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Address: Des Moines, IA 50309
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Des Moines' cutting edge, hip neighborhood.

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I like living in Des Moines.

I like living here (Polk County/Des Moines - I'm not currently residing in the East Village. I moved to Des Moines in 1995. The place was still recovering from a destructive and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
AliasDanDavis
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Des Moines, Iowa
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Des Moines, Iowa
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I like living here (Polk County/Des Moines - I'm not currently residing in the East Village. I moved to Des Moines in 1995. The place was still recovering from a destructive and costly flood from two years previous. The city fathers/mothers weren't doing much to attract new business or new residents. The entertainment, dining, and cultural offerings were limited. Now... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

I can see that a lot of effort is going into trying to make this a trendy neighborhood. It just doesn't have the energy and vibe.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Downtown Des Moines is popping, and part of the fun is the East Village Historic District. Located at the base of the Iowa Capitol, are streets of historic buildings with boutiques, coffee shops, bars, art galleries and music venues. This area was the major hangout for reporters during the Iowa caucus's. The area is very walkable, and begins with a... More 

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Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We walked through the East Village during a stay for business. There are many business that looked interesting but we had limited time. We did stop in a couple shops that were antique type items. Would be interested in spending more time in the area, especially for dinner

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

East Village was one of the highlights of my three day visit to Des Moines. What can I say? Unique shops and restaurants and bars and not a chain restaurant in sight. Two of my favorite shops were Porch Light with a mixture of antiques and retro items. Surprisingly I thought the prices were very reasonable and Raygun with tons... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

The East Village is a Great example of the many things Des Moines is doing to revitalize their entire downtown experience. The night life has stood out for nearly a decade as one of the regions best. The restaurants and shops have filled once vacant buildings, making the East Village a thriving destination.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Feels like a small village in a large city. New shops and restaurants popping up quite often. Quaint place to spend a morning, afternoon, or evening.

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Des Moines
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

Plenty of good bars, shops and places to eat. Plenty of shops for the hipsters too, like Raygun Shirts and Zombie Burger. This place was dead 20 years ago and has really revitalized downtown.

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Des Moines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

I love the East Village! It's one of my favorite places to go in Des Moines. There are plenty of quaint and unique shops to visit, plus it's home to Gong Fu Tea and Zombie Burger.

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Plano, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

East Village is an area of downtown Des Moines that starts on the east side of the river and runs over to E 14th. It's situated just south of I-235 and includes things like the State Capitol, State Historical Museum and various shops and restaurants. Most people consider the unique shopping areas to be along 6th & Grand to 4th... More 

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