A Downtown Made for Strolling
Visit the Revitalized Downtown Palm Springs
By Lydia Kramer
The newly redesigned downtown plaza offers visitors a welcoming pedestrian-friendly experience. With pathways that meander through the new gleaming shops and restaurants, you’ll find attractive landscaping and shaded seating areas as well as additional planned new elements to be unveiled in the coming months and years.
The new downtown plaza is located in the heart of the downtown core and captures the city’s energetic pulse point. You’ll find an abundance of eateries – Blaze Pizza, Tommy Bahamas and Marlin Bar, Juniper Table, as well as the stylish rooftop 4 Saints and High Bar at the new Kimpton Hotel -- The Rowan, with more coming soon.
For an enjoyable respite from your downtown stroll, drop in to the Starbucks Reserve located at the hub of downtown – at the corner of Palm Canyon Drive and Tahquitz Canyon Way. This is not your mother’s Starbucks – this is nirvana for coffee snobs! The Starbucks Reserve stores, one of the first in the country, are designed to elevate the coffee experience to a celebration. You can choose your brew from many global coffee regions and any number of brewing options such as clover brewed, pour-over, cold brew, nitro cold brew, coffee press, chemex, and the siphon brew method.
And what would a downtown experience be without some retail therapy?! The downtown plaza has that covered, too.
In the downtown plaza and along Palm Canyon Drive, you’ll find a variety of mom and pop shops, boutiques, as well as select national chains that make shopping in Palm Springs a fun experience of discovery. The first major retailer to open in the downtown plaza was West Elm and has now been joined by a bevy of other retailers.
New additions to the Palm Springs shopping scene are Kiehl’s, MAC, H&M, and Johnny Was -- all located at the downtown plaza. Watch for others to make their debut in the coming months and future phases.
Be sure not to miss an opportunity to stroll our vibrant Uptown, too! Visitors will come to realize that Palm Springs’ fun and cool zeitgeist cannot be contained in a few short blocks of the downtown area – it even spans to another wholly individual part of town – the Uptown Design District. Here you’ll discover several blocks of chic boutiques, midcentury modern vintage/retro resale stores, stylish home décor, and many notable dining options and fun watering holes.
Inquiring Minds Want to Know
Want to find out why Palm Springs has been such a popular celebrity haunt for more than 80 years? Or curious to know what celebrities, architects, and captains of industry made their homes here? Join one of nearly a dozen fun and fascinating Walking Tours conducted by the Palm Springs Historical Society. You can choose from a variety of tours tailored to a range of topics – Show Biz Legends, Frank Sinatra’s Neighborhood, Rat Pack Playground and many more.
The Palm Springs Historical is located at The Village Green, a compound of Palm Springs’ earliest historic buildings that you can also tour. Stop in at the McCallum Adobe (from 1884) to learn more about the local history and enjoy the changing exhibitions of historic photos and memorabilia.
With so much to explore and discover in downtown Palm Springs, you’ll need to return often!