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East Village

Des Moines, IA
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Ranked #16 of 41 attractions in Des Moines
Type: Neighborhoods
Description: Des Moines' cutting edge, hip neighborhood.
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Des Moines, Iowa
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38 reviews 38 reviews
18 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

My sis and I were in the East Village on a Monday. We were very disappointed that we found a lot of the shops are closed on Monday's. We did see things we really liked but, the stores we went into, we couldn't afford to buy anything. It would be nice if there were stores where the average person can... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Was here for a convention and stayed a couple extra days to poke around at our leisure. Admittedly, our expectations were low. But we were pleasantly surprised by the great vibe, the nice people, the relaxed atmosphere. We found lots to do with lots of small local businesses which were eclectic and fun to discover. City Bakery was great for... More

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80 reviews 80 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

We spent a few hours in East Village on a recent trip to the city. The area is pretty and very walkable. Stores were hit and miss, but did house some fun places. Be sure to stop in Stitch for some artsy gifts and decor!

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Madison, Wisconsin
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013 via mobile

Went to the international food and music festival, zombie burger, pappajohn sculpture park. Lots to do in the East Village

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South Georgia
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87 reviews 87 reviews
13 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

East Village in Des Moines is an unexpected treasure! Great shopping and wonderful restaurants. I especially always like Lululemon, Velvet Coat and Aimee. There is a new store called Stitch that has great fabrics and quilting products with a very cool updated feel. Great place to shop alone or with friends.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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184 reviews 184 reviews
29 attraction reviews
297 helpful votes 297 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

We stayed in the Embassy Suites in the East Village and walked round the area fairly extensively; though there are quite a few decent bars, shops and restaurants there really isn't that much here and you'll smash it in less than two hours unless you include a long walk up to the State Capitol and Holocaust Memorial (which are both... More

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is a great little neighborhood on the east side of downtown Des Moines. Lots of small boutique shops and places to dine. Fun to walk around the whole area and take a look at some of the treasures you can find. Check out Raygun - your source for the coolest t-shirts, Colores for your favorite tie-dye apparel and gifts,... More

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Senior Contributor
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

On a weekend night, this is a 4 block outdoor party, with music food and drinks on the sidewalks. So if that's you, great. We snuck into the Vaudeville Mews for some great music, and actually felt away from the hubub.

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Minneapolis, MN
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54 reviews 54 reviews
10 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

Great little neighborhood in Des Moines, with lots of good restaurants, bars and stores. Close to the capital so check that out while you are there.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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78 reviews 78 reviews
23 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

Take time to walk the 20 minuets to the East Village. Favorite places include: City Bakery, Allspice, Raygun, Hill Vintage and Knits. The artist Vance has a three story mural currently painted on the side of a waste management building. Worth checking out on it's own.

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