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A Guide to Breakfast in Greater Palm Springs

Written By: Tatiana Servin De Maio Breakfast in greater Palm Springs

When you’re headed to the Palm Springs area, include brunch—or breakfast if you’re up early—on the itinerary, just like you would a midcentury home tour. In the desert, you’ll find some of the best and most creative breakfasts imaginable, leaving you to write a love letter to the city about your vacation: Dear, Palm Springs: We love you and your breakfast.

Breakfast in greater Palm Springs

Three-Course Menu

Lulu California Bistro

Lulu California Bistro is a staple of the downtown strip with its expansive outdoor patio. With the dream of crafting their restaurant into an exceptional spot for vacationers, Lulu features breakfast, lunch and dinner with an award-winning three-course brunch menu with everyone’s favorites from pancakes and French toast to Southwest-inspired dishes and an extensive list of benedicts and omelettes—also available at Acqua in Rancho Mirage!

Native Knowledge: Named “Best Brunch in California” by and “Top 100 Dining Hot Spots in the U.S.” by OpenTable.

Lulu California Bistro
200 S Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262     

Creativity and Culture Come to Life

Wilma and Frieda’s Cafe

Wilma and Frieda’s offers comfort food with a twist, reinventing classics for foodies. The heartiness of their dishes, along with their ever-changing specials and baked goods, have won the hearts of visitors. Don’t forget to try their breakfast tarts which have a huge following all on their own.

Native Knowledge: Kelly McFall of Wilma and Frieda’s Cafe notes “our [top five items are] Breakfast Tarts, Short Rib Eggs Benedict, Griddled Meatloaf & Eggs, and my new favorite, the Crispy Mustard Glazed Bacon Chicken Sandwich on multigrain.

Wilma and Frieda’s Cafe
73575 El Paseo, Ste 2310
Palm Desert, CA 92260


Home Sweet Citrus & Palm

Citrus & Palm

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Citrus & Palm features a variety of unique, healthy items on their menu, including their Olive Oil and Honey Granola and Chia Seed Parfait. Their avocado toast is a local fave, made with toasted farro, watercress, heirloom tomatoes and organic eggs.

Native Knowledge: They have a citrus and herb garden on property that smells amazing! Pets are welcome on their outdoor patio.

Citrus & Palm
45000 Indian Wells Ln
Indian Wells, CA 92210


So Fresh and So Clean


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Step into FARM’s kitchen and experience the historic charm of a traditional, Provencal-style café. Try their wildly popular Croque Madame. If you love the little details, then this little spot will take you away from the city for the morning and into a world of loose-leaf teas and French-press coffee.

Native Knowledge: All of their jams are made in-house.

6 La Plaza
Palm Springs, CA 92262

A Perfect Blend


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The ambiance at Spencer’s is a harmonious concoction of vogueish refinement and restful casualness. Nestled at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains, Spencer’s menu features many options for eggs Benedict including a Surf and Turf Benedict with a sautéed Maryland crab cake and grilled medallion of beef.

Native Knowledge: Their outdoor patio is award-winning and a favorite feature among returning patrons.

701 W Baristo Rd
Palm Springs, CA 92262


Bottomless Dreams

Pinocchio in the Desert

Desert vacationers flock to Pinocchio in the Desert for its extensive menu and $5 mimosas—no lie. We’re told that pairing your bottomless Champagne with a carafe of fresh orange juice is the way to go. Experience the local, low-key vibe with everything you’ve come to love about the diner.

Native Knowledge: They are known for their $4.95 bottomless Champagne.

Pinocchio in the Desert
134 E Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262


Purple Haze, A Brunch Story

Purple Palm at the Colony Palms Hotel

Head over to the Purple Palm if you are captivated by imaginative new American cuisine served in a classic Hollywood hideaway setting. While swept up in the whimsical wallpaper design, try the Cornmeal Pancakes served with vanilla maple whipped cream cheese, orange honey syrup and bourbon banana jam.

Native Knowledge: Their French press coffee is Laughing Crow from Koffi Organic French Roast.

Purple Palm at the Colony Palms Hotel
572 N Indian Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262


Breakfast in the ‘60s


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Norma’s is equal parts ambiance and chow. Step into a brightly-colored scene fresh out of a page from Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, sip on your complimentary smoothie shooter, and order the ever popular Huevos Rancheros or the Very Berry Brioche French Toast, or both.

4200 E Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92264

Where Paris Fell in Love with Palm Springs

L’Atelier Cafe

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While honeymooning in Palm Springs, the owners of L’Atelier Café loved the desert so much they stayed and shared their delicious French pastries, originally served in the 15th arrondissement of Paris, with all of us. Try the Le Croque Madame, a traditional Jambon de Paris and Gruyere Cheese Sandwich topped with an egg.

Native Knowledge: Located across the street from the Hard Rock Hotel.

L’Atelier Cafe
129 La Plaza
Palm Springs, CA 92262


Tongue in Cheeky’s


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Many a local will tell you all about how good the food truly is at Cheeky’s—bacon flights, custard scrambled eggs and famous corn pancakes. If you are into creative breakfasting, you won’t want to miss an opportunity to feast from a menu uniquely serving classic combinations with unconventional flavor.

622 N Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262

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