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January 10, 2013 / Linda Hartong


Located at Mission and Ocean, Carmel Plaza is Carmel’s own version of a shopping mall.  I know. You are thinking, “A MALL, how could this be allowed in CARMEL, the mecca of small, one-of-a- kind boutiques.”


BUT, as in all things Carmel, this “mall” has a unique flavor. Three levels of shops surround this lovely plaza


with its lush plantings



and comfortable seating,


outdoor dining and live music.

The Plaza is pet-friendly.

Social canines can gather at the Fountain of Woof,


the nation’s first official doggie drinking fountain. The fountain, created by “pupular demand” is a dogs-only drinking fountain.


They then hangout in the courtyard of the town’s open-air shopping mall. In fact this seems to have become the place to congregate after the morning romp on the beach.

Owners enjoy a hot cup of “JOE”  from Carmel Coffee and Cocoa Bar


and the dogs have a field day.





Most shops have an open-door policy for pets, and give plenty to keep them satisfied, from free treats to the snazzy striped pupwear and organic biscuits.

I recently toured the plaza with my camera to record the current shops. Most shop keepers were kind enough to allow at least a camera shot from outside the door.

Shops & Restaurants:

Al Bacio Shoes


An elegant shoe boutique offering an array of beautiful stylish shoes & purses from many international award-winning Italian & European Designers




Dedicated to providing women clothing, jewelry, and home objects that inspire the imagination. Ocean Avenue Level

These people are “uber”creative.

The reading room

(831) 624-2129

Anubee    skip intro – Anubee


Anubee features toys, games, and children’s wear. Designer baby & children’s clothing and related accessories, shoes, baby & children’s furniture, baby & children’s toys, baby & children’s gift accessories.

(831)626-1070 Courtyard Level


Bistro Beaujolais on the Plaza


Carmel Plaza Brassiere is a first-class, full service, sit-down, upscale cafe and bistro featuring high-quality menu offerings and other food for on-site and off-site consumption

Courtyard Level

This group really performed for my camera. A fun spot with live music in the evenings.


Home – Blue Lemon

Blue Lemon is Carmel’s authority on all things jewelry. They carry a wide range of jewels, rings and accessories and everything is made in the USA


Bottega Veneta 

Men’s and women’s high-end fashion and accessories.

(83)1) 622-0518

Ocean Avenue Level


Carmel Coffee & Cocoa Bar


Carmel Coffee & Cocoa Bar is a quaint coffee shop in Carmel Plaza, offering a variety of coffees, teas, hot drinks, pastries, Panini sandwiches, and more!

(831) 622-0660

Courtyard Level


Carmel Plaza Concierge Center 

Please call Carmel Plaza’s Concierge Center for any assistance; located on the Ocean Avenue level next to



The clothes in this store are all handmade with love by the delightful French owner Dorothy.


Cole Haan


Featuring high-quality men’s and women’s footwear, iconic handbags, personal leather goods and hand-tailored coats.

(831) 624-2650

Ocean Avenue Level

Cos Bar


This upscale cosmetics boutique has something for everyone! Known for their exquisite, hard-to-find makeup and skin care lines, you’ll also find an amazing choice of designer fragrances and much more!

(831) 626-6249

Ocean Avenue Level


Flying Fish Grill


Chef/owner Kenny Fukumoto creates a menu featuring fish prepared in a California-Japanese style and served in a charming, cozy ambience. Recommended by Bon Apetit and Frommer’s Guide. Located on the Courtyard Level at the Mission Street entrance.

(831) 625-1962

Courtyard Level

Wonderful food. I recommend reservations.



Specializing in women’s sophisticated suits, contemporary lifestyle clothing and elegant special occasion attire.

(831) 625-5600

Ocean Avenue Level


Homescapes Carmel — Traveling The World, So You Don’t Have To …


Offers a unique choice of one of a kind imported furniture, accessories, gift items, orchids and local art work.




Specialty leather apparel and accessories.

(831) 624-7100

Ocean Avenue Level



A high-end, luxury sunglass store, featuring high-end fashion sunglasses. Brands to include Burberry, Chanel, Chloe, Dolce & Gabbana, Miu Miu, Oakley, Prada, Versace, and many more.


Ocean Avenue Level

Impressions: Fine & Fashion Jewelry


Impressions carries gold, silver, diamonds, and chic, modern, clunky fashion jewelry. This is a certified jeweler and does jewelry repairs.


Ocean Avenue Level


J. Crew-by-the-sea


A specialty J. Crew store, featuring high-end women’s clothing. Offering a wider selection of cashmere, leather, and other fine products including formal wear. An iconic American brand known worldwide for its sophisticated, fun clothing and accessories to live, work, play and even get married in.

(831) 624-2803

Ocean Avenue Level


J. Lawrence Khaki’s Mens Clothier of Carmel


Khaki’s of Carmel is a quality men’s clothing store. Offering the best in men’s clothing, sportswear, furnishings, tailored clothing. This shop is one of my husband’s favorites and the sales people are wonderful.


kate spade official site –

Ocean Ave. Level

Rather new to the Plaza. I was almost knocked down by two shoppers literally running to get in the door!


Janie & Jack – Carmel, CA

Janie and Jack offers classic children’s clothing rich in fabric, design and detail for layette up to 8


Louis Vuitton


Luxury French fashion and leather goods including luggage, handbags and fine accessories.


Ocean Avenue Level




Contemporary classics – Men’s and women’s apparel.

(831) 624-3477

Courtyard Level

Mark Fenwick


Sophisticated styles for the modern woman.

(831) 624-117


Ms. Fabulous


A contemporary women’s boutique offering quality brands, including Veronica M., See Thru Soul, Miss Me, Kersh, and more!


Courtyard Level


Optical Shop of ASPEN Boutique | Carmel Plaza


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Casual contemporary clothing. Lines include Tommy Bahama, Brighton, Reny and Scully.

(831) 626-6323

Ocean Avenue Level


Patisserie Boissiere Restaurants Carmel, CA


Patisserie Boissiere Restaurant

French European Restaurant and Bakery. Lunch daily from 11:30 until 4:30. Dinner Wednesday through Sunday beginning at 5:30.

(831) 624-5008

Courtyard Level

A huge favorite of ours.  We love to sit in front of the fire and enjoy their Chicken Pot Pie on a chilly Carmel evening.


Pejmani of Belgium – Carmel Plaza, 225-A Carmel, CA 93921


As a manufacturer of diamonds from Antwerp, Belgium, all our pieces are uniquely designed in Belgium & Italy, creating some of the finest jewelry in the world.

Sur La Table


The best place for cooks to shop for premium-quality culinary tools.

(831) 626-6433

Courtyard Level

My “go to” place for any pan or cooking utensil I might need.


Sylvie Unique Boutique


Specialty, European women’s fashions and accessories.

(831) 620-0980

Courtyard Level


The Cheese Shop


Open Mon-Sat 10-6PM Sun 11-5PM. Located in Carmel Plaza, downtown Carmel at the corner of Ocean Ave. and Mission St., ground floor.  831.620.1909

A gourmet lover’s “mecca” cheeses, coffees, wines and gourmet food products from around the world – since 1975 !

(831) 625-2272

Courtyard Level

The Dutches

Unique and different: leathers, suede, beautiful hats, coats, shirts, blouses, pants, purses & jewelry by Maya. Clothing for the stylish woman.

Tiffany & Co.


The world’s premier jeweler and America’s house of design since 1837.

Tommy Bahama

Tommy Bahama in Carmel Plaza carries the complete collection of upscale men’s and women’s sportswear, swimwear, footwear, accessories, and home decor items.


Wrath Wines


Tasting Room: Carmel Plaza, lower level

Carmel Tasting Room

Open Mon-Sat 10-6PM Sun 11-5PM. Located in Carmel Plaza, downtown Carmel at the corner of Ocean Ave. and Mission St., ground floor.  831.620.1909

In Carmel, buy a bottle of Wrath and pop next door to the Cheese Shop for appetizer.


Yves Delorme, Paris | Carmel Plaza


Fine linens for Bed and Bath


Whew! That’s the tour. As you see, Carmel Plaza has lots to offer.


Leave a Comment
  1. Linda Floyd / Jan 11 2013 12:36 am

    Hi…Thank you for a great post on The Plaza…it is such a friendly place to visit…you never feel like you are in a mall. It has a small town intimacy, yet it’s rich in the quality stores it offers. Love the Cos Bar for all my makeup needs and the Cheese Shop is a weekly stop for us!! It has the best cheeses, baguettes, olives, crackers, etc. for entertaining…and just a few blocks from home.
    Linda Floyd, Biddlestone Cottage, Carmel by the Sea

  2. KATHYSUE / Jan 11 2013 1:26 am

    What a great post and so much information for your readers. This took a lot of work, thank you for all your hard work,
    Happy new Year,

  3. Alexis / Jan 11 2013 2:42 am

    I appreciate your attention to detail of our Carmel Plaza. It is one of our favorite places to see spring flower designs in Carmel and sit a while.. Although I prefer the Carmel Plaza of old when the cheese shop used to give samples, the stores were not so slick and pretentious and the book store was there. In years past it used to have more of a Carmel feel to it. This plaza needs a bookstore it seems so wrong without one.. With the exception of Sur La Table, we do not shop, just visit the courtyard and leave as the stores are not our syle but the Plaza staff does a good job with flowers year around. . I have many happy memories here as a family with my Mom over the ldecades.

    • Linda Hartong / Jan 11 2013 12:42 pm

      We too so miss the bookstore. It was our favorite stop in the Plaza. I loved their local section and their knowledgable staff. Many stores have changed since we first moved to Carmel and yes there has been a trend toward glamour. That said, it does provide a nice counterbalance to the stores along Ocean giving many choices to tourists and locals.

      • CashmereLibrarian / Jan 11 2013 8:43 pm

        The Thunderbird was such a wonderful place!

      • CashmereLibrarian / Jan 11 2013 8:46 pm

        Oops, wrong plaza, I think! I moved away in 1997; so much has changed!

  4. Karen Lee / Jan 11 2013 4:06 pm

    I can’t wait to see Bill in that orange jacket! Really sharp, colorful pictures. Anthropologie is one of my favorites to visit to see imaginative decorations! Karen

  5. Sue / Jan 11 2013 4:44 pm

    As always, a wonderful experience. I loved the coffee shop the most.

  6. Lynn Momboisse / Jan 11 2013 5:47 pm

    Thank you Linda – this is a very thorough blog on one of my favorite “malls” – we love to sit by the Fountain of Woof and enjoy coffee from the Carmel Coffee Bar. And as always, great pictures! – Lynn

  7. JudyR / Jan 11 2013 8:12 pm

    Gorgeous.  Absolutely gorgeous!


  8. Maggie / Jan 12 2013 10:06 pm

    Hi — This was a great post – the Plaza doesn’t always get the recognition it should and the stores are really great. Your photos show not only how many stores are actually there, but captures the essence of this unique “mall”.

    Noted that someone mentioned The Cheese Shop does not give samples – heck, ya they do — our only place to buy cheese and they are always giving even the regulars a little bit of this and that!

    Thanks for putting this on your blog; it was enjoyable to see it all and it’s really the only place I shop if I go into Carmel by myself.

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