Shopping Palm Desert: Top 6 Spots for Fashion, Local Culture

Located in Coachella Valley, Palm Springs features sunshine, attractions and one of the top shopping scenes in the area. Whether looking for the latest fashion or a special piece to display at home, Palm Springs guests will find a mix of culture and trends. Read more to learn about shopping Palm Desert, and start planning an outing with family and friends.

6 Top Places for Shopping Palm Desert

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Visit the El Paseo District

Packed with variety and flair, El Paseo houses a mile-long shopping district set against mountain landscapes and palm trees. Here visitors will find dozens of boutiques, designer retailers and art galleries. Start by browsing more than 300 retailers selling everything from apparel to jewelry to shoes and locally made items. In addition to small boutiques, visitors will find Burberry, Gucci and Ralph Lauren. El Paseo offers so many options, it’s known to many as the “Rodeo Drive of the Desert.”

El Paseo also showcases some of the best art in the area. The district houses more than 20 art galleries, featuring Palm Desert culture through abstract, contemporary, traditional and more. On the first Friday of every month, meet artists and tour all the galleries during the Art Walk. The El Paseo strip also hosts entertaining events throughout the year. Visitors will find special happy hours, cruise nights, live music, and a March fashion show that brings together top designers and fashionistas. Top attractions include the Gardens on El Paseo and El Paseo Village.

Enjoy Westfield Palm Desert

Another top spot for shopping Palm Desert is Westfield Palm Desert, home to more than 100 stores located on two levels. Anchored by Macy’s, JCPenney, Sears and Dick’s Sporting Good, Westfield Palm features a more traditional outdoor shopping experience.

In addition to department stores, visitors will enjoy browsing brands such as Charlotte Russe and Lane Bryant. Kids will find their favorites at Build-A-Bear and The Children’s Place. The mall also offers dozens of dining options and events throughout the year. Popular events celebrate holidays, local art and culture, and guests can even see works by more than a dozen Coachella Valley artists. In fact, the walls are lined with art, offering shoppers both local insight and a fun shopping experience.

Buy Local at Desert Street Fair

For more than 30 years, the College of the Desert Street Fair has delighted Palm Desert tourists and locals. Each weekend, this street fair welcomes 300-plus vendors and artists to showcase their creations and entice visitors to purchase their own special pieces.

The street fair occurs outdoors, under many shaded areas, featuring something for all ages. In addition to the vendors, guests should try local goodies at the farmers market, see live music, taste gourmet flavors and more. While sampling the best of the area, guests also help contribute to the local educational climate. Funds raised by the fair and COD Alumni Association generate more than $500,000 in scholarships, financial aid, and fund other college programs and projects.

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Don’t Miss Downtown Palm Springs

Stroll among palm trees and Mount San Jacinto to browse the stores in downtown Palm Springs. Its Main Street houses more than 500 businesses, including boutiques, florists, galleries, thrift stores and more.

Looking for antiques? What about home décor and souvenirs? Main Street has it all. While visiting downtown Palm Springs, don’t miss Villagefest every Thursday night. The event welcomes thousands of guests to enjoy extended hours, meet local artists, hear live entertainment, and shop arts and crafts. During Villagefest, blocks along Palm Canyon Drive close, so attendees can explore at their own pace.

Take the Family to Desert Crossing

Ranked among the top malls for Palm Desert shopping, Desert Crossing houses dozens of stores and restaurants. At this open-air hot spot, visitors will find both big-box and small shops. Popular retailers include Target, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Best Buy, Ulta Beauty, and more. Desert Crossing also houses several other retailers and services businesses. The whole family can check out Guitar Center, Chuck E. Cheese, salons, and there’s even an Aldi’s on site for grocery shopping. Desert Crossing also offers special sales and discounts, helping shoppers save even more. See what’s going on at the mall.

Save at Desert Hills Premium Outlets

Located only a 20-minute drive from the Palm Springs area, money-savers can’t miss Desert Hills Outlet Mall. Find deals from more than 180 designer retailers, such as Alexander McQueen, Converse, Disney and Versace, to name a few. Start at one of the anchor stores – such as Neiman Marcus, Banana Republic or Nike – and browse all the special deals and events throughout the mall. While looking for fashion, gifts and treats, visitors will also find several dining and entertainment options.

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