It's no secret that I love Palm Springs. I visit probably once a month, and that's because I live so close to it (it's about an hour and 40 minute drive with no traffic). There's something so soothing about driving past those infamous rows of windmills, knowing you're about to be in paradise. People are aaaaalways asking me where the best places to eat/shop/sleep are, so I thought I'd put together a little guide of some of my favorite spots. Hope you enjoy and I'd love to know where your favorite Palm Springs spots are! <3
01. ERNEST COFFEE
This cute little coffee shop is usually my first stop on the way in as it's right on Palm Canyon Drive as you roll into town. I love its kitschy architecture such as the tiki posts, and the bright orange pops of color. Their coffee is delicious (stumptown coffee! woowoo) and the environment is nice and relaxing, too!
address: 1101 n. palm canyon dr. palm springs, ca 92262
02. JUST FABULOUS
This is my favorite gift shop in all of Palm Springs. They have a great selection of art books, cookbooks and gifts (like those cute Jonathan Adler pillows above), and so much more.
address: 515 n palm canyon drive. palm springs, ca 92262
03. THE FINE ART OF DESIGN
The best (in my opinion) vintage clothing store in town! There is a vast selection of vintage high end designer shoes, bags, jewelry and clothes, as well as lesser-known brands as well. They color-code their dresses on the racks which is total eye candy in my opinion! Stop by and visit Nicolas and Luisa. They're the best. I was able to snag my favorite dress of theirs that I wear practically every day now that I own it!
address: 73717 highway 111, palm desert, ca 92260
04. THE SAGUARO
The Saguaro is my #1 choice for places to stay in Palm Springs. They always have great deals on
rooms, and as you can see, the hotel is full of color! I like going to their El Jefe bar for a margarita, and if you go on Tuesday, you'll be in for a treat because some of the tacos are only $2! Woohoo. I love a good deal. Make sure to visit Paula down in the spa and get a massage from Robert. And try to request a pink room when you check in - they're so pretty. <3
address: 1800 e palm canyon dr, palm springs, ca 92262
yummy tacos at el jefe
05. CITRON at THE VICEROY
Want to know a secret? Citron at The Viceroy makes the absolute best chocolate chip cookies in the world. The first time I tried them was when Chris and I stayed at this hotel for our 4 year anniversary and they blew my mind. The recipe is so delicious that it's kept a secret, sadly. But they are definitely a must try. My favorite ritual is to come here at night, sit by the fire pits, and order up a plate of these. Yum!
address: 415 s. belardo road, palm springs, ca 92262
If you're looking for a breakfast spot that serves fun, unique options, this is your place. They have a rotating menu that changes according to what's in season (right now it's a spring scramble of indio corn, boursin cheese and asparagus, and the carrot cake waffle with cream cheese frosting that's pictured above), and then a handful of staples (such as buttermilk & corn pancakes and custard cheesy scrambled eggs). Be prepared to wait, and don't try to come on a Tuesday because that's when they're closed. Oh and try their infamous bacon flight!
address: 622 n palm canyon dr, palm springs, ca 92262
07. SALVATION MOUNTAIN
Salvation Mountain is an art installation in the town of Slab City, which is about an hour and a half east of Palm Springs. I decided to go one day on a whim and couldn't believe my eyes. It was BEAUTIFUL! Be sure to stop by the Salton Sea on your way in if you decide to go. It's an old town full of abandoned restaurants and gas stations (if that's your thing).
Hope you enjoyed my little guide! Stay tuned as I'll be doing more of these! :)
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