A Cedar Rapids Sunday: Brewhemia, New Bo Market, Czech Fest, and Parlor City Ice Cream

After a full Saturday of adventures which included a visit to an orchard, a brewery, tailgating, and a Big 10 football game, I was ready for another full day of adventures.

On Sunday morning, after waking up on my buddy's couch in Cedar Rapids, he and I sauntered on over to the New Bohemia and Czech Village neighborhoods. This is one of my favorite areas of Cedar Rapids and every time I'm in the city, I love to just wander around a little bit. I'm delighted to see the area is making a comeback and I highly encourage you to spend some time there next time you are in Linn County.


The first stop was Brewhemia, a trendy and quite busy coffee shop, located in the New Bo neighborhood. My friend and I got coffee, but many other patrons were enjoying food and other beverages. It is in an old building that has been brought back to life and it has a very nice vibe. The kind of place you can enjoy a casual brunch, work on your screenplay, read a book, have a business meeting, or even meet for a date. You can take your food or coffee to go or stay and enjoy the surrounding.

Check out some of the photos from my brief but enjoyable visit to Brewhemia. Learn more by checking out their website.

New Bo Market

I spent six weeks living in Cedar Rapids during the fall of 2011 for a work engagement. New Bo Market did not open until 2012...but had it been open in 2011...I would have spent way too much time there. It's a cool place and I am glad Cedar Rapids has it. Having lived in the Des Moines metro area since 2009, I am still surprised someone has not yet been successful in copying the concept in Polk County.

New Bo is a trendy place where you can get any number of options such as coffee, breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, beer, and wine. You can get other food products already prepared or you can get products that can be taken home to prepare and enjoy. They have a nice seating area where you can sit, if you wish. But it's not just food and beverage - they have a number of other vendors, including local artisans.

New Bo also have a large kitchen area where you can take cooking classes and GoCedarRapids, which helps to promote tourism in the greater Cedar Rapids area, also has space there.

My friend enjoyed a grilled cheese sandwich from one of the vendors for lunch and I enjoyed a burger from Saucy Focaccia, a popular place to get a good sandwich.

Check out some additional photos of the New Bo Market and add it to your list as a spot to check out next time in you are in Cedar Rapids. Learn more by checking out their website.

Czech Festival in Czech Village

One of the best parts of going on an adventure is discovering something fun you had no idea was transpiring.

My pal and I decided to walk from the New Bo Market to Czech Village, a nice and very scenic 10 minute walk. As we started walking over the locally famous Lion Bridge, we discovered a street festival taking place in the Czech Village. It turned out to be the annual "Czech Festival".

This was several blocks of food and antique vendors, inflatables for kids, hay rack rides, and more! Already, there are a lot of nice businesses in the Czech Village but this certainly brought more folks out to enjoy the beautiful weather. Take a look at the photos and be sure to learn more about the Czech Village, which is located near the Czech Museum.

Parlor City Ice Cream

My last stop before departing Cedar Rapids for the weekend was Parlor City Ice Cream, a quaint ice cream stand that seems like the kind of place that belongs in a bygone era. I like those kinds of places. It must be good or it would not have lasted this long!

They have quite the menu, but I enjoyed a small mint malt (very tasty!) and did my best impression of the boy in their logo. They do not have indoor seating. Instead, they have some tables set out on the edge of their parking lot. They also have a drive-thru for those who want the deliciousness without leaving the car. If you want more than ice cream treats, you can find that here too. It's worth a stop! Learn more by checking out their website.

As always, I welcome your suggestions of places to visit and profile whether in Linn County or any of the other 98 counties in Iowa. If you have a good idea or would like to host the Iowa Adventurer, please drop me a note through this site.