Palm Springs has been our go-to weekend getaway for the past few years! It’s just a 2 hour drive from LA and it’s all sunshine, palm trees and guacamole – and really, what more could you ask for?
I’m rounding up my favorite places to eat, drink and stay while in the desert in this edition of Gaby’s Guide to Palm Springs! And it’s no coincidence that it’s the start of festival season so there are plenty of excuses to head to Palm Springs before it heats up for the summer. But if heat doesn’t phase you, (like me – I mean, I did grow up in Arizona after all!) then summer is the perfect time to head to PS because it’s way cheaper than spring, fall or winter!
Workshop Kitchen + Bar – one of the nicer restaurants in Palm Springs, Workshop is fab for a night on the town. It’s minimalist design is perfect for your instagram obsessed folks like me – and the food is amazing. Their menu changes frequently, but fingers crossed you can order the octopus because it’s the best!!
Cheeky’s – my go to place for a casual breakfast! There always seems to be a line but it’s absolutely worth the wait! The chilequiles are to die for!! And if you don’t wake up in time to hop over there for breakfast, check out their sister restaurant ….
Birba – it’s the sister restaurant to Cheeky’s and if you go you’re in for some really incredible pizza and wood fired food. The cocktails are fantastic (and strong) and the scene is so fun! It’s not to be missed.
Norma’s – nestled right at the front of The Parker, Norma’s is without a doubt the place to be. A boozy brunch here is beyond and you can meander down to the lemonade bar when you’re done so you can continue your leisurely morning.
Reservoir – it’s new to the PS scene and I love it. Tacos, margaritas and an open air patio… done and done.
Appetito – this cute little italian/california deli is majorly adorable! It’s the perfect spot to grab lunch (and a coffee next door). Park it outside on the patio and enjoy. Their Porchetta panini is particularly amazing!
Lantana – If you venture outside of Palm Springs proper into Indian Wells then Lantana is the place to go! We always wind up here after the Indian Well tennis tournament and the salads are exactly what you want after a long day in the sun!
Cork & Fork – and if you venture past Indian Wells into La Quinta (which is where all the amazing golf is) you’ll need to somehow make your way to Cork & Fork. It’s the cutest little wine bar in the desert and their tiny outdoor patio is gorgeous. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu but their Poke Nachos are kinda out of this world!!
Colony Palms – one of the best places to get a poolside cocktail and enjoy the scenery! Colony Palms is not only gorgeous, but it’s right smack in the middle of Palm Springs – so go toodle around and grab a mid-day cocktail here!
El Jefe – I mean, what’s a trip to the desert without the best guacamole, tacos and margaritas. El Jefe takes the cake on that 100%
La Quinta Resort + Club has the sweetest piano bar with a pretty fantastic wine list! They also have about 3 other restaurants with amazing outdoor patios. The whole property is beyond gorgeous, so make sure to wander around and check out the sites!
Beau Monde Villas – There are 2 ways to do Palm Springs. 1 is by hotel and the other is by rental. When we head out to the desert with a group of 6+ people, it’s all about renting a sweet mid-century modern house complete with a gorgeous kitchen, pool area and living room. I’ve been renting from Beau Monde Villas for the past few years and each property has the cutest personality and never fails to disappoint!!
The Parker Palm Springs – Ugh. How do I even count the ways I love The Parker. The Parker is one of my favorite places on earth. Between Norma’s, the Lemonade Stand, their pool, their grounds and their super chic design, you really can’t go wrong at the Parker!
Colony Palms – FAVORITE hotel in PS. Period. The pool is small and fun, the guacamole is out of this world. and it’s right in town so you can walk everywhere.
La Quinta Resort + Club – like I said before, La Quinta Resort is GORGEOUS! If you’re into staying a bit further out from Palm Springs proper – this is the place!! It’s perfectly situated if you’re going to the festivals or checking out the annual tennis tournament in Indian Wells!
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