As the fastest-growing metro area in the Midwest, Des Moines has several highlights—namely its bustling, top-rated farmers’ market and exciting shopping destinations, according to Des Moines CVB’s Mandy McWherter. The Downtown Des Moines Farmers’ Market covers nine city blocks with 300 vendors from all over Iowa, attracting 25,000 visitors each Saturday from May through October.
“Groups enjoy strolling through the market, listening to live performances on four street corners, browsing fresh produce and baked goods, and tasting unique bites from food vendors, including the iconic breakfast burrito on 4th Street,” McWherter says.
In addition to the abundant farmers’ market and the soon-to-open and widely anticipated indoor public market, Des Moines is home to an eclectic collection of places to shop. Visitors can find something unique in the Historic East Village or Historic Valley Junction, and find great deals at the new Outlets of Des Moines and at the Jordan Creek Town Center, the state’s largest indoor mall. Arts and crafts shows are hosted year-round at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, where handmade gifts and home décor are the draw.
Shoppers can also peruse the place made famous by the DIY Network’s “West End Salvage” show.
“For the experienced DIY enthusiast or antique collector, West End Architectural Salvage is an intriguing destination boasting four floors of salvaged goods, repurposed furnishings, and raw materials,” McWherter says.
Top photo: Crowded streets and stalls during the Des Moines Farmers' Market
Photos by Des Moines CVB