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From sophisticated to fun, elegant to eclectic, choose your shopping spree

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Whether you’re looking for novelties and resort wear or antiques, fine collectibles, and home furnishings, Palm Canyon Drive provides excellent shopping with a village vibe. Over the last few years, the Uptown Design District has drawn many retailers and businesses specializing in interior design, fine art, and collectibles. This eclectic grouping of stores includes Trina Turk and Wil Stiles, both offering fine apparel for men and women, as well as interior design magnets Christopher Anthony Ltd., Boulevard, Insolito Home, Dwight Polen Fine Chinese Antiques, Just Modern, and House 849.

Downtown, you’ll find clothing and lifestyle stores, such as Crystal Fantasy, Chico’s, Mr. Cox, and Mr. G’s for Kids. For great gifts, cards, lounge music, and more, pop into Greetings. And don’t pass up The Corridor (at Palm Canyon Drive and Alejo Road), which offers excellent shopping, including the book and novelty store Just Fabulous.

The River in Rancho Mirage California
The River at Rancho Mirage



Shoppers find solace and stellar retail outlets at The River at Rancho Mirage, a fluid place with 1.7 million gallons of water flowing through pools, streams, and fountains.

One of the great things about this complex is finding multiple specialty shops in a single setting, including Bath & Body Works, Diane’s Beachwear, Robann’s Jewelers, Hats Unlimited, M•A•C Cosmetics, and ULTA Cosmetics. Gourmands delight in visiting Tulip Hill Winery and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. And for those who enjoy a smoke from time to time, Cohiba Cigar Lounge is a great way to end the day.

Plummers, a 40,000-square-foot store located on Dinah Shore Drive, offers a wide selection of furniture for every room in the home and office — all rooted in the spirit of European design.

El Paseo in Palm Desert, California
El Paseo

City of Palm Desert


Imagine a mile of divine temptations, from dazzling jewelry and designer fashion to fine art, home décor, and spas and salons. This is El Paseo: a mix of more than 300 shops and restaurants offering just about everything under the sun. The Shops on El Paseo sets the classic tone with Burberry, Gucci, St. John, Ralph Lauren, Vilebrequin, Bottega Veneta, Optical Shop of Aspen, Leggiadro, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Soma Intimates, Chico’s, Cos Bar, and Stuart Weitzman.

A block to the east, Fe Zandi offers daytime suits, evening wear, and special-occasion fashions for women, while gentlemen gravitate toward Pompeii’s Men’s Apparel.

The Centre on El Paseo buzzes with independent boutiques, including Frasca Jewelers, which offers exquisite pieces from renowned design houses, as well as Mr. Marcus, Storekeeper, Mephisto, The Upper Crust, and Palm Desert Tobacco.

You can spend hours at The Gardens on El Paseo (between Larkspur Lane and San Pablo Avenue), a 200,000-square-foot ode to open-air tranquility and fashion with Saks Fifth Avenue as its elite anchor, flanked by a rich mix of national brands: Tiffany & Co., Eileen Fisher, Louis Vuitton, Anthropologie, Cole Haan, J. Crew, Tommy Bahama’s, Coach, Talbots, Pottery Barn, Ann Taylor Concept Store, Sephora, and trendy True Religion Jeans. Locally owned retailers include BB•one and Gail Jewelers, which distinguishes itself with its fine selection of rare and colored diamonds.

Adjacent to The Gardens, El Paseo Village serves up Lucky Brand Jeans, Banana Republic, Kate Spade, Bebe, Apple Store, Juicy Couture, Between the Sheets, and children’s clothing retailer Janie and Jack.

A newcomer to the street is Danish electronics megastore Bang & Olufsen. This bustling location offers an interactive retail display highlighting Bang & Olufsen’s capabilities in home automation.

Nearby Leeds & Son presents the finest in collectible and highly sought-after timepieces, while across the street, DeLuca Jewelers is the place to go for custom-designed necklaces, rings, bracelets, and earrings. El Paseo Jewelry, located a few blocks west of these establishments, asserts its expertise in gemstones.

Add style to your step at Robert’s Fine Shoes, which offers Salvatore Ferragamo, Bruno Magli, Taryn Rose, Cole Haan, and Eric Javits — plus handbags and accessories.

When it’s time to cool off, 4 Seasons Swimwear has a large selection of one-piece and bikini swimsuits, stylish pareos, men’s racing jammers, and accessories such as caps, goggles, boards, and flippers.

Also on El Paseo, enjoy edgy ladies attire at InSanity at Plaza Robergé, which also includes the Denise Robergé jewelry bar. For the area’s widest selection of fine antique furniture and one-of-a-kind accessories, Dwight Polen Fine Chinese Antiques sells a rich array of provincial tables, rustic chests and cabinets, folding screens, custom lamps, and more. And Escada has relocated to a more central El Paseo location. Lovers of this distinctive brand will definitely want to stop in for a look.

North of El Paseo, Westfield Palm Desert mall features major department stores (Macy’s, JCPenny, and Sears) and chains such as Express and Foot Locker, as well as Wet Seal, Hot Topic, Hollister Co., and Forever 21. Gadget junkies and techies love Brookstone and Gamestop. There’s also a selection of affordable jewelry stores, such as Kay Jewelers, Kevin Jewelers, Don Roberto Jewelers, and Zales Jewelers.

Desert Hills Premium Outlets in Cabazon, California
Desert Hills Premium Outlets

Desert Hills Premium Outlets


Cabazon Outlet Stores is one of California’s most popular outlet shopping destinations, with more than 15 million shoppers visiting per year. You’ll find deals at Crate & Barrel, adidas, Puma, and Oakley, to name only a few. Adjacent to the Cabazon Outlet Stores, Desert Hills Premium Outlets is a true bargain hunter’s haven, featuring Gucci, Prada, Michael Kors, Burberry,
Giorgio, Armani,
Dolce & Gabbana,
Yves Saint Laurent, Jimmy Choo, and the popular Last Call by Neiman Marcus.

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