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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Bar
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“10 min drive from house- This is a great place to grab a beer, some fries and play pool. Perfect stop when shopping in downtown Joshua Tree with friends.”
  • 252 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“A civilized diner for the Mojave desert with creative spins on the usual fare. Vegan friendly. Service is usually spot-on and the wait is usually not too bad. Massive breakfast selection, as well as Mexican specialties and grilled and toasted sandwiches. ”
  • 219 locals recommend
Tourist Information Center
“Be sure to stop by the visitor center, especially if it’s your first visit to the National Park.”
  • 154 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
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“The definitive healthy food eatery in Joshua Tree, featuring organic foods and a juice and smoothie bar and a smallish menu of offerings. Next to the natural soap and fragrance shop and the organic food shop. The perfect place to recharge after a long, dusty day in the park. ”
  • 222 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Ah-mazing pizza for being in the middle of the Mojave Desert. We recommend the David Bowie pizza, featuring bacon, onion, and grilled pineapple. During after hike rush hour (6 to 7ish), the place can be packed. Pro tip: call ahead and place your order.”
  • 173 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Located inside the Pie For the People complex. It’s a little hidden, so please be patient. The outfit supplies most of the delicious coffee for the entire Joshua Tree region. Service can be quirky, but the coffee is sublime.”
  • 131 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
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“10 min drive from house- If people in your party can’t choose between Indian or Italian (pizza) this is the spot for you. Both cuisine’s are surprisingly good. ”
  • 109 locals recommend
Place to shop
“On Saturday mornings, there is a very nice Farmers Market in Joshua Tree on Hwy 62. This is a Certified Farmers Market, so there are strict rules - the merchants can only sell locally grown or created items. They have excellent produce for those who have access to a kitchen - or you can get some locally pickled garlic in a jar to take home.”
  • 88 locals recommend
Diner
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“Country Kitchen is one of our favorite spots to grab breakfast. Try the Breakfast Burrito!!”
  • 71 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
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“Yes, you can indeed have good Thai food in the high desert and you need not look farther than ‘downtown’ Joshua Tree. More authentic than you’d ever expect. Check out the lunch specials. ”
  • 47 locals recommend
Art Museum
“An ultra-tiny, unique museum of crocheted yarn art, assembled and maintained by local artist Sheri Elf. Hundreds of hand-made crocheted animals, food items, and more are stuffed into a recycled Fotomat booth. Open 24/7.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Athletics & Sports
“Located in downtown Joshua Tree at The Starlite. Joshua Tree's landmark ironclad buildings, topped with a classic, retro star sign. Instant Karma has the perfect yoga class for you, whether you have practiced yoga for many years or have never tried yoga. Join the 15.8 million people who have found the benefits of yoga. Which include, lower stress, reduced back pain, increased flexibility, strength and better heart and lung function. ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Store
“The best gift shop on the planet, besides the store at the Tate Modern. Take in the hippy vibe, the exhaustive books on the desert, the endless supply of desert souvenirs, from cactus socks to scorpions in Lucite. This is the Louvre of desert gift shops.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Joshua Tree Art Gallery is a Co-operative Fine Art Gallery featuring the best of high-desert Painting, Sculpture and Photography.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Store
“Jenny Q's Herbals offers an exquisite line of responsibly sourced, hand-crafted herbal, aromatherapy, and natural health products. Formulated with the highest quality ingredients to support the body's strength and balance. Created in small batches with spirit and intention, in the heart of the Mojave Desert. Plus lots of other great stuff! gratefuldesert.com”
  • 28 locals recommend
Bar
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“A recent addition to the burgeoning shopping scene in Joshua Tree. Two stylish set decorators have transformed a former gas station into a temple of curated items—from wonderful olive oils, designer T-shirts, fragrant soaps, vintage magazines, ephemera and other objects of desire that you must, must have.”
  • 24 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“10 min drive from house- This is a great place to grab a beer, some fries and play pool. Perfect stop when shopping in downtown Joshua Tree with friends.”
  • 252 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“A civilized diner for the Mojave desert with creative spins on the usual fare. Vegan friendly. Service is usually spot-on and the wait is usually not too bad. Massive breakfast selection, as well as Mexican specialties and grilled and toasted sandwiches. ”
  • 219 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“The definitive healthy food eatery in Joshua Tree, featuring organic foods and a juice and smoothie bar and a smallish menu of offerings. Next to the natural soap and fragrance shop and the organic food shop. The perfect place to recharge after a long, dusty day in the park. ”
  • 222 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Ah-mazing pizza for being in the middle of the Mojave Desert. We recommend the David Bowie pizza, featuring bacon, onion, and grilled pineapple. During after hike rush hour (6 to 7ish), the place can be packed. Pro tip: call ahead and place your order.”
  • 173 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
“10 min drive from house- If people in your party can’t choose between Indian or Italian (pizza) this is the spot for you. Both cuisine’s are surprisingly good. ”
  • 109 locals recommend
Diner
“Country Kitchen is one of our favorite spots to grab breakfast. Try the Breakfast Burrito!!”
  • 71 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
“Yes, you can indeed have good Thai food in the high desert and you need not look farther than ‘downtown’ Joshua Tree. More authentic than you’d ever expect. Check out the lunch specials. ”
  • 47 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Delicious and quick Mexican food if your in the mood for picking up something to go. Drive-thru! ”
  • 11 locals recommend

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