Erika Veurink

Where to Read: Des Moines

Erika Veurink
Where to Read: Des Moines

What is a good book without somewhere to read it? While I'm a total advocate for a cozy bed reading situation, there's something to be said about getting out of the house, book in hand. It can be tricky to know where there will be coffee close and where screaming toddlers will be far. Consider this your reading map. And if you haven't read in public before; try it! You'll be delighted, I promise.

 Gray's Lake, 2101 Fleur Drive

Gray's Lake, 2101 Fleur Drive

There is no shortage of great reading spots at Gray's, but this table is my personal favorite. The location makes it ideal for killing an hour between appointments or waiting for a friend. Picnic encouraged, not required. 

 Zanzibar's Coffee Adventure, 2723 Ingersoll Ave

Zanzibar's Coffee Adventure, 2723 Ingersoll Ave

What makes Zanzibar's ideal is its lack of Wifi-no distractions allowed. Add the perfect almond milk cappuccino, comfortable seating, and lots of art and you have the perfect reading environment. 

 Pappajohn Sculpture Park, 1330 Grand Ave

Pappajohn Sculpture Park, 1330 Grand Ave

A favorite spot in Des Moines with plenty of bench space. I love walking around the park before settling on a bench in the shade and starting a book. Black Cat Ice Cream is a few steps one way and Horizon Line Coffee a few steps in the other direction. Can you tell I'm an advocate for pairing literature with food?

 Greenwood/Ashworth Park, 4700 Grand Ave

Greenwood/Ashworth Park, 4700 Grand Ave

After time in the Art Center, be sure to check out the park behind the building. There's a reason many a senior picture session has occurred here-it's breathtaking. Reading in nature can be tricky, coming from a self proclaimed "city girl." Greenwood/Ashworth Park offers just the perfect amout of exposure to the elements. 

 Beaverdale Books, 2629 Beaver Ave

Beaverdale Books, 2629 Beaver Ave

How could I begin to discuss books without bringing up the beloved Beaverdale Books? The reading I like to do here is a bit different than the other spots. Nothing beats an afternoon browsing and picking up titles I've never heard of. It's how I've found some of my favorites. The floor of the poetry section is where you'll find me.