Downtown dining in Palm Springs with kids

Palm Springs may be a more appealing destination to adults than kids—after all, it’s known for golf, spas, wellness retreats, and shopping—but we found the downtown area to be surprisingly kid-friendly. We saw many other parents with kids in tow, and our own kids really enjoyed the city. Whether you spend your Palm Springs day at the tramway, Joshua Tree National Park, or the local water park, plan to spend some of your evenings downtown. Tip: consider booking a stay at a Palm Springs vacation rental for your own kitchen when not dining out. Below are our four favorite Palm Springs with kids dining options in Palm Springs:


Lulu California Bistro:

Take kids to LuLu California Bistro (located at 200 S. Palm Canyon Dr.) for the quintessential California dining experience. This bistro has trendy decor and California cuisine, plus outdoor patio seating so you can watch the comings and goings along bustling Palm Canyon Drive. Don’t let the swanky interior (and fairly steep prices) fool you: the wait staff here welcomes kids. You can get the standard burger or wrap, or get adventurous with fun cocktails for the adults, chopped and wedge salads, and seafood.


Kaiser Grille:

Directly across the street from Lulu, Kaiser Grille (located at 205 S. Palm Canyon Dr.) offers up what my kids voted as their favorite meal during our Spring Break trip through the California desert. Decidedly upscale like Lulu, Kaiser Grille also offers outdoor seating, and while our service was a bit behind the curve the night of our visit, the food more than made up for it. Adventurous eaters will love the truffle oil mac and cheese and fettucine dishes, and meat-lovers will enjoy the steak sandwich. The ambiance is just as fun as at Lulu, as is the people-watching along the street. Best of all, the kids’ menu is very reasonably priced.

Las Casuelas Terraza:

Ready for something more reasonably priced? Las Casuelas Terraza is also located on the main strip of downtown Palm Springs (222 S. Palm Canyon Dr.), and has just as lovely outdoor seating. However, plates at this standard Mexican restaurant are in the single digits, and yes, there’s definitely a kids’ menu. Margaritas are half the cost of a cocktail or glass of wine at Lulu or Kaiser, and the chips and salsa just keep on coming. This is definitely our pick if you’re looking for Palm Canyon Drive ambiance without the price tag.


Sherman’s Deli and Bakery:

For breakfast or a deli dinner, Sherman’s is a local favorite (and always busy) just off the main strip on 401 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way. The deli is kosher, but yes, you can still get bacon in your breakfast omelette. Sit outdoors in the morning or evening, or come just for dessert.

Where do you like to eat in Palm Springs? Leave your recommendations in the comments!

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