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Shopping and Food

Lots to enjoy. Shopping and food. Parking can be difficult, but it's worth the trouble. Fun shops... read more

Reviewed 2 January 2019
Dubuque, Iowa

Beautiful downtown area that has been recently renovated . Iowa History Museum and lots of... read more

Reviewed 22 October 2018
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Des Moines' cutting edge, hip neighborhood.
Des Moines, IA 50309
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Reviewed 2 January 2019

Lots to enjoy. Shopping and food. Parking can be difficult, but it's worth the trouble. Fun shops and great food.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Go2FunFood
Reviewed 22 October 2018

Beautiful downtown area that has been recently renovated . Iowa History Museum and lots of restaurants and shops are located here.

Date of experience: October 2018
Reviewed 10 September 2018

We love walking around the East Village when we visit Des Moines. It's clean, well-lit, and has a nice variety of shops and restaurants. Lots of parking, but if you're on the west side of the river in the downtown area, it's just as easy...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank gnctaylor
Reviewed 20 August 2018

There is something in this section for everyone! Spice of the town, especially the bar scene. Great restaurants.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 10 July 2018

Park your car and enjoy a stroll in the very unique area of downtown Des Moines. Small boutiques and restaurants with street side tables and chairs. Less traffic and less noise and a very inviting atmosphere to be in....A way to step back and relax..

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank RexZ4849
Reviewed 12 June 2018 via mobile

We visited the east village based on reviews. We made the mistake on visiting on a Monday. Most places were closed. We didn’t see many people out walking either. We got our exercise in, but didn’t see the eclectic edge others commented on here. The...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank 478deannas
Reviewed 19 May 2018

Visited the East Village because had read allot about it. It was ok way to stroll around and pass the day. It was our first time there so maybe we missed allot but I thought it was just average place to shop. I do want...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank kcblues2
Reviewed 27 January 2018 via mobile

We stayed at The AC for our time in Des Moines. The neighborhood is walkable and has fun bars, restaurants and shops. It was honestly much more modern and sophisticated than we expected. We will stay in the East Village again if we have cause...More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank Amy11709
Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

What a wonderfully fun array of shops and restaurants, unique in its local flavor and feel from anywhere else in the Midwest. We stayed at Staybridge Suites for the weekend and ventured around. A few standout stops: a spiked shake @ Zombie Burger, the fun...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank juliafrey
Reviewed 9 October 2017

Would like to go back to check out more of the shops and restaurants. Some music venues and a very family friendly area.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Response from TammyDesMoines_IA | Reviewed this property |
MALO is down town they are Latin American and have a great patio. It is very good. I love the food at Guadalajara Mexican in Ankeny but it is the same old atmosphere so probably not a good pick for what your wanting... More