Best Brunch Spots in Palm Springs
According to the “Points Guy” & Forbes Magazine: Palm Springs is one of THE top destinations for 2021. I’m currently in the desert now, & hiking trails that are normally deserted look like super highways! Palm Springs is also a foodie’s paradise, & because its restaurants have been hit so hard by 2020, I’m writing this article to highlight some of the area’s fantastic brunch spots ~ where you can order take-out for now, & enjoy in person (hopefully) very soon. Here are the some of the “Best Brunch Spots in Palm Springs!”
Great breakfast spots in other desert cities like La Quinta & Palm Desert can be found at the end of the article.
Map of Palm Springs Brunch Spots
Wilma & Frieda's
The Pink Cabana
The Tack Room
Overview of Brunch Spots in Palm Springs
First up, I’ll give you a quick overview of what makes each restaurant special, where you’re likely to find the longest waits, etc. Click on the name of the restaurant, & it will take you directly to their breakfast menu.
- FARM = The Freshest Food in Town & Cute Outdoor Patio. FARM is a top-rated French restaurant with Provencal style & the #1 breakfast in town (or so says Yelp). You’ll likely find a long wait here ~ unless you get in early. Hours: 8AM-2PM.
- Cheeky’s = The Most Popular Breakfast in Town. There’s almost ALWAYS a wait at Cheeky’s ~ it’s popular with both locals & out-of-towners, known for specialties like their bacon flight. More “hipster” than FARM. Hours: 8AM-2PM.
- Spencer’s = Tucked Up Against the Mountains. Spencer’s isn’t listed for brunch on Yelp ~ which I find a little nutty: it’s one of the most well-known Sunday brunches around. They’ve got one of the prettiest patios in town, tucked up against the mountains, next to the fabled Palm Springs Tennis Club. Breakfast Hours: 8AM-11AM; Sunday Brunch: 8AM-2:30PM.
- Pinocchio’s = The Rowdiest Brunch Party. Pinocchio’s has a HUGE outdoor patio & it’s the rowdiest brunch in town; when my friends & I tried to go, there was an hour wait! Great for larger parties & bachelorette-type events, but not known for the best food in town. Their “BOTTOMLESS” Champagne makes up for it though. Hours: 7:30AM-2PM.
- Wilma & Frieda’s = Most Popular with Locals. They’ve got another location on El Paseo in Palm Desert ~ & both are always packed. Their slogan: “Comfort food with a twist.” Hours: 10AM-2PM.
- Sherman’s Deli = Famous Deli with Delicious Breakfast Too. Sherman’s has been around forever & is supremely popular with locals ~ but they’re more known for their famous “Sandwich Board” than they are their breakfast. Both are delicious, & they’ve always offered to-go food, which can now be ordered online. Hours: 8AM-9PM.
- Billy Reed’s = A Little More Off-the-Beaten-Path Breakfast. Locals know about Billy Reed’s ~ but most tourists don’t, simply because it’s further north on Palm Canyon (not right downtown). They offer a huge indoor dining area & curbside pick-up; I love the old-school vibe here & lack of pretension. Great breakfast. Hours: 9AM-8PM.
- Revel House = The Least Busy Breakfast in Town. When FARM, Cheeky’s, & Pinocchio’s have hour-long waits ~ pop over to Revel House, which is right next door. Sit on their small outdoor patio & enjoy a bottomless mimosa brunch. To date, this is the most FUN brunch I’ve had in Palm Springs….my friends & I stayed there for FOUR hours! Brunch ONLY on Weekends: 8:30AM-1PM.
- Grand Central = New Kid on the Block. This hip & funky cafe is the newest entry on the list ~ & so far, the reviews are good. It’s the only place where I haven’t eaten, but they’re offering to-go breakfast right now as well as coffee. Hours: 8AM-7:30PM.
Best Brunch Spots in Other Desert Cities…
Though Palm Springs has the most breakfast joints ~ it doesn’t mean they have the only ones. Here’s a quick run-down on the best breakfast spots in other desert cities.
- Best Breakfast in Cathedral City: Michael’s Cafe. Don’t let Michael’s strip-center setting fool you: this is one damn good breakfast! With Marilyn Monroe decor on the walls, there’s a great vintage Palm Springs vibe here ~ but the main event is their delicious breakfast (their French Toast is FAB).
- Best Breakfast in Palm Desert: Keedy’s & Wilma & Frieda’s. Keedy’s is one of the oldest breakfast joints around, & is SUPER popular with locals; Wilma & Frieda’s is newer & fancier ~ both have great food.
- Best Brunch in Indian Wells: The Pink Cabana. This is the most “Palm Springs” place on this list (it’s also the cover photo) ~ if anything, go there for great photos. The Pink Cabana is in the newly-renovated Sands Hotel & I’ve been there: the food is DELICIOUS. They’re more than just a pretty face!
- Best Breakfast in La Quinta: Louise’s Pantry & Ernie’s (at PGA West). For a good, old-fashioned & quick-service breakfast, head to La Quinta’s most popular breakfast spot: Louise’s Pantry. For golf course views, head out to PGA West & enjoy brunch on the patio at Ernie’s (open to the public).
- Best Breakfast in Indio: The Tack Room. This is probably my favorite spot on the list ~ I love western, cowboy-vibe (it’s located on the Coachella grounds, by the polo fields). They’re mainly known for being a bar, but they’ve got one of the best breakfasts in the valley. Brunch only available on Sundays.