The Best Markets in Palm Springs

The Coachella Valley is a fertile stretch of land that plays a major role in the agricultural economy of Southern California.

With more than 300 growing days in the year, crops thrive and blossom in abundance, contributing to high culinary standards across the region. Palm Springs knows its quality grub from the supermarket stuff and expects nothing less to be put on the table – classy restaurant or modest household alike.

As September rolls in and with it the soothing Californian fall, Palm Springs offers an array of flea markets to visit – a veritable homage to the golden harvest. Whether you’re here for a leisurely long weekend or live through all four seasons in the area, make sure to tick off the best markets in Palm Springs.


Vintage Market

Vintage markets capture the hearts of the nostalgic soul with their displays of ornate artifacts, and the Palm Springs version is no different. Stroll over to the Palm Springs Cultural Center to admire the bejewelled lamps, cushioned armchairs, classic records and trinkets from time gone by to take home with you.

Gorgeous, real vintage dresses will make grown women squeal with delight and the odd retro gadget for men will make any studio or bedroom shine with character. The market reopens on October 7 and is on every Sunday of the month throughout the year.

Check out dates and more information here.


Farmers Markets

Bet you flock to a farmers market like bees gravitate towards flowers! There are several farmers markets to satisfy your craving for fresh and healthy produce in Palm Springs. Colorful fruit and veggie stands with helpful vendors dot the palm-lined streets downtown on Saturdays.

Land your catch next to the Palm Springs Cultural Center for enough organic goodness to see you through the week and beyond. The Weekly Certified Farmers Market runs every Saturday morning from 8.30am to 12.30pm, just in time for you to collect all the juicy, vitamin-and-mineral-laden food you need and enjoy chef demonstrations and a little injection of entertainment before the weekend sets in.

Get all the details here.

Palm Desert and Old Town La Quinta also have their own markets bursting with flair and flavor. Juice, cheese, nuts, flowers, herbs, oils, lotions, bread and anything you can imagine to fill your cabinets and table-tops with natural scents and sights is there for the taking.

The Certified Farmers Market in Palm Desert is open on Wednesdays from 8.00am to 12.30pm. The Certified Farmers Market in Old Town La Quinta runs on Sundays at the same time.

Here’s the schedule for all farmers markets in the Coachella Valley.

Urban Crates

Urban Crates is a farmers market with a twist – a charming, hipster outfit that’s as much about contemporary lifestyles as it is about wholesome products. Forward-thinking design and young staff add to the cool vibes of this place, which you’ll have to watch for in town as it crops up and dies down like a lively, ephemeral mushroom.

Follow Urban Crates on Instagram for updates on the market.


The Street Fair

Don’t let its humble name fool you – the Street Fair at College of the Desert is one of the largest and most diverse markets in Greater Palm Springs.

Open every Saturday and Sunday from 7am to 2pm in the fall (closing at 12pm in the summer months), the Street Fair houses an eclectic selection of art, clothing, footwear, cosmetics, pottery, plants, jewelry, indoor and outdoor furniture, luggage, gourmet items, fashion and pet accessories, and much more.

If you want to stock up on unique gifts, this event is a must. The market operates a free shuttle service to and from all parking lots located on the campus.

The College’s students also benefit from your purchases, the proceeds of which help students in achieving their academic goals and dreams. Serving fresh food and entertainment, the Street Fair is one of the best days out in Palm Springs.

Learn more about the event here.


Windmill Market

You simple can’t miss the home of the delicious, widely revered date shake of Palm Springs. Considering that 90% of the States’ dates are produced and picked in ours, we ought to specialise in something so inextricably linked to our heritage.

A small deli doubling as a market and offbeat lunch hangout, Windmill Market comes highly recommended for its star menu entry. The whipped mix of frosty vanilla ice-cream, full-bodied milk and yummy dates along with a sprinkle of the secret house ingredient (no artificial stuff added) makes this a divine treat worth the trip.

Hop along any time from Monday to Friday, 8am to 7pm, or Saturday from 10am to 5pm, at 17080 North Indian Canyon Drive, North Palm Springs, CA 92258. You can also reach out to the Windill Market on (760) 251-4489.