Prairie Lights Cafe

Prairie Lights Cafe


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Where's the best place to read a book? LV readers say Prairie Lights Cafe!

Celebrate all the Best of the CRANDIC winners at Little Village's Breakfast of Champions on Dec. 6.

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As one of the most distinguished places for readers and writers to grab a cup of coffee or work on their next novel, it’s no surprise that Prairie Lights is featured #2 on our list of epic literary opportunities in Iowa City
Late Shift at the Grindhouse presents Prime Cut!
with special guest Charles Taylor, author of the new book, Opening Wednesday at a Theater or Drive-In Near You.
Charles will introduce the film and take questions following the screening and he'll be signing copies of the book in the lobby.
Wednesday night, November 22nd at 10:00 p.m.
FilmScene, Downtown Iowa City
PRIME CUT: Late Shift at the Grindhouse screening/book signing!
More wonderful photos of Prairie Lights Cafe. Thanks, Brenton Bult Photography!
Some great shots of Prairie Lights Cafe and Kevin Chamberlain's Insects by Brenton Bult Photography.
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From my dissertation acknowledgments. Thanks for being such a wonderful place to write/work over the last few years!
Prairie Light Crew!! We're so excited to invite you to an awesome coffee event(s) this weekend at our shop! We are hosting our featured roaster, Goshen Coffee Company all weekend! Thursday we're having a Latte Art Throwdown at 5PM! We would love for you to represent! Friday, Goshen is hosting a Free Public Cupping at our shop at 5PM! Their "Secret Stash" coffees are amazing! And Saturday morning, Goshen will take over our bar for the morning rush! That should be fun! We love watching you guys do what you do, and would love to have you come build coffee community with us! We hope to see you Thursday! =)
Whats Up Friends!? We're hosting a bi-weekly latte art competition/event at our shop in Clinton, IA! We would love to have you guys out! Contact us for more info, or just show up! We love you guys! =)
Every day's a great day in The Prairie Lights Cafe!

Prairie Lights Cafe is a cafe owned by Prairie Lights Bookstore. Serving Stumptown & Brass Ring Coff

Prairie Lights Cafe is part of the legendary independent bookstore Prairie Lights, which has been an Iowa City landmark since 1978. The cafe proper is an 1100 square foot space, with an intriguing history. A local literary society met within the same walls throughout the 1930's, hosting writers Robert Frost, Sherwood Anderson, Langston Hughes, Carl Sandburg, and ee Cummings among others. Reportedl


Espresso Tonic- an icey glass of tonic water topped with Brass Knuckle Blend Espresso. Sweet, tart, fizzy, caffeinated.

Angostura Shakerato- espresso, cream, caramel, and angostura bitters. Rich, spicey and complex.

Prairie Lights Cafe updated their business hours. 06/16/2022

Prairie Lights Cafe updated their business hours.

Prairie Lights Cafe updated their business hours.


Good news, the Cafe is extending it's hours on weekdays, which gives y'all an extra hour to study, drink and hang with us.

We will now be open from 9am-7pm monday - Friday.

We will close still close at 6 on Saturday and Sunday.


Heads up: The Prairie Lights Cafe will be closing all day this coming Wednesday and Thursday 13 & 14. We apologize for any inconvenience and we will be back to our normal hours right after this closure!!


Hello! Just wanted to let you all know that the Prairie Lights Cafe will be opened from 10a-5pm on Wednesday 2/9 and Thursday 2/10. After that we will go back to normal hours, 9a-6p. Sorry for any inconvenience!!


Hello! Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Prairie Lights Cafe will be closing today and tomorrow at 3pm. After that we will be back to normal hours. So sorry for the inconvenience!



Never made a post like this before, but if you are interested in working as a barista at the Prairie Lights Cafe, send us a resume! We are looking to hire one part time position, 2-3 shifts a week.

Barista experience is appreciated but not required. If you want to work at a busy cafe, with competitive pay, great tips, and a laid back work culture, get ahold of us!

Prairie Lights Cafe updated their information in their About section. 11/02/2021

Prairie Lights Cafe updated their information in their About section.

Prairie Lights Cafe updated their information in their About section.

Photos from Prairie Lights Cafe's post 08/30/2021

Here's something:

For one day only, DONUTS.

Also, come try a coffee on our new Pour Over bar if you haven't yet.

Have a great week everyone.


Wooooo! its hot! Lucky for you we get a fresh restock of Cobra Verde from Wake Up! Iowa City.... IF you are dragging yourself around today come get a blast of frosty caffeine.

Open 9am-6pm

Photos from Prairie Lights Cafe's post 07/20/2021

New drink ALERT.

The Iced Coffee Mai Tai

A caffeinated concoction based on the classic Tiki Drink. This one uses Brass Knuckle Blend Iced Coffee and molasses instead of rum, for a drink that needs to be tasted to be believed.

Totally non alchoholic, and highly addictive, we'll be serving these things through the rest of the summer.


Right now we are featuring some fantastic coffee's from Iowa City's own Brass Ring Coffee. If you love their coffee at the farmers market come enjoy a pour over of their natural process Burundi Bevyeyi!

Support some local business, Prairie Lights Cafe- open daily at 9 AM, Monday- Saturday.


Happy 4th of July weekend everyone! The cafe has had a fantastic first two weeks back and its all thanks to our incredible customers!

We will be closed this Monday in observance of the holiday, but we cant wait to see you again when we open Tuesday morning at 9am!

The Bookstore WILL be open on the 5th, with regular hours.

Photos from Prairie Lights Cafe's post 06/22/2021

In case you haven't heard....


Monday - Saturday, 9-6pm!

Come get the all the drinks you love, and check out some of our new Deluxe pastries!



After re -closing during this past February, the Prairie Lights cafe is very happy to announce that we are finally RE OPENING. Our likely first day back will be Monday, June 21st.

We will keep you updated as soon as we have more information. Thank you so much for your patience. This cafe wouldn't be special if not for the very special people that come here, and we are very excited to see you all again.



Prairie Lights Cafe Temporary Closure

Due to the forecasted dangerous increase in Covid rates over the next several weeks, we have made the reluctant decision to temporarily close the cafe for a period of approximately 1-2 months.

We apologize for the inconvenience, but we feel that public safety and the continued success of Prairie Lights will be better served by a temporary closure.

We greatly appreciate the love and support from our patrons that we have received so far, and we look forward to seeing everyone in the spring!!

Timeline photos 12/16/2020

Great news! During the holidays, anyone who makes a purchase in the Bookstore can bring their receipt up for a FREE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE alongside any cafe purchase!


Thanks for a great first week back! We made the decision to close tomorrow, but we will see you all Monday!!

Photos from Prairie Lights Cafe's post 08/06/2020

We are open till 4pm today!! Come grab something good!

Prairie Lights Cafe – Events 02/02/2018

Prairie Lights Cafe – Events

Please join us for the closing reception for Jeremy Chen, this Saturday in the cafe!

Prairie Lights Cafe – Events 1,140 followers

Timeline photos 09/14/2016

The Espresso machine is BACK! Sam will be pulling shots until 8:50-ish.

Stephanie Brunia - Thursday's Child 08/29/2016

Stephanie Brunia - Thursday's Child

We just hung a new show in the Times Club Gallery at Prairie Lights Bookstore - THURSDAY'S CHILD by Stephanie Brunia - up through October 9th!

Stephanie Brunia - Thursday's Child Thursday's Child

Timeline photos 04/21/2016

Goodbye to one of the patron saints of the cafe.

Photos from Prairie Lights Cafe's post 04/16/2016

New Spring Drinks! Introducing the Star Anise Shakerato and the Espresso & Tonic! Two delicious ways to caffeinate, only at Prairie Lights Cafe ☕💗

Timeline photos 03/31/2016

"Dream of the Silver Disc" by John Engelbrecht, is now on view at the Times Club until May 29, 2016! Be sure to check out all these wonderful photographs - there's a lot to see!

Timeline photos 03/14/2016

Thinking up new Spring drinks at our staff meeting! 🍕

Timeline photos 01/30/2016

Can't wait to see you all tonight from 6-8 PM for the exhibition reception for "How Beautiful is Thy Dwelling" by Kate Allen!

Timeline photos 01/19/2016

Come say hi to the birthday guacamole girl!


We have fresh Leaf Kitchen quiche & Local Burritos today!


2016 calendars are 50% off! Come grab one with your cup of coffee today!

Timeline photos 12/23/2015

We have holiday sugar cookies from Deluxe today! Treat yo self.

Timeline photos 12/19/2015

Come and get your Stumptown coffee for stuffing stockings! Quick, before they get bought up! ☕

Timeline photos 12/15/2015

How Beautiful is thy Dwelling, an exhibition by Kate Allen, is now up! Work is on view until January 31, 2016, with an exhibition reception to be announced soon!

Timeline photos 12/02/2015


Timeline photos 12/01/2015

Mulling wine and warming hearts at Prairie Lights Cafe!

Timeline photos 12/01/2015

Ian prepares tonight's mulled wine. Stop by for a tasty and warming treat!

Timeline photos 11/12/2015

"Insects: A Collection of These Butterflies" by Kevin Chamberlain is now on view at the cafe! This stunning exhibition will be up through December 13th, so be sure to check it out!




15 S Dubuque Street
Iowa City, IA

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 7pm
Tuesday 9am - 7pm
Wednesday 9am - 7pm
Thursday 9am - 7pm
Friday 9am - 7pm
Saturday 9am - 6pm
Sunday 10am - 6pm

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