While sipping complimentary champagne, choose from a chic collection of dresses and outfits. Only for those who love being exclusive.
This is a women's boutique for the fashion-forward. Aimee in Des Moines' East Village prides itself on its extensive assortment of chic and elegant clothing, accessories and footwear. Browse through their tasteful collection and update yourself with what's in vogue while sipping on champagne that's on-the-house.
Address:432 East Locus Street, East Village, Des Moines, 50309
phone:+(515) 243 0045
Located in the East Village, Della Viti is a wine bar with a self-service feature
Della Viti has more than 40 varieties of wines to delight you. Enjoy a glass of wine with a Charcuterie board and local chocolates sourced from Chocolaterie Stam.
Address:425 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, 50309
phone:+(515) 259 9918
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
Botanical garden located near the Des Moines River
The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is filled with beautiful plants. This expansive garden also has a farm to table restaurant and it's busy with events throughout the year.
Address:909 Robert D. Ray Dr, Des Moines, 50309
phone:+(515) 323 6290
A funky pizza restaurant
A fun atmosphere with Asian inspired pizza choices. This pizza place is known nationally for their delicious Crab Rangoon Pizza. The bar serves tiki drinks as well as many local beers.
Address:223 4th Street, Des Moines, 50309
phone:+(515) 323 3333
The Iowa Tap Room
Local Tap Room offers a selection of craft beers sourced from breweries around the state
Settled in the heart of the East Village, the Iowa Taproom is the go-to place for an ultimate beer experience. With taps pouring close to 100 beers and an array of locally-inspired dishes, The Iowa Taproom will be your favorite place to celebrate the state and its culinary culture.
Address:215 East 3rd Street, # 100, Des Moines, 50309
phone:+(515) 243 0827
Splash Seafood Bar & Grill
By winning the prestigious DiRoNA Award, it has made a big splash in the culinary world. The seafood variety will spoil you for choice.
Splash Seafood Bar & Grill is a catch for seafood lovers! The award-winning establishment features a delectable array of marine delicacies, the divine seafood platter being a must-have, as well as a perfectly complementing wine list. The ceiling baubles and the large aquariums make for fantastic interiors, not to mention the foot-tapping reggae music that completes the energetic vibe.
Address:303 Locust Street, Des Moines, 50309
phone:+(515) 244 5686
This gallery allows you to peek into the vivid art world of Iowa. Past exhibits have included “Child's Play” by Thomas C. Jackson.
Moberg Gallery, a contemporary art space in Des Moines, is the melting pot of Iowan culture. It showcases splendid works from local artists and well known artists from Iowa. The sizeable collection is thought provoking and gives one an insight into the creative dynamics of the region.
Address:2921 Ingersoll Avenue, Des Moines, 50312
phone:+(515) 279 9191
Green Goods for the Home
By shopping here you are actually supporting the green movement. It sells eco-friendly and reusable merchandise.
Shop while saving the world at Green Goods for the Home, specialists in environment-friendly and reusable products. On sale are a host of ecological lifestyle solutions that take you an inch closer towards a greener planet.
Address:333 East Grand Avenue, Suite 102, East Village, Des Moines, 50309
phone:+(515) 309 2196
A clothing store with Midwestern humor.
Walk into one of the most exciting stores in Des Moines that started out as a 1,350 square feet t-shirt store to now having four stores. Head to their East Village location and enjoy some local brew and ice cream sandwiches from Mars cafe and Thelma's.
Address:505 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, 50309
phone:+(515) 554 2645
Gastrogrub with weekly jazz.
This East Village gem has a cozy atmosphere with some New York flair. Enjoy their tapas and empanadillas along with a smooth drink. Small and large plates are served. Jazz is a weekly feature here.
Address:428 E Locust St, Des Moines, 50309
phone:+(515) 244 5845
Savor mussels or beer braised pork paired with artisan cocktails like the Smoking Gun or gin-based Adelaide.
RōCA, or Restaurant on Court Avenue, is a great addition to downtown's culinary scene. Located in the Historic Court Avenue District, this rustic-chic dining space is replete with old photographs, fine art, antiques and exposed brick walls to match the century-old building it is located in. On the menu are sharing platters like hoison-marinated ribeye skewers and escargot in potato shells, as well as larger plates like beef stroganof and stuffed pork chop. Select from brews, spirits and handcrafted cocktails like the Gotham Sour and Slippery Slope from their chalkboard above the long bar. Or opt for a bottle of fine wine from their cellar.
Address:208 Court Avenue, Des Moines, 50309
phone:+(515) 282 3663
Iowa Hall of Pride
With interactive, technology-based exhibits, this museum honors past achievements by Iowans in the fields of sport, art and academics.
The Iowa Hall of Pride chronicles the achievements of Iowans across a myriad of vocations, from academics and art to athletics and cinema. Their multi-media exhibitions are an interesting and fun way to learn about the history of the community. Shoot baskets, play football, watch videos, take a science lesson, or sing with the state choir for a unique museum experience. This place is a must visit for families looking to combine entertainment and education.
Address:330 Park Street, Des Moines, 50309
phone:+(515) 280 8969
Shoot some pool and enjoy daily Schlitz hours at the popular watering hole that sees one of the best live music scenes in the capital.
Gas Lamp is Des Moines' quintessential bar-next-door and a favorite joint among locals and those in the know. One of the most happening spots for live music in the city, the stage sees local bands and emerging talent cover blues, country, folk and alternative rock, among a host of genres. Grab a pint from domestic and international brews on offer and enjoy weekly open jam nights. The place is unpretentious and has a certain old-world, motel-esque vibe going for it. Dimly lit with only a hint from LED signs, the decor features wall-mounted animal heads, exposed brick walls, intricate ceiling and funky graffiti art on the lavatory interiors.
Address:1501 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, 50309
phone:+(515) 280 3778
Salisbury House & Gardens
Historic home that sits on 9 acres. Built in the 1920's by the Week's family. Inspired by The King's House in England.
The Salisbury House and Gardens in Des Moines is an excellent museum where you can learn about the history and culture of the area as well as view the house itself. Modeled after a 15th-century manor from England, the estate is lavishly furnished. Each room boasts exquisite architecture coupled with majestic interiors. You’ll find an impressive collection of rare antiques, books and valuable artifacts.
Address:4025 Tonawanda Drive, Des Moines, 50312
phone:+(515) 274 1777
West End Architectural Salvage
Four floors of antiques offering coffee, wine and treats.
Unique items are found at West End Salvage. Enjoy a hot beverage from their cafe while browsing the four-story store that offers something for everyone. West End Salvage aired on HGTV from 2013 - 2015. Owner and DIY expert Don short turned trash into cash in his many episodes.
Address:22 9th street, Des Moines, 50309
phone:+(515) 554 2645
A fun kitchen supply store located in the East Village
Kitchen Collage is known for its unique inventory of culinary tools, tableware, and other kitchen supplies. This store also has a collection of wedding gifts and the place offers cooking classes too!
Address:430 E Locust Street, Des Moines, 50309
phone:+(515) 554 2645
The Cheese Bar
Local and artisan cheeses with small plate options
This is the spot for any cheese lover! Enjoy a variety of cocktails, beers, wines, and mead on tap. The Cheese Bar features fondue, raclette, house- made charcuterie, grilled cheeses as well as Mac & Cheese.
Address:2529 Ingersoll Avenue, Des Moines, 50312
phone:+(515) 277 7828
One of the best bakeries in Des Moines
Molly's Cupcakes has an array of treats from brownies to pies to even homemade ice cream. Also, the establishment uses some part of their profits for philanthropic activities.
Address:215 E 3rd Street, Des Moines, 50309
phone:+(515) 244 0778
Big City Burgers & Greens
A hamburger joint with a modern touch serving burgers, salads wraps and malts.
If you’re looking for a lunch spot that offers local meats, Big City Burgers and Greens is the place to be. Dining can be done both in and outdoors. It's a popular downtown eatery located in the the Capital Square Building.
Address:400 Locust Street, # 195, Des Moines, 50309
phone:+(515) 537 8433
A unique Gallery of locally crafted furniture and other object art pieces.
Founded in 1992 by the talented Sarah Grant, Sticks Gallery specializes in vibrant colors, positive messages, and one of a kind hand crafted furniture pieces, and other objects of art produced right here in Des Moines, then shipped across the nation. The friendly, and knowledgeable staff wont hesitate to assist or answer any questions you may have
Address:400 E locust street suite #12, Des Moines, 50309
phone:+515 282 0844
Contemporary cafe setting combined with large portions of Italian style dishes.
Basil Prosperi offers a Variety of home style Italian favorites from pastas, with Marinara, Alfredo, Pesto, or Oils, to Sandwiches, Soups, Salads, and Pizzas. A wall of windows lends to a scenic view of the surrounding city, along with their always helpful and friendly staff makes this lunch spot a must when spending time in Des Moines.
Address:801 Grand ave, Des Moines, 50309
phone:+515 224 2070
Womens boutique with unique, and creative clothing, and accessories.
Wanderlust has a unique, and fresh spin on the clothing trends of the day, complemented by local hand made accessories you'll be looking good no matter what occasion you are dressing for.
Address:510 E Locust St #108, Des Moines, 50309
phone:+515 288 3601
Fontenelle Supply Co
Hand crafted leather goods made with American sourced materials
Vintage tool restoration, and hand crafted leather manufacturing isn't really the norm nowadays, but at Fontenelle Supply Co. its a passion. Using only materials found in the USA, Fontenelle Supply specializes in everything from old farm tools, to almost any leather accessory
Address:524 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, 50309
phone:+515 259 4035
Gothic occult style speakeasy and tequila bar
The red neon double cross above the black basement door is only the beginning, once inside you’ll find a dim candle lit room, phrases in red neon cover the walls adding to the eerie but inviting atmosphere. If the 25 different types of tequila don’t have you occupied the interesting décor and live djs featuring Sid Wilson of Slipknot will.
Address:223 E Walnut St, Des Moines, 50309
Locally owned and operated brewing company
Started in 2012, Exile is family owned and is Iowa's largest brewery distributing state wide. They brew, bottle, can, and test all their beer on site complete with a locally sourced kitchen. There’s a little taste of Iowa in every ounce of this rustic brewery. Exile offers tours every Saturday at 3:15 pm and 4:00 pm
Address:1514 Walnut Street, Des Moines, 50309
phone:+515 883 2337
Des Moines own authentic British pub with English style food and copious volumes of scotch
Fish and Chips, Bangers and Mash coupled with Belgian beers and over 120 malt scotches, the Royal Mile might have you second guessing if you are still in Iowa or not. With its home-style feel and cosy fireplace it's no wonder Royal Mile has been featured by BBC America, and Esquire magazine.
Address:210 4th street, Des Moines, 50309
phone:+515 282 2012
Peace Tree Brewing
Brewing great beer for peaceful times
Peace Tree gets its name from the old legends of a giant sycamore tree in the middle of lake Red Rock, its said that for generations the natives, and then fur traders would gather at the tree for peace treaties, and celebrations. Peace Tree looks to carry on that tradition by supplying their beer across the state of Iowa and parts of Nebraska.
Address:317 E Court Ave, Des Moines, 50309
phone:+515 883 2739
Des Moines' Premium Belgian bar
Hidden above the British Pub Royal Mile is its little step brother the Red Monk, Des Moines' only true Belgian bar, The two bars do share the same menu of favorites from across the pond
Address:210 4th Street, Des Moines, 50309
phone:+515 282 2012
A unique store where locally grown isn’t just a gimmick
Started as an idea to bring the community closer, Locally Grown has embraced their name like no one could of imagined. Using sustainable, organic cotton and other materials grown in the United States of America, Locally Grown promotes a message of local community, and people first.
Address:350 E Locust #101, Des Moines, 50309
phone:+515 850 6726