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Address: Ocean Avenue & Mission Street, Carmel, CA 93921
Phone Number:
831 624 0138
10:00 - 18:00
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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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Lots of High-end shops

This is a two story shopping center featuring about 40 high-end shops and restaurants. Shops include Cole Hahn, J Crew, and Kate Spade; Tiffany and Company is also there. It's a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 September 2016
David B
Georgetown, TX
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Kingman, Arizona
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

Carmel Plaza is filled with lots of shops, galleries, restaurants, and places for wine tasting. The parking was an issue. Expect to park along the side streets or in big public parking lots that require walking a couple of blocks to the plaza.

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Innisfil, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

We got dropped here for a coffee/bathroom break on a tour and, although it's an attractive mall, does not have too much to warrant a long stay. $10 for a cup of tea and a piece of stale cake seems too pricey.

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Lovely atmosphere, nocemspot to stop and have a "cuppa" 2 level of shops, some interesting some not Nice gallery Beautifully landscaped, masses of flowers, lends to the pleasant atmosphere

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Georgetown, TX
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

This is a two story shopping center featuring about 40 high-end shops and restaurants. Shops include Cole Hahn, J Crew, and Kate Spade; Tiffany and Company is also there. It's a good place to browse and have an afternoon snack.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016 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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San Francisco, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

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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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 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

Thank Roz O
London, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 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.

Thank KM992015
Welshpool, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 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.

Thank CyberCelt

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