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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.

Aquarium
“The Monterey Bay Aquarium has a diverse, high-quality jellyfish exhibit along with many other sea creatures. Definitely worth checking out.”
281 locals recommend
Park
“Explore the Tide Pools and beautiful local beaches of Historic Pacific Grove”
47 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Places for entertainment, shopping and eating like Movies, Macy's, Whole Foods, Rite Aid, Starbucks, Chipotle, Pizza My Heart, Bank of America, etc. ”
28 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Cannery Row is the waterfront street in the New Monterey section of Monterey, California. It is the site of a number of now-defunct sardine canning factories.”
39 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Probably the best restaurant in P.G. Specializes in great sustainable seafood. Best wine list on the Peninsula with extremely reasonable prices. Right around the corner at 701 Lighthouse. Occasional celebrity sightings, particularly during car week or Pebble Beach Pro Am. Reservations recommended.”
38 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Make reservations! Lines WILL be long if you go on a whim. This is a local hotspot that is not that big in terms of size but the ambience and the service will be a thing to remember. Oh yeah, the food is delicious too :p”
34 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Some of the peninsula's *best* baked goods. Go early - the line builds up and they close once they're sold out! **Cash Only**”
37 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Located inside a Victorian home, the food is delicious! Great for brunch or lunch. ”
41 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Tiki Tuesday happy hour calamari appetizer & sweet potato fries. Spicy Thai chicken bowl or burger & finish with hula ice cream pie. ”
26 locals recommend
Playground
“This is a big park with lots of things to climb on, dig around, swing up and down, etc. Definitely a good time. Very nearby the Monterey Swim/Gym, a great place for the whole family including a great warm kids for young kids and their parents.”
23 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Great selection of beer and tasty food. Parking can be a pain but worth the wait. ”
24 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“The Bacado Omelette and all of the pancakes are delicious. And you can walk off all those calories along the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail (also known by the locals as the bike path) while you take in the ocean views.”
27 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“Right around the corner. There is a Whole Foods at the Del Monte Center, and a Trader Joe's in downtown Monterey, if those are more your style.”
14 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Always a good band and dancing. Don't miss The Money Band if they are playing.”
23 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Excellent Italian Cuisine - wonderful place for early or late night dinner.”
17 locals recommend
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