Ask any shopping aficionado — whose perfectly manicured fingers have grazed the wares of Coachella Valley’s finest retailers — which shopping district is their favorite, and the responses will vary with the possibilities. Whether you’re looking for luxury apparel and accessories, antique or modern home furnishings, décor and novelties, or spectacular steals, the desert has a shopping destination to fulfill your desires.
Where merchandise once drove retail habits, today’s retailers have turned to creating distinctive experiences for those who frequent their establishments. They tailor their environments to desires, moods, and personalities. In doing so, they have helped shape the brand and vibe of their shopping districts.
Creative, inspired, and adventurous
In Palm Springs — on Palm Canyon Drive between Alejo Road and Tachevah Drive — the Uptown Design District unfolds with audacious, colorful, and fun boutiques and showrooms. Kerson Gallery is the go-to showroom for vintage cocktail dresses by Carolina Herrera and Thierry Mugler, and timeless vintage shades like those by Claude Montana and Christian Lacroix. Trina Turk Boutique brings a breath of fresh air to the district with a flagship store that bursts with vibrant colors and clever window displays that entice with the bright collections offered within. The style emporium Raymond | Lawrence delivers a creative mix of brands and offerings to their ultra-hip and daring clientele. The district also features a variety of modern-style restaurants, art galleries, antique stores, and specialty design shops, such as Dwight Polen Design, purveyor of Chinese antiquities and one-of-a-kind collectibles.
Youthful, fun, and trendy
In Downtown Palm Springs, shops teem with merchandise you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. Stroll into Shag Gallery for art that captures the colorful vibe of midcentury Palm Springs. Specialty shops like R&R Menswear, Ooh La de Paris, Chico’s, and Africa and Beyond offer a selection of clothing and accessories that are on-trend for men and women. Stay for drinks and dinner in any of the downtown restaurants, most of which offer outdoor seating many with live music.
Elegant, graceful, and romantic
Old Town La Quinta smolders with the sensuality of Spain. Its vintage-style stucco structures and luxury brands offer a chic shopping experience with added ambiance. Bianca’s Luxe Boutique thrills with stunning fashions and designs for men, women, and children. Gracie’s Emporium is a hotspot for antiques, accessories, and charming office supplies. And Tarah Jade clothing Boutique serves up life’s little luxuries, from knitted and other casual clothing to handbags, jewelry and bath and body goods.
Regal, classic, and opulent
Tastemakers and A-listers make El Paseo the fine retail epicenter of the Coachella Valley. Located off Highway 111 in Palm Desert, the renowned shopping district is home to The Shops on El Paseo — a collection of dynamic luxury brands like Gucci, Bottega Veneta, and Baccarat. Cloak yourself in the status designs from classic houses such as Ralph Lauren and Burberry. Pull up to The Shops in style; valet parking is available year-round. Next, head to The Gardens on El Paseo for more luxury and specialty stores, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany & Co., and Gail Jewelers. Elsewhere on El Paseo, shoppers will find Frasca Jewelers, St. John, Escada, and El Paseo Jewelry, plus many fine art galleries and restaurants.
Unconventional, quirky, and artistic
Perez Design Center, located off Highway 111 at Perez Road, is Cathedral City’s hidden treasure. Art lovers can find high-quality abstract and figurative paintings and sculpture at Colin Fisher Studios. Midcentury modern furnishings and art prevail at Hedge. JP Denmark specializes in cutting-edge modern Danish housewares, lighting fixtures, and accessories.
Dependable, friendly, And comfortable
There’s much to be said for dependability. That’s why Westfield Palm Desert is so pleasing to shoppers. Find favorites like Macy’s, Express, Gap, MAC Cosmetics, and Torrid Plus Sizes. Teens and juniors will also find their favorite brands like Aeropostale, Windsor Fashions, Wet Seal, and Forever 21. Athletes, stock up on gear from Footlocker and Champs Sports. And remember to check out the home goods at Bath & Body Works and Brookstone.