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East Village

Des Moines, IA 50309
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Sweet area on the East side of the Des Moines river.

Would like to go back to check out more of the shops and restaurants. Some music venues and a very... read more

Reviewed 9 October 2017
Unique shops

If you want to see unique, this is the area to walk and shop. There are all sorts of places, from... read more

Reviewed 6 October 2017
Des Moines, Iowa
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Des Moines' cutting edge, hip neighborhood.
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good32%
  • Average14%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“unique shops” (12 reviews)
Des Moines, IA 50309
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Reviewed 9 October 2017

Would like to go back to check out more of the shops and restaurants. Some music venues and a very family friendly area.

Thank davidcD6303VO
Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

If you want to see unique, this is the area to walk and shop. There are all sorts of places, from restaurants, like Open Sesame to Quintons and many more and the Ray Gun shirt shop with a YUGE selection of interesting shirts, including those...More

Thank init4keeps
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Fun area to discover unique shops. Be sure to check out allspice for a fantastic selection of spices, vinegars, and oils.

Thank Greengal06
Reviewed 6 September 2017

Ray Gun is there, which is why I even go to the East Village. Most stores are nice but very expensive for what you get. You can get most of the thing the East Village offers out west, with better more convenient parking and without...More

Thank Pat B
Reviewed 6 September 2017

Whether you are wanting to do some serious shopping, grab something great to eat, people watch or play vintage video games, the East Village has it all. Fun place to people watch too.

Thank Molly-Mayrose
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Definitely the best area of downtown with a range of good restaurants and retail stores and bars. It's a small neighbourhood - but a nice spot to spend a few hours wandering the area and perhaps stopping for a drink or bite to eat.

Thank Damien G
Reviewed 11 July 2017

The wife and I went on a date day for lunch and some shopping. On a Saturday we went to the east village had some lunch and did some shopping. Kind of reminds me of some of the bigger cities. Had great food. Picked up...More

Thank Gerrit V
Reviewed 5 July 2017

Many shops and eateries near the State Capitol in Des Moines. Plenty of tap rooms and bars. There's some up-scale dining.

Thank Lowell H
Reviewed 27 June 2017

Checking out the sporadic shops and restaurants here is just a fun way to spend a nice afternoon. The buildings themselves are interesting to look at. Love this little gem of a neighborhood so close to the capitol and the larger downtown right across the...More

Thank Pam B
Reviewed 26 June 2017

Lots of small, independently owned stores selling a wide variety of merchandise. Raygun and it's (sometimes snarky) T-shirts and other items is well worth a visit. Eden for body and bath products and so much more. Jett and Monkey's for all things dog and cat...More

Thank floramum
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Bonnie J
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Response from TammyDesMoines_IA | Reviewed this property |
MALO is down town they are Latin American and have a great patio. It is very good. I love the food at Guadalajara Mexican in Ankeny but it is the same old atmosphere so probably not a good pick for what your wanting... More