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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Beach
“Spectacular dog friendly beach! Must see! There are volleyball nets at the bottom of Ocean Ave that my daughter loves!”
  • 58 locals recommend
  • 2 Experiences
Museum
“First built in 1797, Carmel Mission is one of the most authentically restored mission churches in California.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
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“Come with a group for a fun, lively music filled evening! Right on Ocean Avenue, it always has a wait list to get in. It’s as much about the food as it is the atmosphere and the warm welcoming staff!”
  • 41 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Clint Eastwood’s restaurant overlooking where Carmel River meets the Pacific Ocean. The view is everything. Kids can play on the lawn and try and spot the lone black sheep in the herd! There’s also a piano player and a lovely bar scene. ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Great rooftop bar with heating lamps and good food. This is a fun environment to get a drink or some food. ”
  • 42 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“This quintessential bistro and relaxed neighborhood spot in the heart of charming Carmel-by-the-Sea. The quirky corner space offers petite but comfortable wooden chairs and tables, set beneath hanging copper pots and, of course, a bicycle or two. First and foremost, the kitchen focuses on comforting seasonal cuisine with a California-Mediterranean slant, plus a handful of pizzas and fantastic breads fired in their wood-burning oven. At the same time, they are dedicated to beloved French classics.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Indoor performing arts center -- music, theatre, discussions, art and more.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Bar
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“Barmel is Carmel-by-the-Sea's only music venue featuring stage performances and a late night DJ dance scene with a terrific, full menu to choose from. Live music performances take place on Thursday/Friday/Saturday from 7-9pm and are no cover artist showcases.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Located in an historic cottage once owned by Charlie Chaplin's private chef, Casanova's rustic French and Italian cooking features deliciously simple dishes, ranging from the likes of hearty cannelloni to a peak-season grilled peach topped with pickled onion, toasted almonds and torn basil. Before opening in 1987, the family remodeled the building after their Belgian farmhouse and even dug down to replicate their wine cellar, which today houses a notable collection. A private room invites 2-8 people to enjoy the chef’s prix-fixe on Vincent Van Gogh’s very own dining table. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Kids Store
“Beautiful place to take walk on the beach, historic mini houses, Shoppping and food places. A must!”
  • 114 locals recommend
  • 6 Experiences
Café
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“This is an easy delicious breakfast, lunch and early dinner spot. It has amazing salads, charcuterie boards, soups, smoothies, pressed juice, baked goods including gluten free and vegan options and is run by a super friendly staff and 2 community- beloved owners. There’s a fireplace and strong WiFi in case you want to hang for awhile. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Known for their Eggs Benedict, this quaint Carmel Valley cafe is always packed. While you're in the valley, check out Garland Ranch for great hiking, and the village for exceptional wine tasting.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“A Carmel Icon. Noted For Their Generous Portions and Long Lines. You Will Leave With A Smile On Your Face. Katy's Place. Their Eggs Benedict dishes are wonderful.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Food & Drink Shop
“Small supermarket deli counter makes delicious sandwiches and stocks all the accoutrements for a beach picnic, including Sparkys root beer from Pacific Grove.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Enjoy a brief trip to Italy with Italian country cooking and warm hospitality as you remember it. Come and experience the culture, cuisine and lively traditions at Pèpe's Little Napoli, Bistro Italiano. Rich Pèpe opened Little Napoli in 1990 and it has been considered the icon Italian restaurant on the Monterey Peninsula ever since. Antipasti, Pizza, Pasta and Risotto are prepared perfectly with the handed down Pèpe family signature recipes. Viva Little Napoli–Little Napoli is lively as a festa, packing more Italian charm into its cozy quarters than most big city restaurants. Chianti is served by the glass and olive oil is poured into saucers printed with sensible advise such as "non parlare, baciami" (don't talk, kiss me). All the talking and kissing stops quickly when the generous plates of food arrive at the table. Viva Little Napoli. – Reprinted quote from Gourmet Magazine AMENITIES Wheelchair Accessible Pet Friendly: Patio Restroom High-Speed Internet Amenities & Services To-Go Services Private Parties Corkage: $25 Outdoor Dining Romantic Dining Family Friendly Full Bar Catering: Call Business Type Bistro Cuisine Type Italian Daily Service Lunch Dinner Hours Open: 11:30 a.m.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Cheese Shop
“The Cheese Shop is renowned for their extensive selection of the finest cheeses, gourmet foods and wines — a chef’s mecca in the heart of Carmel Plaza for over 35 years. ​”
  • 11 locals recommend