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

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Great revitalization

This neighborhood has taken off and is now the "it" place to be. They have done a really great job in bringing this area back and making it hip. It has cute shops and great little... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 9, 2015
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Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

This is a great place to wander on foot! Great places to eat (I love Zombie Burger) and fun stores to check out! 2 in particular: Zone World (a fair trade store with very fun and funky items) and Ray-Gun: a quirky and somewhat irreverent store with lots of unique gift items.

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Des Moines
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178 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

It was formerly known as the east side slums until the flamboyant people took it over. I avoid the area and don't do business with the the proprietors there. Since I don't support that lifestyle choice.

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Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I am new to Des Moines and work in the East Village. The area is very close to the State Capital and worth exploring during your visit to Des Moines. If you are staying at the Embassy Suites, you are already in the neighborhood. The East Village has many great restaurants and bars, including the very hip and popular "Zombie... More 

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

East Village dons a lot of great shops to visit! When shopping here you support local businesses. My favorites are Aimee, Kitchen Collage, and Jett and Monkeys (pet shop). Great for walking!

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Council Bluffs
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

This neighborhood has taken off and is now the "it" place to be. They have done a really great job in bringing this area back and making it hip. It has cute shops and great little eating places.

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Urbandale, Iowa
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34 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The East Village started out slow but has gone into high gear in the past few years.You can browse the high fashion shops or hit some great resale shops current and vintage. You can chill out at one of the superb restaurants serving everything from sushi to salads, to Ramen noodles and great burgers. Want a specialized fun T-shirt for... More 

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Casey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Love this area of Des Moines. Unique shops and restaurants. My favorite store is Allspice, selling oils, vinegars and spices. Just an overall fun area every time I visit.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I love Des Moines' East Village. There's so much to do during your stop - from shopping to dining, it's like its own little town surrounded by the rest of the city. When I need to get away from suburban life in West Des Moines, I head to East Village!

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Des Moines, Iowa
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16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

It doesn't seem all that long ago, this area was nothing but old hotels and run-down buildings. Now it's an eclectic vibrant area with an ample selection of bars, shopping and restaurants that you won't find anywhere else.

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West Haven, Connecticut
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26 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

This was a cute area of Des Moines to walk around. Plenty of cute shops, places to eat, some bars, and ample metered parking.

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Address: Des Moines, IA 50309
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines

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