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Where to Buy Local in the Historic East Village in Downtown DSM

Shopping in the Historic East Village

For one-of-a-kind restaurants, shops, and cozy coffee shops, head directly to Des Moines' Historic East Village. Whether you’re planning a date night or looking for a unique shopping experience, the Historic East Village has something for everyone. The Greater Des Moines Partnership recommends taking a walking tour of the area and discovering your own favorite #DSMlocal spot.

Downtown Des Moines Historic East Village Attractions

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Featured Item: Signature Events
Description: From Music in the Garden to Dome After Dark, the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden offers signature events throughout the year.

Iowa State Capitol

Featured Item: Capitol Grounds
Description: See monuments and sculptures, including Memorial Plaza (World War II) and the Vietnam War Memorial on the Iowa State Capitol grounds.


Featured Item: Concerts
Description: Don't miss live shows at Wooly's. Attend events like Shrek Rave in June, Petrock: A Tribute to the Smooth Rock of the '70s in July or Taylor Fest in August.

Downtown Des Moines Historic East Village Restaurants and Bars


Featured Item: Poolside Cocktails and Slushies
Description: Visit Downtown DSM's neighborhood tiki bar Monday through Sunday to try out the fall cocktail menu and the newly launched THC-infused drinks.

Coa Cantina 

Featured Item: Tacos
Description: Try the slow-roasted beef, carnitas, chicken or chorizo tacos or a burrito at Coa Cantina. Or enjoy specials like half-priced drafts during Happy Hour.


Featured Item: Grass-Fed Burger
Description: HOQ showcases Iowa ingredients and supports local farmers using grass-fed and pasture-raised meat, as well as organic, chemical-free produce.


Featured Item: Tapas
Description: Tapas items are available at The Purveyor Des Moines, a charcuterie, wine and cheese restaurant in the Historic East Village.

Zombie Burger + Drink Lab

Featured Item: Boozy Milkshakes
Description: Level up your favorite sweet treat with its perfect alcoholic beverage. There's nothing spooky about these pairings!

Downtown Des Moines Historic East Village Shops 

A-D Distributing Co., Inc.

Featured Item: Iowa Flag
Description: Show your state spirit by purchasing an Iowa flag. Various sizes available.


Featured Item: Fresh Spices
Description: Shop for the foodie in your life at AllSpice, where you'll find a wide variety of high-quality spices and herbs.


Featured Item: Stationary
Description: Find one-of-a-kind cards and gifts. They also design and create custom invitations for weddings, baby showers and more.

Fleet Feet Des Moines

Featured Item: Running Shoes
Description: Find running shoes for men and women through Fleet Feet's Fleet Feet Outfitting Process.


Featured Item: Vegan Beauty
Description: Try Wild Lather soaps rich in antioxidants to soothe the skin, or try Sisters Body products, including the hand wash, body wash, scent oil and more.

Storyhouse Bookpub

Featured Item: Bestsellers
Description: Browse in-store or online at this darling independent bookstore in the Historic East Village.

Downtown Des Moines East Village Coffee Shops 

Daisy Chain Coffee

Featured Item: Daniel Bee's Honey Latte
Description: This specialty coffee shop features Iowa honey that you can purchase separately or sample in a hand-crafted coffee drink.

Scenic Route Bakery

Featured Item: Cuban
Description: Enjoy the combination of sweet brown sugar and strong espresso in this signature drink.

Vibrant Coffeehouse and Kitchen

Featured Item: Coffee and Sandwiches
Description: Choose from a wide range of espresso drinks crafted from house-roasted beans, colorful and refreshing energy drinks, hot and iced teas, chai and smoothies.

Find a complete list of Member businesses here.

Learn more about buying local by visiting dsmpartnership.com/buylocal and make sure to use #DSMlocal when posting about your local products, services or purchases on social media.

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.