As a self-proclaimed shop-a-holic, I have to say, one of my favorite things to do when travelling is checking out the independent, mom and pop boutiques in every town/city we visit. Luckily, for me, being a local gal and all, I feel pretty lucky to have some amazing shopping resources within minutes of each other – right here in Monterey, located on historic Alvarado Street.
Recently in Downtown Monterey (just steps from the Portola Hotel & Spa) some great new shops have opened! So, join us in Monterey and walk your way through some of the cutest shops around – and remember, leave room in your suitcase for some sweet, new finds!
Karma Fashion Lounge
415 Alvarado Street
Karma’s fashion forward inventory features, unique pieces, both casual and formal. Karma also carries shoes, accessories and handbags and is definitely on trend with the latest styles.
447 Alvarado Street
Located on Alvarado Street since 1989, independently owned, Gasper’s, has some of the most breathtaking fine jewelry pieces you’ve ever laid eyes on. From watches to sparkling diamonds, take a moment to peruse their amazing collection.
Grace Lifestyle Boutique
459 Alvarado Street
As one of Downtown Monterey’s newest boutiques, Grace Lifestyle Boutique is reminiscent of Anthropologie featuring whimsical gifts, contemporary clothing and unique accessories. Perfect for hostess gifts and party dresses – all under one roof!
Fleet Feet Sports Monterey
472 Alvarado Street
Forgot to pack your running shoes? No problem! Let the experts at Fleet Feet find your perfect fit. From running to walking, Fleet Feet even carries athletic apparel, perfect for hitting the trails all throughout the Monterey Bay.
492 Alvarado Street
Browse through beautiful leather handbags, fine and costume jewelry and other fun accessories.
261 Alvarado Street
Casual Island, located right out on Portola Plaza outside the hotel, features stylish leisure wear for ladies of all tastes. Peruse purses to sunglasses, handbags to hats – there’s something for every woman at Casual Island.