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Valley Junction

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Address: 217 5th St, West Des Moines, IA 50265-4719
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Old Des Moines

If you miss Real 'downtown' with locally-owned stores and restaurants, this will take you back home. There are lots of events to bring you here. Every Thursday from May thru... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Des Moines, Iowa

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Des Moines, Iowa
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you miss Real 'downtown' with locally-owned stores and restaurants, this will take you back home. There are lots of events to bring you here. Every Thursday from May thru September, there's an afternoon farmer's market with great (local, of course) live music. If you're in the area on a Thursday, this is worth going out of your way.

Thank promopower
Des Moines, Iowa
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21 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Second best farmers market in metro area. Somewhat smaller then the court avenue farmers market. A little less crowded But still gives you all the things you want. Music,food, produce, local items plus all the eclectic shops of valley junction

Thank Jeff O
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4 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Valley Junction is a great place to visit. Shhhhhhh.....keep it quiet. A beautiful community with some of the nicest people you will ever meet. The restaurants are excellent and the local shops offer a variety of great gift ideas to take home. I love supporting the wonderful community. We visit every time we visit our kids and grand daughter.

Thank Richard D
Des Moines, Iowa
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Reviewed 14 April 2017

The area is trying to re-invigorate itself, but still several empty storefronts. There are a couple fun antique shops and a couple local bars and restaurants to visit. The early spring Saturday of our visit was very quiet though. Maybe things pick up as Summer approaches?

Thank Dan M
West Des Moines, Iowa
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

Best food variety and crafters! So much to look at here! Lots of people, live music on stage and other live music throughout! Kids and dogs are welcome!

Thank Beccag63
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86 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2017

We stopped in several of the shops and there have been several things that have changed over the years but it is still a very nice place to stop in and do a little browsing and dining.

Thank IA_Catwoman
Woodward, Iowa
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

You can always find something to do in Valley Junction, whether it be vintage shopping, eating, looking for one of a kind clothing, or coming on a Farmer's market night & listening to live music. Fun area

Thank Denise80817
West Des Moines, Iowa
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86 reviews
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

Several different local businesses that are everything from vintage to far out! I would recommend to anyone needing an afternoon diversion!

Thank Terry V
Ankeny, Iowa
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420 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2017

The old heart of West Des Mounes is called Valley Junction. Everything is mainly on three blocks of the old 5th Street. There is a costume shop where you can buy adult party costumes. There is a famous local pizza restaurant. There are lots of antique shops. There are several original, high quality art stores. You will see tour buses... More 

Thank david_hance_iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2016

Went to the area for a liesurely evening out to shop and enjoy the weekly evening outdoor entertainment. It was fun, with many people and a variety of food and drink options. Downfalls are limited seating in the entertainment area and parking. People that attend regularly take lawn chairs to solve the seating problem.

Thank JAMESknoxville

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