If you haven’t been to Palm Springs, I recommend you add it to your bucket list STAT. As a beach bum, I was a little hesitant to book a vacation to Palm Springs because obviously there is no beach, but this place has easily topped my list of favorite places I’ve visited and I can’t wait to go back. Palm Springs is filled with great restaurants, coffee shops, boutique hotels, amazing architecture, colors (oh, the colors!) and it’s the place to go for ultimate R&R. If you’re planning a trip to the desert anytime soon, bookmark this post because below I’m sharing a recap of our favorite restaurants and bars, hotels, coffee shops, and things to do!
RESTAURANTS, BARS + COFFEE SHOPS
Ernest Coffee, Koffi, and Custom Coffee — All three are great little coffee shops in the heart of downtown. Honestly can’t go wrong with any of them, or if you have time, go to all three!
Coachella Valley Brewing and La Quinta Brewing — We are craft beer drinkers in our house, so we couldn’t book a trip without visiting local breweries. Both breweries are a little outside the town of Palm Springs, but if you have a car and are willing to make a 15 minute drive, these are both good spots for a refreshing brew. La Quinta also has a taproom on North Palm Canyon Drive, the main strip in town, if you prefer to stay local.
Draughtsman — This place is right in downtown Palm Springs and is a great place for both beer and food, and they’ve got a ton of outdoor games if you’re in to that sort of thing!
Bootlegger Tiki — A perfect place for the person who loves funky cocktails and tropical bevvys.
El Jefe Tequila Bar — Located in the Saguaro Hotel this place has great margaritas and the perfect happy hour apps!
It’s no secret that Palm Springs is loaded with cute hotels, so in our few days there, we made it a point to try and visit as many of them as possible, you know, so we could scope out where we’re going to stay next visit :) The best thing about hotels here is that even if you’re not a guest, you can stop in for a visit and a few drinks.
ACE Hotel — Perhaps the most popular hotel in town. Very hipster, very cool, very good happy hour. Also the home of the Kings Highway restaurant — we didn’t eat here this trip, but it’s received good reviews.
Holiday House — This place is CUTE! The hotel is all shades of blue and white and has a great little bar. The night we were there the hotel was setting up a family style dinner for all of its guests. Fun, right?
The Saguaro Hotel — The hotel you see all over Instagram that’s famous for its color blocking. We stopped by to check out the colors in person and to grab a drink at El Jefe.
Arrive Hotel — This place has a rad outdoor space — think fire pits and fun seating. It’s right next door to Custom Coffee and Ice Cream & Shoppe.
La Serena Villas — Home of the Azucar Restaurant and rooftop bar. You cannot miss this place on your trip. Dinner reservations were completely full, so we didn’t get to partake in dinner, but we had drinks at the rooftop bar and crushed on all of the Moroccan decor.
Parker Palm Springs — You haven’t been to Palm Springs without going to the Parker, right? Definitely the most iconic hotel in Palm Springs and another can’t miss spot while on your Palm Springs Tour. We quite possibly had the most expensive cheese board & drinks ever here, but the experience was so worth it.
THINGS TO DO
R&R — Duh. I think this goes without saying. Palm Springs is the ultimate place to chill out and slow down.
The Door Tour — We rented bikes from BIKE Palm Springs Rentals and had the best time riding around. We were on a mission to do The Door Tour, the one where you visit all the houses with the bright colored and fun front doors. It was great and I V recommend. I will say though, that #thatpinkdoor now has “no photography” signs out front and there are also a handful of houses that are in a private neighborhood that has a big bold sign saying trespassers will be prosecuted, but that didn’t stop us. #rebels
Aerial Tramway — We were told this is a “must do” while in Palm Springs, but unfortunately while we were there it was closed due to it being the off-season. So, I can’t share about my experience but will check it out on my next visit.
Moorten Botanical Gardens — I was SO looking forward to visiting this place but like the Aerial Tramway we didn’t make it here while it was open. We visited PS in the middle of September, which is supposedly a really slow time in town, so a lot of places either close for the month, or have abbreviated hours. Sadly, we ended up missing this place because the hours online didn’t match up to when the gardens were actually open. Major bummer!
I hope you find this post helpful in booking your trip to the desert! Any questions? Let me know in the comments below!