By Sharlene Park
Though we had a lot of exciting events lined up in Palm Springs, we left ourselves plenty free time to explore the city, and luckily discovered some cool stores and cafes right along N Palm Canyon Rd in uptown Palm Springs. We were able to check out chic boutiques like Elizabeth & Prince, a very “Palm Springs” and resort-style curated boutique, as well as the ultra hip beauty store H2O closet, offering some of our favorite trendy beauty lines. And of course, the most important thing-- we drank plenty of coffee! Just down the street sat Ernest Coffee, where we frequented for our mid-day caffeine fix.
The quaint coffee shop was a trustworthy spot for that necessary caffeine buzz to get us through the day. Ernest offers Stumptown Coffee, ideal for those who would like to opt for more independent shops versus traditional retailers like Starbucks (no shade though, we love you Starbucks). We had a nice refreshing mocha that wasn’t too sweet and gave us a bit of a boost after spending hours walking around in the sun. We also appreciated their wide array of dairy alternatives like soy, almond, and coconut milk. Surprisingly, they also serve beer and wine for great happy hour prices between 4-6pm.
Elizabeth & Prince:
Forgot to bring an outfit for that fancy dinner reservation? Don’t fret-- Elizabeth & Prince has some great brands and offers a range of clothing pieces from chic dinner date dresses to casual cover-ups for the pool. The one stop shop really does carry all of your Palm Springs resort wear, curated specially your stay. We found brands like Ulla Johnson, Iro, and even one of our favorite LA-based swimwear brands, Xirena!
Hop on over next door to H2O Closet to stock up on beauty products ranging from the affordable to the higher end. A great spot to find a refreshing pick-me-up for your skin while soaking up the desert sun. We love that they offer a variety of natural and local California lines as well, and spotted products from lines like Herbivore, which we adore, and some up-and-coming brands like January Labs. Stop by H2O to treat your skin to something nice for the weekend. Treat yo self 2018!