The financial and cultural center of Silicon Valley
Downtown San Jose is a very walkable area, but if you don't feel like walking, the lightrail runs right through it with several stops through the city. Rated the safest metropolitan city in the US, traveling by foot in the evening is generally very safe, however, it's still a big city so caution and common sense are encouraged. Filled with hip, new high-rise apartments, Downtown San Jose draws quite a few young professionals who desire an urban lifestyle without the commute from San Francisco.
Downtown San Jose is in the heart of the Silicon Valley right off of the 680/280/87 interchange. Due to its central location, it's easy to pop in for a nice lunch or romantic dinner. Because of its ideal location, you can easily get from San Jose to San Francisco, to the mountains, or to the coast for a day at the beach.
Landmarks & Scenes:
Plaza de Cesar Chavez is the central focal point of the Downtown area, with its fountains and meandering pathways, it's a lovely place to stroll through during your lunch break or before dinner.
Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, at over 200 years old, serves as a beautiful reminder of San Jose's past as a mission city.
Not sure what you're in the mood for or want a little bit of everything? Head over to San Pedro Square market place where gourmet stalls abound. Grab a sushi roll or a buffalo burger sit outside at one of the many picnic tables and listen to some live music.
Feeling adventurous? Try Back A Yard Caribbean for some amazing jerk chicken, or Los Cubanos for some of the best Cuban food outside of Florida. Get a 'Cereal Killer', a fruity cereal topped donut drizzled with sinful icing at Psycho Donuts.
For the real shopping in San Jose, head over to Westfield Valley Fair for brand name stores of all kinds!
Catch the latest blockbuster at Camera 12 or an obscure indie flick across the street at Camera 3 or See Maroon 5 and Bruno Mars at the SAP Events Center.
Sports & Outdoors:
For a fun Friday night, check out the San Jose art Festivals in the summer! With street artist and food, there is something fun for all ages.
Arts & Culture:
Visit the San Jose Museum of Art and ponder its modern exhibits or head across the street to the Tech Museum of Innovation for a fun, hands on experience in science, engineering and math.
The Children's Discovery Museum is a wonderland for the kids and for mom and dad too! Nothing is off limits as you are allowed and encouraged to touch everything!