La Plaza Shopping Center- Historic Downtown Palm Springs

RestaurantHistoric La Plaza Shopping Center

La Plaza Shopping Center has historic significance in Downtown Palm Springs.  It s the first self-contained shopping center ever built in Southern California and it dates back to 1934 thanks to National Cash Register heiress Julia Carnell.  It was her desire to have it built and so today we owe this downtown treasure to her desire to shop. Carnell’s investment in today’s dollars would equal about $15 million and to this day, her vision was spot on and she took this risk during The Great Depression.

The main area for the shops of La Plaza Shopping Center run between Palm Canyon Drive and Indian Canyon Drive and between Arenas Rd and Tahquitz Canyon Way. Also included are the shops on Arenas Rd but are not connected to the main property.  The shops are listed below along with the phone numbers and addresses.

 A few fun facts:

  • Tyler’s Burgers used to be a gas station as well as a Greyhound bus station and an A&W Root Beer Stand.
  • The architects were Roger and Stewart Williams
  • The concept included an underground parking area, full-service bungalows and penthouses, an onsite drug store, a food market, a bakery, a stock brokerage along with a barber/beauty shop, post office, retail shops, restaurants, entertainment, and auto sales and service.
  • The Plaza Theater, home to the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies was part of this project and played host to the likes of Hope, Crosby, Amos and Andy and many others.

 

Shops:

See’s Candies 760-325-6211
144 S Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA
www.sees.com

Birkenstock 760-323-1175
138 S Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA
www.birkenstocksd.com

Janelle’s 760-320-6433
133 La Plaza, Palm Springs, CA

Bobby G’s 760-323-1175
160 S Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA

Memento 760-325-1963
111 La Plaza, Palm Springs, CA

Donkey Balls 760-327-3677
117 La Plaza, Palm Springs, CA

Luigi’s Barbershop 760-864-9557
118 La Plaza, Palm Springs, CA

Good Gauze 760-323-9399
120 La Plaza, Palm Springs, CA

Enso Hair Salon 760-864-1100
133 La Plaza, Palm Springs, CA
www.ensosalonps.com

Hephaestus Jewelry 760-325-5395
132 La Plaza, Palm Springs, CA
www.hephaestusps.com

Lovely Nails 760-325-3599
130 La Plaza, Palm Springs, CA

La Plaza Shoe Repair 760-416-2202
128-B La Plaza, Palm Springs, CA

Imageville 760-476-9825
128 La Plaza, Palm Springs, CA
www.imageville.us

Stewart Galleries 760-325-0878
191 S Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA
www.stewartgalleries.com

The Wardrobe 760-325-4330
108 S Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA

Enchanted Garden Wedding Chapel 760-322-2233
Bungalow #11 La Plaza, Palm Springs, CA
www.enchantedgardenweddingchapel.com

Mischief Cards & Gifts 760-322-8555
210 E Arenas Road, Palm Springs, CA

Gay Mart 760-416-6436
305 E Arenas Road, Palm Springs, CA

Bear Wear Etc. 760-323-8940
319 E Arenas Road, Palm Springs, CA
www.bear-wear.com

Dining:

Peabody’s Cafe 760-322-1877
134 S Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA
www.peabodyscafepalmsprings.com

Zini Cafe Mediterrano 760-325-9464
140 S Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA
www.zinicafe.com

Cafe Euro 760-866-9138
129 La Plaza, Palm Springs, CA

Tyler’s Burgers 760-325-2990
149 S Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA
http://tylersburgers.com

Cactusberry 760-325-3228
116 La Plaza, Palm Springs, CA
www.cactusberryps.com

Johannes 760-778-0017
196 S Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA
www.johannesrestarants.com

La Casita 760-320-2267
100 S Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA

Eddie’s Frozen Yogurt 760-325-6700
300 East Arenas Road, Palm Springs, CA

Bongo Johnny’s 760-866-1905
214 East Arenas Road, Palm Springs, CA www.bongojohnnys.com

Street Bar 760-320-1266
224 East Arenas Road, Palm Springs, CA www.psstreetbar.com

Hunters 760-323-0700
302 East Arenas Road, Palm Springs, CA www.huntersnightclubs.com/palm springs

SpurLine 760-778-4326
200 S Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA
www.spurlline.com

Rainbow Bar & Grill 760-325-3989
216 S Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA
www.rainbowbarngrill.com

Score 760-327-0753
301 East Arenas Road, Palm Springs, CA

Cafe Palette 760-322-9264
315 East Arenas Road, Palm Springs, CA www.cafepalette.com

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