Best Shopping in the Desert!

(Top left) Fine Chinese antiques and other home accessories from  Dwight Polen on El Paseo.
Fine Chinese antiques and other home accessories from Dwight Polen on El Paseo.

photo by Dwight Polen

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The Best Shopping in the Desert!

Not only the best shopping and the most amazing stores... but the best place to people-watch too!

Can you imagine a mile of divine temptations, from dazzling jewelry and exclusive international fashion to fine art, home décor, spas and salons, award-winning restaurants, and a sizzling calendar of events ?


This is El Paseo. This mix of more than 300 shops offers just about everything you could ask for. From Asian imports to luxurious accessories, it’s a one-stop shopping adventure.

More than two dozen restaurants, cafés, and bakeries — many with outdoor patios — make it perfect for lunch, coffee, or a glass of wine between stops. Start your day with a latte, have lunch at a sidewalk café, then shop and return to a chic restaurant for dinner and dessert, or a cocktail served on a mountain-view terrace. This stylish street also serves up public art, colorful flowers, and statuesque palms that sway in the breeze.

Smart El Paseo shoppers stay more than an afternoon or two. From this hub in the heart of Palm Desert, you’re within minutes of live theater, wildlife and nature, elite golf courses and country clubs, luxurious resorts, scenic drives, sophisticated nightlife, and more. In March, the boulevard comes alive with Fashion Week El Paseo, and a food and wine event showcasing the tastiest edibles and drinkables, plus exciting chef demonstrations and tastings.

The Shops on El Paseo
At the west end of the shopping district, celebrated designers, specialty retailers, and fine restaurants make up The Shops on El Paseo. Burberry, Gucci, and Ralph Lauren  represent only a few of the fine retailers on this block. Break up your shopping excursion with lunch or dinner at California Pizza Kitchen or Daily Grill.

The Centre on El Paseo
A fabulous array of shops and businesses in the center of El Paseo buzzing with independent boutiques, many of which have invested more than a quarter of a century in the desert. Among these desert classics are Frasca Jewelers, Mr. Marcus, Storekeeper, Mephisto, Diane’s Beachwear, and Palm Desert Tobacco.

The Gardens on El Paseo
In the midst of this shopper’s paradise, you’ll find The Gardens on El Paseo, a 200,000-square-foot ode to tranquility and fashion. This major shopping Mecca includes fine department stores, such as Saks Fifth Avenue, and designer brands like Coach, Tiffany & Co., and Louis Vuitton. It’s also the perfect spot to tickle your taste buds at some of the city’s most popular restaurants.

El Paseo Village
This fall, you’ll want to be the first to experience the new El Paseo Village, on the south side of El Paseo between San Pablo Avenue and Lupine Lane, adjacent to The Gardens. The luxurious complex features Juicy Couture, Banana Republic, Kate Spade, Bebe, Lucky Brand Jeans, and Janie & Jack. The well-known Mastro’s Steakhouse will also be spicing up the village. We have it on good authority that a nationally acclaimed computer store will be part of the retail mix, but we don’t want to spoil the surprise. We just wanted to give you something to bite on.

El Paseo Collection
Art enthusiasts enjoy the eclectic art galleries that line the street, appealing to many different tastes. More than 20 venues celebrate some of the area’s most venerated talent, as well as Western, modern, abstract, and Renaissance art — from paintings to sculpture. Indulge your creative side while absorbing all the culture that El Paseo offers.


Kathy Schowe   760.333.8886  California LifestyleRealty  California Lifestyle RealtySchowe Properties                                           



Comment balloon 3 commentsKathy Schowe • August 30 2010 01:13AM
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