Iowa City


Our Bookshop Neighbors

The Book Shop
608 S Dubuque St
Iowa City, IA 52240
(319) 631-1184
Buy * Sell * Trade * Adopt * Search For * Find * New and Used Books
Our good friend Will Ingles has oodles of books in almost every subject area imaginable. We're especially fond of his science fiction section, his cats and his sense of humour.
 
15 S. Dubuque Street
Iowa City, IA 52240
(319) 337-2681
New Books * Events
The premiere store for new books in Iowa City, Prairie Lights was recently named in a top ten list of bookstores in the United States.

Our Northside Neighbors


Crafts, art, curiosities and gifts

Artifacts
331 Market St.
Iowa City, IA 52240
(319) 358-9617
We never know what we'll find when we walk into our favorite downtown antiques/clothes/furniture/nifty stuff shop, but we always find something, and we find the owner helpful and awesome. Might be dangerous to be just down the street now....

Decorum & Modela
Modela features jewelry, home decor, and original art from local artists as well as international designers. Thomas Paul accessories, art and craft books, Lauren Ramirez jewelry, Allyson Bone jewelry, Melissa Arp jewelry, Claudia McGehee prints, Poketo shirts and wallets, Buddha Bowls, recycled glassware, and Tom Langdon coffee tables are a few of the artisans represented. - See more at: http://downtowniowacity.com/pages/directory/modela.php#sthash.KIegnQ7t.dpuf
Modela features jewelry, home decor, and original art from local artists as well as international designers. Thomas Paul accessories, art and craft books, Lauren Ramirez jewelry, Allyson Bone jewelry, Melissa Arp jewelry, Claudia McGehee prints, Poketo shirts and wallets, Buddha Bowls, recycled glassware, and Tom Langdon coffee tables are a few of the artisans represented. - See more at: http://downtowniowacity.com/pages/directory/modela.php#sthash.KIegnQ7t.dpuf
323 E Market St, Iowa City, IA 52245
(319) 354-2183
Jewelry, home decor and original art from local artists as well as international designers. Thomas Paul accessories, art and craft books, Lauren Ramirez jewelry, Allyson Bone jewelry, Melissa Arp jewelry, Claudia McGehee prints, Poketo shirts and wallets, Buddha Bowls, recycled glassware, and Tom Langdon coffee tables are a few of the artisans represented.

Home Ec Workshop

207 N. Linn Street 
Iowa City, IA 52245

(319) 337-4775
Iowa and Iowa City's natural fiber fabric, yarn and craft supply shop with an espresso, tea and Italian soda bar featuring delicious cookies and other homemade baked goods, irresistible yarn, colorful modern and vintage-inspired fabric, new and vintage buttons, thread, knitting and sewing patterns, books, magazines, knitting needles, crochet hooks, sewing notions, trims, spinning and felting fibers and edible treats. Home Ec features a workshop space for sewing projects and a community "living room" where people can spend time together, show their work, chat, drink coffee, eat a cookie, and knit, crochet, spin or stitch in good company.

rsvp
140 N. Linn St.
Iowa City, IA 52245
(319) 337-4400
Open Mon-Sat 10am-5:30pm
Sun 12pm-4pm
Our favourite purveyors of pretty paper provide invitations, stationery, greeting cards and gifts, and the owner always seems to know exactly what would fit each occasion.

Food and drink

Bluebird Diner
330 E. Market St.
Iowa City, IA 52245
(319) 351-1470
Open 7am-9pm Daily (except Sunday, closes at 8pm)
From their website: "We are committed to cooking, serving and pouring food and beverage that is delicious, homemade (whenever possible) and fairly priced."From my tummy:"Yum."

Devotay
117 N. Linn St.
Iowa City, IA 52245
(319) 354-1001
Sun-Thu 4pm-9pm; Fri-Sat 11am-10pm; Happy Hour 4-6 Every Day
Devotay features traditional (and not-so-traditional) Tapas, Pintxos, Paellas, and Special Entrees from the myriad cuisines of the Iberian peninsula, as well as other influences from all over the world.  Enjoy a quick bite or share a big variety - there is no more convivial way to dine.

El Banditos
327 E. Market St.
Iowa City, IA 52245

(319) 358-2836
Mon-Fri 11am-10pm; Sat-Sun 9am-10pm
Hand-rolled tacos, fresh guacamole, enchiladas, burritos and more; brunch 9am-2pm on weekends! All the dishes are handmade from family recipes and experience, and ingredients are locally sourced.

George's Buffet
312 E. Market St.
Iowa City, IA 52245

(319) 351-9614
The clientele aren't drinking PBR because it's hip; they're drinking it because they've been parked on those barstools since about 11:00 this morning and there's no punk kid gonna kick them off until someone plays Hank Williams on the jukebox. Don't ask if they have any microbrews. Oh, and there is no buffet. Just cheeseburgers. The cheeseburgers are perfect.

Hamburg Inn
214 N. Linn St.
Iowa City, IA 52245
(319) 337-5512
Daily 6am-11pm
An Iowa City landmark, the Hamburg Inn No. 2 is a unique American diner serving a full menu of breakfast, lunch and dinner favorites made fresh daily. A regular stop for visiting politicians. NOTE: Temporarily closed due to a fire, but coming back better than ever, soon!

High Ground Cafe
301 E. Market St.
Iowa City, IA 52245
(319) 338-5382
Summer hours - Daily 7am-9pm
(Open until 11pm Friday for live music)
Outstanding coffee, tea, pastries. A gathering place and a community space, as a coffee shop should be.

John's Grocery
401 E. Market St.
Iowa City, IA 52245
(319) 337-2183
Mon-Thu 7:30am-midnight; Fri-Sat 7:30am-2:00am; Sun 9am-midnight
John's Grocery is a marriage of the traditional corner grocery store and epicurean oasis. The beer, wine, and breweriana selection is the best in town (including a selection of kosher wine) and features expert guidance from Wally "The Wine Guy" Plahutnik, the wine room manager. John's Grocery also has a new gluten-free bakery.

Linn Street Cafe
121 N. Linn St.
Iowa City, IA 52245
(319) 337-7370
Locally sourced, seasonal fine dining including the highest quality sustainable seafood, innovative cocktails, and an award-winning selection of wines.

160 N. Linn St.
Iowa City, IA 52240
(319) 688-9177
Open M-F 11:30am-9:30pm
Sat 5pm-9:30pm Sun 9:30am-2pm
The menu changes from season to season to reflect produce and meat that is produced locally and ethically. The new location has an ambience defined by recycled decor chosen with terrific taste and by the obviously happy people being served at the tables.

Oasis Falafel
206 N. Linn St.
Iowa City, IA 52240
(319) 358-7342
Open 11am-9pm daily
Freshly made with Iowa-produced soybean oil, the falafel at this unique restaurant gets much-deserved rave reviews from every epicure we know. Falafel aside, the Israeli menu at Oasis is the Real Thing.

Pagliai's Pizza
302 E. Bloomington St.
Iowa City, IA 52245
(319) 351-5073
Daily 4pm-11pm
An Iowa City institution. Great pizza. Nuff said.

Necessities

Friday's Barber Shop
217 N. Gilbert St.
Iowa City, IA 52245
(319) 338-5538
No appointments: open Tue-Fri 8am-5pm; Sat 8am-noon; closed Sunday and Monday
Haircuts, shaves, mustache and beard trimming for over 45 years.


Russ' Northside Service
305 N. Gilbert St.
Iowa City, IA 52245
(319) 351-1909
Mon-Fri 7:30am-6:30pm; Sat 7:30am-4:00pm; Sun closed
A
uto maintenance and repairs, including oil changes, tune-ups, transmission service, diagnosis of warning lights and more. In addition to auto care, Russ' offers gasoline at competitive prices.

Laundromania
316 E. Bloomington St.
Iowa City, IA 52245
(319) 337-7368
Open daily, 24 hours

Central State Bank
202 N. Linn St.
Iowa City, IA 52245
(319) 625-2181
Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Serving Iowa since 1931.



Other recommended Iowa City businesses

2127 Muscatine Ave
Iowa City, IA 52240
(319) 341-3612
Fabric * Tailoring * Handmade Cloth Goods
The owner has a truly remarkable gift for design and does great alteration work, too.

Cat Clinic of Iowa City
Dr. Brian Hayes (Fellow, Academy of Feline Medicine)
1705 1st Avenue Mini Mall
Iowa City, IA 52240
(319) 351-2252
Dr. Hayes saved Logan's life, working hard and with obvious expertise to help him recover. We can't recommend him highly enough. - And Nierme prefers him because he has an ear thermometer.

Events in the Iowa City area

1103 Third Street SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
(319) 364-1580
Check the list of performers who have appeared at CSPS in the last 15 years - then imagine a beautifully restored space in Cedar Rapids' Czech Village - next imagine a warm Iowa welcome - and you'll understand why we're devoted fans.

This link will take you to the master calendar of events at the University.

A local, non-profit, volunteer theatre company.

221 East Washington St.
Iowa City, IA 52240
(319) 688-2653
The recently restored Englert Theater is one of Iowa City's edgiest and most popular performance places.
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