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Live Like a Local in San Jose

San Jose is known for its ties to Silicon Valley, but there are lots of things to do for those who aren’t part of the tech crowd as well. If you’re new to the city, be sure to start by checking out some of the popular attractions like the Municipal Rose Garden and Winchester Mystery House. Once you’ve covered the fun tourist spots, check out these local restaurants, shopping centers, and day spas to explore some of the amazing things the city has to offer.

Give San Jose a taste test

For a quick meal that’s easy on the wallet and healthy too, check out Falafel’s Drive-In. The family-owned business is well-known for their tasty falafels, meaty gyros, and traditional drive-in fare like cheeseburgers and corn dogs. To make the experience even more authentic, you can order a malt and eat outdoors at a picnic table. The restaurant has been featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-In’s and Dives and the host of the show, Guy, was a big fan.

If Italian food is more your style, be sure to grab a bite at Original Joe’s. The downtown staple opened in 1956 with all of the Rocca family’s best recipes. Still family owned and operated, Original Joe’s serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and their menu features Italian specialities and modern favorites.

Left Bank Brasserie is located in the trendy Santana Row shopping and dining district and offers French-style cuisine as part of their seasonal menu. The Parisian atmosphere of the open kitchen, full bar, and indoor and outdoor dining options makes this a perfect date night spot.

Shop ‘till you drop in San Jose

Not only are the food options in Santana Row divine, but the shopping is amazing as well. The trendy neighborhood includes over 70 boutique shops and salons, as well as more than a dozen restaurants. You’ll find retailers like Crate & Barrel, Brooks Brothers, and Gucci with storefronts in the outdoor shopping center.

If an indoor shopping mall is more your style, check out Westfield Oakridge. The mall has over 130 stores and 20 eateries on-site, including Macy’s, Nordstrom Rack, Sears, and Target. The mall also houses a popular movie theater that shows up to 15 new releases on the property at a time.

Pamper yourself in San Jose

There’s nothing quite like a quality spa treatment to make you feel right at home. San Jose has dozens of options, including Burke Williams Spa in Santana Row and Preston Wynne. Each has won “Best of Spas” awards through the Spa Index for more than one year, and while different, they both have posh and upscale amenities that make your experience truly special. San Jose is a big city, and these suggestions just scratch the surface of some of the fantastic options that you’ll find in the area. Grab your friends and family, put on your comfortable shoes, and decide where your next stop will be.

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