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Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed July 24, 2022

We always try to pop in for a shake , they are delicious. I love the mini donut they add and the homemade whipped cream is the best

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed May 30, 2022 via mobile

Temperature was over 100 degrees and we stopped here for a shake. The menu is extensive and the shakes were the best we have ever tasted - not to be missed!

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 27, 2022

A tour guide recommended this place for shakes. Our family all had the date shake since the area is known for dates. It was thick and delicious with small chunks of dates. The best!

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 17, 2022 via mobile

I just heard that date shakes are a thing in CA. I tried one at Great Shakes in Palm Springs. What a dessert!! They offer their homemade whipped cream which is fabulous! Don’t skip that part of the calories. Also featured is an oversized straw...(should be a requirement for all shakes :)) with a mini donut. The staff was friendly and the place was kept very clean. A great stop in downtown Palm Springs.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed April 8, 2022 via mobile

Heard the thing to get in Palm Springs was a date milkshake so googled and Great Shakes was just around the corner in the La Plaza/Downtown area. It’s the cutest 50s decorated shop, with vintage dinette chairs, Rat Pack photos on the wall and cool...lighting fixtures. I was dubious about a shake made with dates but it was fantastic. Small bits of dates were noticeable within the ice cream mixture tho not overly so. The little cake donut on the straw was an adorable addition. Wish I lived in the area, I’d love to try all their flavors and I’d def get a date shake again.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed January 31, 2022 via mobile

Service was quick, and a abundance of flavors. Served with a mini donut. Not sure it was worth the 10.25 but enjoyed the salted caramel flavor.

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed July 18, 2021 via mobile

We came here for dessert and a walk in rejuvenated downtown Palm Springs after dinner. This is a cheerful place with polite helpful staff. And so many choices! The shakes we had: salted caramel, strawberry and pistachios, were just fantastically rich and yummy. It’s our...reward for a long day of sweaty grueling golfing in supper hot weather.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed June 3, 2021

These are the best shakes ever, made with premium vanilla base which you can also get lactose free, made with care and patience, a short wait that is worth it. I had the date shake with walnuts; they put a cute little mini doughnut around...the straw! You would not believe how many flavors they have. You can also get cookies and such. Tiny place next to a souvenir and clothing shop. Local family business. Support it!More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed May 24, 2021 via mobile

Stopped in and snagged a date milk shake and a almond joy shake. They were both great. The best I think I’ve ever had!

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed April 22, 2021

Amazingly delicious! The lactose free option is terrific. Banana Caramel Graham, Smore, Mint Oreo and French Blend..all equally delicious. The staff is very efficient and super friendly.

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed March 5, 2021

Great shakes - the wait was a little long, but it was definitely worth it! We tried classic strawberry and chocolate malt - and they were both delicious!

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed January 30, 2021

Great Shakes is a Palm Springs and Coachella Valley landmark. These are the best shakes and malts I have experienced since I was a kid, I also think these shakes and malts are better than I remember as a kid. As a business owner and...resident of Palm Springs, I must applaud the owners, the Nelson family, for keeping this wondrous tradition alive with not only great shakes and malts but with great staff and creative curbside. We have friends from all over the world visiting all year and this is one of the traditional stops at Great Shakes...I love to see all my friend's and relative's faces after that first taste, priceless! To all visitors of Palm Springs, this is a Palm Springs tradition, a must-visit. PS- Small doughnut is the best with every shake, what does that mean you ask? Trust me, visit and see for yourself ~More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed December 4, 2020

Had a really great caramel shake - they make their own caramel sauce, and that made a difference. They obviously use good ice cream, as it was very rich and creamy! Lots of flavors and combinations to pick. Go back the next day!!

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed August 11, 2020

Huge selection of shakes from basic to you name it. Very helpful and friendly staff. However, price a bit expensive for what you get.

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed March 6, 2020

This is a must!! Never been overly into malts and shakes but this is well worth it. Best shake i have ever had. Great Shakes is busy but worth the line up.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Great Shakes is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5