Cannery Row

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Find on-street parking but read signs carefully – parking is strictly enforced. Bring coins to feed the meters. Enjoy some good pub grub (try the fish and chips) and a cocktail at Bullwhacker’s – sit near a fire pit on their outdoor patio, where live bands play in the evenings.

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Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940


Cannery Row is a waterfront street steeped in history and immortalized by the eponymous book by John Steinbeck, where it was described as "a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream…". It was once a blue-collar industrial zone full of tin-roofed canneries packing sardines like… well, sardines. Due to overfishing and pollution, the sardine population languished, and the canning industry followed. Since the mid-20th century, the focus of "the row" has shifted from fishing for sardines to fishing for tourists. In recent years, the kitsch of Cannery Row's t-shirt and taffy stores has yielded somewhat to more tasteful development. On any given day or evening, the street is relatively crowded and the restaurants, bars, galleries and stores bustling. If you have an eye for history and literature, you might stumble upon old Doc Rickett's lab and some of the diminutive row houses where the cannery workers once resided.


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