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Best things to do in Monterey

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Breakfast Spot
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“because, it is a popular local restaurant with quick service, good food, large portions and affordable.”
15 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Museum featuring American & early California painting, plus photography & contemporary art. ”
8 locals recommend
Bakery
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“I get a sandwich here twice a week.. Great Prices! Easy walk in breakfast and lunch! A true staple”
15 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
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“HANDS DOWN BEST SUSHI. If you walk, you'll notice another sushi place on the way - you'll be happy you walked another block to Crystal Fish :)”
17 locals recommend
Science Museum
“The museum feels like a "step-back" in time. Be sure to take your children to see what museums were like in the last century. They will discover all about the local bird and fish population. Very friendly curators are very helpful. ”
18 locals recommend
Bar
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“Coolest lounge in Monterey. Perfect for the cocktail-loving 30 and older crowd.”
20 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Brewery, Live music on the weekends and great selection of house beers, and traditional beers! ”
19 locals recommend
Route
“Main tourist area on the ocean in Monterey. Lots of shops and food! Right next to the Aquarium.”
22 locals recommend
Bar
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“Good place to go have a conversation over a beer. Huge beer selection and not super noisy. Nice atmosphere”
13 locals recommend
Bakery
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“The best french pastries (croissants and more) on the Monterey peninsula. Good coffee as well. ”
12 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Start with the giant pretzel or bruschetta. Chili crusted chicken, meatloaf or Cobb salad. Stop bye the Roadhouse winery next-door & pick up some wine for dinner, corkage fee waived ”
12 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Acme roasts clean-grown, fairly-traded, and the highest ranking coffees available. Twenty-five years of roasting experience in small, manually controlled batches are combined with the truth, charitable hearts and the small community interchange.”
12 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Visitors can get a Whale watching trip, try all the samples of sea food and shops full of touristy things and good prices. Close to Custom House Plaza and wine tasting places.”
21 locals recommend
Bar
“This is a local's favorite. They are popular for their early bird specials (9.99 - 12.99), fantastic view and fantastic food! Early bird requirements are to be seating and order by 5:30 - highly recommend!”
20 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Great Mexican food in Pacific Grove! Locals favorite. If you love a great Margarita go here. ”
17 locals recommend
Pub
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“This is an awesome British style pub with a very British selection of beers and ales on tap. The food is downright delicious too, no greasy spoon pub food they have a proper chef in the kitchen.”
10 locals recommend