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

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Nice area to walk through

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
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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
87 helpful votes 87 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
6 helpful votes 6 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
35 helpful votes 35 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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61 reviews 61 reviews
17 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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
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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126 reviews 126 reviews
36 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 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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48 reviews 48 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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81 reviews 81 reviews
25 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 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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