Welcome to Downtown Palm Springs
Thriving, hip district brimming with cultural attractions, eclectic boutiques, and excellent dining options
Life in Downtown Palm Springs is never short on fun, lively adventures, and incredible sights. This hip, revitalized downtown district is brimming with things to do, from shopping at eclectic boutiques selling unique wares you won't find anywhere else to dozens of restaurants offering international cuisine. The entire area is marked with a mix of modern and trendy attractions— cultural and otherwise.
There are many fantastic apartments throughout the neighborhood and several stately mid-century modern buildings dotting the landscape of serene, natural beauty. Known for its spectacular golfing, beautiful verdant green spaces, warm weather, exciting nightlife, and family fun, Downtown Palm Springs is a spectacular place to live or purchase a vacation home.
What to Love
- Natural scenery
- Numerous cultural attractions
- Lively, new downtown area
- Amazing dining options
- Walk of Stars
People & Lifestyle
Downtown Palm Springs is a compact, desert oasis immersed in scenic beauty and close to all of the hottest shopping and dining options in the entire city. Since the area is small, you'll find that almost all of your essentials and amenities are conveniently located within walking distance. As the heart of the area, there’s a seemingly endless array of boutiques, eateries, galleries, and other attractions right around the corner.
When you live in the area, don't be surprised if you rub elbows with a few celebrities out and about or come across a historical attraction memorializing the many Hollywood legends that have previously occupied the area. Several tours will take you through popular areas highlighting the mid-century modern architecture, the Rat Pack Playground, Frank Sinatra's neighborhood, and much more.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
One of the best things about Downtown Palm Springs is its walkability. Most of the area is built into a compact hub, so you can get around the city and take your time meandering through the shops without ever having to get behind the wheel of a car! The central downtown area along Palm Canyon Drive is lined with designer boutiques and popular retail chains like Sephora
, West Elm
, and more.
You'll find funkier, kitschy shopping options in the Uptown Design District
, which focuses heavily on fashion, style, design, and art. Discover fascinating home goods stores, vintage clothing shops, museums, galleries, and antique stores. Some of the most popular places in the area include Pelago
, the Shag Art Gallery
, Elizabeth & Prince
, h2o Closet
, and Trina Turk
This must-shop destination is also teeming with cutesy cafés when you need to stop and refuel, like Ernest Coffee
or On The Mark
—they serve a killer ancho chicken sandwich!
Circle back to the area on Thursday evenings for VillageFest
—an incredible and diverse array of entertainers, international cuisine, artists, and more gather for this night-time celebration. Even better, VillageFest is pet-friendly, so you can bring your furry friends on a leash and let them enjoy the fun, too!
Things to Do
Surrounded by mountains, it's easy to find beautiful places outdoors to enjoy the lovely weather and stay active. Demuth Park
is home to 12 public pickleball courts, while Ruth Hardy Park
has sand volleyball courts, basketball courts, tennis courts, and several shady picnic areas.
For hiking, walk along the Palm Springs Museum Trail
. As the name suggests, it starts near the city's popular art museum before taking you through a clearing where you'll see spectacular views of Coachella Valley. The North Lykken Trail
is also popular and one of the city's most heavily trafficked trails.
Since Downtown Palm Springs has such a vibrant and lively arts community, you'd be remiss if you missed out on the many creative outlets housed in the district. The Palm Springs Art Museum
emphasizes contemporary American artists and natural history. The Annenberg Theater
is a great place to see a show—whether you prefer theater, music, or dance, they host a range of performances year-round.
Plant enthusiasts will enjoy a visit to the Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium
, a privately-owned nursery and nature preserve dedicated entirely to desert flora. Of course, you'll want to take a stroll along Palm Springs Walk of Stars
, which honors more than 400 cherished celebrities while memorializing the Golden Age of Hollywood glamour.