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Region Shopping Destinations
Go Shopping: The Coachella Valley has some excellent shopping destinations. From the outlet mall in Cabazon to the haute couturiers, galleries and jewelry shops that line El Paseo, there is something for everyone. Farmer’s Markets, street fairs and open-air markets add to the diversity of shopping opportunities.
El Paseo (Palm Desert, CA) – A stroll down El Paseo will take you past apparel shops, restaurants, art galleries and furniture stores. You can also view some of the public art that the City has funded along the way. Visit the following link for a directory of El Paseo shops and businesses. http://palmsprings.com/elpaseo/index2.html
Westfield Shopping Mall (Palm Desert, CA) – Indoor mall that has over 150 stores including Macy’s, JC Penny’s, Sears, Victoria’s Secret, Barnes and Noble and many other stores. Location: 72840 Highway 111, Palm Desert - (760) 346-2121.
The River (Rancho Mirage) – Shopping at the River includes a Boarders Books & Music, Cigar Lounge, Hat shop, and a few other boutique shops. There are some great restaurants there including the Yard House, The Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Chang’s, Babe’s Bar-B-Que, Fleming’s Steakhouse and a few Italian restaurant. The River is located at the intersection of Highway 111, Bob Hope Drive and Rancho Las Palmas Drive in the city of Rancho Mirage, California.
Desert Resale, Consignment & Thrift Shops (Palm Springs to Indio, CA) – The desert cities have a large number of resale, consignment and thrift shops for furniture, home décor and apparel.
Outlet Malls at Cabazon (Cabazon, CA) – There are two outlet malls located in Cabazon, CA. It is about a 20-minute drive from the heart of Coachella Valley. You will fine a large number of premium outlet stores at this location. Please click on the following link for more details about the outlets.
Old Town La Quinta (La Quinta, CA) – A few small boutique shops and many restaurants to choose from. They also have a Certified Farmer’s Market every Sunday 8:00 am to 12:30 PM Oct. – May. For more details visit http://www.oldtownlaquinta.com/
Palm Canyon – Palm Canyon Drive will take you into the heart of Palm Springs where you can explore shops, galleries, restaurants and attractionshttp://www.palmcanyondrive.org/
Open Air Markets, Farmer’s Markets and Swap Meets
Villagfest in Palm Springs, CA - Every Thursday night there is a VillageFest held along Palm Canyon Drive. The shops stay open late and vendors set up booths to sell unique hand crafted items, art, food and other items. Included in the VillageFest is a Farmer’s Market and live music. http://www.desertusa.com/dusablog/palm-springs-villagefest-arts-crafts-dining-and-shopping.html
Photo: Fruit at the Indio Open Air Market.
College of the Desert Street Fair - Offers 340 Vendors offering New Merchandise, Arts and Crafts and Farmers Market. Open every Saturday and Sunday. October through May, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Located at 43-500 Monterey Ave., Palm Desert, CA 92260.
La Quinta Certified Farmer’s Market - Has a Certified Farmer’s Market every Sunday 8:00 am to 12:30 PM Oct. – May. For more details visit http://www.oldtownlaquinta.com/
Palm Springs Certified Farmer’s Market - (October-June) Every Saturday morning from 8 am to 12:30 pm. Location is 2300 E Baristo at Farrell - North Side of the Camelot Theatres, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Indio’s Open Air Market - The Indio Open Air Market is a cumulation of a farmer’s market, swap meet and flea market all rolled into one location. The Open Air Market is open every Wednesday and Saturday evening from 6 pm – 10 pm. Admission is 50 cents and parking is free. http://www.desertusa.com/dusablog/indios-open-air-market.html
Art Under The Umbrellas in La Quinta, CA (Oct. – April) – One-day public art events located in Old Town La Quinta. They occur on designated Saturdays from 10 am – 4 pm. Please visit the La Quinta Arts Foundation website for more details. http://www.lqaf.com/cultural-events/art-under-the-umbrella/
Photo: College of the Desert Street Air in July.
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