Shopping in Palm Springs

The four most popular shopping areas in and around Palm Springs are:

Downtown: The original “village” with everything from cute boutiques to ticky tacky tourist shops. With a burgeoning central area being developed with big name shopping. The main shopping area is along Palm Canyon Drive extending from Baristo to Alejo.

Uptown Design District: Mostly design, furniture and furnishings, with a slight mid-century leaning. This area is along Palm Canyon north of Alejo.

El Paseo in Palm Desert: Because of its high-end stores such as Gucci and Tiffany, this street has been called Rodeo Drive of the Desert.

Desert Hills Premium Outlets: A huge… no, REALLY huge… shopping mall with great outlet stores. If you like shopping and bargains, this is your place.

Recommendation: Downtown, for really cool Palm Springs souvenirs, check out Destination PSP. For more affordable ones, check out Palm Springs General Store. If you are tired of walking or want a free “tour” of downtown and uptown, hop on the free Buzz Trolley, which runs from Thursday to Sunday. At the Outlets, you can get even better deals with coupons from their website. While visiting the outlets, consider getting a date shake at Hadley’s, and a stop at the Cabazon Dinosaurs for some fun photos.

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