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

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First rate shopping, good food

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.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Des Moines, Iowa
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Des Moines, Iowa
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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Thank dglass2016
Kent, Washington
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861 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I live in Iowa but don't get to Des Moines very often. This was my first time at Wooly's, I had a ticket for a concert there last night. The venue was big, which was nice, but thats the only good thing it's got going for it. Very disappointed with my experience there. I contacted the venue a month in... More 

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Thank Kristina W
Des Moines, Iowa
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3 of 5 bubbles 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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Waterloo, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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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Sandpoint, Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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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Thank dawnya
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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70 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

If you're looking for the up and coming spot in downtown Des Moines, this is it. Lots of great local shops and great restaurants and all within walking distance from downtown.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

I like living here (Polk County/Des Moines - I'm not currently residing in the East Village. I moved to Des Moines in 1995. The place was still recovering from a destructive and costly flood from two years previous. The city fathers/mothers weren't doing much to attract new business or new residents. The entertainment, dining, and cultural offerings were limited. Now... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

I can see that a lot of effort is going into trying to make this a trendy neighborhood. It just doesn't have the energy and vibe.

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