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East Village

Des Moines, IA 50309
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Ranked #14 of 23 Attractions in Des Moines
Type: Neighborhoods, Cultural
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Owner description: Des Moines' cutting edge, hip neighborhood.
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English first
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115 reviews 115 reviews
35 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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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41 reviews 41 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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Des Moines
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91 reviews 91 reviews
16 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The whole East Side Slums is a little too gay for my taste. I only go down there before sunset because it is very creepy at night.

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Urbandale, Iowa
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
75 helpful votes 75 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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