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Palm Springs Shopping Guide – where and what to shop and buy

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Shopping is a serious business in Palm Springs, with a huge variety of modern malls, boutique-laden streets, and outdoor plazas in a relatively small area. The upmarket reputation that the city has gained over the years means that you'll find lots of world class designers, and there's also a tendency to embrace up and coming talent, with lots of local artists creating their own brands.
Uptown Design District



If you enjoy Modernism, minimalism, and contemporary art, then a trip to the Uptown Design District is the perfect way to furnish and decorate your home. Full of gentrified older buildings which have been converted into art galleries, hip furniture stores, and clothing boutiques, it's a bright and cheerful to shop. It's a reminder that Palm Springs isn't just a place to party or practice your golf swing – it's one of the cultural epicenters of California, with trendsetting design to be discovered behind the pristine shopfronts.


El Paseo



Fashionistas who want the latest trends from world-famous labels should know that the El Paseo quarter is the place to go. This contemporary, palm tree-lined thoroughfare is often compared to Beverly Hills because of the large concentration of famous designers. You'll find all the biggest global names selling exclusive, uber-chic wares, from killer heels to sleek dresses. The area also has lots of smaller, up and coming designers, and you can also take time out and relax in sidewalk cafés and tempting eateries.


Old Town La Quinta



If you enjoy unique boutiques and want to find a place without chain stores, the Old Town La Quinta is a charming, Spanish-style hotspot in the Greater Palm Springs area. Here you'll get a taste of Old California, with rustic looking buildings concealing contemporary cool in the form of cutting edge fashion and funky ornaments to take back as keepsakes. Elegant watches, ornate antiques, and chunky handmade jewelry can all be found in this retail village which is as attractive to the eye as the wallet.


Shopping tips



Palm Springs can enjoy very hot weather, and those shopping outside will need to wear sunscreen and drink plenty of water. Saying that, the indoor malls can be a nice alternative on the hottest days. Look out as well for local events such as the Palm Springs Open Air Market, which sells lots of vintage clothing and farm-fresh food, as well as the year-round VillageFest which is the perfect spot to pick up work by local artists.