Palm Springs has high desert temperatures and constant sunshine, but that doesn’t mean you still don’t want to start your day with the best coffee the city has to offer. For those who are looking for their morning java there are a handful of local coffee shops and restaurants that serve coffee that’s so good, you won’t notice the temperatures. Here is where to find the best coffee in Palm Springs and some of the coolest and coziest coffee houses.
This coffee house is one of the best in the city and for good reason. With an impressive menu of espresso drinks, tea and smoothies, Koffi truly offers something for everyone. The java choices at Koffi include European and American espresso, drip coffees ranging from organic mild to Swiss water processed decaf, and a long list of espresso drinks.
The quality of their beverages is exceptional and so are the friendly baristas behind the counter. If it seems like they know everyone’s name, it’s probably because they do: Koffi boasts an impressive amount of regulars.
Koffi also freshly bakes an assortment of pastries each day, including coffeecake, muffins and brownies. Hungry patrons can try a grilled Panini or low-fat wrap. The cafe draws on the mid-century modern tones that define Palm Springs. The decor provides the perfect setting for chatting over cappuccinos or catching up on work while enjoying on a honey vanilla latte. Pull up a chair in the courtyard behind the cafe to relax away from the bustle of the main street.
Ernest Coffee Co
For an upscale locally-owned coffee house in Palm Springs with a sophisticated atmosphere and the best latte in town, head to Ernest Coffee Co in downtown. The latte is flavorful and strong and even has a flower on top, which means the milk is blended properly. They also offer a good selection of muffins and cookies and you’ll also find some vegan options. For fans of the Pacific Northwest coffee scene, you’ll love that they use Stumptown beans.
Ignition is a quirky lounge with the laidback vibe of a favorite neighborhood hangout. In addition to serving strong coffee, L’Atelier Cafe offers a French ambiance and amazing food. One of the favorites is the shirred eggs (baked eggs with cream). The coffee shop offers free WiFi and patio seating, perfect for relaxing and people-watching with a cup of one of their coffee blends.
L’Atelier Cafe is known as much for their coffee as their food. Everything is freshly baked on the premises and they import all of the essential ingredients directly from France to create delicious dishes. It’s a true taste of France. Make sure to enjoy one of the best, melt in your mouth croissants or a decadent pain au chocolat with your coffee.
Palm Greens Cafe
This organic cafe prides itself on serving fresh ingredients, and their coffee is no exception. Palm Greens Cafe offers some of the best coffee in Palm Springs and serves a delicious cup of organic coffee, but the true star of their java selection is the iced Thai coffee, a creamy caffeinated treat with a lot of spice. One of these iced drinks is the perfect refreshment for a hot desert day in Palm Springs.
What & Where
Koffi (5151 N. Palm Canyon Dr; 760-416-2244)
Ernest Coffee Co (1101 N Palm Canyon Dr; 562-234-6352)
Ignition Coffee and Hookah Lounge (123 N. Palm Canyon Dr; 760-778-4477) Cheeky’s (622 N. Palm Canyon Dr; 760-327-7595)
Palm Greens Cafe (611 S. Palm Canyon Dr; 760-864-9900)
WHEN TO VISIT PALM SPRINGS
The best time to visit Palm Springs is between January and April when the daytime temperatures only reach between the 70s and 80’s. Fall’s temperatures are almost as nice, but unless you love the heat, we wouldn’t recommend visiting in the summertime when daily highs regularly reach the triple digits.
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Traveling To Palm Springs Soon? Here are a few tips:
How to get there: Palm Springs is a 2-hour drive from Los Angeles and a 2.5-hour drive from San Diego. If you are coming from out of state, the two closest airports are Palm Springs International Airport and Ontario International Airport.
Where to stay: There are many places to stay in Palm Springs as well as in California. There is a wide range of hotels, from budget to luxury. For a luxury hotel that won’t break the bank, I recommend the Colony Palms Hotel, which is currently the #1 hotel on Tripadvisor. For a mid-level hotel, I suggest the Hilton Palm Springs. Finally, for a budget hotel, try 7 Springs Inn & Suites. You can also check HotelsCombined for the best Palm Spring Hotel Rates.
What to pack: The temperatures each season vary greatly. I visited in February and was very happy to have a crisp white shift dress, a silky serum for skin hydration and a pair of day to night sandals. The weather is beautiful year round, and you’ll be able to take a dip in the pool, even in winter, so you’ll want to pack swimsuit coverups.
Palm Springs Trip Essentials
6 Indispensable Items to Pack for a Palm Springs Vacation
- Get the The Ultimate Travel Guide to Greater Palm Springs.
- Bring a good quality mirrorless camera for getting those beautiful Palm Springs landscape shots. I use the Sony Alpha a6000 .
- Palm Springs is hot most of the year, so make sure to bring Neutrogena Sunscreen, Broad Spectrum Spf 45
- A great cross body travel bag. Crossbody bags prevent theft and are much easier to access.
- Don’t forget sunglasses for the beautiful sunny days. A.J. Morgan Unisex Sunglasses are a great choice and very affordable!
- Day to night sandals are a great item to pack for a perfect Palm Springs vacation. They’re more sophisticated than a flip-flop, but less formal than a wedge which means you can get away with wearing them by the pool and out to dinner.
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Marissa Willman is a freelance writer who specializes in travel, health and lifestyle writing.
Based in the Southern California desert, Marissa’s chronic case of wanderlust has taken her across Asia and the West coast. She spent two years living in South Korea as an ESL teacher and holds a journalism degree from California State University, Fullerton. Her work has appeared in USA Today Travel Tips, 10 Magazine, The Desert Sun and 52PerfectDays.com. Marissa’s portfolio can be found on www.marissawillman.com.