Dec 26, 2021
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Five Reasons to Visit Palm Springs by a Magazine Editor

Andrew is a Londoner living and working in Venice Beach, CA, and
 his dreamy Instagram
 is testament to his love of travel. As content chief for a magazine all about Californian culture and style, he’s our go-to guy for the Golden State, and beyond. If you’re planning a visit to Palm Springs, this is your guide.
Part of our Five Reasons series, here you’ll find the most local of tips – from unique hotels to small businesses and secret spots (we trust you to keep these on the DL). Because, we firmly believe there’s no better way to get to know a place than when guided by someone who knows it best.
Read on for Andrew’s favorite places to eat, drink, stay, and shop in Palm Springs, California. 
Venice Beach, California
: London
 Content chief at 
C Magazine
Andrew Barker

Five reasons to visit Palm Springs, California

The food 

Start your day with brunch at 
. Clock off with sundowners by the pool at 
The Ace
. Book in for dinner at
. And, go for a dance until late at 

The hotel(s)

I’m torn, because I love how chic 
Two Bunch Palms
 is with its stone pool, but it might as well be in Tulum. There are more idiosyncratic options from a design standpoint, including 
Dive Palm Springs
 Les Cactus
, which are all botanical wallpapers and wicker chairs. 

The store

Angel Views
 is a thrift store where you can pick up salad bowls, paintings, and retro T-shirts. I’m not really buying ‘new’ unless I really need to at the moment.  

The thing to do

Take the 
cable car
 to the top of the mountain, where you have great views of the Coachella Valley. At the right time of year, you can hike in the snow in the morning and swim in a pool in the afternoon. 

The culture

This is cheating, but 
The Parker Hotel
 is an institution. There is nowhere better to absorb the culture of Palm Springs as a tourist destination than here, in the early evening. 
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