotus

Food: Lucky Lotus

2721 Ingersoll Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312

Since they opened a few years ago, we've ordered out from Lucky Lotus a few times a month (at least). It's delicious whether you eat in or take it to go. Max loves the soups especially and Annelise always gets a Bing Bing Wrap and a thai tea.

Beer: Peace Tree Brewing

Beer: Peace Tree Brewing

317 East Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309

Right across from the venue (and Max's job), Peace Tree is a frequent date location. Annelise also hosts many game nights and puzzle competitions here with The Rook Room. Annelise recommends the Blonde Fatale (but beware that ABV!) and Max recommends the East Village IPA.

Activity: Pappajohn Sculpture Park

Activity: Pappajohn Sculpture Park

1330 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309

A Des Moines staple. It's right downtown and it's a nice little stroll. Check out the Olafur Eliasson rainbow ring and take a picture inside Nomad.

Food: Lucca

Food: Lucca

420 East Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

This is a great lunch spot with great pasta. They make it fresh daily. Wonderful dinner prix-fixe as well. Max always gets either the al-forno or amatriciana. Annelise says to get extra bread!

Cocktails: Bartender's Handshake

Cocktails: Bartender's Handshake

3615 Ingersoll Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312

We have had a lot of fun nights (and afternoons...) out here both in cozy booths and taking up most of the space out back. Max recommends the Old Fashioned No. 6. Annelise thinks you can't go wrong by asking for the "We'll Take It From Here" and asking for gin, herbs, and citrus. Every one of the snacks are also incredible. Kids in the know call the place B-Tenders H-Shake.

Breakfast: La Mie Bakery

Breakfast: La Mie Bakery

841 42nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50312

Breakfast classics, pastries as far as the eye can see. Get there early if you have a favorite you're looking for! Max loves the chocolate brioche and Annelise loves the spinach croissant.

Coffee: The Slow Down

Coffee: The Slow Down

3613 6th Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50313

We love The Slow Down. Great staff, great community-building, great clubs, great coffee. Annelise also hosts a lot of events at The Slow Down with The Rook Room. It's all good! Stop by the Hiland Bakery first for a donut, too. Then walk through Highland Park and check out Des Moines Mercantile, The Collective and Divine Times Vintage.

Barcade: Up-Down DSM

Barcade: Up-Down DSM

500 East Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

The OG Up Down. Beer. Pizza. Arcade Games. Pinball. Giant Jenga. 90s nostalgia. It's got it all. Annelise loves Marble Madness. Max thinks that game is really dumb. We also love making friends at the Killer Queen cabinets.

Activity: Greenwood Park

Activity: Greenwood Park

4500 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312

Right behind the Art Center (a fun and free activity as well!). Great place for a hike (but watch for trail riders). We wore our full packs over to Greenwood to prep for a backpacking trip on the SHT. Apparently a good place for bird watching, too. Max recommends a walk through the Rose Garden. Annelise recommends a hike on the the Roller Coaster trail.

Food: Aposto

Food: Aposto

644 18th Street, Des Moines, IA 50314

One of our earliest fanciest dates was here. We had a gift card and couldn't afford a full meal for each of us so we split each course. They were so kind to us and we've had many really special dates here since then. We both recommend the osso bucco and save room for at least two desserts.

Activity: Des Moines Art Center

Activity: Des Moines Art Center

4700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312

Always fun, always free. A beautiful building with world-class art of all kinds. Grab some food at Tangerine while you're there, too!

Bar: the LiFT

Bar: the LiFT

222 4th Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

Couches, local art and martinis. Three of our favorite things. This was one of the first bars we frequented downtown when we turned 21 (and definitely NEVER before that). Head over for a nightcap! Max loves a dirty martini and Annelise loves the Cucumber Number.

Bar: Ernie's Boondock

Bar: Ernie's Boondock

440 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309

A fun afternoon stop in the East Village. Try to come when the food truck is there. We recommend the Coffee Drink. Head up to Bellhop up the hill for a tiki drink while you're there.