Monterey, California: Insider’s Guide to Cannery Row
Forever memorialized by John Steinbeck, this beautiful waterfront street has deep historic roots.
Cannery Row is a beautiful and bustling waterfront street located in the coastal town of Monterey, California. Once the headquarters of commercial fishing boats and a booming canning industry, with 1.4 million cases produced a year, the area has been transformed through the years into a scenic waterfront district where visitors can spend a day or more.
Choose from 25 award-winning restaurants on Cannery Row to enjoy fresh, locally sourced seafood, elaborate specialty meats and fresh produce shipped directly from the nearby Salinas Valley. Some favorites include: The Sardine Factory, opened in 1968; The Fish Hopper, an eatery with an amazing view; and C Restaurant + Bar, offering deliciously fresh local food.
Seaside shopping and dining options at Cannery Row
Shopping by the Sea
There are more than 50 specialty shops and boutiques for you to browse on Cannery. Try out the Z Folio Gallery for award-winning jewelry from over 70 internationally acclaimed jewelry designers. Stop by the Candy Factory where you’ll find a huge assortment of delicious treats. Pick up official Pebble Beach apparel at the Pebble Beach Outlet Shop or get an authentic Harley Davidson jacket at the Monterey Harley-Davidson.
Cannery Row Historic Walk
Cannery Row has deep historical roots in Chinese culture. Chinese fishermen helped make Monterey one of California’s most successful fishing ports. It is a tale of both success and sorrow, tempered by cultural conflict. The unshakable spirit of its earliest settlers continues today as the past and present mix together seamlessly in Cannery Row’s architecture, cuisine and attractions. For a full historical experience, try one of the various walking tours available.
Cannery Row Monument
The Cannery Row Monument at Steinbeck Plaza celebrates the pivotal role and influential culture that played a key role in the evolution of Cannery Row. This early Chinese salmon fishing village and thriving sardine canning area has now become a world-renowned destination for travel and hospitality.
John Steinbeck, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature, tops the Cannery Row Monument
Cannery Row Craft Beverages
As the sun goes down, Cannery Row still has a lot to see and do. At Cannery Row Brewing Company, you can choose from more than 70 beers while enjoying live music and relaxing outside by an open fire. Or let the bartender at Lalla Oceanside Grill make the perfect cocktail for your night on the town. Combine the deliciousness of wine country with the beauty of the bay by enjoying a Cannery Street wine tasting. Enjoy award-winning Monterey County wines with three wine tasting rooms: Bargetto, Caramel Ridge and A Taste of Monterey Wine Market & Bistro.
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Discover the natural beauty and spectacular ocean views of Steinbeck Plaza and McAbee Beach as well as Cannery Row while visiting the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. This so-called “Serengeti of the Sea” stretches along the central coast from San Francisco to Cambia and includes beaches, tide pools, kelp forests, steep canyons and an offshore seamount that’s teeming with life.
Sea lions resting on rocks in the breakwaters of Monterey Harbor
Cannery Row Hotels
Whether you’re planning on an overnight stay or a week-long holiday, Cannery Row offers exclusive luxury getaways right on the waterfront of Monterey Bay. Enjoy the Forbes four-star Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa or the contemporary InterContinental The Clement Monterey. Or you can relax and enjoy the romantic atmosphere of the elegant Spindrift Inn.
Luxury waterfront rooms and suites at the InterContinental The Clement Monterey on Cannery Row
Relax at the gorgeous Vista Blue Spa located on the penthouse level of Monterey Plaza Hotel where you’ll be surrounded by breathtaking panoramic views from the sundeck while receiving a full range of services including: massages, facials, body wraps and more.
You can also nurture and rejuvenate your body and mind at the InterContinental The Clement Monterey. Receive therapeutic massage, body treatments, skincare and various wellness therapies that will truly help you to feel relaxed and rejuvenated.