As one of the fastest growing west coast metropolises, San Jose is full of hidden gems and hotspots that tourists and locals should experience. Whether you live down the street or are just passing through, visitors often don’t have the luxury of long periods of time to explore the city and can miss the best of the area. Here’s what to do with twenty-four hours in this up and coming city:
10 a.m. – Most vacationers wont peel themselves out of bed before nine, so ten is the perfect time to start your day. Kick it off by munching on the delicacies at House of Bagels. Pick your bagel, spread and a beverage to wash it all down at this quaint breakfast joint, at the corner of 11th and San Carlos.
11 a.m. – Slide on your walking shoes and set your sights on the San Jose State campus. Check out the ivy covered, 19th century buildings as you head downtown. Continue on your as you walk along the Paseo de San Antonio. Spanning four blocks between 4th and Market streets, this walkway is sprinkled with unique stores and restaurants, ending at Cesar Chavez plaza.
1 p.m. – By now your stomach will be starting to talk again. Stop at Peggy Sue’s on Park Avenue for an authentic, 1950’s experience. I recommend the Hollywood burger, an Angus burger with fresh avocado and jack cheese, a side of curly fries and a Mint Chip milkshake.
2:30 p.m. – Next up, pursue the shops of Santana Row. As a high-end neighborhood, Santana Row offers the best local shopping. This cobbled avenue provides for a relaxing afternoon and is located at Olin Avenue, on the corner of Stevens Creek and Winchester boulevards.
4:30 p.m. – Jet across the street and explore the Winchester Mystery House. Allegedly haunted by ghosts of lives claimed by the legendary Winchester firearm, Sarah Winchester built this mind-boggling Mansion that resembles a maze, with 160 rooms, staircases that abruptly end and doorways that lead to nowhere.
7:00 p.m. – Get dinner and a show at the House of Genji on First Street. Famous for its exhilarating Teppan-Yaki cooking, this Japanese steak house and cocktail bar cooks delicious meals, right in front of you. For dessert, satisfy your sweet tooth with some frozen yogurt or gelato at Penguin Froyo, on Santa Clara street, in-between second and first streets.
9:00 p.m. – San Jose is a premier destination for nightlife. Go bar hopping in the San Pedro Square district and make sure to stop in at my favorites, O’Flaherty’s Irish Pub and Britannia Arms. You can also mosey to Giza Hookah Lounge, on North First Street.
11:00 p.m. – By this time, the night owls are starting to emerge. Rub elbows with locals as you visit the local clubs. First stop is Pearl nightclub on the corner of Santa Clara and South First. Have a drink before heading to Fahrenheit Lounge to enjoy local DJ’s and entertaining bartenders.
By following this day guide, each visitor will experience the flavor that makes San Jose such an exciting place to live. Escape the crowds and see the city as the locals do.