A must-visit guide by Sara Scannell
April 19, 2023
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which kicks off its second weekend on Friday, April 21st, is one of the most famous music festivals in the country. Fans from across the world head to Indio’s Empire Polo Club to experience everything the festivals have to offer – from epic performances to world-class fashion and food. Stagecoach Country Music Festival follows Coachella and starts on April 28th, featuring a huge lineup of country stars. Are you heading to Coachella or Stagecoach? If so, here are some of my favorite spots to visit near the festival grounds!
This adorable but unassuming restaurant is a must for breakfast or lunch while you are in town. The restaurant is locally sourced, and farm-to-table menu options are all delicious and beautifully plated. I love their avocado toast, which tastes even better with the Chúla mimosa!
This Mexican restaurant in Old Town La Quinta is one of my favorites. It is fun and authentic, with an extensive menu with great options. Personally, I love their enchiladas and their margaritas, but be warned – the margaritas are strong! Its prime location in Old Town La Quinta is close to the festival grounds and a variety of shops, bars, and galleries you can check out while visiting.
It’s easy to miss this spot from the road, but it has some of the best food in the area! Located less than 10 minutes from the festival grounds, this is a fantastic spot for lunch or dinner. My favorites are the goat cheese bruschetta and the famous truffle tots. So, if you need a break from festival food, this is the place to go!
La Quinta Resort also has a fantastic Mexican restaurant, Adobe. Ask for outdoor seating when you make your reservation to watch the beautiful sunset on the mountains behind the resort while you have dinner. The guacamole made table-side, gorgeous views, and delicious food will make this a highlight of your time in Palm Springs!
Music festivals can be tiring, so if you need a place to relax and recharge, check out Spa La Quinta. I love their facials, but they also offer massages and manicures, and many other rejuvenating treatments. Plus, there’s nothing better than relaxing on their beautiful patio before or after your session.
6. Norma’s at the Parker Hotel
Lastly, no trip to the Coachella Valley is complete without a trip to Norma’s at the iconic Parker Hotel. While it’s about a 40-minute drive from Indio, this gem is worth it! I like to go for breakfast or brunch, which always begins with a sample of the day’s smoothie. Everything on the menu is fabulous, but be sure to try Norma’s donuts, and if you get a coffee – the biscotti is a must! Then, save some time to take pictures in the hotel lobby, which has fantastic art and a signature Palm Springs vibe.