Finding a Healthier You at Carmel Plaza

Carmel Plaza is known for its variety of shops, several dining opportunities and wine tasting selection but what you may not know is Carmel Plaza is also home to two fitness and wellness studios, Seaside Yoga Sanctuary and Pure Barre Carmel-By-The-Sea, both located on the third level.

Learn more about the fitness and wellness studios at Carmel Plaza below.

Pure Barre Carmel-By-The-Sea


Pure Barre is a 50 minute, low-impact, high-intensity, full-body workout. Using small isometric movements, they target and work every hard-to-reach muscle to fatigue, causing them to shake and change. They then stretch and lengthen those muscles out, creating long, lean muscles and increased flexibility. Every age, level of physical fitness, every person- can participate in Pure Barre. Their unbeatable technique and empowering instructors will create your strongest self yet. Pure Barre is more than just a workout; it’s a lifestyle. At Pure Barre, women and men of all ages share a sense of community in which they are inspired and empowered by each others’ fitness and lifestyle goals. In addition to classes, Pure Barre also offers exercise apparel and accessories.

Classes begin in early May, schedule can be found at, along with founders membership specials of 20% off for life! Follow along on Instagram: @purebarre_carmelbythesea

Seaside Yoga Sanctuary 

Yoga keeps the body fit through healthy movement patterns and builds strength, stability, and flexibility. A well balanced practice of postures supports the suppleness of the spine, proper breathing, increased circulation, better sleep, and balance of the nervous system. Yoga also supports stress reduction and a calm and steady mind through meditation and breath awareness.

Yoga can be practiced by anyone. Seaside Yoga Sanctuary, is an instructional based studio to foster a learning environment and support the need of the individual student. Their team of skillful and experienced teachers encourage compassionate self- study and the guidance for a strong and safe practice.

Classes offered range from Gentle, Beginners, and Restorative Yoga, to Hatha, Flow & Level 2/3 classes, and include Prenatal Yoga, Mommy & Me, Kids and Teen yoga classes. They also offer private instruction for individuals and small groups, and yoga for corporate events.

Throughout the year students can deepen their practice and study of yoga through a variety of special events, workshops, and teacher trainings.

For the whole month of April Seaside Yoga Sanctuary is offering a $9 drop-in special. Click Here For Details.

Follow along on Instagram: @SeasideYogaSanctuary

Underground parking is conveniently located on the property between Ocean Ave. and 7th Ave. on Mission St.

We hope to see you at Carmel Plaza soon!


Spend National Drink Wine Day At Carmel Plaza

Every year, on February 18th, wine lovers across the nation celebrate the social media buzz worthy holiday referred to as #NationalDrinkWineDay which also happens to be, unofficially anyway, everyday in the village of Carmel-By-The-Sea.

Carmel Plaza is fortunate to be home to the tasting rooms of three wonderful local wineries, Blair Estates, Hahn Family Wines and Wrath Winery. 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 a unique experience… both locals and visitors will enjoy.

Below is a little more about each tasting room.

Wrath Wines

Wrath produces site-driven Pinor 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.

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.

Hahn Family Wines is currently offering a special Valentine’s Day – Presidents’ Day tasting, Love at First Flight; CLICK HERE for details. 

Blair Estate

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.

Visit any, or all three, of the Carmel Plaza wine tasting rooms on plaza level. We hope to see you at Carmel Plaza soon.


New Year… New Restaurant!

After opening quietly last month we would like to make a lot of noise and officially welcome Yeast of Eden to Carmel Plaza.

Join us this coming Thursday, January 17, 2019, for their official opening and Carmel Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting. The evening will kick off around 4:30pm.

UPDATE: Due to the recent weather the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony has been changed to Wednesday, January 23rd at 4:30pm. 

For their grand opening, Yeast of Eden is partnering with the Food Bank For Monterey County by donating 100% of the proceeds from sales that evening.

If you have not already we encourage you to stop into the restaurant & brewery, located on the south side of Carmel Plaza, find your spot amongst the 120 restaurant (plus 40 outdoor patio) seats and enjoy one of their popular mixed fermentations paired with mouthwatering selections from their global, street food-inspired menu. We suggest trying the crispy battered Saigon wings tossed in a spicy fish sauce caramel as well as the kobe grind “Publican” burger with rosemary & sage frites… but, rumor has it you cannot go wrong with whatever you order.

Yeast of Eden, which started as a side project for Alvarado Street Brewery, has a small, on-site brewery to produce limited batch, terroir-driven beers. The brewery, considered “nano” in scale, will produce just 150 gallons at a time and feature malt and hops grown in California. Although recognized for their beer, Yeast of Eden offers a full bar and are slowly building out a promising cocktail program.

Starting January 17, 2019 Yeast of Eden will be open from 11:30 am to 10 pm, Sunday through Wednesday, with kitchen hours extended until 11 pm and the bar open until midnight, Thursday through Saturday.

See You at the Plaza in 2019!

As 2018 comes to an end we cannot help but look back on what a year it has been. For starters, we unveiled our revitalized and refreshed courtyard and could not be happier with the fresh new look. And if that was not exciting enough we welcomed a fantastic group of new merchants including the following:

Be sure to stay tuned because there are even more opening in 2019!

Thank you, to everyone who visited us in 2018. Whether it was for shopping, dining or maybe it was the Summer Live Music Series; whatever it was that brought you to Carmel Plaza in 2018 we thank you and we look forward to seeing you again in the New Year!

Cheers and we will see you at the Plaza in 2019!

12 Holiday Gift Ideas From Carmel Plaza

The countdown to Christmas has officially begun which means your shopping days are limited. To make things easier on you head to Carmel Plaza to check everyone off your list in one visit. We have gifts for Her, Him, Them, Kids, Pets you name it.

Below are 12 holiday gift ideas your family and friends would love to find under the Christmas Tree this year.

1) Tom Ford Orchid Soleil Eau de Parfum from Cos Bar

2) This “Twisted Cashmere Quarter Zip” Sweater by Peter Millar available at Madrigal

3) A one-of-a-kind ornament from Beachwood Home

4) A fashionable new jacket or tie from Khakis of Carmel

5) A stylish pair of shoes from Cole Haan

6) Don’t forget the furry family members and be sure to visit The Dog House

7) A beautiful purse from Bottega Veneta

8) Something sparkly from Impressions Fine & Fashion Jewelry

9) A chic leather jacket for Him or Her from Parts Unknown

10) The Addison Ross Candle in the scent Isabella from Yves Delorme, Paris

11) Don’t know what they want? Gift them with a Carmel Plaza Gift Card that they can use at any of our stores, restaurants or tasting rooms. Our gift cards are available for purchase inside of Khakis Men Clothing.



We hope to see you at Carmel Plaza soon.

Happy Holidays!

December 14th, 2018|Uncategorized|1 Comment

3 Things to Consider when Prepping for Upcoming Holiday Parties

Cheers! It is officially Holiday Party Season. Whether you are hosting friends to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year, having the family over for Christmas or attending a party at someone else’s home, a visit to Carmel Plaza is a must to help you prepare.

Below are three key things to consider when you are hosting or attending a holiday party this month.

 1. Festive Home Décor 

These ornaments are available at Beachwood Home; located on the 2nd level of Carmel Plaza

These glass trees are available at Beachwood Home; located on the 2nd level of Carmel Plaza

Everything from the tablescape to the scents people will observe when they walk through your door falls into this category; and let’s not forget the centerpiece of everyone’s home this time of year… the Tree! A visit to Sur La Table, Beachwood Home and Anthropologie will help you achieve a picture-perfect, festive and unforgettable ambiance for your family and guests.

These NEST candles are available at Beachwood Home; located on the 2nd level of Carmel Plaza

These dish sets are available at Sur La Table; located in the courtyard of Carmel Plaza

This holiday fragrance is available at Sur La Table; located in the courtyard of Carmel Plaza

This table setting is available at Sur La Table; located in the courtyard of Carmel Plaza

2. Tasty Food & Wine

Visit The Cheese Shop in the courtyard of Carmel Plaza

Visit three local tasting rooms in Carmel Plaza’s courtyard: Blair Wines, Hahn Family Wines and Wrath Wines

Skip the grocery store lines this year and head straight to a few of our favorite specialty shops and wine tasting rooms. Their friendly staff will help you put together the most delectable charcuterie boards and wine parings for your holiday gathering. Visit The Cheese Shop, Carmel Honey Company, Blair Estate Wines, Hahn Family Wines and Wrath Winery all located in the courtyard of Carmel Plaza. The best part, you can even do a little tasting while you shop!

Visit Carmel Honey Company in the courtyard of Carmel Plaza for local honey

Honey Tasting at Carmel Honey Company

You can even taste the wine before you buy

3. Hostess Gifts and Party Favors

These cocktail napkins are available at Sur La Table; located in the courtyard of Carmel Plaza

Not hosting this year but still attending? Bring your host a bottle of local wine, from one of our tasting rooms, in one of the adorable bags, pictured below, from Beachwood Home. Another fun idea for your host, or even for your guest as a party favor, is a special ornament or candle. Several of the Carmel Plaza shops have great gift ideas including Beachwood Home, Sur La Table and Anthropologie.

These ornaments are available at Beachwood Home; located on the 2nd level of Carmel Plaza

These wine bags are available at Beachwood Home; located on the 2nd level of Carmel Plaza

We hope to see you at Carmel Plaza soon.

Happy Holidays!

5 Fall Fashion Must-Haves You’ll Find at Carmel Plaza

Some would say this is the best time of year for fashion. Whether it’s boots and sweater weather you adore or the beautiful jackets you layer this time of year. There really is something to love about fashion in the fall and winter seasons.

To make sure you are ready for the cooler temperatures visit Carmel Plaza in Carmel-By-The-Sea for all the latest in fashion and accessory trends.

Both nationally known stores and local boutiques make up Carmel Plaza’s fashion, shoes and accessories selection of over 10 stores such as: Madrigal, Mark Fenwick, Khakis Men Clothier and Vineyard Vines.

Below are 5 Fall Fashion Must-Haves you can find at Carmel Plaza:

1. Leather

Image By Scully Leather, available at Parts Unknown. Located on the 2nd level of Carmel Plaza.

A leather jacket is a timeless wardrobe staple. Wear it during the day or into the evening; dress it up or down; this piece is versatile, chic and definitely a must-have.

2. Weather-Ready Boots

Image by Cole Haan. Located on the 2nd level of Carmel Plaza.

It’s inevitable that there will be rainy days in our future and maybe even snowy. Tackle the unavoidable weather in style and comfort with a pair (or two) of stylish weather-ready boots.

3. Fall Florals

Image by @JessannKirby. Wearing Anthropologie. Located on the 2nd level of Carmel Plaza.

That’s right… don’t be so quick to push the floral prints to the side. This fun loving print is stylish year round.

4. Shearling

Image by Kate Spade NY. Located right off of Ocean Ave. in Carmel Plaza.

Whether shearling is worked into your accessories or the main piece of your look it’s just too cozy to resist this time of year.

5. Cashmere

Image by Roller Rabbit. Located on 2nd Level of Carmel Plaza.

Need we say more? Okay, we will… cashmere makes comfort and fashionable in one piece a reality and this time of year what more are you looking for?

There you have it, 5 fashion must-haves for the upcoming cooler months. We hope to see you at Carmel Plaza soon.

5 Wine & Cheese Pairings From The Cheese Shop in Carmel Plaza

Carmel experiences some of their most beautiful weather in the fall so we thought, what better time than now to plan a picnic to the beach.
We reached out to The Cheese Shop; renowned for their extensive selection of the finest cheeses, gourmet foods and exquisite wines — a chef’s mecca in the heart of Carmel Plaza for over 35 years, and they put together the perfect shopping list for your next beach outing or upcoming holiday party. 
Below you will find 5 local Monterey County wines and the mouthwatering cheeses to pair with them.

1) I. Brand & Family 2015 Cabernet Franc + Peppered Cacciota

Local winemaker Ian Brand sources his fruit for this elegant Cabernet Franc from the Bayly Ranch in the Paicines, San Benito County. Pair it with the Peppered Cacciota, a pasteurized goats’ milk cheese, from central Italy, which is aged 6 months and rubbed down with olive oil and cracked peppercorns for a truly delicious experience.

2) Joyce Submarine Canyon 2016 Pinot Noir + Schoch Dairy’s East of Edam

From Russel Joyce, “this Pinot showcases vibrant fruit sourced entirely from Monterey County. Fresh bing cherry and silky acidity make this wine dangerously lovable.”

We recommend pairing this Monterey County Pinot with a Monterey County cheese, Schoch Dairy’s East of Edam, a raw cows’ milk cheese, inspired by the Dutch Edam.

The Schoch Family produces raw milk and cheese in North Salinas, where they’ve been a staple since the Second World War.

3) Mesa Del Sol 2013 Sangiovese + Aged Boschetto

This classic Tuscan variety has shown itself to be well adapted to the soils of Arroyo Seco. Juicy, red berry fruit, bright acid, and firm tannins make this wine a great pairing with any meal.

The Mesa del Sol estate has a long history in Monterey County as a stagecoach stop and a health retreat that once even hosted Teddy Roosevelt. The Houghmans still run a retreat on the property in addition to cultivating grapes for their own label.
We recommend pairing this wine with Aged Boschetto. A pasteurized sheeps’ milk cheese from Tuscany, the boschetto is aged about 6 months and is infused with truffle shavings for a decadent experience.

4) Seabold 2015 Monterey Chardonnay + Ossau Iraty Istara

From Master Sommelier Chris Miller, “this chardonnay showcases the crisp green apple, stone fruit, and tropical notes typical of Monterey County, while a light touch of oak imparts just the right amount of richness and elegance without overwhelming the fruit.”

For a smooth tasting experience pair this Monterey Chardonnay with Ossau Iraty Istara, a pasteurized sheeps’ milk cheese from the Ossau Valley in the French Pyrenees Mountains; home to the Basque people.

5) Caraccioli Cellars 2012 Brut Rose + Piave Vecchio

This sparkling wine, a favorite domestic sparkling selection for many, was first produced with the help of Michel Sargues, who came from Champagne with the dream of making sparkling wine with Monterey County fruit.

We recommend pairing a glass of this sparkly with Piave Vecchio, a pasteurized cows’ milk cheese from Veneto, Italy. Aged for one year this cheese has a pleasant mellow nuttiness, balanced with a hint of fresh citrus on the finish.

Now that you have your shopping list all you have to do is visit The Cheese Shop, located in Carmel Plaza on courtyard level, and plan a trip to the beach at sunset!
Special orders and holiday gift boxes are available!
September 14th, 2018|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Carmel Plaza Dining Guide

Thank you for visiting our blog. A lot has changed since this post was published in 2018. For a current list of Carmel Plaza restaurants please visit our directory.


Nestled in the heart of downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea, Carmel Plaza is home to one-of-a-kind fashion finds and specialty national brands, gourmet shops, wine tasting rooms and four, soon to be five, distinct restaurants ranging from casual American dining to French cuisine enjoyed by candlelight in the evening.

Amongst Carmel Plaza’s restaurant selections are a few dishes considered by many to be local favorites. During your next visit to Carmel Plaza be sure to stop into one (or all) of our restaurant locations to enjoy the following popular dishes; whether it be breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert we have what you’re craving.

400 Degrees

Sun – Thu: 11:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Fri & Sat: 11:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

400° Gourmet Burgers & Fries features mouthwatering handcrafted burgers and fries using only the best ingredients and cooked to perfection on a custom cast iron griddle.

The Wagyu Burger: Hand formed Wagyu patty, cheddar cheese, peppered bacon, griddled mushrooms, lettuce, tomato, pickles, crispy onions.

Black & White Milkshake: Vanilla Ice Cream & Chocolate Sauce.

Carmel Coffee & Cocoa Bar

Mon – Sun: 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Featuring specialty coffee drinks and a variety of teas, pastries, sandwiches, garden fresh salads and ramen noodle bowls.

Sit inside, or outside and enjoy your refreshments on the sun filled patio in front of the coffee shop.

Salmon Bagel: Honey roasted smoked salmon on your choice of multi-seed, sesame, or plain bagel with cream cheese, tomato, red onions, capers and avocado.

Breakfast Sushi (Signature Dish): A seasoned mix of brown and white rice, bacon, ham, egg and avocado wrapped in seaweed.

Flying Fish Grill

5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Daily

Enter from the Carmel Plaza Mission Street entrance (between Ocean and 7th Ave.) and through the discreet door leading you to comfortably dim lighting, wood walls, and subtle Asian decor.

Diners are delighted by their distinctive offerings, ranging from salmon to lobster to abalone! Not to mention our delicious traditional clay pot dishes, bursting with noodles, broth & your choice of seafood, beef or vegetables.

Yin Yan Salmon: Oven roasted, sesame seed crusted, soy- lime cream sauce, angel hair pasta, flying fish roe garnish.

Almond Seabass: Almond crusted sea bass, pan- fried, whipped potatoes, chinese cabbage & rock shrimp stir – fry.

Patisserie Boisseire

Lunch: Daily 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Dinner: Wed – Sun 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Brunch: Sat – Sun 11:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m.

Fifty years ago, Elaine and Pierre Boissiere established their eponymous restaurant at its current location, years before Carmel Plaza shopping center was built around it.

They sought to offer the city of Carmel-by-the-Sea a relaxing and comforting venue modeled after a European chateau; where tables are thoughtfully spaced and fresh flowers, a fireplace, candles and soothing musical notes are an integral part of the dining experience.

Sautéed Prawns (available for lunch and dinner): Served over angel hair pasta with fresh tomatoes, leeks, artichokes and a light lemon-chive seafood cream sauce.

Beef Bourguignon (dinner only): Oven braised with pearl onions, fresh herbs, garlic, bacon, tomatoes and white wine; served with fresh steamed vegetables and au gratin potatoes.

COMING SOON: Yeast of Eden, Carmel Plaza’s soon to be fifth dining selection. To read more about Alvarado Street Brewery’s latest venture coming soon to Carmel Plaza CLICK HERE!

We hope to see you for breakfast, lunch and dinner very soon!