A Family-Friendly Day: Stroll NewBo City Market and Czech Village

By Written by Jen English, exploring family adventures and local gems in the Corridor June 24, 2024

Looking for the perfect family outing in Cedar Rapids? NewBo City Market and Czech Village offer a charming and diverse day trip destination filled with delicious food, unique shops, and plenty of activities for kids and adults alike. Here’s how to make the most of your day exploring these vibrant neighborhoods!

Start Your Day with Breakfast at Czech Town Station

Address: 52 16th Ave SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404Website: Czech Town Station

Begin your adventure with a hearty breakfast at Czech Town Station. Serving breakfast all day, this local favorite is known for its delicious and comforting dishes.

Must-Try: The Chicken Kiev (Skillet or Benedict) is a standout on the menu, offering a taste that will fuel your day ahead.

Explore Vintage and Antique Shops

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After breakfast, stroll through the quaint streets of Czech Village, home to a variety of vintage and antique shops. Here, you'll find a treasure trove of unique items, from retro clothing and accessories to antique furniture and collectibles.

  • Found+Formed : A vintage clothing shop that offers a charming collection of retro clothing and accessories.
  • Antique Shops: Scattered throughout the village, these shops offer a fascinating glimpse into the past with their curated selections of antiques.

Gear Up at SOKO Outfitters

Address: 41 16th Ave SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404Website: SOKO Outfitters

As a parent of six young kids, SOKO Outfitters is where I live vicariously through adventurers. This shop offers everything you need for your next outdoor adventure, from camping gear to clothing and accessories.

Tip: Even if you’re not planning a camping trip, SOKO is a fun place to explore and dream of future adventures.

Sweet Treats at Sweet Mercantile CR

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Address: 208 12th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401Website: Sweet Mercantile CR

A visit to Sweet Mercantile CR is a must. They make their sodas the old-fashioned way and offer a delightful selection of sweet treats like ice cream and shakes. The nostalgic candy selection is perfect for both kids and adults who remember the good old days.

Tip: Look for classic candies that you might not find in stores anymore, like candy cigarettes and wax bottles.

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Discover Handmade Treasures at Indigo River

Address: 102 16th Ave SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404Website: Indigo River

Just around the corner, Indigo River is a must-visit for those who appreciate sustainable and eco-friendly shopping. This low-waste store offers a carefully curated selection of products that are both beautiful and kind to the planet.

Lunch at Lion Bridge Brewing Company

Address: 59 16th Ave SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404Website: Lion Bridge Brewing Company

For lunch, head to Lion Bridge Brewing Company. This local brewery offers a family-friendly atmosphere with a menu that includes a variety of delicious dishes and a rotating selection of brews.

Tip: Try their new flavored brew or one of their seasonal offerings for a unique taste experience.

Cross Over to NewBo City Market

Address: 1100 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401Website: NewBo City Market

After lunch, make your way across the river to NewBo City Market. This vibrant market is home to a diverse range of food and product vendors, offering everything from local produce to handmade crafts. The market frequently hosts special events and live music, making it a lively and engaging place to explore.

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Newbo Neighborhood Highlights:

  • Almost Famous Popcorn Shop: Grab a bag of their delicious popcorn to snack on later.
  • The Scribe Stationer: Find adorable gifts, journals, and writing utensils.
  • Next Page Books: Browse through a charming collection of books, perfect for readers of all ages.

Tip: Check their schedule for any special events or live performances during your visit.

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Special Event at Raygun on June 6th

Address: 1028 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401Website: Raygun

If you're visiting on June 6th, be sure to stop by Raygun. The Play Cafe will have a booth during Pride, offering free balloons for kids and special candy cups for the 4th of July and Pride, available for $8.

Click below for more event details:

Cedar Rapids Pride Festival

The Play Cafe at Cedar Rapids Pride Festival

Tip: Raygun’s quirky merchandise and humorous T-shirts make it a fun shopping destination for parents too.

Bonus Adventure: Hike or Bike Up Mount Trashmore

Address: 2250 A Street SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404Website: Mount Trashmore

After exploring NewBo and Czech Village, consider adding a thrilling outdoor adventure to your day by visiting Mount Trashmore. This former landfill has been transformed into a recreational area, offering a unique hiking and biking experience with stunning panoramic views of Cedar Rapids.


  • Trails: Enjoy a variety of trails suitable for hiking and biking, ranging from easy paths to more challenging routes for the adventurous.
  • Scenic Views: At the summit, take in breathtaking views of the city skyline and the surrounding landscape, a perfect spot for family photos.

Tip: Bring along some snacks from the Almost Famous Popcorn Shop for a tasty treat at the top.

NewBo City Market and Czech Village offer a perfect blend of culture, shopping, and family-friendly activities. From mouth-watering breakfast dishes to charming antique shops, sweet treats, and lively markets, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Have you spent a day exploring NewBo and Czech Village? Share your favorite spots and experiences in the comments below!