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A Quick Guide to Downtown Palm Springs

For a city that has always had a swanky, classic appeal to it, there is a whole lot of fresh newness ready to be experienced in downtown Palm Springs. If it’s been awhile since you’ve visited the area, you may not be familiar with all of the brand-spanking-new storefronts, eateries and hotels that have joined the neighborhood.

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Source: Whitney Wolff

The City of Palm Springs is proud to showcase our downtown that is a perfect scale for walking – it’s also the only real “downtown” in the entire Coachella Valley. Our reinvigorated downtown Palm Springs has retained its casual vie and is still a vibrant place to discover on foot (or bicycle). With multiple attractive public spaces to relax and numerous inviting outdoor patios for people watching Palm Springs is the ideal walkable downtown with spectacular mountain views just a glance away.

Rowan Lobby

Stay in Downtown Palm Springs

Kimpton The Rowan Palm Springs has joined the row of picturesque, dreamy desert hotels that are seemingly indigenous to Palm Springs. Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs is the only hotel in downtown Palm Springs with a rooftop pool and restaurant. Each of the 153 spacious, light-drenched guestrooms and suites feature magnificent views of the San Jacinto Mountains and glimmering desert. Guests enjoy luxurious amenities including the rooftop pool and High Bar with private cabanas and day beds, picturesque views from the lobby and Window bar, two Chef-driven restaurants, 4 Saints and Juniper Table, a fitness center, hosted evening wine hour and more. The hotel has over 16,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space.

4 Saints Bar

Eats & Drink in Downtown Palm Springs

Downtown Palm Springs is becoming a destination in dining. The Kimpton hotel has created two new full-service restaurants to experience. 4 Saints is the hotels’ fine dining establishment As the highest restaurant in Palm Springs, 4 Saints raises the bar — literally — on desert dining. Perched on the seventh floor of the Kimpton Rowan Hotel, our rooftop restaurant showcases clever cocktails and the global cuisine, set against a backdrop of 270-degree valley views.  Tapas, small plates and dishes like the crudo, scallops with king crab and Alaskan halibut can be enjoyed here. Located on the main level with an outdoor patio, Juniper Table is a bit more casual with flatbreads, sandwiches, salads and a rotating craft beer list.  The Rowan also features both street-level and rooftop bars. All are open daily.

Juniper Table
Juniper Table

Just down the street to the north is Blaze Pizza. Blaze Pizza is a  hip counter-serve pizzeria dishing up crispy, thin-crust pies made with creative toppings & sauces. Their assembly line format lets you build your own artisanal pizza. Then it’s just 180 seconds in their blazing hot over for fast fired perfection. Try the new simple salads and delicious desserts.  Located just next to West Elm and a short walk to the entrance of the Palm Springs Art Museum.

Blaze Pizza

Those who love the morning ritual of tasty caffeinated beverages (or those who desperately need to beat their mid-day slump) will be sure to adore this new coffee addition. If you have never been to a “Reserve” branded Starbucks, it’s a specialty coffee lovers paradise. The good news? There’s now one in Palm Springs. The brand new Starbucks Reserve, located on Tahquitz Canyon and Palm Canyon, is equipped with offerings that you won’t find at your average Starbucks. It’s got a more chic, sophisticated look and has plenty of new options in terms of their coffee brewing methods and more unique add-ons to choose from, too.

Starbucks Reserve Patio

Tommy Bahama is our tropical oasis, right in the middle of Palm Springs. The Marlin Bar is a relaxed refuge, where you can unwind with a cocktail, enjoy some light fare, or treat yourself to organic soft-serve ice cream. It’s a laid-back outdoor space complete with umbrellas, mist on hot days and heaters on cool evenings. After a day of retail therapy, it’s the ideal spot to take in the vibrant energy of downtown Palm Springs.

Tommy Bahama

IL Corso is the newest dining spot opening it’s second location in Palm Springs just next to Juniper Table and H&M. Il Corso offers genuine Italian hospitality serving a wonderful variety of authentic Italian dishes – fresh salads, homemade pastas, wood oven pizza and delicious seafood. Great Happy Hour.

Haus of Poke is a raw fish salad served as an appetizer in Hawaiian cuisine, and sometimes as an entree. Poké is the Hawaiian verb for “section” or “to slice or cut”.  The traditional Hawaiian poké consists of fish that is sliced as a fillet, then served with traditional condiments such as sea salt, candlenut, seaweed, and limu.

Lolli & Pops Lolli & Pops is a premium purveyor of sweets, candies and confections. This includes colorful French macaroons, marzipan fruits and a bulk bar that offers dozens of unique gummy bear flavors.

Shopping in Downtown Palm Springs

Modern home décor veterans, West Elm, are now local with their space on Palm Canyon. They offer an array of modern designs that fit perfectly into our mid-century modern style.

West Elm

Newly added clothing stores like Free People, H&M,  Johnny WasHavana Flip FlopFrancesca’s, have also opened up shop.

H&M is a well know brand supplying on-trend clothing, swimwear, accessories & shoes at an affordable price-point located just next to the new Starbucks Reserve on the corner of Tahquitz and Palm Canyon.

Dating back to 1851, Kiehl’s beauty chain offers skincare, hair & beauty products for men & women, located just a couple door north of H&M.

And to round out the make-over, stop in the new M.A.C. , Sephora, and new Aveda counters.

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