The Coolest Palm Springs City Guide

Palm Springs is one of the best places on the planet. We are obsessed with the palm trees, bright colors, mid-centuy mod architecture, and desert heat. No longer just for "the grey and the gay," Palm Springs is in the middle of a hip renaissance. It's the perfect place to come for a relaxing vacation, but there's still plenty of good food, cocktails, and pools to visit so you won't get bored. Whether you're heading there soon for Coachella, or just want a sunny holiday, here is our Palm Springs City Guide filled with the coolest places in town (and organized by neighborhood).

What to Do in Palm Springs

Besides relax by the pool, you ask? Vintage shopping is a must in Palm Springs, and The Fine Art of Design in Palm Desert is like vintage mecca. Stop by the Moorten Botanical Gardens for a perfect selfie shot, or feed the baby giraffe at The Living Desert. Our favorite thing to do in Palm Springs, though, is check out all the cool houses and mid-century mod architecture. We rented bikes from Bike Palm Springs and biked all around the flat city checking out the historic houses in this self-guided tour

A visit to #Thatpinkdoor is a Palm Springs classic - I mean, any house that has it's own Instagram hashtag must be, right? If you're looking for That Pink Door's address or location, you can find her at 1100 East Sierra Way in South Palm Springs (not too far from The Ace Hotel). 

Arrive Palm Springs

The new hotel Arrive Palm Springs is located a little north of the Palm Springs city core, and besides a gorgeous pool to lay out beside, it also has a restaurant/bar, ice cream shop, and coffee shop. Reservoir has delicious seafood tacos and the perfect poolside patio, while Customs Coffee is serving up local beans from Joshua Tree Coffee Company and juice from LA-based Juice Served Here.

 Ice Cream & Shop(pe) is the place to go to cool down with some gelato or ice cream, and they have a totally rad gift shop of curated goodies (and a #palmspringsisbetter neon sign). For more places to eat in Palm Springs, check out the full Palm Springs City Guide here. 

The Uptown Design District:

Where to Drink in Palm Springs

The core of Palm Springs is the Uptown Design District, which is full of places to east, drink, and shop in Palm Springs. For the best coffee in town, stop by Ernest Coffee and grab a Stumptown brew. This spot is coffee in the front, party in the back, as it transforms into Bootlegger Tiki at night-time. Definitely an awesome patio at any time of day!

Nothing screams "vacation" more than a beautiful tiki drink with a flower on top, right? The drinks at Bootlegger Tiki are some of the best in the city, and their bartenders are super knowledgeable (plus, they just launched a new amazing cocktail menu). 

Where to Eat in Palm Springs

When it comes to where to get brunch in Palm Springs, Cheeky's is the town favorite. Be prepared to stand in line though, this place is infamous! Jake's next door is good for brunch too, and they also have a delicious dinner menu. We loved the romantic outdoor atmosphere at Birba, and Work/Shop Kitchen and Bar is the most similar to "big city" fine dining you'll find in Palm Springs.

Where to Shop in Palm Springs

There's a ton of really great mid-century mod furniture shopping in Palm Springs, but if you don't want to break the bank, head to The Frippery for some cute and curated vintage shopping. Days Market L.A. has a Palm Springs pop-up shop, where you can find a variety of local, hip brands. 

South Palm Springs

About 10 minutes away from the Uptown Design District is South Palm Springs, which is home to a ton of hotels and cool houses. Most notably, the iconic Ace Hotel and Swim Club. Even if you're not staying here, it's worth dropping by to lounge by the pool or eat at King's Highway. Whether at the diner or on the poolside patio, we loved the food (and brunch was amazing). 

Across the street, you can grab your morning coffee at Koffi, the other local coffee shop. Appetito Deli is an incredible Californian-inspired Italian spot that's excellent for lunch or dinner, and they even have gluten-free pizzas too!

Palm Desert

Amidst all the luxury brands and big stores in Palm Desert, we found the lovely local boutique Elizabeth & Prince, where you can easily get into stylish Palm Springs vacation mode. For coffee, stop by IW Coffee, which also has healthy and gluten-friendly treats. 

And last but certainly not least, The Fine Art of Design. If not for the coolest vintage collection we've ever seen, then at least come for the Instagram. That's it! Share this post with your Coachella loving friends, follow us on Instagram at @localwanderer,  and we'll see you in the desert! 

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