Grab breakfast at Stationæry. The Chilaquiles and Breakfast Plate are my go-tos, but they offer lots of tasty seasonal dishes, and the Potato Pancake always sells out! Order an iced matcha latte with oat milk or ask about their seasonal latte for a real treat.
If it’s Thursday, absolutely go to the Carmel-by-the-Sea Farmer’s Market for pastries/snacks/souvenirs. Take your goodies down to the beach and sit on a picnic blanket while watching the dogs running and the surfers in the ocean.
From San Carlos Street, head down the bridged alleyway to the Secret Garden that leads into Pilgrim’s Way, the most charming local bookstore. Across the street from its front entrance is Carmel Art Association, where you can view various works by local artists. Other favorite shops to stop into: Pepper Drive Living, Tejido Collective, Somewhere in Carmel, House of Cardoon, and Foxy Couture.
Get lost! Walk Carmel’s residential streets to check out the amazing architecture and landscaping. Spring and Summer bring the bounty of absolutely stunning gardens in front of storybook homes. You will also find tons of gorgeous hidden alleyways all around town.
PLAN YOUR DAY
on the Peninsula
- Point Lobos
- Carmel-by-the-Sea Farmer’s Market
- Pilgrim’s Way
- Carmel Art Association
- Pepper Drive Living
- Tejido Collective
- Somewhere in Carmel
- House of Cardoon