Wine tasting, noshing at local restaurants and shopping at boutique stores are three activities most associated with charming Carmel-by-the-Sea, and did you know you can knock out all three in one location?
Carmel Plaza, anchored on Ocean Avenue and Mission Street, is much more than your average brick and mortar shopping mall. The stunning outdoor plaza is a destination in itself with manicured gardens, wine tasting rooms, multiple dining options and over 35 stores including Anthropologie, Tiffany & Co., Kate Spade and Khaki’s of Carmel.
While shopping may take up a bulk of your time at this shopper’s paradise, be sure to save plenty of room for their other activities.
Fuel up for your shopping spree at 400 Degrees Gourmet Burgers & Fries. The casual menu is great for those trying to appease varied palates with options ranging from handcrafted burgers, scrumptious sandwiches and artisan beers and wines.
Get a taste for the sweeter things in life at Carmel Honey Company. Sample local honey and then take some home as souvenirs.
Just across the way you’ll find the bounty of the county at Hahn Family Wines and Wrath Wines which both offer cozy tasting rooms, just what you need to wine’d down after an intense day of window shopping. Grapes are sourced from the local Santa Lucia Highlands making for the perfect Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. Be sure to purchase a bottle (or two) as a memento from your trip.
No trip to Carmel Plaza is complete without a stop at The Cheese Shop. Here you will find an array of fine cheese from all over the world. Best of all, they often offer samples of their delicious dairy treats.
*Insider Tip: Avoid circling around for parking and use Carmel Plaza’s underground parking garage at Mission St. and 7th Avenue.