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Shop, Eat and Play in Des Moines' East Village

At the base of Iowa's capitol, Des Moines' East Village offers stylish shopping, great dining and, in fall, a series of mellow Sunday bazaars.

Des Moines' East Village: Where to shop

Aimee (pictured) A sweetly feminine vibe fills this boutique. (515) 243-0045;
Allspice This spice shop sells culinary rubs and oils. (515) 868-0808;
Eden Bath junkies will love the variety here. (515) 282-0669;
Found Things Antiques fill two floors. (515) 265-8624;
Raygun These witty tees make fab gifts. (515) 288-1323;
Sticks Colorful furniture and home goods fill a huge gallery. (515) 282-0844;

Des Moines' East Village: Where to play

Cooking with Alessandra An Italian native holds intimate classes in her downtown loft. (515) 508-9474;
Iowa capitol (pictured) This landmark's architecture dazzles inside and out. Guided tours available. (515) 281-5591;
Polished Nail Lounge Happy hour rules at this boutique nail salon. (515) 280-5172;
World Food Festival More than 30 vendors sell pierogies, tacos and more. September; check website for dates. (515) 286-4950;

Des Moines' East Village: Where to eat

Alba (pictured) Contemporary American cuisine draws foodies to this hot spot. (515) 244-0261;
Gong Fu Tea Unwind with a hot cup at an Asian-style teahouse. (515) 288-3388;
Open Sesame Some evenings, a belly dancer shimmies as diners feast on falafel, kabobs and other Middle Eastern fare. (515) 288-3151

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