2nd Street in Davenport, Iowa

If you are ever in need of a way to spend the afternoon, perhaps you have relatives in town or have a night kid-free, one can easily spend a whole day on 2nd Street in Davenport. Whether you come across the Mississippi River on the Centennial Bridge or the Arsenal, there are so many interesting places to visit between the two bridges.

2nd Street has a lot of shops that have recently popped that are home to beautiful, and some locally made wares. Abernathy’s and Crafted Quad Cities offer interesting, artist items that you won’t find most places.

IMG_0017IMG_0033IMG_0041There is also Ragged Records and Trash Can Annie for those interested in more vintage items.

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As well as SIS International Shop for those looking for Fair Trade goods from around the world.

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If you’re looking for a bite to eat, there are several fantastic restaurants along 2nd Street, with a great variety of environments available. (Stop in at Chocolate Manor for a great sweet snack.) If you’re looking for a more relaxed atmosphere, Sippi’s and Barrel House would suit your needs; they both have good food,  nice beer selections and outdoor seating available. (I personally recommend the homemade bread pudding at Sippi’s; it is one of my favorite QC desserts!)

IMG_0536If you’re on a date and would like a more romantic atmosphere, there is Woodfire Grill and The Phoenix. Both have beautiful bars with excellent food and a nice ambiance.

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Woodfire Grill
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The Phoenix

If you would like to have a nightcap, stop by the Dam View Inn, Great River Brewery, or Artisan Grain Distillery to check out some really great local haunts.

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Dam View Inn
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Artisan Grain Distillery & Great River Brewery

If you would like to take in a live show, there is the River Music Experience as well at the River Center/Adler Theatre that have a wide range of music and other entertainment acts available throughout the year.

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River Music Experience

If you are interested in culture, you can enjoy traveling exhibits at the German American Heritage Center, the Figge Art Museum, or Bucktown Center for the Arts.

figgeThere is also plenty of beautiful art to enjoy just along the walk down 2nd Street, from the gorgeous architecture to the sculptures along the way, the street itself is a beautiful destination.

IMG_0561IMG_0541Downtown Davenport as a whole always has a lot going on, but I was recently quite impressed with all that just 2nd Street had to offer. If you happen to visit, lose track of time and end up needing to stay, there’s always Radisson Quad City Plaza, which happens to have great brunch.

Exterior_630x310Where do you like to go on 2nd Street?

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Deborah Davis Deborah Davis, otherwise known as QCAlegirl, was born and raised in Davenport, Iowa, where she currently resides. A self-proclaimed craft beer fanatic, she spends her days either working at a local nano-brewery or researching and writing for her blog, qcalegirl.com. While she’s not traveling around the Midwest in search of new experiences, she also enjoys yoga, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.

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2 comments on “2nd Street in Davenport, Iowa

  1. Deborah, you mentioned everyone on 2nd but us! We’d like to invite you to come down to L&D15 and check out our selection of unique, artist made clothing, accessories and items for the home – 520 W. 2nd St.

  2. Chocolate Manor is on 2nd street, located right across from the Radisson Hotel. We make hand crafted artisan chocolates. Stop in and check us out.

    Also, Ive shopped with L&D15- its a hidden gem! Very cool store with one of a kind items.

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