Guidebook for Carmel-by-the-Sea

Nadereh
Guidebook for Carmel-by-the-Sea

Shopping

Five minutes from our house. Jeffrey's Restaurant: breakfast, brunch, lunch Carmel Coffee Roasting Co. coffee shop Iolis Pizza; eat in, take out, delivery Athena Cafe: Mediterranean cuisine; eat in, take out Valley Maid Launderette Mid-Valley Cleaners: dry cleaning Safeway grocery store UPS Chase Bank ATM
Mid Valley Center
Five minutes from our house. Jeffrey's Restaurant: breakfast, brunch, lunch Carmel Coffee Roasting Co. coffee shop Iolis Pizza; eat in, take out, delivery Athena Cafe: Mediterranean cuisine; eat in, take out Valley Maid Launderette Mid-Valley Cleaners: dry cleaning Safeway grocery store UPS Chase Bank ATM
Just south of the entry to Carmel Valley Road from Highway 1. Shopping center with an eclectic assortment of stores (including a Safeway) and a good Carmel Valley Coffee Roasting Co coffee shop.
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The Crossroads Carmel
243 Crossroads Blvd
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Just south of the entry to Carmel Valley Road from Highway 1. Shopping center with an eclectic assortment of stores (including a Safeway) and a good Carmel Valley Coffee Roasting Co coffee shop.
Stupendous selection of cheeses from all over the world; super knowledgable staff, very helpful, will give you numerous samples to taste; also a great selection of wines.
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The Cheese Shop
Junipero Street
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Stupendous selection of cheeses from all over the world; super knowledgable staff, very helpful, will give you numerous samples to taste; also a great selection of wines.
Stylish, upscale women's clothing, expensive but worth it! Lovely staff.
Paloosh
Ocean Avenue
Stylish, upscale women's clothing, expensive but worth it! Lovely staff.
Gorgeous women's clothing, also bedding and all sorts of pretty stuff for home and kitchen; gifts; beautifully spacious, outstandingly imaginative decor.
Anthropologie
Ocean Avenue
Gorgeous women's clothing, also bedding and all sorts of pretty stuff for home and kitchen; gifts; beautifully spacious, outstandingly imaginative decor.
Biggest shopping mall in the area, with around 75 stores.
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Del Monte Shopping Center
1410 Del Monte Center
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Biggest shopping mall in the area, with around 75 stores.

Drinks & Nightlife

Carmel Valley Village. Delicious wines, rustic western-style tasting room, sweet staff, and games of petanque or bocce ball (Cowgirl has balls) on two courts (pitches?) among the vines . . . Ask us to give you cards for free tastings.
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Cowgirl Winery
4 Pilot Rd
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Carmel Valley Village. Delicious wines, rustic western-style tasting room, sweet staff, and games of petanque or bocce ball (Cowgirl has balls) on two courts (pitches?) among the vines . . . Ask us to give you cards for free tastings.
Oysters. Wine. Wonderful.
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A.W. Shucks Cocktail & Oyster Bar
San Carlos Street
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Oysters. Wine. Wonderful.
7th, between San Carlos and Dolores. Tasting room for the Silvestri family's fine local wines. We haven't tried the crisp, full-bodied Pinot Blanc, but it's recommended by guests who have. Alan Silvestri is a composer who has scored tons of Hollywood movies.
Silvestri Vineyards
Dolores Street
7th, between San Carlos and Dolores. Tasting room for the Silvestri family's fine local wines. We haven't tried the crisp, full-bodied Pinot Blanc, but it's recommended by guests who have. Alan Silvestri is a composer who has scored tons of Hollywood movies.

Parks & Nature

Carmel River Beach Trail
26478 Carmelo St
Just lovely.
Gorgeous. Five minutes from our house. Free parking, free entry. 4,500 acres of awesomeness. All kinds of trails (from easy strolls to heavy-duty hikes) and views. Helpful visitors' center.
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Garland Ranch Regional Park
700 W Carmel Valley Rd
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Gorgeous. Five minutes from our house. Free parking, free entry. 4,500 acres of awesomeness. All kinds of trails (from easy strolls to heavy-duty hikes) and views. Helpful visitors' center.
Walks. Views. Peace. Quiet. The natural beauty of this famous meeting of land and sea will have you reaching for your superlatives. It's, well, superlative.
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Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
62 CA-1
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Walks. Views. Peace. Quiet. The natural beauty of this famous meeting of land and sea will have you reaching for your superlatives. It's, well, superlative.
A super hike, and quite challenging, the Canyon and Rocky Ridge trail loop includes redwoods, an awesome ocean view, and steep gradients. No cell phone reception (so nostalgic!).
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Soberanes Canyon Trail
Soberanes Canyon Trail
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A super hike, and quite challenging, the Canyon and Rocky Ridge trail loop includes redwoods, an awesome ocean view, and steep gradients. No cell phone reception (so nostalgic!).
8 square miles of Big Sur beauty. Beaches, meadows, trails.
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Andrew Molera State Park
45500 CA-1
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8 square miles of Big Sur beauty. Beaches, meadows, trails.
Nearly 4000 acres of natural Pacific coast beauty, including the famed McWay Falls, which drop 80 feet clear from the top of a cliff to the ocean's edge.
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
52801 CA-1
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Nearly 4000 acres of natural Pacific coast beauty, including the famed McWay Falls, which drop 80 feet clear from the top of a cliff to the ocean's edge.
Gorgeous white and sometimes red-streaked sand, magnificent rock outcrops; $10 to park there now.
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Pfeiffer Beach
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Gorgeous white and sometimes red-streaked sand, magnificent rock outcrops; $10 to park there now.

Sightseeing

Big. Yessiree. Ventana and also Nepenthe restaurants have spectacular ocean views. (Browse the shop at Nepenthe.) A stupendously beautiful coastline. Also art galleries and Henry Miller Library, etc.
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Big Sur
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Big. Yessiree. Ventana and also Nepenthe restaurants have spectacular ocean views. (Browse the shop at Nepenthe.) A stupendously beautiful coastline. Also art galleries and Henry Miller Library, etc.

Entertainment & Activities

Off Carmel Valley Road. Mixed (women and men) relaxation spa ten minutes from us. Super peaceful, restorative, and energizing. Hot and cold plunge. Massage. Etc.
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Refuge
27300 Rancho San Carlos Rd
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Off Carmel Valley Road. Mixed (women and men) relaxation spa ten minutes from us. Super peaceful, restorative, and energizing. Hot and cold plunge. Massage. Etc.
Upscale resort located in the valley directly below our house. Super convenient for golf, breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks. Tables inside and out; bar. Menus online.
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Carmel Valley Ranch
1 Old Ranch Rd
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Upscale resort located in the valley directly below our house. Super convenient for golf, breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks. Tables inside and out; bar. Menus online.
World-famous track in a gloriously scenic location. A mecca for fans of car racing, motorcycle racing, and even bicycle racing.
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WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
1021 Monterey Salinas Hwy
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World-famous track in a gloriously scenic location. A mecca for fans of car racing, motorcycle racing, and even bicycle racing.
Small multi-screen movie theatre, shows indie movies as well as mainstream.
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Osio Theater
350 Alvarado St
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Small multi-screen movie theatre, shows indie movies as well as mainstream.

Arts & Culture

Carmel-by-the-Sea. Beautiful vaulted concert auditorium with good acoustics. Music, dance, one-person shows; quite good Monterey Symphony; annual Bach Festival; famous names sometimes perform.
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Sunset Center
San Carlos Street
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Carmel-by-the-Sea. Beautiful vaulted concert auditorium with good acoustics. Music, dance, one-person shows; quite good Monterey Symphony; annual Bach Festival; famous names sometimes perform.

Food Scene

Carmel near the Mission. Evening drinks and dinner, inside or out. Sunday brunch. Picturesque view includes sheep and sometimes also Clint Eastwood (owner of the sheep and the restaurant). Piano bar. No reservations. For a table, check in with the hostess at the door and she'll give you a pager to call you when a table becomes available.
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Mission Ranch Restaurant
26270 Dolores St
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Carmel near the Mission. Evening drinks and dinner, inside or out. Sunday brunch. Picturesque view includes sheep and sometimes also Clint Eastwood (owner of the sheep and the restaurant). Piano bar. No reservations. For a table, check in with the hostess at the door and she'll give you a pager to call you when a table becomes available.
Carmel-by-the-Sea. Mediterranean cuisine; always packed and lively. Syrian owner and cook tend to serenade the customers. Loudly. Calls itself Carmel's #1 restaurant. Hubris much? Open 11 am to 11 pm, which is really late for Carmel. Menu online.
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Dametra Cafe
Lincoln Street
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Carmel-by-the-Sea. Mediterranean cuisine; always packed and lively. Syrian owner and cook tend to serenade the customers. Loudly. Calls itself Carmel's #1 restaurant. Hubris much? Open 11 am to 11 pm, which is really late for Carmel. Menu online.
Carmel-by-the-Sea. Excellent cuisine, wines, staff, and ambience. Harsh acoustic, so it can get noisy when busy. We prefer the larger, lighter seating area to the left of the door a you go in, so that's something you might want to consider when you book. Reservations are essential. Menu online. Convenient for the Sunset Center.
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La Bicyclette Restaurant
7th Avenue
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Carmel-by-the-Sea. Excellent cuisine, wines, staff, and ambience. Harsh acoustic, so it can get noisy when busy. We prefer the larger, lighter seating area to the left of the door a you go in, so that's something you might want to consider when you book. Reservations are essential. Menu online. Convenient for the Sunset Center.
Carmel-by-the-Sea. Popular and romantic; always good food, wine and service. Excellent somellier last time we went there. Menu online.
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Casanova
5th Avenue
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Carmel-by-the-Sea. Popular and romantic; always good food, wine and service. Excellent somellier last time we went there. Menu online.
Carmel Valley Village. All fresh ingredients, mostly local, done in fresh and interestingly creative ways. They say the steak tartare has a cult following. Kool-Aid to go with? Menu online.
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Lokal
13762 Center St
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Carmel Valley Village. All fresh ingredients, mostly local, done in fresh and interestingly creative ways. They say the steak tartare has a cult following. Kool-Aid to go with? Menu online.
Carmel Valley Village, super for dinner, inside or on the patio (with heat lamps, natch). Always busy because it's always so damned good. Wise to book. Menu online.
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Café Rustica
10 Del Fino Pl
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Carmel Valley Village, super for dinner, inside or on the patio (with heat lamps, natch). Always busy because it's always so damned good. Wise to book. Menu online.
Carmel Valley Village, corner of Carmel Valley Road and Pilot Road. Fresh ingredients, herbs from their own gardens. Yummy breads and pizzas made in their own ovens. Meat, fish, super pear salad, good wines, and desserts. Menu online.
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Corkscrew Cafe
55 W Carmel Valley Rd
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Carmel Valley Village, corner of Carmel Valley Road and Pilot Road. Fresh ingredients, herbs from their own gardens. Yummy breads and pizzas made in their own ovens. Meat, fish, super pear salad, good wines, and desserts. Menu online.
Carmel Valley Village. Old-school, totally non-corporate, seems to have come together organically rather than being constructed from prefabricated Starbucks-type components. Great nibbles baked daily.
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Wild Goose Cafe
18 E Carmel Valley Rd
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Carmel Valley Village. Old-school, totally non-corporate, seems to have come together organically rather than being constructed from prefabricated Starbucks-type components. Great nibbles baked daily.
Five minutes from our house. Best breakfasts and wait staff in the universe. Have your breakfast or lunch on the patio or indoors. Menu online. Closed on Mondays.
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Jeffrey's Grill & Catering
112 Mid Vly Ctr
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Five minutes from our house. Best breakfasts and wait staff in the universe. Have your breakfast or lunch on the patio or indoors. Menu online. Closed on Mondays.
Excellent menu (main meals and small bites), cocktail bar tended by award-winning bar staff, superb wait staff, central location. Menus online.
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Montrio Bistro
414 Calle Principal
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Excellent menu (main meals and small bites), cocktail bar tended by award-winning bar staff, superb wait staff, central location. Menus online.
Spacious, airy; recently remodeled and updated; wide choice of coffees, teas, cold drinks, alcoholic beverages, sandwiches, croissants, paninis, pastries, etc.; large patio; convenient location. Wifi.
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East Village Coffee Lounge
498 Washington St
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Spacious, airy; recently remodeled and updated; wide choice of coffees, teas, cold drinks, alcoholic beverages, sandwiches, croissants, paninis, pastries, etc.; large patio; convenient location. Wifi.
Casual, with good breakfasts and Italian food, small sidewalk seating area, pleasant ambiance, central location on Monterey's main street. Original Caffe Trieste still in San Francisco. Menu online.
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Caffe Trieste
409 Alvarado St
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Casual, with good breakfasts and Italian food, small sidewalk seating area, pleasant ambiance, central location on Monterey's main street. Original Caffe Trieste still in San Francisco. Menu online.
Upscale dining, cocktail bar, very popular; patio with fire pits; young demographic. Housed in one of Monterey's oldest and most historic buildings. Menu online.
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Restaurant 1833
500 Hartnell St
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Upscale dining, cocktail bar, very popular; patio with fire pits; young demographic. Housed in one of Monterey's oldest and most historic buildings. Menu online.
Super seafood! Menu online.
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Flying Fish Grill
7th Avenue
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Super seafood! Menu online.
Heavenly sushi :) . Menu online.
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Sushi Heaven
Dolores Street
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Heavenly sushi :) . Menu online.
Fabulous fresh fish; always super busy; reserve for a table or wait in line for a place to eat at the bar. Warning: we once reserved a table for 6:30 and had to stand in line until nearly 7:45, while the hostess periodically assured us the table would be ready "soon". Easy parking in the lot right outside. Menu online.
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Monterey's Fish House
2114 Del Monte Ave
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Fabulous fresh fish; always super busy; reserve for a table or wait in line for a place to eat at the bar. Warning: we once reserved a table for 6:30 and had to stand in line until nearly 7:45, while the hostess periodically assured us the table would be ready "soon". Easy parking in the lot right outside. Menu online.
Very popular restaurant and bar, young demographic, always busy, excellent dinner menu and wines. Menu online.
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Lallapalooza
474 Alvarado St
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Very popular restaurant and bar, young demographic, always busy, excellent dinner menu and wines. Menu online.
Unpretentious French country-style restaurant, French-owned, great cuisine, very attentive and professional wait staff. Reserve a window table and people-watch while you eat! Menu online.
Le St Tropez
Dolores Street
Unpretentious French country-style restaurant, French-owned, great cuisine, very attentive and professional wait staff. Reserve a window table and people-watch while you eat! Menu online.
Fabulous Tuscan cuisine, great chef (the owner); menu changes daily according to the day's fresh ingredients; excellent wine list; garden dining in back. Menu online.
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La Balena
Junipero Street
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Fabulous Tuscan cuisine, great chef (the owner); menu changes daily according to the day's fresh ingredients; excellent wine list; garden dining in back. Menu online.
Superduper pizzas to eat in or take out; also appetizers, soups, salads, pasta, sandwiches, desserts; wine and coffee; bar. Easy parking right outside. Menus online
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Allegro Pizzeria
3770 The Barnyard
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Superduper pizzas to eat in or take out; also appetizers, soups, salads, pasta, sandwiches, desserts; wine and coffee; bar. Easy parking right outside. Menus online
South side of Ocean Avenue between Lincoln and Monte Verde. Small, intimate, enclosed, hidden away in the courtyard behind Cottage of Sweets. Family-run restaurant that serves excellent and authentic Italian cuisine which owners Giuseppe and Salvatore Panzuto, from Naples, describe as 'Italian comfort food'. They don't take reservations but the wait is usually short.
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Il Tegamino
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South side of Ocean Avenue between Lincoln and Monte Verde. Small, intimate, enclosed, hidden away in the courtyard behind Cottage of Sweets. Family-run restaurant that serves excellent and authentic Italian cuisine which owners Giuseppe and Salvatore Panzuto, from Naples, describe as 'Italian comfort food'. They don't take reservations but the wait is usually short.
Small Mediterranean restaurant conveniently located five minutes from our house. We like the tiger prawn kebabs in particular, and the grilled salmon. Very quiet, never super busy, no need to make a reservation. Eat in or take out. They stop serving dinner at about 8:45 pm. Menu online.
Athena Café
315 Mid Vly Ctr
Small Mediterranean restaurant conveniently located five minutes from our house. We like the tiger prawn kebabs in particular, and the grilled salmon. Very quiet, never super busy, no need to make a reservation. Eat in or take out. They stop serving dinner at about 8:45 pm. Menu online.
Convenient non-corporate coffee shop five minutes from our house in the Mid Valley Center. Good selection of coffees, teas, and other drinks; also snacks. Wifi.
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Carmel Valley Coffee Roasting
246 Crossroads Blvd
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Convenient non-corporate coffee shop five minutes from our house in the Mid Valley Center. Good selection of coffees, teas, and other drinks; also snacks. Wifi.