The historic East Village of Des Moines includes several blocks of businesses and restaurants in the shadow of the gold dome of the state Capitol. An eclectic mix of architecture, art, restaurants, and retail establishments, downtown’s East Village is quirky and hip.

Located on the east side of the Des Moines River in downtown Des Moines, the East Village begins at the Des Moines River and extends east to the Iowa Capitol building. The northern edge of the neighborhood is Interstate I-235, and to the south is the Des Moines River.

As one of the original commerce areas of Des Moines, East Village encompasses some of Iowa’s most significant buildings, including the State Capitol and numerous buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Also included on the Register are The Northwestern Hotel, the Hohberger Building, the Teachout Building, the McCoy Building, the Studio Building, and the Municipal Building. The buildings now house everything from retail shops to private apartments.

East Village also has a wide range of eateries. There is roof top dining to be found, ideal for enjoying sunny and pleasant Des Moines weather. There restaurants and coffee shops, sporting names such as Tacopocolypse, Mad Meatball, Noodle Zoo, and even Zombie Burger + Drink Lab. The East Village fare is as diverse as the namesake, so bring an adventurous appetite!

Shopping is a popular activity in this historical district of Des Moines. With clothing, jewelry, furniture, and even a pet boutique, shoppers can find something to suit their fancy. Window shopping is also a great past time in East Village, with lots of personality and architecture to absorb.

The next time you are in Des Moines, be sure to plan some time in East Village for its eclectic charm and funky character.