El Paseo

Welcome to El Paseo

One of Palm Spring’s most chic and trendy districts
Located in Palm Desert, El Paseo is a one-mile strip that has plenty to offer. This exciting district is lined with restaurants to shops galore, ranging from high-end designer stores to independent boutiques. The streets surrounding El Paseo boast one of the largest concentrations of art galleries anywhere in Southern California. These galleries allow you to get up-close and personal with the art, chat with the friendly and knowledgeable gallery owners and staff, and even meet artists during special events and openings.

What to Love 

  • A premier shopping destination 
  • An upbeat, lively ambiance 
  • A plethora of exciting events and activities 

Local Lifestyle 

With so much to see and do, El Paseo offers the perfect place to live, work and play. Individuals from all walks of life have made their homes in the surrounding area. However, the majority of residents consist of working professionals, families with young children, artists, and outdoor enthusiasts. 

Dining, Shopping, and Entertainment 

Known as the Rodeo Drive of the Desert, El Paseo boasts an abundance of stores, ranging from high-end luxury stores to locally owned boutiques. The El Paseo Shopping District is made up of The Shops on El Paseo and The Gardens on El Paseo. Together, these shopping centers create an impressive mile-long retail experience unlike any other in the area. Whether you’re shopping until you drop or simply window shopping, shoppers will find a large selection of boutiques, shops, and international brands to browse.

Shopping isn’t the only thing El Paseo has to offer! This eclectic district is also filled with a variety of restaurants, from upscale eateries to hole-in-the-wall cafes. Regardless of what you’re craving, you can find something for yourself here.

For a special night out, book a table at il Corso. This refined restaurant specializes in Italian fare, served in an intimate and elegant setting. Eddie V’s Prime Seafood also offers an unforgettable culinary experience. The restaurant offers a steak and seafood menu, plus a cocktail lounge and live music. Between the smooth jazz, attentive staff, and incredible food, dining here is an experience you won’t soon forget. If you prefer a more casual meal, head over to Ristorante Mamma Gina. Since originally opening in 1986, this relaxed restaurant has been serving up authentic Italian dishes and happy hour specials.

Things to Do 

Be sure to stroll around the neighborhood and make a note of all the incredible art installations. These photo-worthy public art installations along El Paseo Drive provide a great backdrop for a photoshoot. If you want to further immerse yourself in the art, be sure to attend the acclaimed El Paseo Art Walk. This event occurs on the first Friday of every Monday, November through May. It’s the perfect opportunity to attend exhibit openings and artist receptions. Plus, if you’re new to town, this is a great way to get to know your neighbors and meet new friends.

Fashion Week El Paseo is another event worth checking out. The event, which has been around for over 15 years, takes place in the spring. This immersive and inspiring event offers trunk shows, celebrity meet-and-greets, and cocktail receptions.

Spend the day in nature at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. This non-profit zoo and botanical garden is home to over 500 animals across 150 species and attracts more than 50,000 visitors annually. With so much to see and learn, it’s no surprise it was rated one of the Best 10 Zoos in the U.S. by Conde Nast Traveler. Reservations are required in advance, so don’t wait to book your tickets.


Palm Desert is served by Desert Sands Unified School District. The town is home to a number of notable institutions, including: 

  • Xavier College Preparatory, 9-12
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