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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

The East Village is my favorite area of Des Moines. It boasts lots of local small businesses that offer everything from antiques, used books, old plumbing parts, specialty foods... read more

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Des Moines, Iowa
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Des Moines, Iowa
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36 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

The East Village is my favorite area of Des Moines. It boasts lots of local small businesses that offer everything from antiques, used books, old plumbing parts, specialty foods, pet stores, spas, and trendy boutiques. The East Village is the perfect location for a "Girl's Day" in Des Moines

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Thank Beth W
Des Moines, Iowa
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Reviewed 1 week ago

To experience a true Phoenix part of Des Moines, in other words, a community that has been reborn from a once decaying neighborhood, make sure you explore this area when visiting our capital city. East Village, now named for the upscale neighborhood it has become in recent years, attracted developers and retailers who had the wisdom and foresight to turn... More 

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Thank patricia m
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11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The area's very vintage. Beautiful scenic routes as well as Lofts. Look forward to the additions from Vivid illusions.

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Thank mdparker0410
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very different from downtown....less parking spots and more to see while you walk around and explore. Place is filled with old building and small businesses that attract the curious eye. I love the restaurants and the streets there. Go there if you're Downtown and looking to clear your mind. Find a spot to dinner or party.

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Thank David T
Des Moines, Iowa
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviewed 21 March 2017

Surprise--Des Moines is home to sophisticated shopping and great places for lunch and dinner. Try "Open Sesame" for their Middle Eastern food and Aimee's for trendy clothes.

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Kent, Washington
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Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

I really enjoyed the East Village. There are a lot of nice restaurants, unique shops, theater and art options and interesting history. This is one of my favorite sections of New York.

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Thank Rehsinup19
Des Moines, Iowa
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22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 February 2017

EV is very trendy, but I'm not sure why. If you like shabby chic, then ok. Area very eclectic...lot's of old & nasty places, meet newer overpriced real estate. Very hip place for young people or old people trying to recapture their youth. Good bar scene, downtown lights, but a parking garage is in order over here.

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Thank Warren J
Waterloo, Iowa
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

Although there is a lot of construction in the area (progress is good!) it is still easy to get around in this area to all the fun shops, galleries, restaurants and wine bars. Park your car and walk this small area to enjoy all the specialty shops.

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Thank BrenJ2012
Sandpoint, Idaho
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104 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017

Super cool area chock full of interesting restaurants, unique shops and antiques. Plan on spending the day.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2017

there is something for everyone here. there are so many cool shops and cafes that it takes forever since it makes you want to look at everything. great place to wonder around.

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