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East Village

Address: Des Moines, IA 50309
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Ranked #11 of 30 Attractions in Des Moines
Type: Neighborhoods, Other
Owner description: Des Moines' cutting edge, hip neighborhood.
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Type: Neighborhoods, Other
Owner description: Des Moines' cutting edge, hip neighborhood.
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Des Moines, IA
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

East Village is a fun area to visit. A wide variety of shops. I'd like a few more places that appeal to a broader range of people and smaller pocketbooks. I fear it could become too smug. Favorite spots are Ray Gun, Eden, Kitchen Collage, and Plain Talk Books. I really miss Seed, the garden shop!!

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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47 reviews 47 reviews
16 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Loved all the quaint little shops and the painted murals on the sides of buildings - I got so many great photos! I would plan 3 hours here in the hops and then an amazing burger at the Zombie Burger Bar! Enjoy!

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Unique shops, trendy bars and restaurants. Nice revitalization area. The spiked milk shakes at Zombie Bar are yummy!

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minnesota
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115 reviews 115 reviews
35 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We loved what we saw in the up and coming East Village- and we cant wait for more. There are several new stores and shops being built right now and the area will eventually fill out with more options for local art and specialty shops. Don' t miss Raygun- it a great store- very unique. Several restaurants around the Village... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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44 reviews 44 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Absolutely love east village. There is so much to do and see here! I love all the little shops, stopping at gong fu tea shop, and getting sushi from myabi 9!!

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Urbandale, Iowa
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

If you trying to find a gift for someone that you just can find in the usual malls, try taking an afternoon and wondering around East Village! The unique shops along with excellent dining will have you wanting to come back. I always start my holiday shopping in the East Village. As this area has become more busy, the only... More 

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Wichita, Kansas
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82 reviews 82 reviews
25 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
26 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
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6 reviews 6 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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