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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Neighbourhood
“East Village of DSM is a quaint area full of shopping, night life, and restaurants.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
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“This is a local staple. Out-of-towners, as well as locals, love to stop here for a bite.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Local Government Office
“This is a beautiful building and you can schedule a free tour or just walk in and look around for free! The Capitol grounds are also very nice.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
“Below-ground bar for retro 80s & 90s arcade games & weekly specials, with craft beer & cocktails. This places gets very busier the later you get in the night. We love their old school pin ball machines! ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bar
“Wooly's is the place to go for entertainment you may not get elsewhere, small venue to see artists up-close. It is a bar. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Clothes Shop
“Iconic t-shirt shop with a snarky attitude. Books, mugs, baby onesies and more.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“If you like beer, you will LOVE the Taproom. A beer hall-style setting in downtown Des Moines with 99 taps featuring all Iowa craft brews and a variety of American food favorites. 99 Taps from over 35 Iowa Breweries Browse the beers. Good food too! And a CupCake shop next door. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Café
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“Coffee and baked goods. Large amount of seating. Close to the State Capitol which is fun to see. Both the grounds and inside are open to the public (check hours first for inside). Metered parking. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Our favorite sushi spot. Mike is the owner and always behind the sushi bar. He's legit.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
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“Tiny gross (as in filthy) dive bar with die-hard fans. Enter at your own risk. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Personally, my favorite cocktail bar in Des Moines if for no other reasons than the Caipirinha (not on the menu, be sure to ask), the hidden outdoor patio, and the occasional jazz on the weekends. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Outdoor skating rink - skate rentals available! Open seasonally - summer months hold concert series!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Off-Licence
  • 2 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Great rotating menu and excellent drinks. Food is neo americana style dishes with adequate portions”
  • 6 locals recommend
Food
“Located in the East Village of Des Moines metro, this is another solid spot if you're looking for a good beer and snacks!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Night Club
“Interested in Salsa dancing? On Thursday nights, Lime has a salsa dancing night starting at 9pm till close. They offer a free 1-hour class taught by Salsa Des Moines, which begins at 8pm. All you have to do is show up!”
  • 2 locals recommend