The Locals-Only Guide to Palm Springs

Updated 05/07/19

With its iconic allure and sunny climate, Palm Springs offers an wellspring of lush eateries, stately spas and five-star retreats. The relaxed, desert town is known for being the ultimate in chic for the country club set. Whether you're looking to escape the never ending winter cold spells, improve your golf handicap, or swill Sinatra-worthy martinis we've got you covered. Check out our must-list of local gems and tried-and-true favorites!

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Stay

The iconic and quintessentially chic resort is full of punchy Jonathan Adler cheek and upbeat swank. Its mod mid-century vibe includes a state of the art spa, Moroccan themed indoor pool, and unspeakably delicious patio digs for brunch. For a romantic evening, take a stroll through the winding, impeccably manicured grounds, punctuated with fire pits and hammocks.

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Sparrows Lodge

Those looking to unplug or go completely off-grid will dig this rustic hideaway. Rooms are sans TV and phones. The salt water pool is gloriously free of scenesters. Catch up on your reading and take in the incredible desert scenery without an ounce of distraction.

The Viceroy Group

Kelly Wearstler’s color-centric eye outfitted this string of private villas and stylish suites in vibrant, sunny hues and crisp black and whites. The luxury resort formerly known as The Viceroy now falls under the purview of Proper Hospitality. The staff is ultra-friendly and pool is practically an institution - the perfect spot to chill with a Pimm’s cup all afternoon.

Hotel Lautner

This distinctive compound gains its moniker from famed architect John Lautner. Featuring four separate units, succulent gardens and an attached event space, it is an idyllic retreat perfect for small groups or an intimate soirée. Structurally, the architecture is basked in all the retro spectacular style of its world-renown designer.

Workshop Kitchen and Bar

Michael Beckman’s minimalist dinning establishment features a rotating seasonal menu of local ingredients and flawlessly curated dishes. Upscale, refined and utterly scrumptious, its farm-to-table menu scores big with those looking for super healthy, high-flavor cuisine.

Famous for equal parts mouthwatering brunches and pain-inducing wait times, this Palm Springs favorite is a must for breakfast - if you can stomach fighting for your place at the table. It’s sister restaurant,

, also serves up some the finest Italian fare in town.

Garces Group

Drink

The tequila bar at the Saguaro takes its cues from the eclectic street food stylings of Mexico City. Chef Jose Garces, holder of an American Iron Chef title, crafts a sumptuous menu of zest-filled tacos and tequila. Cozy up for happy hour and super fresh comfort food.

One of the newer establishments in Palm Springs, this chill, backyard-vibe cocktail joint feels like a slice of hipster heaven in the desert. More Silverlake than Sinatra, it often features live music and a range of shows from comedy to burlesque.

Hacienda Cantina

Part vegas day party, part ultra-sleek eatery depending on the time of day, this unlikely oasis is a youthful departure from the more subdued, rarified air of country clubs and exclusive resorts. Daylight hours bring thick bass beats and the heavy party set. In the evenings, the outstanding menu draws a more sophisticated crowd.

This fun tiki themed den is owned by Earnest Coffee’s Jaime Kowal and Chris Pardo. Happy hour happens daily, offering up a full spectrum of tropical libations to wet your whistle and take the edge off the desert heat.

The Fine Art of Design

Shop

This high-end vintage and consignment boutique is stocked with the crème de la crème of ultra chic, one-of-a-kind pieces. If planning a sojourn to the color coordinated treasure trove, be sure to leave extra room in your suitcase for a few new friends.

One of the best kept secrets in the desert, this consignment store is a design lover’s dream. Stock up on awesome antiques and vintage straight from local residents. The prices are swoon worthy.

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