Ames’ historic downtown core has become a must-visit destination that seemingly has it all, and thanks to Ames Main Street – an affiliate of Main Street Iowa & Main Street America – the district is only growing more vibrant.
If you’re hungry, you’re in luck. Downtown Ames has plenty of delicious dining spots, including The Great Plains Sauce & Dough Co. (a favorite local pizza joint), Bar La Tosca, Downtown Deli and Cafe Diem, which has been voted the No. 1 coffeehouse in Story County for the past 15 years.
Thirsty? Head to Little Woods Herbs & Teas for hand-blended artisan beverages, or grab coffee at Morning Bell Coffee Roasters, a roastery and tasting room with fresh-roasted coffees, pour-over service, nitro cold brew and espresso bar options. For drinks with a little more of a kick, visit one of downtown Ames’ watering holes like London Underground, Whiskey River, Della Viti and DG’s Tap House.
Whether you’re looking for a gift or something special for yourself, there are dozens of shops to choose from. There’s Dashing Boutique that’s filled with jewelry, accessories and gifts, while stores like Duck Worth Wearing and The Pumpkin Patch cater to kids with books, toys and clothing. For both at-home and professional chefs, go to Cooks’ Emporium, and if you’re searching for a unique gift, look no further than Worldly Goods for a selection of items from more than 50 countries.