Mars Cafe is a locally-owned and operated artisan coffee shop near Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.  We serve coffee, espresso, tea, wine, beer, locally baked goods, fresh sandwiches and paninis, and delicious desserts.  We are open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

We exclusively sell Kickapoo Coffee, a Fair Trade artisan roaster located in Wisconsin.

We love coffee, food, beer, wine, music and art.
We love Des Moines and the Drake Bulldogs.
And we love our customers.

Mars supports local non-profit organizations.  You can download a donation request form here.


Our Hours:
Monday – Friday – 6:30am – 8:00pm*
Saturday & Sunday – 7:30am – 8:00pm*
*Summer hours, will return to 8pm close during school year.


Want to get in touch? Click here to contact us.

Want to work at Mars? Learn about employment opportunities here.

Want to visit Mars? Contact NASA or check out this handy map.