So You're Going To Coachella

A guide features places to eat and sleep when going to Coachella

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Created by KaelynSturgell - July 22nd 2016

I had to opportunity to experience Coachella (and California) for the first time this past April. The festival is HUGE and can be overwhelming when you don't know the area very well. Here are a few places you absolutely have to visit if you plan on attending the festival.

Photo of Riviera Palm Springs

1600 N Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA, US

Riviera Palm Springs


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Don't get me wrong, I love camping, but Coachella is a long and hot weekend if you don't have an form of air conditioning. My group and I stayed at the The Riviera and shuttled to and from the festival grounds each day and night. This luxury hotel has splendid views of the area's natural landscape, plenty of pools, huge rooms, and is located only a more or so from the main strip in Palm Springs.

134 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA, US

Pinocchio In The Desert

First, I want to say it's sad that none of the restaurants I'm sharing have images. They're all lovely, cute, and delicious places to eat. I resolve to return and update their pins with my own images!

We went to Pinocchio's for breakfast our first day at the request of a friend of mine who frequents Palm Springs. The establishment has inside and outside seating, but we chose to sit inside since we'd be outside the rest of the day. Their menu is big, and the portion sizes even bigger! They also have early morning drink specials if that's your thing.

155 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA, US


Maraca's is one of the million Mexican restaurants in California. While the flavor or the food may not be above and beyond any of the other's in the area, the friendliness is. Our waitress was an enthusiastic woman in her early 50's who chatted with us the whole time about the festival, music, dancing, and California.

155 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA, US

Ruby's Diner

When you walk through the doors at Ruby's, you step back into the 1950's. There are red booths, old bikes hanging from the ceiling, and a model train that drives around in circles overhead. Take a seat and eat a burger, or do what we did and order a shake to go!


And, of course, what would a trip to Coachella be without actually attending the festival itself?

Whether you chose to drive and park, camp on-site, or shuttle in, your experience will be amazing. Stay hydrated, sing your lungs out, and dance like no one is watching!