Things to do in Carmel

Eat and Drink Well in Carmel, California

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As if Carmel California wasn’t fascinating enough with its amazing seaside views, the quaint, one square mile strip with Old World elegance and modern charm, is also known for its Carmel California restaurants, which feature the finest in regional, international, and local food and drink. However, to sample them all would require many trips, so we’ve narrowed down a list of some of the most memorable eateries to begin.

“Carmel’s Breakfast Tradition”

What better way to begin your food tour than with a taste of “Carmel’s breakfast tradition”?

Katy’s Place, located on Mission Street between 5th and 6th, is voted by residents, visitors, and celebrities alike as the place to enjoy breakfast in Carmel. This gourmet breakfast restaurant boasts a cozy atmosphere with the largest breakfast menu on the East Coast, which includes wholesome foods, made with only the freshest ingredients, like exciting signature Belgian waffle varieties and over fifteen different Eggs Benedict dishes, which patrons simply adore, and more.

a taste of town

A Taste of the Town:

A walking lunch tour provides a great way to enjoy some of the best tastings that Carmel California restaurants have to offer.

Bountiful Basket, located just off Ocean Avenue, offers over 100 vinegars and olive oils from around the world, just perfect for gifting or enjoying at home, or enjoy wine and over 300 cheeses at the Cheese Shop in Carmel Plaza, located at Ocean Avenue and Junipero Avenue. Sample as many cheeses as you’d like, or opt for a customized cheese plate that you can enjoy while taking in the tranquil breeze at one of the cafe tables out front.

Salumeria Luca Italian Deli & Bakery, located on Dolores Street between Ocean and Seventh, is known for their gooey grilled panini, cold sandwiches, imported salami plates, pastries, and gelato, just perfect for enjoying at the beach, or take home a few fresh ingredients to prepare at home.

Dinner with a View:

A trip to the beautiful shore of California just wouldn’t be complete without enjoying some of the freshest seafood the coast has to offer with a view to match.

Visit A.W. Shucks Cocktail and Oyster Bar, located at Ocean between San Carlos and Dolores, for a taste of award winning seafood/oyster bar offerings in a fun and casual environment, or for an exciting view of the rocky Pacific Ocean shore while savoring award winning seafood dishes, visit the Rocky Point Restaurant located at 36700 Highway 1, just 10 miles south of Carmel. Meanwhile, Scales Seafood and Steaks, another great seafood place, is known for its remarkable clam chowder and relaxing views of the marina.

Sip the Valley:

Carmel Valley Village, located just 12 miles east of Carmel-by-the-Sea, is filled with tasting rooms, just perfect for savoring the best of California wines. Bernardus, coined the grandaddy of area wineries, is known for its wide range and quality of wines and tasting fees of just $5-$10, while Boekenoogen Wines, a small family-owned winery located at 24 West Carmel Valley Road, offers exceptional varietals at just $5 a tasting. Wine flights and walking tours are also available.

Lula’s Chocolates:

Complete your tour with a walk to Lula’s Chocolates for delectable goodies like toffee and caramels dipped in chocolate topped with one of nine different sea salts from around the world.

No matter what your taste might be, you are guaranteed to find a best spot to eat and drink when visiting Carmel, California.


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