El Paseo Palm Desert is one of the most exclusive shopping strips in all of Southern California. In fact, many people call this street the Rodeo Drive of the Desert. Along El Paseo Palm Desert are a number of high-end boutiques and salons, and while shopping in the area, you can hit more than ten major shopping malls. When you add it up, there are more than 300 shops to choose from for your El Paseo shopping spree, and thanks to the abundant number of quality restaurants, you won't want for good places to eat when a shopping break is in order. All in all, this is the place to see and be seen in town.
Should you be serious about shopping during your visit to the Palm Springs area, then there is no finer destination than El Paseo Palm Desert. This shopping area in the upscale city of Palm Desert offers shops of all kinds, so you can essentially find anything that you're looking for. Perhaps you'll start at Saks 5th Avenue and then check out some of the privately owned boutiques. Art enthusiasts will find a number of galleries, and should you need to update your look, there are an array of good salons that can cater to your needs. Gucci, Ralph Lauren, and almost every other upscale retailer that you can think of has an address in the El Paseo shopping district, and should you be more interested in the galleries, there are many to choose from.
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El Paseo shopping can wear you out, as there are many stores that beg to be visited. Should you need to rejuvenate both body and mind, there is at least one day spa in the immediate area. You can also entertain the idea of visiting one of the spas at the more upscale Palm Desert or Desert Hot Springs hotels if you please.
In addition to more than 300 shops, the shopping mecca that is El Paseo Drive boasts more than twenty restaurants. California cuisine and California wines are featured at some of the restaurants on El Paseo Drive, while others specialize in French, Italian, and Spanish food. If you just want some pizza, at least one establishment cooks theirs in a woodfired oven, and you'll also have little trouble finding a café if some coffee and a snack are all you're in the mood for. You can also simply duck into a restaurant to enjoy a glass or two of wine.
It is worth noting that El Paseo Drive hosts an annual festival that caters to fashion enthusiasts. Held in March, this festival is known as Fashion Week El Paseo. All the latest styles and fashion trends are highlighted during this week-long event, and patrons can often treat themselves to delicious food and premium champagnes at the various functions.
Both the shops and the restaurants on El Paseo Drive can satisfy hours on end, but there's more! Palm Springs' North Palm Canyon Drive is a joy to explore. You can also consider hitting the Desert Hills Premium Outlets. This outlet shopping center offers many of the best brands that are offered at El Paseo Drive and North Palm Canyon Drive, only the prices are decreased. In fact, you can expect to save anywhere from 25 to 65 percent on things while shopping at these outlets.