Cedar Rapids  Tourism Office
Cedar Rapids  Tourism Office

The reinvented local culinary scene is so flavorful that it is worthy of an itinerary of its own. For foodies looking to sample our local cuisine, here is a weekend food-themed itinerary that hits all the hottest spots.

Breakfast & Coffee

Breakfast at Brewhemia for artisan coffee of every variety, pastries, amazing quiche and the best breakfast burrito you’ve ever had. This is one of Cedar Rapids’ most popular breakfast placesParlor City has a killer bloody mary bar and outdoor seating area across the street. If you need a coffee fix, check out our blog post on ALL the best places around town.

Foodie Finds

Spend the morning exploring the shops, restaurants and museums within the Czech Village New Bohemia Main Street District. From vintage records to skateboards, plant shops to clothing boutiques, there is a lot to explore. We recommend a stop at Raygun for some Cedar Rapids (and cereal - we make A LOT of cereal in Cedar Rapids) themed gear. Don't miss Cedar Rapids’ best gathering place, NewBo City Market. This small business incubator is filled with some of the most diverse food offerings in the city, along with some great retail shops. Inside the market grab some BBQ from Midnight Smoker, coffee at Roasters NewBo and so much more. Stretch your legs and explore the entire neighborhood. 


Work up an appetite – then try one of the 2021 Iowa’s Best Burger finalists – The Map Room in downtown. If pork tenderloins are more your speed, check out The Blind Pig, a finalist in Iowa’s 2020 Best Breaded Tenderloin contest. A few other casual lunch options include Local Pour Streetfood, Parlor City Pub & Eatery and Delhicacy.

Break for Downtown Arts & Culture

Head to downtown Cedar Rapids and check out the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, housing the largest Grant Wood (think American Gothic) collection in the world! Love public art? Check out our blog on where to find a few photogenic spots. 


Cobble Hill, an upscale, fine dining restaurant and bar with an urban feel, is brought to you by James Beard nominated chef Andy Schumacher. The menu is built around local ingredients are in season and thus changes often. At Bari Italian, you'll enjoy a seasonal menu with a contemporary Italian flare complemented by wonderful drinks and exceptional wine list. Black Sheep Social Club is an excellent choice if you're seeking a steak, pork or rack of lamb. Consider the Crunch Town Fish Nuggets, made with locally produced Capn' Crunch.  


Local Breweries - Just a few blocks from each other, you’ll find the three-time Great American Beer Festival gold medal winning brewery, Lion Bridge Brewing Company AND silver medalist Iowa Brewing Company. Both breweries have fantastic beer gardens and outdoor patios. Did you know, the area has EIGHT breweries?! Take a self-guided local brew tour

Nightlife - Pull up a chair at one of our local establishments and enjoy everything from a craft beer to cocktails created from one of the area’s award-winning mixologists. Find inspiration here.

Sundays are Made for Brunch

Is it even a weekend without a brunch outing? In the Cedar Rapids area we have a few stellar recommendations for this beloved meal! The Morning Story, in Marion, serves up a delicious brunch every day. Don't sleep on this one! Sunday brunch at Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery offers a delicious buffet, craft cocktails and amazing views.

Start planning your getaway today! Request a copy of our visitors guide and explore all of the fun things to do here.

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