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Sometimes, when you're downtown and in need of a bite to eat, the weather can be too darn uncooperative to go outside. It just makes sense to stay on the downtown Des Moines skywalk, which spans more than four miles across the city.

Whether you live and work downtown or you're in town attending a sporting event or show, there are plenty of places in the skywalk where you can find a meal or snack. 

Here's a list of where to find food without leaving the Des Moines skywalk (not including the concessions at Wells Fargo Arena).  

Related: Where to eat in downtown Des Moines

Where to grab a bite in the skywalk:

You can find all of these locations by using the map above. 

The Fort

Iowa Events Center, 730 3rd St., Des Moines; (515) 564-8000

Appetizers, sandwiches, burgers. Full bar.

Hours: Open 90 minutes prior and during most concerts and sporting events.

Starbucks

Iowa Events Center; 730 3rd St., Des Moines; (515) 564-8000

Coffee, beverages, bakery items.

Hours: Open during most concerts and sporting events. Coffee, beverages, bakery items.

Park Street Kitchen

Hilton Des Moines Downtown, 435 Park St., Des Moines; (515) 645-4065; Facebook

Upscale breakfast, lunch and dinner. Full bar.

Hours: Monday through Sunday, 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Fuel'd Cafe

Wellmark YMCA, 501 Grand Ave., Des Moines, first floor; (515) 630-3809; Facebook

Cafe serving fresh, healthy meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Hours: Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Scopri

Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel, 401 Locust St., Des Moines, first floor (sliding glass doors on skywalk); (515) 244-2151; Facebook

Upscale Italian restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Full bar.

Hours: Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m.

The Marketplace

Capital Square, 400 Locust St., Des Moines

Convenience store.

Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Panda Chinese Food

400 Locust St., Suite 235, Des Moines

Regional Chinese food appetizers and entrees for takeout and dine-in.

Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

J J Jasmine Thai Cuisine

Kirkwood Building, 400 Walnut St #2, Des Moines; (515) 288-4247; Facebook

Thai appetizers and entrees for takeout and dine-in.

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.; closed Sundays.

Wasabi Tao

Kirkwood Building, first floor, 400 Walnut St., Des Moines; (515) 777-3636; Facebook

Sushi and Japanese food for lunch and dinner.

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4 to 10 p.m.;  Friday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 11 p.m.; closed Sundays.

Court Avenue Brewing Company

Saddlery Building, first floor, 309 Court Ave., Des Moines; (515) 282-2739; Facebook

Brewpub; open for lunch and dinner.

Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.

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Lzaza Food and Snacks

317 6th Ave., Suite 203, Des Moines; (515) 778-5965; Facebook

Convenience store with Indo-Pak takeout lunch buffet.

Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; closed Saturdays and Sundays.

Potbelly Sandwich Shop

Equitable Building, first floor, 604 Locust St, Des Moines; (515) 957-4903; Facebook

Sandwich shop.

Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; closed Sundays.

La Mie Elevate

Two Ruan Center, 601 Locust St., Des Moines; (515) 243-1835; Facebook

Breakfast and lunch café.

Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; closed Saturdays and Sundays.

La Mie Express

Nationwide/Allied Insurance Building, first floor, 1220 Locust St., Des Moines; (515) 244-3033; Facebook

French bakery and deli open for breakfast and lunch.

Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; closed Saturday and Sunday.

Smokey D's BBQ - Locust

Nationwide/Allied Insurance Building, first floor, 1210 Locust St., Des Moines; (515) 282-4501; Facebook

Barbecue joint open for lunch.

Hours: Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; closed Saturdays and Sundays.

Smokey D’s BBQ - Skywalk

Two Ruan Center, 601 Locust St., Des Moines; (515) 245-3800; Facebook

Barbecue joint serving lunch.

Hours: Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; closed Saturdays and Sundays.

Palmer’s Deli & Market

Kaleidoscope at the Hub, 655 Walnut St., Des Moines; (515) 288-4466; Facebook

Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; closed Saturdays and Sundays. Deli serving sandwiches, soups, salads and lunch.

Walgreens

606 Walnut St, Des Moines, first floor; (515) 283-2591; Facebook

Pharmacy chain with snack, food and beverage items.

Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; closed Sundays.

Timbuktuu Coffee

EMC Building, 700 Walnut St., Des Moines

Coffee kiosk, pastries.

Hours: Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.; closed Saturdays and Sundays.

Wells Fargo Financial Building, 800 Walnut St., Des Moines

Coffee shop serving soups, sandwiches and salads.

Hours: Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Panera Bread

Davis Brown Tower, first floor; 215 10th St., Des Moines; (515) 309-0991; Facebook

Bakery and café chain serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Hours: Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Akebono 515

Davis Brown Tower, first floor, 215 10th St., Des Moines; (515) 244-5972; Facebook

Japanese restaurant serving sushi and sashimi.

Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 5 to 9 p.m.

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Local Bites food court

Partnership Building, basement, 700 Locust St., Des Moines; Facebook

Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Food court serving a variety of food types for breakfast and lunch.

  • The BBQ Joint – Classic barbecue; also open 4 to 6 p.m.; (515) 369-4227; Facebook 
  • Burger Shop – Fast burgers; Facebook
  • China Star – Chinese food; Facebook
  • Local Yocals Farmhouse – Serving Iowa favorites for breakfast and lunch; (515) 369-3276; Facebook 
  • Fernando’s Mexican Grill – Mexican specialties; Facebook
  • Hummus Mediterranean Grill – Mediterranean food; Facebook
  • Michaelangelo’s Pizza and Pasta – Italian/American dishes and pizza; (515) 777-3030; Facebook 
  • Sammies – Salads and sandwiches; Facebook
  • Teriyaki Boys – Stir-fry and teriyaki; Facebook

Chick-fil-A

Partnership Building, 700 Locust St., Des Moines

Chick-fil-A's original chicken sandwich, spicy chicken sandwich, waffle fry chips and bottled drinks

Hours: Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; closed Saturdays and Sundays.

Scooter’s Coffee

Partnership Building, 700 Locust St., #300, Des Moines; (515) 244-3641; Facebook

Coffee, beverages, pastries, sandwiches.

Hours: Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Saturdays and Sundays.

Bruegger’s Bagels

Kaleidoscope at the Hub, 655 Walnut St., Suite 236, Des Moines; (515) 282-8075; Facebook

Bagels, sandwiches, pastries, soups for breakfast and lunch.

Hours: Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.; closed Saturdays and Sundays.

Basil Prosperi

Principal Building, 801 Grand Ave., Des Moines; (515) 244-2070; Facebook

Pizza, pasta, soups, salads.

Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; closed Saturdays and Sundays.

Main Street Café

Principal Building, 801 Grand Ave., Des Moines; (515) 282-2796

Widely-varied menu for breakfast and lunch.

Hours: Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; closed Saturdays and Sundays.

801 Chophouse

Principal Building, first floor; 801 Grand Ave., Des Moines; (515) 288-6000; Facebook

Steaks, seafood, wine, cocktails.

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 4 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 5 to 9 p.m.

Mash + Marrow

Des Moines Marriott Downtown, first floor, 700 Grand Ave.; Des Moines; (515) 245-5500

Upscale seasonal dishes, apps, cocktails, wine.

Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Friday, 2 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.

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Rock River Tavern

Des Moines Marriott Downtown, first floor, 700 Grand Ave.; Des Moines; (515) 245-5500

Casual breakfast buffet and lunch menu.

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 6:30 to 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday, 6:30 to 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to noon; Sunday, 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hyatt Place Des Moines/Downtown

418 6th Ave., Des Moines; (515) 282-5555; Facebook

Coffee, cocktails, continental breakfast, bar food menu.

Hours: Daily, 6 a.m. to midnight

Jimmy John's

Nationwide/Allied Insurance Building, first floor, 1230 Locust St., Des Moines; (515) 243-7827; Facebook

Fast sandwich shop.

Hours: Open daily, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Your restaurant not on this list? Contact Katie Akin is a retail reporter for the Register. Reach her at kakin@registermedia.com or at 515-284-8041. Follow her on Twitter at @katie_akin.

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