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East Village

Des Moines, IA 50309
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Ranked #16 of 45 Attractions in Des Moines
Type: Neighborhoods
Description: Des Moines' cutting edge, hip neighborhood.
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Wichita, Kansas
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76 reviews 76 reviews
21 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

East Village just gets better and better with the addition of unique restaurants and fun, funky shopping. Ray Gun is a cool t-shirt shop stocked with other Des Moines souvenirs, all very unique and fun. Sticks is a fun boutique. Zombie Burger has something unique for every burger lover. Alba is a neat lunch spot in an old Ford dealership.... More

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Medford, Oregon
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

East village was great. Got there late and didn't have a lot of time to shop (most things close at 5, at least on Sundays), but what I did visit was wonderful. Love Acanthus Apparel's unique print designs. Allspice Culinarium was a cook's delight--if I was local, I'd shop there all the time! Sticks was fascinating; I had never seen... More

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La Grange, Illinois
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30 reviews 30 reviews
23 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Couldn't determine what is historic about this district just west of the State Capital. There are art shops and some restaurants, and the old City Hall building, but found more shops and restaurants closed than opened for a Saturday. If it wasn't for the Latino Festival crowd on the streets, I wouldn't have hung around. Many restaurants were not open,... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The coolest part of Des Moines, apart from Sherman Hill. To me, if it doesn't have history, it isn't interesting! My favorite antique store in the world, Found Things, is located in the East Village. My only complaint is the lack of a free parking lot. Other than that, it is fabulous place to walk around and shop.

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Houston, TX
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48 reviews 48 reviews
15 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I thought the area was great with the restaurants and shops. Some of the boutiques were pricey while others for fun and priced well. I got a few fun things in Raygun to take home with me. I didn't get some of the midwest jokes but my bf was happy to explain them. I also like the spice store, Allspice.... More

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Austin, Indiana
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I really think the shops in the East Village are some of the best any city has to offer! All of them had such helpful employees and great products. Liberty Gifts was really cool!

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Panama City, Panama
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175 reviews 175 reviews
26 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We found East Village to be a wonderful place to stretch your legs and spend a couple bucks. We discovered a few restaurants and loads of stores selling "junque". It's nice to be able to step back and admire the architecture of some of Des Moines' older buildings, some of which are on the historical register. It can be a... More

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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65 reviews 65 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

The East Village of Des Moines is a wonderful little place to visit, across the river from the big downtown. It is worth the walk or very short drive.

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Avoca, Iowa
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

This is a great part of town to visit with lots of bars, restaurants, and little shops to visit. A must do if you are in the city for the night.

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Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

As a flight attendant I travel all over the country. I've always thought Iowans were the friendliest of all. However, I was very disappointed to find that this was not the case with the proprietors in the East Village. I found them to be very cold and aloof. I was not greeted when I entered the different shops. I found... More

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