Gaby’s Guide to Palm Springs

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!!

The Parker Palm Springs

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!

Gaby's Guide to Palm Springs

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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  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    Where was this guide 2 weeks ago!! Seriously, I took a weekend trip to Palm Springs and swore you had one of these, even went to your site looking for it before my trip , but you didn’t. Ahhh, love these recommendations and will be checking them out next trip out there! Thanks, Gaby!! 🙂

  2. Monika

    We have been to Palm Springs at your recommendation and have used Beau Monde Villas and were NOT disappointed! Dining out is also a real treat. So many great places – love the ones that you suggested. Can’t wait to go again!!

  3. Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog

    After reading this I clearly need to add Palm Springs to my travel list asap! Love your travel guides 🙂

  4. Julie

    What a great list! I will have to keep this handy for when I visit Palm Springs!

  5. Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama

    : le sigh : I ADORE Palm Springs! This post really makes me miss it even more! <3

  6. Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama

    Bookmarking this one in case I ever make it out to Palm Springs! Loving all the photos- and how fun are those pool floaties?? lol! 😉

  7. Tiia

    Oh gosh, this looks so amazing and your photos are fantastic! Wish we’d get to visit soon, too 🙂

  8. @Travelpanties

    Wow! This looks so amazing!! Great photos!! So beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  9. helen

    Oh how I love the LQ Hotel….I grew up about 5 minutes away and worked there during a summer in college. I can just smell the orange blossoms now! 😉

  10. Andi

    Great recommendations, my hubby is going to Joshua Tree next week and wants me to go with him on his next trip which to me means Palm Springs! So this will be a great guide for when I go!

  11. Toni | BoulderLocavore

    When I lived in Northern California I loved hopping down to Palm Springs. This list is great Gaby, a perfect size to pick from covering all anyone would need to know. It’s making me want to board a plane, now….

  12. Deborah

    Love this! Definitely makes me want to jump on a plane to visit Palm Springs!!

  13. Nutmeg Nanny

    I have never been to Palm Springs but it looks so nice! I wish it was warm enough to be in a pool here in NY. Also, how adorable is that flamingo floaty!

  14. Susan Vander Ploeg

    Hi Gaby…thank you for posting some of your favorite places to eat. We are heading to PS for 2 glorious weeks in February 2016 so can’t wait to try out a few of these eateries you have recommended.

    • Gaby

      omg 2 weeks?! you’ll have the best time!! I’m jealous! Keep me posted with your favs 🙂

  15. Cassie Sue

    Great sandwiches can be found at Aspen Mills (look it up!). They bake all the bread in the store and you can buy loaves for the road. SO good!!

  16. Cindy Rodriguez

    Great list Gabby. I only discovered the joy of Palm Springs last year, even though I’ve been in LA forever, and I have to agree – palm trees and guacamole. What more do we really need (except that list of fantastic places to eat). Cheers!

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  18. Crystal

    What’s the area best to stay in in Palm Springs if renting a house?

    • Gaby

      I like to stay as close to palm springs proper as possible so I can walk to dinners!