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Address: Ocean Avenue and Mission Street, Carmel, CA 93921
Phone Number: +1 831-624-0138
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Carmel Plaza is three level outdoor shopping center with over 40 stores,...

Carmel Plaza is three level outdoor shopping center with over 40 stores, restaurants, art galleries and wine tasting rooms set in a lush garden. Nationally known stores located in the Plaza as well as specialty boutiques featuring internationally known designers. Events are scheduled throughout the year, such as fashions show, cooking demonstrations, concerts and pop up markets.

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Picturesque plaza in Carmel

Carmel Plaza has a great laid-back atmosphere with a lot of great shops and restaurants. It's nice to walk around and explore the streets and little pathways. I found a lot of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
adss1230
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Florida
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66 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Carmel Plaza has a great laid-back atmosphere with a lot of great shops and restaurants. It's nice to walk around and explore the streets and little pathways. I found a lot of special gifts and souvenirs just by walking around for a couple of hours. The restaurants are delicious and there's always something to do. Definitely recommend for a relaxing... More 

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Novato, California
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175 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice atmosphere with lovely gardening but the problems I had with this area of shops is they are all over priced chain stores I can visit at malls. Not what you come to Carmel for. Putting bathroom on third floor not smart very remote. There is an elevator but hard to find. Most disappointing of all is the store that... More 

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Thank MomLovesDisney
San Francisco, California
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1,355 reviews
588 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,176 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I loved the look of this shopping mall, very quaint and well kept with lots of outdoor seating. However it is lacking in decent shops. Not somewhere I would head to for any sort of shopping - apart from the cheese shop!

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Thank Travellover6128
carmel p, Public Relations Manager at Carmel Plaza, responded to this review

Thank you for writing to us. The Cheese Shop has been everyone's favorite shop for many years. It has been in the Plaza for the past 40 years-an all time favorite. Hope you come back and visit. By then, there will be additional shops for you to explore and find the treasures you are seeking. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

I love going to the Plaza when we visit Carmel. The shopping selection is nice . Whenever we visit Carmel this is a definite place to spend some time

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Thank Roz O
London, Canada
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2016

Enjoyed walking and shopping here on a warm sunny day. Nice shops and nice area. Can have a bite and go to the cheese shop, and keep on shopping. Bought some cute things for our son.

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Thank KM992015
Welshpool, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016 via mobile

What bright spark decided to place the restrooms on the third floor? My disabled wife thanks you for putting the elevator out of use, making her climb three flights of stairs when she has mobility problems. Genius, sheer genius.

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Thank CyberCelt
Greensburg, Pennsylvania
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120 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2016

Wonderful place to spend the day with diverse shopping, from upscale to unique hand-made boutique items. Very laid-back downtown plaza that has something for everyone, including a pet boutique. Great dining available. Good for families and couples, or seniors like me. Spend the day and relax.

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Thank Kevin D
Carmel Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

I enjoy shopping at the Carmel Plaza because of its wide variety of shops with a relaxed atmosphere. The open setting, yet with covered walkways, makes for a comfortable shopping experience. The summer music series, fashion shows, and Christmas event can't be found anywhere else on the Peninsula.

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1 Thank Doug W
Cairns, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

The town itself was amazing. I didn't really fancy this shopping centre. Its actually very small, just a few small boutique stores. The quaint little shops around the streets i found much better. Still worth a look I think.

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carmel p, Concierge at Carmel Plaza, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Carmel Plaza! Although we are smaller than many typical malls, we do have over 35 shops, restaurants and galleries to explore, with garage parking available. We do hope you visit Carmel again soon! More 

Lincoln, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015 via mobile

This place just wasn't for us, not what I expected at all.Not what I would call a shopping centre. Very expensive, needs livening up a bit.

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Thank Malc W
carmel p, Concierge at Carmel Plaza, responded to this review

We are sorry to hear your trip to the Carmel Plaza was unsatisfactory. As a small, boutique shopping center, our retailers are limited and we understand this does not always satisfy the needs of every visitor. We appreciate your visit and hope you enjoyed you time in Carmel. More 

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