There’s no doubt about it: summertime in Greater Palm Springs is the absolute best time to indulge in refreshing drinks, cool desserts and toothsome confections. Enjoy this season to the fullest by taking a moment to enjoy a sweet treat in town and visiting one of the many new and recently-opened shops and cafés in the oasis.

Read on to discover summer goodies–you will not be disappointed!

Sixth Street Coffee

Sixth Street Coffee CoachellaSpecialty coffee has finally arrived in Coachella, all thanks to the locally owned and operated Sixth Street Coffee. Located within the library in the city’s downtown area, the café focuses on providing customers with the best coffee and service around. Top java picks include good ol’ iced Espresso with Milk, the Mazapán Latte (which includes small pieces of the Mexican mazapán candy at the bottom of the cup) or the highly-recommended Cortadito (espresso, sugar, steamed milk and condensed milk)– a true customer favorite! More must-tries include the Horchata Latte, Horchata Cold Brew or Honey con Canela Latte. Pair any of these drinks with one of their delicious pastries, like the vegan Horchata Donut or Lemon Tajin Donut from local baker Da Wise Owl, to get your day started off right.

IW Coffee Chai Bar

IW Coffee Chai Bar Palm DesertIW Coffee Chai Bar in Palm Desert is a chai and coffee lovers’ dream come true! The recently-opened café features an impressive list of amazing caffeine options, as well as breakfast and lunch choices too. If you’re in the mood for something new, go for the Elephant Vanilla Chai and pair it with their Chipotle Chicken Avocado Sandwich (shown above)–it makes for the perfect lunch combo. If you prefer iced coffee, try the Honey Cinnamon Latte or the White Chocolate Latte. Whatever it is you’re in the mood for, be sure to visit this charming locale next time you’re in the oasis for a deliciously good time.

Hielo Sno

Craving some Hawaiian shaved ice? Hielo Sno has got you covered! This dessert store is located in Rancho Mirage and offers customers an assortment of shaved ice options, including other dessert picks like cookie pies, floats, s'mores, milkshakes and much, much more. For shaved ice, try their tasty Watermelon Tigers Blood or their Horchata, Coconut and Butterscotch combo. More options can be found on their What Tastes Yummy menu too, which is full of great suggestions and information for newbies at the establishment.

Monster Shakes Palm Springs

Monster Shakes Palm SpringsIce cream shakes in the desert have never been quite the same since the opening of Monster Shakes Palm Springs. This cool shop brings customers beast-sized shakes and tempting sweets that are perfect for sharing! Those visiting the establishment will find a mouth-watering lineup of heavenly-tasting options to choose from. Pictured here is the Give Me S’more Shake, which is made with vanilla and chocolate ice cream blended with graham crackers, homemade chocolate frosting, whipped cream, roasted marshmallows, graham cracker toppings, Hershey chocolate bar and chocolate syrup. Other popular shakes on the menu include the Oreo Cookie Coma and the Cookie Monster, both full of sweet, Oreo goodness! Additional shop specialties include classic ice cream selections, hot fudge sundaes, smoothies, cookie sandwiches, banana splits and floats.

Ding Tea La Quinta

Ding Tea La QuintaWith locations all over Southern California, the popular Taiwanese tea house, Ding Tea, has earned a name for itself in creating uniquely flavorful sweet teas and coffees. Now open in La Quinta, the establishment has quickly become one of the tastiest drink spots in the oasis. Serving up a variety of fruit juices, cream cheese-based teas, lattes, milk teas and fruit teas, it is safe to say that Ding Tea is definitely elevating the beverage game in the desert. Cool down this summer by sipping on yummy Taro Milk Tea with Boba or try out their popular Thai Tea Latte, which is on their list of top ten recommendations. If you’re wanting something on the fresher side, try the Watermelon Chamoy–a fun, fruity slushie option on their La Quinta specialty menu.

Tea Be Honest

Another tea hotspot in the region is Tea Be Honest, located in Palm Desert. Hands-down, this place is the cutest boba tea café in town and offers customers some of the sweetest drinks to choose from. Suggestions include the Earl Grey Milk Tea with Honey Boba or the TBH Dirty Milk Tea, a standout fan favorite. Fresh fruit drinks are also available and come in a number of flavors. In addition to this, Tea Be Honest also features an appetizing snack menu with items like popcorn chicken, chicken wings, corn in a cup and fries. No matter what you choose, we guarantee this chill destination will satisfy your taste buds.

Looking for more reasons to check out the oasis this season? See our top reasons to visit Greater Palm Springs this summer and get ready to pack your bags!