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Market District

Soon to be the site of future apartments, restaurants and entertainment, the Market District represents another step forward into Downtown Des Moines’ (DSM's) bright future.

Sitting to the south of East Court Avenue next to and complementing the Historic East Village, the Market District is one of the youngest neighborhoods in Downtown DSM. Formerly an industrial neighbor to Downtown DSM, it’s quickly turning into a new hub of development and activity with apartments and entertainment venues in the works.

Things to Do


A quick walk over the Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway Bridge leads to Principal Park, home to the Iowa Cubs. Also within walking distance is the neighboring Historic East Village and Historic Court Avenue District neighborhoods.

Housing

As one of Downtown DSM’s up-and-coming areas, development opportunity for a host of residential buildings, bars and restaurants is ripe in what was formerly zoned as an industrial area.  

Restaurants & Nightlife

Craft breweries are leading the burst of regeneration in the Market District with the nearby Madhouse Brewing Company taproom opening in 2014, and 2017 addition Peace Tree Brewing promising to whet the appetite of locals and visitors alike. Additionally, restaurants like Mad Meatball, Margarita and the nearby Mullets draw walkers, runners and bicyclists from nearby trailheads.