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Best of San Jose

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With BlogHer 2014 just around the corner, I put together a little gift for those I interact with who might not be familiar with all San Jose and the surrounding area has to offer. All of the information in this post is printed on postcards and attached to my business cards. I know that non-California locals will probably want to go places like In-N-Out or Five Guys, but I chose to share places unique toΒ San Jose that are well known and loved by locals.

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EAT

Falafel’s Drive In
A local institution.
2301 Stevens Creek Boulevard, San Jose, CA 95128

Freshly Baked Eatery
Fresh-baked sourdough.
152 North 3rd Street, Suite 101, San Jose, CA 95113

Happy Dog
5-Star hot dogs.
284 South 11th Street, Suite B, San Jose, CA 95112

Angelou’s Mexican Grill
Order online!
21 North 2nd Street, San Jose, Ca 95113

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SHOP

Valley Fair Mall
Super Duper Burgers, Indoor Mall.
2855 Stevens Creek Boulevard, Santa Clara, CA 95050

Santana Row
Kara’s Cupcakes, Cocola, Outdoor Mall.
356 Santana Row, San Jose, CA 95128

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LEARN

Computer History Museum
1401 North Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View, CA 94043

San Jose Museum of Art
110 South Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113

The Tech Museum of Innovation
201 SouthΒ Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113

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DAY TRIP
If you have a day to spare…

San Francisco, CaliforniaΒ / Approximately 1Β Hour
Golden Gate Bridge, Pier 39, Ocean Beach, Alcatraz

Santa Cruz, California / Approximately 1 Hour
Beach Boardwalk, Wharf, Downtown, Beaches.

Monterey, California / Approximately 1.5 Hours
Cannery Row, Aquarium, Carmel, 17 Mile Drive

Sacramento, California / Approximately 3 Hours
State Capitol Building, Old Town, Sutter’s Fort

I hope this gives you a little insight into this area. If you are coming to BlogHer, come find me and I’ll give you a card with all of the info on it, you already know what I plan to wear. In case you’d really like to attend but can’t, BlogHer has set up an online system for those of you at home! Check it out here.

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55 comments

  1. I live in the San Jose/Saratoga area, and I can definitely say that you did an awesome job putting this list together! I LOVE falafel drive-in!

    xo, Hima
    Hima Hearts

    1. IKR, so delicious!

  2. Ah, perfect timing! I’m heading to San Jose soon and am so writing everything down from your post. πŸ™‚

    1. Yay! If you are headed to BlogHer I will have postcards with this info printed on it. If you see me I will happily give you one. πŸ™‚

  3. I’ve never been to Northern California – and I’m totally jealous that you’re going to BlogHer! Cheers!

    1. It’s worth a trip some time! I don’t think I can ignore BlogHer, it’s in my backyard this year.

  4. so excited to hear about the conference!! πŸ™‚ i debated whether or not i wanted to go.. all i remember hearing from friends who went to a previous blogher conference was that there’s tons of swag.

    1. There is a lot. When I went in 2011 I said no to a lot of it, it just seemed wasteful.

  5. also need to email you back!! we’ve been on the road so i’ve been really slow with emails. πŸ˜› sorry!

    1. It’s ok, I hope that you’re having fun on your trip !

  6. You forgot my favourite spot to eat: Via Mia pizza hahahaha

    1. Not close enough to downtown. : I still need to try it!

  7. Never been to SJ, but if I ever decide to go (no BlogHer for me πŸ™ ), this is a great list!

    1. It’s worth a trip, I think. There are lots of things located around it that are worth a look.

  8. I love San Jose. I need to check out Falafel Drive In.

    Have fun at the conference!

  9. Love San Jose! <3 Great travel tips! πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks!

  10. Thanks for this list! I am so excited and am flyin up tonight! Hope to meet you at the Gravity Public House Event Jessica!

    1. It’s on my calendar! πŸ™‚

  11. I am in Sacramento! I wish I could attend this year’s event -_- have super fun though! Your list looks super well organized and the photos are so lovely!

    1. Thanks. And there is always next year, right? πŸ™‚

  12. Good to know if I travel there!

    1. I’d hope. πŸ™‚

  13. I will be bookmarking this post for when we visit CA next year!! Thank you! xoxo

    1. Have fun on your trip. πŸ™‚

  14. OMG! I so wanted to go to this conference this year and now I’m even more sad about missing it knowing how awesome of a time I would’ve had in the city!!!

    1. There is always next year!

  15. What a good idea! I’d love to go to BlogHer, or even just visit San Jose! πŸ™‚

  16. Love me some Cali!

    1. Yesssss.

  17. I know quite a few bloggers who are attending BlogHer! Theses are some great travel tips!

    1. Cool, maybe we’ll all see each other! I know a few too. Trying to coordinate stuff. πŸ™‚

  18. Great post! I’m so excited, but jealous you’re on blogher! Have so much fun!

  19. Beautiful pictures! I think a trip is in order!

  20. Awesome – we are hoping to go to San Jose next year when we go to California, bookmarked for reference πŸ˜€ Wish I was going to BlogHer!

    1. Hope it comes in handy! πŸ™‚

  21. Saving for when we visit, which will hopefully be soon! I’ve always wanted to visit that area

    1. Thanks! I hope you get to come soon.

  22. i’ve never been to san jose but this post makes me want to visit!

  23. What a great list, I’m hoping to go to northern California in a few months.

  24. saving this one!

    1. Yay!

  25. This is such a cute idea, I love San Jose haven’t been there years but it was great last time I was, this list would have defiantly been handy πŸ™‚

    1. Come back! πŸ™‚

  26. Wait! Five guys is from Cali too?! I had no idea!

    1. Nooooo. It started in DC but everyone compares it to in n out here!

  27. Can’t believe I didn’t go to BlogHer this year! It’s so close to home. I’m sad I’m not there.

    1. There is always next year! πŸ™‚

  28. I never go down there since I live in San Francisco, but I love it when I do. San Jose is a great metro area!

    1. No one ever leaves the city, lol. πŸ™‚

  29. This is a great idea! Love your choices. I’d recommend similar places, too.

    1. Thanks Kate! πŸ™‚

  30. Just stumbled upon your blog. This is a great guide! I am also a south bay blogger so it is fun to hear what others recommend. I have not tried any of the eateries you mentioned so I will have to put them on my list. Cheers!

  31. I grew up in Los Gatos and this list is fab…although you did miss a few of my favorite Mexican joints :P…and I still love In-N-Out!

    1. This is California, there are wayyyy too many favorite Mexican places to name only one but I didn’t want to complicate it. πŸ™ I went by reviews on Yelp, too.