Palm Desert is a delightful destination for shoppers and foodies alike. This neighborhood offers something for everyone, from high-end shopping and five-star dining to thrift store bargains and dive bar tunes. Whether you opt for a day of splurges on El Paseo or become one with nature at The Living Desert, there's no doubt you'll find something to do in Palm Desert.
See & Do
Palm Desert is one of the best desert destinations for outdoor exploration. Take a desert hike or nature walk through trails like the popular "Bump 'N' Grind," or see desert dwellers from around the world at the The Living Desert. This zoo has desert creatures from North America and Africa, including giraffes, bighorn sheep, foxes and mountain lions.
There's no better way to enjoy Palm Desert's warm weather and scenic landscapes than by dining al fresco on one of the city's many restaurant patios. One of the most popular picks is Cafe des Beaux-Arts, a restaurant on El Paseo known for its expertly prepared French cuisine and casual brunch offerings.
Palm Desert is the desert's destination for live musi. Bars on Highway 111 like The Hood and the Red Barn host local bands and open mic nights every week. Bands range from rock and metal to reggae, and The Hood has even been known to attract more mainstream acts like Modern English.
With lakes, golf courses, onsite restaurants and even its own nightclub, there aren't many reasons why you'd need to leave the Desert Springs JW Marriott. While staying at this resort, you can take a gondola tour of the cascading waterfalls, relax on a sandy beach or treat yourself to a treatment at the Spa at Desert Springs.
Whether you love hunting for vintage treasure in thrift stores or scooping up the latest fashions in designer boutiques, Palm Desert has you covered. Highway 111 has a number of thrift stores, consignment shops and vintage boutiques for a nostalgic afternoon of digging for finds, while El Paseo is the premier destination for high-end designs and the latest fashions. Not to be missed are The Gardens on El Paseo, an outdoor shopping plaza with luxury retailers and popular restaurants.