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East Village

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

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Eclectic mix of restaurants and shops

Super cool area chock full of interesting restaurants, unique shops and antiques. Plan on spending the day.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
dawnya
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Sandpoint, Idaho
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Sandpoint, Idaho
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Super cool area chock full of interesting restaurants, unique shops and antiques. Plan on spending the day.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

there is something for everyone here. there are so many cool shops and cafes that it takes forever since it makes you want to look at everything. great place to wonder around.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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66 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you're looking for the up and coming spot in downtown Des Moines, this is it. Lots of great local shops and great restaurants and all within walking distance from downtown.

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Thank vacagirl2016
Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

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 30 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 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 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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79 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 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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Granger, In
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70 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 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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Thank redwhiskeypete
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42 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 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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Thank Paul S
Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 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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