Old Town La Quinta: Experience the Charm of California’s Desert

Just south of Palm Springs, California, and one of the Palm Desert’s most popular destinations for clubs, golf courses, and the historic downtown village, Old Town La Quinta is among the best places to explore when visiting the area. Embodying the spirit of old California through architecture and outdoor shopping, dining, and entertainment in a town-square setting, Old Town inspires guests as they witness the people, tastes and sounds that make this place so special. Here’s a quick guide to Old Town La Quinta and what to expect.

Old Town La Quinta: See California’s Desert in New Ways

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Where to Eat in Old Town La Quinta

For a rich cup of coffee, there’s no better place than Old Town Coffee Company. The cafe uses all organic coffee, and many visitors claim it’s the best in the area. Guests can sit indoors and outside while enjoying light fare and pastries.

Have a sweet tooth? No problem. Stop by Nitroinfusions, a local ice cream shop that uses all organic ingredients and freezes it using liquid nitrogen, which eliminates ice crystals and air. Flavors vary, but popular options include strawberry cheesecake, salted caramel, chocolate espresso and mint chip.

For heartier portions, other top restaurants in Old Town include Stuft Pizza Bar & Grill, Solano’s Bistro and The Grill on Main.

Shop in Old Town

Showcasing diverse collections throughout many storefronts, expect a top boutique shopping experience. Jewelry lovers should browse As Time Goes By Boutique, a renowned repair shop and showroom for sterling silver and gold pieces by award-winning designers.

Find upscale handmade clothing at Divas of the Desert, which caters to locals and visitors with American products for all ages. Le Chateau Boutique specializes in designs with a European flare for trendy types or a fancy night out. Or check out Lulu’s and Tarah Jade Boutique.

Eat Fresh and Buy Local

Eat locally grown produce and shop Old Town’s Certified Farmers’ Market. Open on Sundays in fall through spring, the market features certified organic produce from area farmers and growers. Even better, admission is free. Shoppers also find fresh meats, nuts, sauces, gifts and more. If looking for gifts to bring home, the market provides a place to find items that reflect Palm Desert’s culture and history.

Need more things to do? Read the top La Quinta outdoor attractions.