We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Valley Junction

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 217 5th St, West Des Moines, IA 50265-4719
Phone Number:
+1 515-222-3642

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 144 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 71
  • 51
    Very good
  • 17
  • 3
  • 1

Best food variety and crafters! So much to look at here! Lots of people, live music on stage and other live music throughout! Kids and dogs are welcome!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
West Des Moines, Iowa
via mobile

Similar Things to Do in West Des Moines

Add Photo Write a Review

144 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 143: English reviews
Des Moines, Iowa
Level Contributor
176 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The area is trying to re-invigorate itself, but still several empty storefronts. There are a couple fun antique shops and a couple local bars and restaurants to visit. The early spring Saturday of our visit was very quiet though. Maybe things pick up as Summer approaches?

Thank Dan M
West Des Moines, Iowa
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Best food variety and crafters! So much to look at here! Lots of people, live music on stage and other live music throughout! Kids and dogs are welcome!

Thank Beccag63
Level Contributor
84 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped in several of the shops and there have been several things that have changed over the years but it is still a very nice place to stop in and do a little browsing and dining.

Thank IA_Catwoman
Woodward, Iowa
Level Contributor
9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 14 February 2017

You can always find something to do in Valley Junction, whether it be vintage shopping, eating, looking for one of a kind clothing, or coming on a Farmer's market night & listening to live music. Fun area

Thank Denise80817
West Des Moines, Iowa
Level Contributor
86 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Several different local businesses that are everything from vintage to far out! I would recommend to anyone needing an afternoon diversion!

Thank Terry V
Ankeny, Iowa
Level Contributor
355 reviews
118 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2017

The old heart of West Des Mounes is called Valley Junction. Everything is mainly on three blocks of the old 5th Street. There is a costume shop where you can buy adult party costumes. There is a famous local pizza restaurant. There are lots of antique shops. There are several original, high quality art stores. You will see tour buses... More 

Thank david_hance_iowa
Level Contributor
49 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2016

Went to the area for a liesurely evening out to shop and enjoy the weekly evening outdoor entertainment. It was fun, with many people and a variety of food and drink options. Downfalls are limited seating in the entertainment area and parking. People that attend regularly take lawn chairs to solve the seating problem.

Thank JAMESknoxville
Level Contributor
133 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

Spent a Saturday afternoon Christmas shopping in Valley Junction. Unique shops and art galleries. Pride of local owners abounded. Lovely merchandise not found at the mall. Stopped for a hot chi tea to warm up at a cute coffee shop and kept going. Fun place to wander. Even had ice sculptors on the side walk!

Thank Jan F
El Dorado Hills
Level Contributor
28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

Local flavor: small Iowa town feel with numerous antique shops, local products and a good local pizza joint. Only about 2 blocks long, easy street parking

Thank Golfer26
West Des Moines, Iowa
Level Contributor
70 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016

Valley Junction in West Des Moines, Iowa, is one street about 4 blocks long with funky little boutiques, antique shops, hole in the wall bar/restaurants, etc. It's fun for an afternoon out! In the summer time they also have a Farmer's Market every Thursday evening with vendors of all sorts - very fun vibe :)

Thank DebL457

Travellers who viewed Valley Junction also viewed

West Des Moines, IA

Been to Valley Junction? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Valley Junction and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
over a year ago

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Valley Junction staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?