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

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The East Village is a Great example of the many things Des Moines is doing to revitalize their entire downtown experience. The night life has stood out for nearly a decade as one... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Paul S
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39 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The East Village is a Great example of the many things Des Moines is doing to revitalize their entire downtown experience. The night life has stood out for nearly a decade as one of the regions best. The restaurants and shops have filled once vacant buildings, making the East Village a thriving destination.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

Feels like a small village in a large city. New shops and restaurants popping up quite often. Quaint place to spend a morning, afternoon, or evening.

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Des Moines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016 via mobile

Plenty of good bars, shops and places to eat. Plenty of shops for the hipsters too, like Raygun Shirts and Zombie Burger. This place was dead 20 years ago and has really revitalized downtown.

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1 Thank Casey Y
Des Moines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2016

I love the East Village! It's one of my favorite places to go in Des Moines. There are plenty of quaint and unique shops to visit, plus it's home to Gong Fu Tea and Zombie Burger.

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Plano, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2016

East Village is an area of downtown Des Moines that starts on the east side of the river and runs over to E 14th. It's situated just south of I-235 and includes things like the State Capitol, State Historical Museum and various shops and restaurants. Most people consider the unique shopping areas to be along 6th & Grand to 4th... More 

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Lincoln, NE
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

Saturdays are great days to visit the shops, check out the restaurants and do some people watching! There is a rich diversity of interests and lifestyles here. Very enjoyable!

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central Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

In local magazines, we saw ads for several stores in the "East Village." Turns out the "East Village" is next to the state capitol building. RayGun, a cool t-shirt and touristy shop, is the best. The store owners know this because the store's metal building has big letters that say "The Best Store in the Universe." If you need touristy... More 

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Okemos, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

I was in Des Moines during the week and spent a few evenings and an afternoon in East Village. There are many reasonably priced restaurants and fun trendy shops within a few blocks easy walk. Also this part of the city seemed very clean and safe compared to other cities of a similar size.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

There are so many quaint shops, funky boutiques and great eateries in the East Village. Check it out

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Walked around the area several times on our recent visit and really enjoyed ourselves. The architecture was very interesting and the whole area has a good feel to it.

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