one of my very favorite parts of des moines is a “little” neighborhood called the east village. it’s (as you’d imagine) east of the river and very near the state capitol building. it’s still considered downtown, but has a very different, eclectic feel to it. you can’t walk five steps without gazing into the windows of a beautiful storefront, or sweet coffee shop. I can spend hours there wandering around. (while stopping for coffee refills + snacks). our dog even likes it; her favorite store is nestled in the midst of it all. so, I’ve compiled a list of everything you’d need in a neighborhood + where to find it in the east village. (if you like to walk, they’re all within walking distance).
10 stops to make in the east village.
• in the market for a graphic tee? find yourself at RAYGUN | 505 East Grand. you will wander around the store laughing. they’re creative geniuses, to say the least.
• go to scenic route bakery | 350 East Locust. this can be your coffee, sweet treat, breakfast + lunch destination. they do it all really, really well. plus the decor is adorable + cozy!
• craving something completely crazy + weird? take yourself to zombie burger | 300 East Grand. you will need a few minutes to digest the menu, because the burger toppings are not the norm. whatever you do, don’t count calories + do order a milkshake (add alcohol if preferred).
• bizarre burgers not your jam, go to tacopocalypse | 407 East 5th. they’re in the taco + burrito business and they know what they’re doing. they even caught guy fieri’s eye. he shot his show diners, drive-ins & dives there.
• in the mood for some retro arcade games, take a trip to up-down | 500 East Locust. (it may resemble your grandparent’s basement, just a
little lot). pac-man? mario bros? mortal kombat? to name a few.
• if you love your fur children as much as my husband + I do, you can’t walk by a sweet little dog shoppe without stopping. (they have stuff for kittens too). bring home treats + toys to your four-legged family members from jett and monkey | 503 East Locust.
• iowans take pride in their craft beer. we have local breweries popping up frequently. interested in trying a lot of local brews but not traveling around the state? go to the iowa taproom | 215 East 3rd. it has all of the best under one roof.