Shopping in Carmel-by-the-Sea

A picturesque village situated near the sea, with cobblestone streets and paths, quaint boutique shops and family-owned stores, Carmel feels like a step back in time. Start your shopping adventure with a stroll down Ocean Avenue, Carmel’s main boulevard, where curlicue-roofed shops house a cornucopia of distinctive treasures waiting to be discovered.

You’ll find very few chain stores on the main avenue, helping preserve the unique, small-town aura of this California-coast village. Instead, discover more than 100 art galleries filled with one-of-a-kind artwork, sculptures and paintings. Boutique shops welcome visitors with personalized service and distinctive clothing, jewelry, antiques, and gift items.

In the heart of downtown Carmel, you’ll find Carmel Plaza, set among beautiful gardens and with an array of specialty and high-end shops. Savor a wine tasting experience, join a cooking class, or spend a Friday evening indulging in the delightful sounds of the Summer Music Series. This is a shopping experience like no other.

In nearby Monterey, browse the shops and restaurants along Cannery Row, made famous by John Steinbeck’s novel, Cannery Row, which captures the daily life along this historic ground during its industrial heyday. Today, hip boutiques mingle with inviting restaurants to create a popular shopping destination. For a fun way to experience Cannery Row, be sure to check out one of the popular cigar shops, then relax with a fine cigar while admiring the nearby wildlife.

And for a true taste of the Monterey Peninsula, venture to Fisherman’s Wharf, where exclusive shops, fun restaurants and a variety of marine activities will keep you entertained all day long.

From Cannery Row and Barnyard Shopping Village to the cobblestoned streets of old-town Carmel and its many art galleries, the shopping possibilities are endless, so come join us at Hyatt Residence Club Carmel, Highlands Inn and discover the perfect keepsake from your time on the Monterey Coast.