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Neighborhood Guide: Carmel Valley

A Bloody Mary bar, skate park, and award-winning French cuisine? Del Mar's neighbor has evolved into a dark-horse gem.


Carmel Valley 
This Month

Pacific Highlands Farmers Market 
Canyon Crest Academy

Thursdays and Fridays
Live music at Searsucker

Urban Plates

The serving may be cafeteria-style, but Urban Plates focuses on high-quality, clean eats. Think kale coconut tofu salads with lemongrass quinoa and slow-roasted steak sandwiches with chimichurri aioli. 
12857 El Camino Real


The name is synonymous with brunch—and sometimes achingly long lines—but the breakfast specialist is popular for good reason. Try the pineapple upside down pancakes or the Benedicts, which are available in half orders if you don’t want to play favorites. 
3435 Del Mar Heights Road


This is no average movie theater. Recliner seats, wait service, a full bar, and a menu that includes asiago cheese arancini and spicy lobster rolls? We’ll skip Netflix for that. 
12905 El Camino Real



Shop Isabel Marant, Diane von Furstenburg, and other haute couture labels at this upscale women’s boutique. 
12857 El Camino Real

Davanti Enoteca

Davanti’s Italian-leaning menu is popular for dinner, but its brunch is a lesser-known find with a festive DIY Bloody Mary bar to boot. 
12955 El Camino Real

The Baked Bear

The Baked Bear

The ice cream shop takes the traditional scoop to the next level. Choose from a dozen flavors to sandwich between cookies, brownies, or donuts. You can also opt for a hot-pressed version or the Bear Bowl, a warm chocolate chip cookie pie with a scoop on top.      
5950 Village Center Loop Road

Carnitas' Snack Shack

Like its original North Park location, the popular carnivore-focused eatery is committed to local ingredients, like Con Pane breads, Suzie’s Farm vegetables, and cage-free poultry from Alpine’s Tzaddik Farm. 
12873 El Camino Real

Carnitas' Snack Shack


Award-winning chef William Bradley crafts contemporary French cuisine at this fine dining spot in the newly rebranded Fairmont Grand Del Mar resort.  
5200 Grand Del Mar Way

Carmel Valley Skate Park 

Developed with input from the community and pro skaters, the 13,500-square-foot facility includes bowls, banks, railings, ledges, and more.
12600 El Camino Real

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