Carmel’s best shopping reflects its laid-back vibe, but provides many options. In the village of Carmel-by-the-Sea, more than 100 art galleries and antique shops are open daily, and shoppers can spend an entire day wandering along Ocean Avenue and nearby streets. Many boutiques in the village are also dog-friendly and, at the very least, will have a bowl of water stationed on the sidewalk outside the door. Aside from art and antiques, shoppers can find anything from home décor to pet accessories, and the Carmel Plaza shopping center has a selection of nationally recognized stores, from J. Crew to Tiffany & Co. In nearby Carmel, two more shopping centers are worth a look; the Crossroads Shopping Village and the Barnyard Shopping Village. Both have enough variety of stores and restaurants to fill an afternoon. The best shopping in Carmel Valley is at the handful of local wineries, where you can find something tasty for your dinner table back home.
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Love your best buddy? So does the city of Carmel. After parading down Ocean Avenue and playing at Carmel City Beach, the ideal spot to treat your pooch to a shopping spree is this dog (and cat) boutique across the street from Carmel Plaza. The supply of toys, collars, bowls, beds, clothing and, yes, edibles, makes the store interesting enough for even a distracted pup to sit up and pay attention. Diggidy Dog may wind up on Fido’s list of favorite places of all time.
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This shopping center is much more than a simple mall. More than 35 shops and restaurants are placed amid colorful landscaping and fountains, allowing shoppers to enjoy the outdoors while spending that well-earned money. The stores in Carmel Plaza include the popular (such as J. Crew and Talbots), as well as the high-end (like Bottega Veneta and Tiffany & Co.). A Concierge Center offers personalized shopping tours, custom shopping packages and reservation services. If your shopping entourage includes your trusty dog, stop by the Fountain of Woof so he or she can enjoy a cool drink.
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The Carmel Bay Company is like the home of a super-cool friend who has a decorating style that you’d like to steal. It’s located in the Seven Arts Building, built in 1925 by one of Carmel’s pioneers, Herbert Heron. The corner village shop offers handcrafted furniture, European soaps, imported home and garden accessories, and knick-knacks that you wonder how you ever lived without. Prices range from inexpensive gift items under $20 to unique finds over $500. Don’t miss the upstairs rooms, which contain wall décor, jewelry and desk necessities.
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Carmel is rich with antique shops, and this estate jewelry and watch shop tops the list. The gems in Fourtané’s jewelry gallery put the word “bling” to shame. Antique and vintage watches and jewels range from Edwardian to the modern era. If you’re looking for that perfect Rolex, you can find it here—the store is an authorized Rolex dealer. Whether you’re a serious collector or just want to take a look around, the staff’s expert service makes you feel like a regular.
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