Shopping and traveling often go hand-in-hand, and for those of you coming to Monterey, your bargain and purchase options are plentiful. For avid shoppers, boutique adventurers, and outdoorsy travelers, we put together a general guide to the best shopping in Monterey.
For those of you who like to hit the major chain stores, hunt for deals, and get your holiday shopping done on the road—Monterey’s shopping centers are a perfect place for you to visit. One option is the Del Monte Center, which is an open-air shopping center with famous shops like Macy’s, The Apple Store, and Men’s Warehouse. You can find similar options at the Carmel Plaza Shopping Center.
With its historic beachside culture, Monterey is one of the more unique and fun places to shop for antiques on the Central Coast. For an incredible collection of old clothes, nic nacs, and jewelry, check out the Cannery Row Antique Mall right here in Monterey. The mall features over 100 antique dealers in a building that used to be an old canning company.
In addition to the many shopping centers and mainstream shops, Monterey ups its local charm with a number of cute and stylish boutique shops. Some of our favorites include Maryse—where you can find local accessories and leather goods—as well as men and women’s fashion outpost Atomic 1800, and adorable women’s clothing shop Poppy Boutique.
It’s oceanside location and bohemian California vibe gives Monterey a very specific and calming aesthetic, and that rings through the area’s interior design scene. Many travelers like to check out home decor shops while they’re here to see if there’s a little taste of Monterey to bring back to their living rooms and porches. If you fall in that category, be sure to check out favorite local home decor shops like Lilify and Cha-ya during your next visit.
Monterey is stocked with outdoor adventure opportunities that range from kayaking Monterey Bay to camping in nearby destinations like Big Sur, and bike riding through wine country. If you’re an outdoors type looking for goods in Monterey, your options are plentiful. Stop by Sunshine Freestyle Sports on Lighthouse Avenue for all of your basic surfing and hiking goods, and West Marine – Monterey for goods that extend to hunting and fishing.