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Monterey Shopping Guide – where and what to shop and buy

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Yes, there's the whale watching and gorgeously craggy shoreline, but Monterey isn't just about sightseeing. Shopping is also an essential component of any visit. With its long-standing reputation as a haven for artists, Monterey County is packed to bursting with galleries and art shops, while Downtown Monterey offers an eclectic range of independent establishments, from eccentric gift shops to treasure-packed antique centers. Of course, high street names can be found here too.
Cannery Row

 

 

Another tourist hot spot, Cannery Row is home to some of Monterey’s quirkiest and most exciting shopping experiences. The star attraction is Cannery Row Antique Mall, which is housed in one of the Row’s oldest remaining buildings. You could easily spend a whole day perusing this veritable treasure trove of antiques, vintage clothing, second hand books, jewelry, sports memorabilia, and countless other collectibles. There’s also a delightful collection of galleries and art shops, showcasing and selling the work of leading local and international artists. ZFolio Gallery boasts one of the most diverse ranges of Czech art glass in the country, plus a collection of stunning nature photography and eye-catching designer accessories.

 

Del Monte Shopping Center

 

 

Situated on the outskirts of town, Del Monte Shopping Center gathers all your favorite big name brands into a convenient, attractive open-air location. It's a far cry from the quaint independent shops that are dotted around the Downtown area, but Del Monte's gleaming complex is perfect if you need to get your high street fashion fix. Loads of recognizable names are arrayed here, so you can browse for the season's trendiest garb, along with gadgets, games, and cosmetics. You’ll also find a state-of-the-art multiplex cinema, and tempting dining spots serving up hearty burritos and other satisfying eats.

 

Carmel-by-the-Sea

 

 

Just a 10 minute drive from Monterey, the bohemian coastal town of Carmel-by-the-Sea has long drawn artists and writers to its natural beauty. It's also an alluring upscale shopping destination. Carmel Plaza is the Monterey Peninsula’s top luxury shopping village, set in lush gardens and boasting elegant European-style architecture. There's a fittingly exclusive range of designer stores to be found here, while the Barnyard is another open-air shopping complex, featuring an array of independent boutiques, which specialize in everything from home furnishings to equestrian wear. Carmel-by-the-Sea is also home to a bewildering array of galleries and antique shops, so it’s the perfect place to pick up one-of-a-kind gifts.