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

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Small in size

Small area in size, but making a huge impact on the city. Former decrepit warehouse and brick building area, some buildings were razed while others restored. New modern urban... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
RandyKasal
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Des Moines, Iowa
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RHODE ISLAND
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370 reviews 370 reviews
90 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

went to a few restaurants and a lot of stores had a nice,restful few hours. had chinese pizza and got a new T shirt.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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484 attraction reviews
196 helpful votes 196 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Small area in size, but making a huge impact on the city. Former decrepit warehouse and brick building area, some buildings were razed while others restored. New modern urban lofts. Some of which have businesses below and living above. Hip and trendy restaurants that have brought in national TV food and chef stars recently to do their shows. Bicycle parking.... More 

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Iowa
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

The east village has been going through several stages of revitalization. They are adding more apartments and storefronts, trying to actively bring in more unique shops and people. You can find all sorts of interesting shops, restaurants, a few bars, Asian grocery, the historical museum, etc. Be sure to check out Raygun and the other local shops.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Great variety of shopping and dining. Very clean area and only a short distance from our hotel and event.

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Iowa City, IA
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229 reviews 229 reviews
61 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Gong Fu tea, Ray Gun, Art Gallery, All Spice (oils, spices, etc), Capitol building, and much more if you are going to the theater, walking along the river, just passing through or want to wander in a funky and relaxed area of Des Moines!

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Cancun
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

An area that covers about 10 blocks just below the state capital loaded with charming store fronts and restaurants to visit. They even have a store front called Alasaudras' Italian Cooking where you can join in and get your hands on experience in an Italian cooking class to learn how to cook authentic Italian food.

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Des Moines, IA
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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62 reviews 62 reviews
17 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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133 reviews 133 reviews
36 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 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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