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Where to Buy Local in Downtown DSM

Shopping in Downtown DSM

November 27, 2023

Downtown Des Moines is more than just a place to work. It’s home to entertaining shows, like the Broadway series at the Des Moines Civic Center and headliners at the Iowa Events Center. It’s also home to a collection of incredible restaurants, bars, services and shops. If you’re looking for a unique place for dinner or a new boutique to explore, start your search with these local businesses.

Downtown Des Moines Restaurants + Bars


Featured Item: Champagne Cocktails
Description: Bubbly Betty, Aperol Spritz and Gloriosa are just a few of the Effervescent Cocktails available at Americana in the Western Gateway neighborhood.

Court Avenue Brewing Company & Restaurant

Featured Item: Fusion Pizza
Description: From Noon to 9 p.m. (Dine-in only), celebrate Sunday Funday with low-cost wings at Court Avenue Brewing Company in Historic Court District.

Fong’s Pizza

Featured Item: Fusion Pizza
Description: Stop by the original location of Fong’s Pizza in Downtown DSM to try the Crab Rangoon or Ramen pizza. Gluten-free options like the Fongolian Beef, Polynesian or the Thai Chicken are also available.


Featured Item: Seasonal Dishes
Description: HOQ showcases Iowa ingredients and supports local farmers using grass-fed and pasture-raised meat, as well as organic, chemical-free produce. Menu changes almost daily.

Gateway Market & Café

Featured Item:Plant-Based/Vegan Items
Description: The Black Bean Burger, Beyond Meat Burger and Tofu Banh Mi await at Gateway Market. Or, try other menu favorites like the Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich, Reuben or Cranberry Chicken Salad Wrap.

Iowa Taproom

Featured Item: Iowa Beers
Description: You can sample more Iowa-made beers here than anywhere else in the state. There is also a wide variety of upscale bar food on the menu.

Kava DSM

Featured Item: Smoothie Bowls
Description: Try out DSM’s first kava bar! Smoothie bowls include the Sunkissed, Coral Reef, Sandcastle, Magic Mermaid, Blue Ocean and Sea Lily.


Featured Item: Prix Fixe Menu
Description: Enjoy a delectable four course meal with a menu that changes seasonally. The exposed brick walls add to the ambience of this Historic East Village location. 

Mash + Marrow at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown

Featured Item: Graziano Hot Salami Flatbread
Description: Locally sourced Graziano hot salami is featured on this flatbread from Mash + Marrow inside the Des Moines Marriott Downtown hotel.

The Stuffed Olive

Featured Item: Martinis
Description: There are more than 20 martinis on the menu. try a new one each time you visit. If you love olives, they also sell freshly stuffed olives by the skewer.

Tupelo Honey

Featured Item: Chicken & Waffles
Description: This restaurant serves scratch-made Southern food, including fried green tomatoes and their classic chicken and waffles.

Find more restaurants in DSM here.

Downtown Des Moines Services

Creative DSM

Featured Item: Digital + Social Marketing
Description: Creative DSM creates digital strategies for small businesses.


Featured Item: Public Transportation
Description: DART provides resources for those who vanpool, walk or bike, connecting people through affordable, convenient service.

LOCALiQ & Des Moines Register

Featured Item: Digital Marketing Solutions
Description: LOCALiQ uses tools to understand your user’s journey with a combination of reporting, tracking, and analytics.

UPS Supply Chain Inc.

Featured Item: Freight Options
Description: UPS Supply Chain Inc. has trusted air freight options to get it where you need it, when you need it and on your budget.

Find more business services in DSM here.

Downtown Des Moines Shops


Featured Item: Luxury Skin Care
Description: Find the best skin care products at Eden and indulge in a little extra self-care.

Goldeneye Curations

Featured Item: New Brigade Winter 2023 Collection 
Description: Goldeneye Curations is Des Moines' first vintage and sneaker store.

Mainframe Studios

Featured Item: First Fridays
Description: Occurring on the first Friday of every month, these themed open studio events are your chance to tour 180 artist studios and enjoy special exhibitions, food and live music. It's a free event.


Featured Item: Sustainable Fashion
Description: You can feel good about the brands you're buying at MARNe. They only carry products from sustainable sources with fair-trade practices.

Moberg Gallery

Featured Item: Art Consultation, Framing, Installation
Description: Moberg Arts Services offers services personalized for each client, including for the following services: art consulation, framing, site-specific artworks, art collection management, transportation and installation, live painting events, appraisal and restoration, art branding solutions, public art and murals and art exhibitions.

West End Architectural Salvage

Featured Item: Antiques
Description: This is not your average antiques shop. Here you'll find architectural items such as windows, doors, lights and decorative trim that will add character to any home or business.

Find more retail shops in DSM here. You can also find Historic East Village-specific restaurants, services and shops here.

The original #DSMlocal Buying Guide offers gift ideas for a variety of recipients from bookworms to pet lovers and more. Throughout the year, The Partnership will continue to add even more buying guides to encourage buying local, curated with DSM shops, restaurants and service providers in mind for shoppers like you!If you're a business owner and Member of The Partnership interested in being featured in one of the buying guides, sign up here.

Greater Des Moines Partnership

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization that serves Greater Des Moines (DSM), Iowa. Together with 23 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce, more than 6,500 Regional Business Members and more than 400 Investors, The Partnership drives economic growth with one voice, one mission and as one region. Through innovation, strategic planning and global collaboration, The Partnership grows opportunity, helps create jobs and promotes DSM as the best place to build a business, a career and a future. Learn more at DSMpartnership.com.