There’s no better place to shop, dine and experience the leisure and extravagance that Greater Palm Springs has to offer than El Paseo Shopping District in Palm Desert. Here, visitors can spend their day browsing through an incredible collection of upscale and unique-to-market stores, while also enjoying delicious bites, unique gallery art and chic hotel stays all on the same street!
Check out our guide for El Paseo Shopping District and you’ll soon be setting your sights on the destination this season!
Where to Shop & Dine
Known for being the Rodeo Drive of the desert, El Paseo Shopping District is comprised of The Shops on El Paseo and The Gardens on El Paseo. Together, these shopping centers create an impressive mile-long retail experience that is unlike any other locale in the region, providing customers with a large selection of locally-owned boutiques, high-end shops, and prestigious international brands.
The Shops on El Paseo
Start your day exploring the El Paseo Shopping District by taking a stroll through the region’s premier luxury shopping destination, The Shops on El Paseo. Visit world-renowned brand stores like Gucci, Ralph Lauren, St. John and Burberry. If hungry for some brunch, be sure to stop by the Daily Grill for some amazing American-style classics like Fried Chicken & Waffles or Texas French Toast with Berry Compote. Those in the market for some new eyewear can step inside Oliver Peoples, where you will find trendy collections of iconic sunglasses and eyeglasses.
The latest in women’s classic styles can be found over at Chicos and Escada. Shop everything from designer tops, pants and dresses to beautiful accessories and must-have items at both of these fashionable boutiques. Conveniently located by the shops is California Pizza Kitchen, a go-to establishment in the region for appetizing pizzas, plates of pasta, salads and more!
The Gardens on El Paseo
Continue making your way down the El Paseo shopping strip to experience even more store hotspots and incredible restaurant tastes!
A newcomer to the El Paseo area, Soft Surroundings provides shoppers with a little bit of everything. Find soft and comfortable feminine styles in clothing, swimwear, shoes, bedding and jewelry inside the boutique. Delicate and pretty finds are also available for purchase at Anthropologie and Loft, showcasing modern elegance and bohemian-inspired women’s looks in fashion, accessories and gifts. For those looking for a more bold and colorful approach to style, check out Trina Turk for fun, mixed-pattern prints and pieces. Right next door is Kate Spade, a beloved globally-recognized brand selling sophisticated handbags, clothing, wallets, watches, accessories and jewelry.
Located in the center of The Gardens on El Paseo is Saks Fifth Avenue, a stand-out luxury department store that offers the finest in designer collections and cosmetics. Close by are also ever-popular brands like Louis Vuitton, Johnny Was, Pottery Barn and Ann Taylor, as well as ultra-modern and hip stores like True Religion Brand Jeans and Banana Republic. Or how about you make it a getaway to remember and treat yourself to something sparkly and new while visiting Tiffany & Co. Then afterward, stop by Tommy Bahama to get away from it all and shop their island-inspired attire. Once you’ve made your selections, head upstairs to the Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar for a relaxed, tropical drink or two!
With all this shopping you’ll be doing on The Gardens on El Paseo, you’ll surely work up an appetite! If you’re craving home-style cooking with a fun and unique twist, head into Wilma & Frieda. We recommend trying the café’s Churro Waffle or their Signature Griddled Meatloaf & Eggs for brunch, as each is equally enticing and savory!
More mouth-watering pizza options await you at Sammy's Woodfired Pizza and Piero’s PizzaVino in Palm Desert. If international cuisine is more your thing, then you’re welcome to enjoy a charming Parisian meal at Café des Beaux-Arts. The French-inspired bistro provides must-try entrees like Crepes stuffed with ham and cheese or strawberries for breakfast, savory Spinach Quiche Lorraine for lunch and Duckling á l’Orange for dinner.
You can also try out other restaurant favorites like AC3 Restaurant + Bar, Armando’s Bar & Grill or Mitch's on El Paseo Prime Seafood, which serves up signature prime steaks, sushi, seafood, fresh fish selections and much, much more. Come in for a tasty lunch, or opt for a stellar dinner under the stars at Mitch’s. However, if you’re going to visit a steakhouse while in Palm Desert, go to Mastro's Steakhouse on El Paseo. Everything from their superb service to their award-winning cuisine offerings will leave you feeling happy and full. Finally, finish off your time on El Paseo Shopping District by satisfying your sweet tooth at FIX, A Dessert House.
What to Experience
El Paseo Courtesy Cart
See everything on the El Paseo shopping strip by traveling in style on the free golf cart-style El Paseo Courtesy Cart. To catch a ride, simply flag down a driver and they will come to pick you up wherever you’re at!
Fashion Week El Paseo
Celebrate fashion and style in Greater Palm Springs during Fashion Week El Paseo! The annual event takes place this year from March 16, 2019, to March 23, 2019, at the Gardens at El Paseo, featuring designer runway shows, exclusive meet and greets, as well as trendy trunk shows.
Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival
Happening from March 22, 2019, to March 24, 2019, in the heart of the El Paseo Shopping District is the Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival. Experience good eats and informative cooking demonstrations from acclaimed chefs from across the county during the event. While there, also check out the many appetizing food booths and fine-dining restaurants that will be showcased at the festival this year.
El Paseo Art Walk
Join the distinguished El Paseo Art Walk on the first Friday of every month, November through May, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Take in the sites at art galleries throughout the shopping district as you check out exhibit openings, artist receptions, public street art and more.
Get even more out of your trip to El Paseo Shopping District by booking a stay at Hotel Paseo, one of the newest, chic properties in the oasis! If you 're looking for more unique boutiques and vintage finds, check out our Shopping in Greater Palm Springs page.