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Tucked in the historic La Plaza shopping district, you’ll find a slice of Provençal paradise. Grab a seat on the garden-like patio for a sensory trip to the South of France. With a focus on fresh ingredients and scratch-made sauces, jams, and dressings, Farm welcomes guests for all-day dining. The breakfast and lunch menus offer French-inspired staples like eggs Benedict and crêpes. For dinner, the space transforms into a romantic setting for a refined prix-fixe menu of elevated cuisine with flawless wine pairings.
Ask any New Yorker what makes a bagel a bagel, and they’ll say that you have to boil it. Otherwise it’s just glorified bread. Townie Bagels, in the Warm Sands neighborhood of Palm Springs, is the only bagel shop in the area that uses this method. The result is so tasty, Townie often sells out and closes early, so it’s worth it to call ahead and confirm availability before you drive over and join the queue. They serve homemade schmears and sandwich options topped with favorites like eggs and bacon or lox, onions, and capers, plus a selection of fresh-baked breads and espresso drinks.
Co-founders John Abner and John Strohm opened the first Koffi location in Palm Springs two decades ago. The café has since grown into a local empire with three bright and cheery locations in Palm Springs, as well as a roastery café in Rancho Mirage.
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Baristas whip up cold brew, lattes, Americanos, and more using Koffi’s sustainably sourced, house-roasted beans. The coffee beans hail from locales including Mexico, Ethiopia, and Peru. Blends often share monikers with Coachella Valley landmarks, such as San Jacinto (a citrusy variety with berry notes) and Thunderbird Country Club (herbal, with a tangerine and hazelnut finish). Palm Springs Life even has its own blend.
Oh, and the breakfast sandwiches and baked goods beat what you’ll find at any major chain.
Café La Jefa
This modern, Latin-influenced coffeehouse and restaurant doles out delicious specialty coffees, teas, and wholesome chef-crafted eats. Baristas serve Sisters Coffee, roasted in Oregon, and offer a wide variety of prepackaged snacks that make it easy to grab a bite when you’re on the go. If you’ve got time to chill or are in need of a comfortable spot to work remotely, find a seat on the spacious patio or in the cozy indoor lounge. Café La Jefa is open daily for breakfast and lunch, and online ordering is available.
Café La Jefa.
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Café Mon Amour
Care for a trip to Paris? This charming French café on the main drag in downtown Palm Springs will transport you there. Along with prime people watching on the patio, enjoy breakfast, sandwiches, sweets, and coffee along with neighborly service from owners Edouard and Sabrina Moulin.
The Sandwich Spot
Tennis buffs will appreciate items like the Djokovic (turkey, bacon, cheddar, and avocado) and French Open (marinated chicken, hot sauce, blue cheese, and pepper jack). Top it off with one of the best fresh-baked cookies in town.
French Miso Café
French Miso Café is a cute and romantic restaurant, tucked away from the busy Palm Springs streets, where you can enjoy a mix of traditional Japanese and French food at the same table.
Set in a quaint and intimate courtyard with tiled floors, pink bougainvillea plumes, and mountain views, the outdoor seating area will make you feel like you’ve been transported to a destination in southern France.
French Miso Café.
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In addition to lunch and dinner, the restaurant hosts a popular brunch on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Reservations are recommended.