Palm Springs Shopping is an activity everyone must experience. Shopping in The Valley covers the range you’d expect from a world-class vacation destination: from upscale shopping, offering the best in luxury items to street fairs where you can find handcrafted items and one-of-a-kind goods. There’s really something for everyone. It’s highly unlikely that any shopper will go away empty handed! In fact, it’s not uncommon for visitors to leave town having bought a house. But, we’ll leave that to another article.
Load your bags and suit case down with all your goodies. Bring back special gifts for friends and family back home. They’ll appreciate you for it. This article covers the many shopping opportunities throughout The Valley. We will cover both permanent retail corridors and event-style shopping such as street fairs.
The Uptown Design District is on the north end of Palm Canyon Drive, between Tachevah and Alejo Road, just north of downtown Palm Springs. But, you will find more than furniture and knick-knacks here. Visitors have access to clothiers, coffee shops, bars, arts events and fine dining restaurants all within this chic two-mile stretch of Palm Springs’ main drag.
The area is most known for the wide array of mid-century modern goods you can find here. For many, this will be the epitome of what Palm Spring shopping should be. There are over 50 stores and shops to choose from. Shoppers can find contemporary art, vintage and retro décor pieces, and yes, even antiques. So, if modern design is a passion of yours, this is the place for you.
For the ultimate art viewing experience, the Back-Street Art District is the place to be. Here artists create and display sculptures, jewelry, paintings, and photography in their own studios. Visitors will also have the chance to watch artists create new pieces and may even get a chance to chat with some of them. It’s a very inspiring experience to watch these creative souls make beautiful pieces in front of you and hear about their process for creating them.
The best time to visit is during the First Wednesday Art Walk. This monthly “Open Studios” art tour runs from 5 pm – 8 pm. The Backstreet Arts District is located along South Cherokee Way in south Palm Springs. Most galleries and businesses are open from 11 am – 4 pm and are typically closed on Monday and Tuesday.
Located on East Sunny Dunes Road and Industrial Place, Sunny Dunes Vintage Row is home to more than 40 independently owned shops; most being open 7 days a week from 10am-5pm. With over 6,000 square feet of shopping space, guests will find an array of antiques and vintage items. Shoppers will find Danish modern furniture, large items such as paneled screens and hutches. Expect to find friendly shop owners in a down-home environment.
The River, in Rancho Mirage, is like this min-Valley city’s town square. You can’t miss the big blue “river” in front of the mall at the corner of Highway 111 and Bob Hope Drive. When it’s time to take a break and recharge, there are several well-known restaurant chains to choose from as well as some local favorites. But, there are also special attractions and events such as a skating rink in the winter and concerts on Friday and Saturday nights in the spring.
The mall is largely outdoors and makes for a pleasant walking experience. There are opportunities to purchase art and browse local boutiques. It’s not uncommon to see families enjoying the large fountain in the mall’s center. So, feel free to bring the kids. Hours of operation Monday – Saturday are from 10 am – 9 pm and Sunday from 11 am – 6 pm.
Westfield Palm Desert is a traditional indoor shopping center with well-known retail stores and restaurants. There are 140+ stores, a movie theater and a food court here. It’s a great place to cool down on a hot day.
A special event for children aged 2-8 occurs every Saturday from 11 am – 12 pm. Children will enjoy story time with plenty of activities. Also offered is a free local artist exhibition. Located at 72-840 Highway 111 in Palm Desert California, the Westfield shopping center is open from 10 am – 8 pm.
Some compare El Paseo to the well-known Rodeo Drive shopping district in Los Angeles. Spend a day browsing through stunning boutiques, high-end shops and enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants. There is also a beautiful garden located in the middle of the “El Paseo Gardens.” The area offers free parking, valet service, and golf cart shuttle service. El Paseo is 1 block south of Highway 111, largely between Monterey and Portola in Palm Desert. Hours are from 10 am to 7 pm with free valet parking provided.
Old Town La Quinta feels like a quintessential California Mission-style Main Street. In fact, that’s the name of the street you’ll stroll if you visit, Main. This is gathering place for locals and visitors and features over 30 local (read non-chain) shops. Beauty, dining, shopping are all covered. There is even a park and a farmer’s market. The “Certified Farmer’s Market” is open on Sundays from 8 am – 12:30 pm. Old Town La Quinta can be found at 78100 Main St, La Quinta, CA.
Looking for name brand name items at discounted prices? There are two outlet malls in Cabazon, just a few minutes northwest of Palm Springs. Both centers are located next to each other on Seminole Drive in Cabazon. with operating hours from 10 am – 9 pm.
Enjoy the beautiful mountain views as you shop. Or, stop by the Cabazon Dinosaurs. They are classic road-side attractions. It’s a one of a kind sculpture garden that includes over 50 lifelike dinos! The kids will love it. It’s also worth noting that the outlet malls are very near the Morongo Casino. You can make a day of shopping, then hit the slots for a bit of a thrill.
Cabazon Outlet mall features 18 specialty shops. The mall is pet-friendly, so bring Fido. Also, stop by the center’s office for a free VIP savings card. Hours are 10 am – 9 pm Monday through Saturday. They close an hour earlier on Sunday, 10 am – 8 pm.
The Desert Hills Premium Outlet stores, next door, has more than 180 stores. Located at 48400 Seminole Drive in Cabazon Ca sits the Desert Hills Premium Outlet. Hours of operation are Monday – Saturday from 10 am – 9 pm and closing Sundays at 8 pm.
The Village Fest is located in the heart of Palm Springs and covers the downtown core along Palm Canyon Drive, between Baristo and Amado. Palm Springs’ main street is closed to cars and trucks and open only to pedestrians every Thursday night. Shoppers can expect to find crafts, food, arts and fine entertainment.
It opens at 6 PM during high season, October through May. And it opens an hour later in summer, 7 PM from June through September. The sun goes behind the mountain not long after the fair begins. In the winter, you may want to wear a jacket. In the summer, however, you will find this to be a great time to be outdoors.
VillageFest is a dog-friendly and kid-friendly event. So, bring everyone along. Over 180 shops and stalls are available. Visitors can also take advantage of free admission to the Palm Springs Art Museum.
Every Saturday and Sunday, the parking lot at the College of the Desert in Palm Desert is transformed into a street fair. It’s an open-air market, but there’s a lot of shade too, which is important in the desert. This is a bargain hunters paradise. Shoppers will find produce, purses, hand tools, works of art, gourmet goods, pet accessories, home décor items and much more.
The fair is open all year. October – May, you can enjoy the fair from 7 am – 2 pm. June – September, visitors can shop from 7 am – 12 pm.
Shopping this fair also supports a good cause. All funds from merchant stall rentals go to support students attending the college.
With the information contained in the article, it should be clear that shopping in the Palm Springs Shopping Design District area, must be part of your experience when visiting Palm Springs. This is truly your one-stop shopping experience! Schedule your visit to the Design District in Palm Springs, you won’t be disappointed!
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