Iowa City Places

TripWhat's travel guide to Iowa City; our list of the best things to see, including Oasis Falafel, Atlas World Grill and Riverside Theatre.
  • The best place in Iowa City: Oasis Falafel

    Oasis Falafel

    206 N Linn St
    Open Daily 11am-9pm. Popular local mediterranean food. Serving falafel, hummus, babba ganoush, tabbouleh.
  • Atlas World Grill

    Atlas World Grill

    127 Iowa Ave
    lunch 11-5, dinner 5-10. Classy place. Great wine and cuisine.
  • Riverside Theatre

    Riverside Theatre

    213 N. Gilbert St
    Iowa City's resident professional theatre presents both classic and contemporary theatre. Most popular are Shakespeare plays, which are performed each summer at City Park's Shakespeare Theater.
    restaurants nearby
  • Landlocked Film Festival

    Landlocked Film Festival

    downtown Iowa City
    last weekend in August. free. An independent film festival with film screenings, panels, and filmmaking workshops taking place at three downtown venues.
    food nearby
  • Motley Cow Cafe

    Motley Cow Cafe

    160 N Linn St
    Constantly changing menu featuring many dishes made with local meat and produce.
  • Mill Restaurant

    Mill Restaurant

    120 E Burlington St
    Both a restaurant and a venue for live music, The Mill is home to performances by local and regional musicians. Every Monday is open mic night. Almost all shows 19+.
  • Linn Street Cafe

    Linn Street Cafe

    121 N Linn St
    lunch M-F 11-2, dinner M-Sa 5-?. Fine dining.
  • Sand in the City

    Iowa Ave
    Weekend in late August. Free. A new sand sculpture competition in which teams work with professional sand sculptors and architects to create large sand sculptures. Live music and activities for children.
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  • Iowa City Pride

    City Park and downtown Iowa City
    Gay pride parade, run, and festival.
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  • Iowa Arts Festival

    downtown Iowa City
    First weekend in June. Popular three-day community celebration of local and regional artists, including open admission to downtown's art galleries, live music, local food vendors, and other activities.
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  • Iowa Artisans Gallery Walks

    downtown Iowa City
    Three times yearly (March, May, and October), F 5-8. free. 20 downtown galleries showcase the works of local and regional artists.
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  • Gabe's Oasis

    330 E Washington St
    Iowa City's most popular music venue offers performances by local, regional, and national bands and musicians. Some all ages shows but mostly 19+.
    restaurants nearby
  • Prairie Lights Book Store

    15 S Dubuque St
    This large bookstore downtown frequently appears on "Top 10 Bookstores in the U.S." lists. It features regular readings by nationally and internationally known authors.
  • F.W. Kent State Park

    another popular camping destination with a small lake and beach
    Kent State Park, another popular camping destination with a small lake and beach.
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  • Friday Night Concert Series

    Pedestrian Mall
    mid May-early Sep on F 6:30PM-9:30PM. Free.
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  • Bijou Theater

    125 N Madison St
    Student-operated independent theatre in the Memorial Union is the only theatre in the area showing independent, art-house, and foreign films.
    food nearby
  • Mission Creek Festival

    downtown Iowa City
    Weekend in April. $115 for All Access pass, $60 for limited passes. Nationally-known acts, indie bands, and local musicians perform at various venues downtown. Literary readings by authors at local bookstores and coffee shops.
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  • University of Iowa Museum of Art

    150 N Riverside Dr
    Some European paintings, large collection of African art, changing exhibitions. Gift shop, coffee bar.
    restaurants nearby
  • Antique Car Museum of Iowa

    860 Quarry Rd, Coralville
    Tu-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su noon-5PM. Free. Over 70 automobiles dating from 1899, a replica of an early Skelly gas station, and a model train display.
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  • University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame

    2425 Prairie Meadow Dr
    M-F 11AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-6PM, Su noon-5PM. $4 adults, $3 students, seniors, free under 12. Displays about the history of the Hawkeye teams, including Nile Kinnick's Heisman Trophy.
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  • The Englert Theatre

    221 E. Washington St
    A historic theatre, first opened in 1912, now operates as a stage for plays, comedy and music performances, and community events. Also home to a small gallery showcasing local artwork.
    restaurants nearby
  • Iowa City Jazz Festival

    downtown Iowa City
    First weekend in July. Free. Live jazz groups, both local and from around the world play on stages set up around downtown Iowa City.
    food nearby
  • Garza Theater

    226 E
    Once amongst the first movie theaters in West Texas, built in 1920, the now-restored theater hosts a live production company.
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  • Starbucks

    228 S Clinton St
    We are the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world since 1971.
  • Angies Pizza

    25 Roosevelt, Route 1 & 7
    Enjoy the expansive Greek menu of this local hotspot. This quiet yet bustling restaurant has extremely reliable service and quality. A very relaxed dining experience.
  • Chez Grace

    89 2nd St. #3, Coralville
    French cuisine.
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EDIT THIS ITINERARY Our list of places in Iowa City uses some content from Wikipedia and Wikivoyage.