Matchbox Vintage Pizza Bistro
The Matchbox Vintage Pizza Bistro has open air patio dining overlooking the bustling streets of Palm Canyon Drive. It’s a great place to relax after a long day of shopping or sightseeing. The menu’s focus is pizza. Try one of Matchbox’s favorites – Spicy Sopressata Salami & Wild Mushroom – or try something more traditional such as Sausage & Onion. If you’re not in a pizza mood, there are plenty of other options, from Bacon-wrapped Sea Scallops to Wood Oven-roasted Chicken. The salads are creative, too. The Beet Salad is a sprinkling of candied walnut, grilled ciabatta, toasted pinenuts, goat cheese fritter and baby red oak on a bed of arugula, finished with olive oil and sea salt.
The Amigo Room
Ace Hotel Palm Springs encapsulates your expectations of California – sunny and artistic with a bit of hippie. Even if you’re not staying here, it’s worth an afternoon or evening stop. The Amigo Room is an eclectically decorated, urban bar with craft beers, artisanal cocktails and a furry mounted creature that looks like a bear. Pick one of 21 crafts – maybe Lagunitas, Hangar 24 or Dogfish Head – and enjoy a live band or hilarious comedian. Or have the bartender mix you a fruity concoction as you head to the pool. Oh, if it’s Monday, you might want to try Sissy Bingo.
Uptown Design District
The Uptown Design District is modern Palm Springs. It’s a must if you’re a design shopper. Everywhere you look, there’s mid-century and contemporary design in the form of boutiques, restaurants and studios. Workshop Kitchen + Bar isn’t your average restaurant, but it’s the kind of thing you find in this district. Industrially laid out, its soaring ceilings are met by the highest kind of concrete booths, lining the space that’s cut in half by full-length tables, all lit by suspended light bulbs. Fashion abounds here. Walk into the bold and colorful Trina Turk. Its latest lines are casual in nature and inspired by a road-trip lifestyle. Think fancy sweatshirts and woven tees. They’re the kind of clothes you can live in while looking amazing.
Palm Springs Villagefest
Palm Springs VillageFest transforms downtown into a lively street fair every Thursday night. Of course there are all of the regular clubs, shops and restaurants that line Palm Canyon Drive. Add in a variety of artists, entertainers and makeshift markets and you’ll be busy for hours. It’s a great place to pick up fresh flowers, fruits and vegetables – or snacks and desserts if you need a sugar rush!