5 Cannery Row Stops You Don't Want to Miss!


Coming to Monterey? Make sure you drop by Cannery Row!

Cannery Row is a staple to the Monterey area. From Steinbeck writing about the area to the aquarium attracting millions of visitors throughout the years, Cannery Row has come a long way since its original days as a tin cannery.

There’s no shortage of restaurants, quick bites, shops, and things to do here, but we recommend checking out any of the following five stops to get the most of your Cannery Row experience.

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Cannery Row Deli

Breakfast burritos for the win! Cannery Rowl Deli, located just off the bike path right at the start of Cannery Row, is a mom-and-pop shop that’s great to sit down and take a load off.

On a nice day, the outdoor seating provides a great view of the bike path and the ocean. Originally opened in 2005, the deli has been a hit with the locals ever since. It’s only open breakfast and lunch, and if burritos aren’t your thing, there’s a killer sandwich menu, too.

Great place to watch the sun rise in the early morning, if you ask us.

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Studio Cafe

Anybody else interested in a heated bench? Yeah, us too!

The Studio Cafe is also located on the bike path, but on the other side of Cannery Row by the aquarium. The owners bought the studio in 2004 and converted it into the cafe it is now. They serve pour over coffee, loose leaf tea, and gluten free goods baked from a home kitchen called Birdsong Bakery.

There’s also a recording studio next door, which we think is just awesome.

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Monterey’s Tasty Olive Bar

If you’ve been on our Old Monterey Food Tour, you’ll be familiar with the olive oils and vinegars from Monterey’s Tasty Olive Bar that we try in the Joseph Boston Store.

Well, when you’re on Cannery Row, come check out the shop for yourself! Here, you’ll find all of their (many) different types of olive oils to taste. They’re all natural, preservative free, and botanically created. We won’t get too into the details of how the olive oils are made, but we definitely think you should try something unique, like the White Truffle or Roasted Pumpkin Seed oils.

Besides olive oils, there’s also artwork and various ceramics you can purchase to decorate your home.


Global Candle Gallery

The Global Candle Gallery is the only spot on the list that doesn’t offer food — but it’s just cool.

Each of the candles are hand-made, and the patterns and shapes on them glow as they burn. You can hold each candle up to a light provided in-store for an idea as to how it will look once it starts to burn. There’s more than a few in there dedicated to Monterey, so if you’re looking for the perfect souvenir, drop in here!

The Monterey location is not the only one, so be sure to check out their website and see if they have any others closer to you.

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Monterey Bay Aquarium

This is a must see anytime you’re in Monterey!

The Monterey Bay Aquarium may just be Monterey’s finest attraction, and with good reason. Here, you can find out all about sustainable seafood, ocean conservation, and check out different science programs while checking out their vast selection of marine animals.

There’s also artwork made out of plastic found in the ocean, an unbeatable jelly fish display, and a domed glass room that does wave simulations to make you feel like you’re inside of the ocean!

Their website also offers live footage of the tanks, so feel free to pre-check out all the displays you’re looking to do.

And, if nothing else… look at those jellyfish!

We know this doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of options Cannery Row offers! Where on the list have you been? What are some of your favorite places not included? Let us know in the comments!