Visitor's Guide to Coachella, CA
The word “Coachella” is probably one of the most recognizable when it comes to Greater Palm Springs, thanks largely in part to the annual music and arts festival bearing the same name. But beyond the Coachella Music and Arts Festival (which is actually held in the neighboring city of Indio), Coachella embodies the Hispanic roots of the Coachella Valley, from cultural fiestas celebrating holidays like Mexican Independence Day to the local restaurants serving up some of the best Mexican fare to be found in the desert.
Locally owned restaurants like Jalisco’s, Plaza Garibaldi and Aldo’s are unbeatable when it comes to authentic Mexican dishes like carne asada tacos, al pastor tortas and hot bowls of menudo. Most of the local restaurants make everything from tortillas to salsa from scratch, which makes the food that much better.
If you’re in the mood for a burger, you won’t want to miss Andy’s No. 5, which is known for its generous portions, juicy burgers and hearty breakfast burritos.
Throughout the year, you’ll find the streets of downtown Coachella and the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Park bursting with fiestas in celebration of Mexican holidays like Cinco de Mayo.
And any time of year, you can put your luck to the test at either of Coachella’s two casinos: Spotlight 29 and Augustine Casino. Spotlight 29 offers 2,000 slot machines, table games, a poker room and ongoing tournaments. The casino is also known for its free Friday tribute concerts (held all year long in its air-conditioned Spotlight 29 Showroom) and its premium entertainment, which has included performers like En Vogue, Bill Burr and Anjelah Johnson.
Augustine Casino is another local favorite for gaming, thanks to its arsenal of slot machines and table games. Another reason locals love Augustine Casino is for its impressive nightly buffet. On Saturday nights, Augustine ups the ante with an all-you-can-eat spread of lobster tail, crab legs, prime rib, leg of lamb and filet mignon. (Read more about casinos in the Coachella Valley)
Whether you want to dig into the desert’s Hispanic culture or spend the night with Lady Luck at your side, the east valley city of Coachella has you covered.