Looking Back on 2022 and Forward to 2023

This past year, Carmel Plaza excitedly welcomed a couple new restaurants, launched the Wellness Series in Davendorf Park, added a mural by local artist, Katie Raquel, and after a two-year hiatus brought back the popular Summer Live Music Series with the addition of highlighting local non-profits. And the good news doesn’t stop there. Keep reading to learn more about what was new in 2022 and what is still to come in 2023 at Carmel Plaza.

New in 2022!

Carmel Burger Bar: Serving up creative and renovated hand-packed, grass fed, artisan beef burgers and more. With recipes comprised of both seasonal and locally sourced ingredients.

Roam Fusion Kitchen: A modern Asian-Latin fusion combining the culinary and cultural influence that represent the melting pot that is California.

Arhaus Studios: Visit Arhaus Studio’s newly renovated location! Their Carmel Studio offers a service-first approach with beautiful, handmade furniture and décor in a smaller store footprint and more intimate setting. Shop with the team of designers dedicated to providing the highest level of hands-on service, guiding clients as they shop, explore, and customize Arhaus pieces to suit their individual styles.


Roam Fusion Kitchen


Coming in 2023!

Athleta: Athleta is on a mission to ignite the limitless potential of all women and girls – it’s also where you can find all your new favorite styles from work to work out to weekend. From sweat ready essentials to elevated everyday must haves.

Nicolás Cocina de Herencia: The newest creation from the owners of the beloved Villa Azteca in Downtown Salinas (Salinas City Center), the eatery honoring the Alvarez family patriarch will open IN 2022 in Carmel Plaza. The 5,000-square-foot restaurant will serve specialty Michoacán dishes as well as other Mexican favorites, incorporating three generations of family recipes.

Monterey Design Center: The region’s leading designer/builder. From kitchen/bath remodels to entire complexes, single-family condos to multi-generation forever estates, we design around you and your needs, our solutions focused on function, wrapped in the leading edge of sustainable, contemporary design.

Monterey Design Center


Thank you, to everyone who visited Carmel Plaza and supported our several retailers, wine tasting rooms, restaurants and gourmet shops, wellness studios and more in 2022!

We are excited to see you all at Carmel Plaza in 2023.

Tastes of Carmel Plaza

Carmel Plaza-The Best of Wine Tasting and More!

For decades, Carmel Plaza has been known for its shopping but over the years the Plaza has also become a notable destination to taste the flavors of Monterey County. Visitors to Carmel Plaza enjoy sweet treats like chocolates, and honey, as well as savory gourmet bites of imported cheeses and of course there is wine tasting—Award winning and local wine tasting. Would it even be a visit to Carmel without wine tasting?

Located within just steps of one another are three notable, and welcoming, wine tasting rooms. Although all three are Monterey County wines and offer a pinot noir and chardonnay to write home about they possess very distinctive characteristics from one another. From the diverse palates and aromas of the wines to the different ambiances in which to enjoy them in, each tasting room offers its guest an unique experience… Both locals and visitors will enjoy.

Below is a little more about each tasting room.

Blair Estates: Blair is a small Artisan Winery situated in the Arroyo Seco AVA of Monterey County California. They operate as a tribute to their Grandmother, Delfina Robasciotti Sciaroni, who immigrated to this special place in 1923. She was 18 years old and following a dream when she left her home in Switzerland and traveled to France to board a ship and cross the Atlantic to Ellis Island, unsure of what lay ahead. She left Ellis Island and arrived in what later would become her home for 72 years. She would give us, her Grandchildren, a passion for great food and fine wine as she told us to always follow our dreams, regardless of how big they might be. 5 generations later we are following those dreams and producing great traditional Burgundian Style Pinot Noir from our own vineyards.

Hahn Family Wines: Producer of award-winning handcrafted wines from the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey County for more than 30 years. Focusing on Pinot Noir, Chardonnay & Rhone varietals to pair with amazing foods. Today, Hahn Family Wines owns one of the largest shares of planted vines in the region, equaling more than 650 SLH vineyard acres that range in elevation from 200 to 1,200 feet. The vineyards offer a diverse selection of terroir for growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and other grape varieties. The brands of Hahn Family Wines include Hahn SLH, Hahn, Lucienne, Smith & Hook and Boneshaker.

Wrath Wines: Wrath produces site-driven Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, and Sauvignon Blanc from its estate vineyard and respected properties in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Its production is small, its distribution is limited and its wines reveal a passion and an inherent respect for what a vineyard can give us. Wrath’s viticulture and wine-making methods are designed to showcase the topography, geology and climate of a finite, naturally redefined piece of land. While all of Wrath wines posses accurate varietal characteristics, their real strength is their ability to deliver the unique aromatics, flavors and textures of a specific terrain.

Also located on the courtyard level of Carmel Plaza are a few local favorites: Lula’s Chocolates (locally made chocolates, caramels, and candies), Carmel Honey Company (locally sourced honey) with a unique backstory… it all started with a passion for bees and a 5th grade homework assignment, and The Cheese Shop, Carmel Plaza’s longest tenant (almost 40 years) serving up the best cheeses (and wines) from all over the world.

Spend the day tasting your way through Carmel Plaza.

Carmel Plaza Mural Contest


UPDATE: We no longer accepting submissions. Thank you to all the talented local artists who entered. We will be opening up the voting on our Instagram and in our emails so please be sure to follow and sign up so you can help us choose the final mural concept.


Located in a coastal village long known for its art and creative community, where visitors simultaneously stroll and appreciate original works from both locally known and world-renowned artists, Carmel Plaza felt inspired to identify an opportunity for public art within the Plaza walls—Cue a mural contest.

We are calling all local artists to enter for the chance to have their creative work on display at Carmel Plaza. We are also excited to engage with the community as we will lean on you to help us choose who will be commissioned for this mural opportunity. This is a great opportunity for a local artist to create a one-of-a-kind mural for both Carmel Plaza and Carmel-by-the-Sea visitors to enjoy for years to come.

The designated location for the mural is roughly 8’ x 8’ and located at the top of the stairs, on the North end of the Plaza, between Dutch Door Donuts and Mark Fenwick. This is a prime location for an artist’s creation to be observed by all Plaza visitors.

All local artist are encouraged to enter with one thing in mind—What Does Carmel-by-the-Sea mean to you? Carmel Plaza will display the winning artist’s name and the title given to the mural on the wall for years to come.

After reviewing all of the submissions internally, the top four renderings will then be presented to the community who will ultimately vote and choose the winner.

Enter Now!


Carmel Plaza’s Summer Live Music Series Returns This July!

After a two year pause Carmel Plaza is thrilled to announce the popular Summer Live Music Series is back. Every Friday for the month of July the Plaza is inviting everyone to come enjoy live music by the region’s most talented and popular musicians, sip on premier local wines and experience samplings of savory appetizers from local restaurants including bites from Carmel Burger Bar, one of Carmel Plaza’s newest dining establishments set to open this summer.

The five-week series kicks off Friday, July 1st from 5 – 7 PM, and will continue every Friday through July 29, 2022. In addition to live music, food, and wine, the series guarantees incredible raffle prizes from Carmel Plaza retailers, special extended hours on select stores, and informative opportunities through various local non-profit partnerships. Partnering with a different local non-profit each Friday is something new to the music series—$5 from every food and beverage package sold each Friday will be donated to that afternoon’s non-profit partner.

It is free to attend and enjoy the live entertainment. Food & beverage packages are available for $25. With this $25 purchase one will receive two drink tickets, one food ticket, a raffle ticket and $5 will go to the afternoon’s featured non-profit. You must be 21+ to purchase any package containing drink tickets. We will be asking for id. Additionally, we will also have drink packages available for  $15 (includes two drink tickets) as well as the option to purchase a  food plate for $5. The packages are cash only.


July 1st: Dance to the Money Band, enjoy bites from Carmel Burger Bar (one of Carmel Plaza’s newest restaurants— opening soon) and sips of wine from Hahn Family Wines as well as learn more about, Animal Friends Rescue Project and Max’s Helping Paw Foundation.

July 8th: Dance to Fast Times, enjoy bites from The Forge and sips of wine from Wrath Wines as well as learn more about Meals on Wheels Salinas and Meals on Wheels Monterey

July 15th:  Dance to Red Beans and Rice, enjoy bites from Links Club and sips of wine from Blair Estate Winery as well as learn more about All In Monterey

July 22nd: Dance to Everyday People, enjoy bites from Café Carmel & Wild Fish Restaurant and sips of wine from Lepe Cellars as well as learn more about Harmony at Home

July 29th: Dance to Chicano All Stars, enjoy bites from Alvarado Street Brewery & Bistro and sips of beer and wine from Alvarado Street Brewery and Scheid Winery as well as learn more about Kindness Monterey

Carmel Plaza Wellness Series

Join Us Weekly For Fresh Air, Movement & Community!

Every Thursday from 11:30am – 12:30pm, Carmel Plaza, in partnership with Seaside Yoga Sanctuary and Pure Barre, is bringing a FREE Wellness Series to Devendorf Park. 

The Carmel Plaza Wellness Series is kicking off with a one hour yoga session with Seaside Yoga Sanctuary on Thursday, March 3, 2o22. The following week, March 10th, Pure Barre will be teaching a one hour class in the park. Each week, the two wellness studios will alternate offering FREE classes to the community. Davendorf Park is located directly across from Carmel Plaza on Ocean Ave. We ask that everyone brings their own mat to each class. If you do not have an exercise mat there will be a limited supply available for use.

Before or after your sweat sesh enjoy the Carmel Farmers Market which runs every Thursday from 10:00am – 2:00pm on Sixth Avenue between Junipero and Mission Streets. The Market features local certified organic fresh farm produce, eggs, plants, fresh cut flowers, and specialty items such as olive oil, hummus, pizza and bread.

Seaside Yoga Sanctuary (First class is on 3/3/2022):

Enjoy mindful movement and community as we practice self-care to optimize our own wellness. Each class offers meditation, breathing practices, yoga postures, and relaxation. Everyone is welcome, no experience necessary! Don’t forget to bring your mat.

Sign up for the class online

Pure Barre (First class is on 3/10/2022):

Pure Barre is a total-body barre workout that transforms you physically and mentally. Their musically driven group classes focus on low-impact, high-intensity movements that strengthen and tone your body in 50 minutes or less. Don’t forget to bring your mat.

No need to pre-register for this class.

We look forward to seeing you at the Park on Thursdays!

Sugar Farms Marketplace Open House

Local Artisans, Local Wine, Local Food, Local Non-Profits… Let’s get together and show some love for our locals!

Join us in celebrating the talented local artisans that make up Sugar Farms Marketplace with an Open House Celebration. But wait, there’s not going to be just ONE Open House Celebration at Sugar Farms Marketplace… There’s going to be THREE!

Sugar Farms is an artisanal marketplace that offers primarily locally sourced gifts that are handmade and/or one-of-a-kind. They offer products for the keen buyer wanting something that is not only unique but also of high-quality. The marketplace, located in the courtyard of Carmel Plaza, features various vendor stalls focusing on each artisan’s creation telling a small story about not just the product but also the creator of the product. This unique shopping experience allows buyers see exactly how the product came to be and by whose hands it was created.

On Friday, February 11th, February 25th and March 11th, from 5PM – 8PM we invite you to meet the artisans, see their creations up close, ask questions, experience the wonder and enjoy yourself while supporting local artisans, sipping local wine from Hahn Family Winery and enjoying tasty small bites from various locations including local favorite, The Cheese Shop. There will also be opportunities to enter fun raffles and giveaways as well as to learn more about a few local non-profits. Details for each night are below:


Friday, February 11th (5PM – 8PM): Artisans Who Pamper! Celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend & the one-year anniversary of Sugar Farms Marketplace by attending a spa event featuring local artisans who uniquely create top of the line wellness and beauty products, often by hand.

Featured Non-Profit: Carmel Youth Center.  CYC provides services and leadership to meet the emerging needs of young people and their families in our community, so all young people acquire the skills, self-confidence, and opportunities to realize their full potential. We strive to meet kids where they are, to take kids where they need to go, and to treat everyone with respect and dignity, regardless of their differences and backgrounds.


Friday, February 25th (5PM – 8PM): Function Art! You don’t just put art on display… You can wear it or use it too. From jewelry to home goods the artisans of Sugar Farms Marketplace make everyday items not only functional but beautiful and unique.

Featured Non-Profit: Harmony at Home . Harmony at Home is a Non-profit agency whose mission is to end the cycles of violence and abuse by empowering children and young adults with the knowledge, skills and confidence to lead healthy and productive lives.


Friday, March 11th (5PM – 8PM): Art Walk! Sip, admire and hopefully shop the beautiful and unique art adorning the walls throughout Sugar Farms Marketplace.

Featured Non-profit: Tatum’s Treehouse. The Tatum’s Garden Foundation exists to cultivate accessible, inclusive play. Inspiring communities to foster abundant play for children of every ability. Tatum’s Treehouse is their next project to bring a second fully inclusive and accessible playground to our community… this time in Carmel Valley.


Mark your calendars for one or all three Fridays and come prepared to have a fun time and to support local!


New Year… New at Carmel Plaza!

Happy 2022!

Links Club Virtual Luxury Golf Experience in Carmel-by-the-Sea

2021… Where do we begin. Although complicated, at times, what a wonderful year you were. We must to take a moment to look back on all the good, no, more like FANTASTIC, new businesses that we welcomed to Carmel Plaza last year as well as celebrate what’s to come in 2022.

The following businesses opened at Carmel Plaza in 2021:

  • Cariloha: The only retailer selling exclusively apparel, bedding and bath goods made of Viscose from bamboo. You have to feel it to truly understand how soft and cozy this fabric is.
  • Dutch Door Donuts:Made to order donuts served and enjoyed warm… Seriously the freshest donut you will ever try. Don’t forget to grab a cup of coffee to go with it.
  • Links Club: High-end virtual golf simulation experience revolutionizing how the game can be played indoors. Over 80 internationally-famous courses (including Pebble Beach) appear in simply stunning detail delivering all club and ball data with unerring, pinpoint accuracy.
  • Lula’s Chocolates: If you know you know and if you don’t know then you are missing out and need to experience their famous sea salt caramels, truffles, nut clusters, and everything in between soon.
  • Sugar Farms Marketplace: Bringing community and qaulity to one place. An artisanal marketplace that offers primarily locally sourced gifts that are handmade, high-quality and/or one-of-a-kind.

In 2022 we are thrilled to share that two new restaurants, Carmel Burger Bar and Nicolás Cocina de Herencia will be joining the Carmel Plaza family as well as Monterey Design Center.

Nicolás Cocina de Herencia is the latest creation from the owners of the popular Villa Azteca in Salinas. They will be opening in Carmel Plaza in spring 2022 with 5,000-square-ft of indoor and outdoor dining as well as bar seating. The family will be serving specialty Michoacán dishes as well as other Mexican favorites. They will be located on the Plaza Level next door to Alvarado Street Brewery & Bistro.

Carmel Burger Bar is also slated to be opening their doors this spring. They will be serving up creative and renovated hand-packed, grass fed, artisan beef burgers and more. With recipes comprised of both seasonal and locally sourced ingredients… Comfort food done right. They will be located on the Plaza Level in between Arhaus and Wrath Wines.

Monterey Design Center is the region’s leading designer/builder. From kitchen/bath remodels to entire complexes, single-family condos to multi-generation forever estates. Visit their website to explore their impressive portfolio and to learn more. They will be located on the third level.

Thank you, to everyone who visited Carmel Plaza and supported our several retailers, wine tasting rooms, restaurants and gourmet shops, wellness studios and more this last year. We are excited to see you all at Carmel Plaza in 2022.