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If you’re looking to do some shopping during your trip to Des Moines, you won’t be disappointed. Here are Forbes Travel Guide editors’ favorite places to shop in Des Moines:
The East Village is where you’ll find a collection of shops with a decidedly urban flavor sandwiched between the Des Moines River and the Iowa State Capitol. Raygun is a one-of-a-kind t-shirt shop, with ever-changing designs in its spartan storefront, while Found Things and Porch Light are good stops for antiquing. Specialty shops include Sticks American Craft Gallery, Gong Fu Tea and Kitchen Collage. Take time to stroll the streets, stopping off for a bite at one of the neighborhood’s many restaurants.
Valley Junction was once the original downtown of a thriving railroad district; it eventually became the suburb of West Des Moines. You’ll want to explore the several blocks of shops lining 5th Street. Check out the vintage offerings at Atomic Garage, peruse the racks of treasures at the Theatrical Shop or check out the many antique emporia. Take a break with a cold one at the Longest Yard, a low-key sports bar with a plethora of University of Iowa Hawkeye paraphernalia lining the walls.
While more of a dining and nightlife destination, Ingersoll just west of downtown nonetheless has some hidden treasures, including some interesting gift shops. Stores change somewhat frequently; it’s probably best to just poke around until you find something interesting. There are numerous nice places to eat here as well.