Friday, May 31, 2013

Shop, Dine, & Play

Although Des Moines isn't a hot destination spot, I thought it would be fun to put together a little travel guide for my favorite places to shop, dine, and play here. So if you ever do come to Des Moines you'll know exactly what to do!


East Village
- fun art, prints, jewelry, and all things handmade in Des Moines -

East Village
- lotion, candles, perfume, all things scented & the same brands carried by Anthropologie -

East Village
- probably the best little antique shop I've found in Des Moines, it's where I found this little chair -

East Village
- cards, stationary, and all things paper, they do amazing wedding invitations - 

Valley Junction
- darling children's toy store -

Valley Junction 
- fun little shop with clothing, accessories, and home decor both old & new - 

Jordan Creek Mall
- not just any Fossil store, they sell their clothes, which most of their stores do not - 

Jordan Creek Shopping 
- boutique clothing store -


- Thai -

- Unique Pizza, our favorite is the Crab Rangoon, but get there early or you'll have a long wait out the door - 

- BBQ, featured on the Travel Channel's Man vs. Food - 

- a little more pricey ($15-30), we went here for Valentine's Day, it was delicious - 

- yummy salads, sandwiches, and pastries, including macaroons - 

- for a true down home breakfast -

- a variety of food, mostly soup, salad, and sandwiches, it's attached to a little grocery market and flower shop that also has fun things - 

- ice cream, shakes, malts, etc, and puppy cones for the dog child, it's only open during the summer though - 

- the cupcake craze the happened awhile ago in Utah is just beginning here in Des Moines ;) - 

This list is also a great one to choose from if you're looking for a good restaurant in Des Moines


- rent a paddle boat, have a picnic, run or walk the path around the lake - 

- sits right on the bank of the Des Moines River - 

- take a look at their permanent collection and new exhibitions - 

May - October
- one of my favorite summer activities - 

- basically just lots and lots of food, need I say more - 

Biking is also very popular in Des Moines, and with almost 2,000 miles of bike trails in Iowa, it's a great place to do it. 

Now all you have to do is come visit!

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