Magpie Coffeehouse - 202 West Water Street, Decorah, Iowa - (563) 387-0593

In May 2014, we purchased 202 West Water Street, with the intention of making it our new home base for Magpie Coffeehouse. 

As of February 21st, 2015 we have moved into our new location!

As of January 1st, 2018 Kelsey Ritner purchased the business from her parents and became the new owner of Magpie!

As of March 26th, 2019 we completed renovations, adding 40+ more seats and new table tops with a cafe vibe in front and restaurant feel in back.

These are photos taken by Nick Chill from Nick Chill Photography. Thank you Nick for the beautiful photos you took of Magpie on our first day in our new location.

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Customer Raves

Our Story

In August 2008, we moved to Decorah from a suburb east of Los Angeles. When living in California, I worked at a coffee shop/market with some of my best friends where we made new friends and fond memories everyday. We moved to Decorah without knowing anyone. In January 2010, I took the chance and bought the Magpie Coffeehouse because it reminded me of my best memories from California. 

My favorite part about owning the Magpie is the wonderful people I get to meet. There is nothing like making a new friend over a cup of warm coffee and a fresh baked muffin. One of my favorite friends and customers, Sandy Schaeffer, always says, "Magpie is my home away from home." That's the feeling I hope all our customers have when visiting Magpie Coffeehouse. A magpie is a collector of things. I think of our Magpie as a collector of friends. Magpie has helped us find a home and a family here in Decorah. 

-Kathleen Ritner

“Great little cafe in downtown Decorah. Service is friendly and pretty quick considering they make everything fresh! Love their soups and sandwiches. Plus, they make great coffee!!!!!”

– Idaho Girl on Urbanspoon


“I love love love the "Pleasant Hill" sandwich - so yummy and the veggies are so fresh. Everything on the menu is fabulous!” 

–  Lara on Urbanspoon


“This restaurant/coffee house is amazing. The food is always good, the coffee is always good, but MOST importantly: THE SERVICE IS AWESOME. That is the most important thing for me.” 

– Jessi on Urbanspoon