Old Monterey District Blog

Locally owned and operated, Copy King has been providing professional and quality copying services to the Monterey Peninsula since 1976. Need to make quick copies, print a computer file, or scan a photo? We offer full service and self-service copying with a quick turn-around time.

Copy Services:
* Copying & Scanning
* High Volume Full Service Color & B/W Copies
* Large Format Color Copies up to 36”
* Spiral / Velo / Coil / Fastback binding
* Laminating up to 24 x 36
* NCR Form Sets
* Quick Oversize Documents / Engineering Size Copies
* Same Day Copy Service Available
* Fax Service

Cha-ya is a unique store that specializes in Japanese teas, gifts, and home accessories. We also serve tea to go - we invite you to stop by and try a cup of delicious loose-leaf tea and some sweets.

A unique boutique filled with local arts, ikebana, antiques, gifts, and a wonderful selection of Japanese green tea and tea sets, our items celebrate a range of Japanese art and decor, from ancient tradition to contemporary culture.

Owner Mitsuko Gammon, born and raised in Tokyo, is trained in Ikebana and traditional tea ceremony. She had long wanted to explore the possibilities of bringing her love of tea and Japanese culture to retail. Cha-ya is the result.

Located in Old Monterey, China Garden serves freshly made, authentic Chinese cuisine in a casual, family-friendly atmosphere. Our extensive menu includes Hunan, Mandarin, and Szechuan dishes, both meat and vegetarian. You can dine here or order something to go!

Monday-Friday, 11am-3pm, we offer a great deal with our lunch special, which includes an entree, soup, salad, and either chow mein, fried rice, or steamed rice.

Dinners are served family style (in the traditional Chinese manner), which allows everyone at your table to sample each entree ordered. Family owned and operated, we understand the joys of sharing food with loved ones.

Casual Island offers a wide selection of women's clothing and accessories. If you're looking for something beautiful, unusual, and eye-catching, we encourage you to stop by our store!

Want something to spice up an outfit? We carry many scarves, hats, belts, sunglasses, and handbags, as well as a selection of costume jewelry. Searching for a whole new look? Browse through our fashionable shirts and sweaters, trousers and skirts, jackets and coats, and stunning dresses to find just the right item for casual daywear or a night on the town.

Be sure to visit both our main shop at 261 Alvarado, as well as our second shop, located two doors down the street at 281 Alvarado.

Welcome to Britannia Arms! Since opening our doors in 1999, this British owned and operated pub has become the place to go for locals and tourists who are looking for a drink or a bite to eat in a friendly atmosphere.

We're proud to offer 24 beers on tap as well as a full bar. Weekday happy hours are 3:30pm–6:30pm, featuring drink specials and half-price appetizers. In addition, our full-service kitchen offers an extensive selection of British and American lunch and dinner favorites, 11am-11pm.

Looking for something to do? Every Friday and Saturday night, we present local bands and DJs. During the week, we offer karaoke nights, a quiz night, an internet jukebox, and numerous video games to keep you entertained.

Never miss a sporting event! At Britannia Arms, you can watch multiple games at once on our huge projector screen and six HD televisions. All NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NASCAR, UFC, and college football and basketball events can be found on our screens. And, of course, being a British pub, we also show all English Premier League and international soccer matches.

From the needle-phobic beginner to the seasoned expert, no matter what your age or skill level, everyone is invited to Bella's Studio - a unique, creative studio space and retail boutique established to teach the art of sewing, craft, and design. All you have to bring is your desire to learn and create!

Bella's retail boutique sells a small but striking selection of contemporary fabrics, sewing notions, supplies, and handmade gift items including Bella's line of tote bags and aprons. Stop by and check it out!

Bella's studio, fully equipped with Baby Lock sewing machines, offers group classes, private lessons, open studio time for personal projects, home school instruction, and personalized sewing and craft parties for private groups, as well as consulting and design services.

Welcome to the oldest coffee shop in Monterey still in operation. Plumes Coffee House is located in the heart of Downtown Monterey and has been a favorite spot to grab a cup of joe for over 20 years. The unique layout of our cafe makes Plumes a people watchers and day dreamer’s paradise. Our unit used to be home to a jewelry store and the U shaped window display area was turned into counter seating with lively views of people and things going by at the intersection of the two busiest streets in Downtown.

Our specialty is slow drip coffee by the cup. We offer over 35 different kinds of Fair Trade organic roasts and all of our teas are organic as well. Regularly brewed coffee, espresso, and specialty coffee drinks are also on the menu. We also have breakfast items, lunch items, pastries, and baked goodies. For our food items, we use local suppliers including Paris Bakery, Peninsula Bakery, and Monterey Donut Shop wherever possible.

Old Capitol Books of Monterey California, is Your Local Fine Used and Out Of Print Book Store. We stock a wide selection of gently used books – 45,000+ titles. We have a special emphasis on California History & an extensive Military section, along with Children’s Illustrated Art Books, a plethora of Cook Books (4,000), and books on Religion, the Occult, Metaphysical and Philosophy. We have many more categories. We are a General Interest book store.

Located in a charming 1930's Carmel-stone building in historic downtown Monterey, since 1995 Carpe Diem Fine Books has offered a selection of out-of-print - and out of the ordinary - books in all fields with a special emphasis on the history and literature of California and the West. More than a bookshop, we also feature art and collectibles of the Monterey area.