The Desert’s Best

We ask you to select your Coachella Valley favorites online. You vote; We reveal. Here are your latest top picks

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Best Mediterranean Restaurant

Catalan’s seasonal menus take a farm-to-table approach that make use of locally sourced products, from organic produce to natural hormone-free meats and sustainably raised seafood. Try the cold and hot Spanish tapas, Catalan paella, and grilled swordfish for authentic tastes of Spain and Italy.

70026 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage. 760-770-9508;


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Elmer's serves up the best breakfast.


Best Breakfast

Elmer’s Restaurant is a breakfast staple in the Northwest. The Palm Springs outpost offers the same delectable flavors. Try the humongous German Pancake (topped with butter and dusted with powdered sugar), the Cascade Skillets, or the Mountain Lodge Omelets. Enjoy views of Mount San Jacinto from the large dining room and pet-friendly patio.

1030 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. 760-327-8419;



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Rio Azul has $5 margaritas and special two-for-one Rio Margaritas during “Street Fair Thursdays.”


Best Margarita

Locals’ favorite Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill offers $5 margaritas and special two-for-one Rio Margaritas during “Street Fair Thursdays.” The restaurant boasts an equally delicious food menu, featuring antojitos, parrilladas, fajitas, platillos del mar, and other popular dishes.

350 S. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. 760-992-5641;


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The Saguaro Hotel Palm Springs is the hot spot to cool off.


Best Place for Pool Parties

The pool scene at The Saguaro Hotel Palm Springs hops year-round. Sip cocktails while floating in the water, and enjoy live performances by world-renowned musicians and DJs. Lawn games, touring bikes, and morning yoga make this hip, colorful hotel the ultimate fun destination.

1800 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. 760-323-1711;


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Thai Smile has been serving customers since 1993.


Best Thai Restaurant

Spicy curry, huge grilled shrimp, papaya salad, and many other delicacies are on offer at Thai Smile Palm Springs, which has been serving local residents since 1993. The new downtown location is the perfect spot to enjoy dining alfresco.

100 S. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. 760-320-5503;


Rest of the Best


Best Interior Designer
H3K Design (Palm Springs)


Best Mexican Restaurant
Las Casuelas Terraza (Palm Springs)


Best Nightclub/Lounge
Zelda’s Nightclub (Palm Springs)


Best Seafood Restaurant
Pacifica Seafood Restaurant (Palm Desert)


Best Chinese Restaurant
City Wok (Palm Desert)


Best Deli  
Sherman’s Deli & Bakery (Palm Springs)


Best Spa
Agua Serena Spa at Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa (Indian Wells)


Best Place to Hear Live Music  
McCallum Theatre (Palm Desert)


Best Indian Restaurant
Monsoon Indian Restaurant (Palm Springs)


Best Vegetarian Restaurant  
Nature’s Health Food & Cafe (Palm Springs) 

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