Come Play in San Jose, It’s Not Just All Business
San Jose is the real capital of Silicon Valley. Sure, San Francisco, Palo Alto, and Cupertino are home to some of the sexiest names in tech - but ask any insider and they’ll tell you that San Jose is the economic, political and cultural center of Northern California’s burgeoning tech scene.
And it’s not all just business! San Jose’s thriving bar, restaurant, and lifestyle landscape has exploded with options to meet the growing demands of local professionals who work hard and play harder.
Before you play in San Jose, be sure to check out this list of must-have experiences!
What to See in San Jose
Downtown San Jose
Hundreds of bars, restaurants, and attractions are squeezed into the few blocks of downtown San Jose between the Guadalupe River and San Jose State University. Spend hours exploring, or just enjoy the Plaza de César Chávez, a meeting place with public art, flowerbeds, and fountains.
Winchester Mystery House
Don’t miss one of the most bizarre (...and creepy) properties in America. When gun magnate William Winchester bequeathed his vast estate to his widow Sarah Winchester in 1881, she spent decades and a large part of his fortune renovating their mansion with mysterious rooms, staircases, and hallways that defy explanation. Ghost stories have haunted the mansion since its earliest days (some say a result of the countless deaths at the barrels of Winchester rifles).
San Jose is a paradise for nature lovers. From the rugged vistas of Alum Rock Park to the serene beauty of the award-winning Municipal Rose Garden to the choose-your-own-adventure thrills of the Los Gatos Creek Trail, there’s something for everyone.
Dating back almost 150 years, Japantown is a wonderful testament to the Asian culture that helped build the Pacific Northwest. It’s a three-mile radius of museums, flavors, and sights that give visitors as authentic a Japanese experience as you’ll find in this country.
This is where it all started! Geek out at the Computer History Museum and see the actual working tech that Silicon Valley was founded around, or look to the future at The Tech Interactive. For a truly unique experience, follow in the footsteps of Google, Apple, and HP with your very own tour of the suburban garages where all three were founded (some of which are National Historic Landmarks).
What to Eat in San Jose
San Pedro Square Market
More than a dozen amazing food and drink vendors spread throughout two buildings make for a fun food crawl. Sample San Jose’s finest tacos, burgers, wood-fired pizzas, and more - and wash it down with local craft brews. An open-air central patio gives visitors a chance to enjoy the beautiful San Jose weather along with their lunch.
San Jose’s only Michelin-star belongs to ADEGA’s Lisbon-trained chefs, who do authentic Portuguese with local ingredients. The insane Iberian wine-list only adds to the transportive experience of the meals served here.
This is an old school West Coast fast-food stand with a twist - authentic Middle Eastern fare like falafel, gyros, kabobs, hummus, and tabbouleh. A local staple, Falafel’s Drive-In has been feeding San Jose from their take out window for over 50 years.
This Japantown institution offers up Korean dishes you won’t find anywhere else in San Jose. The simple and delicious comfort food might feed your soul, but the family-like staff will warm your heart.
Shuei Do Manju Shop
Save room for dessert! Shuei Do Manju Shop features hand-crafted Japanese sweets like Manju and mochi that are both painstakingly authentic and impossibly delicious.
Where to Drink in San Jose
Original Gravity Public House
35 taps (and a small but mighty bottle & can selection) make Original Gravity a holy grail for beer geeks. It’s craft beer with an emphasis on local and independent breweries - served by people who care for people who care.
This classy cocktail bar boasts creative drink recipes that use unexpected ingredients and unique spirits. Their specialty? An on-point staff who knows their stuff - and will craft a personal cocktail for you based on your own preferences (no matter how vague).
Henry’s Hi-Life is a dive bar, plain and simple. But it’s the kind of dive bar where a quick drink usually turns into an unforgettable night. Maybe that’s why it’s been a San Jose fav for over 50 years.
Five Points draws its inspiration from back East. The look, feel, and drinks are straight out of Prohibition-era New York. It even takes its name from the notorious New York neighborhood that practically invented street gangs.
Pool tables, live music, and movies on display make The Cinebar a popular spot for a night out with friends. The good (& cheap) drinks just happen to be an added bonus.
Booking an event or meeting? OnePiece Work is San Jose’s premier co-working space! The modern, open office is located near popular pubs and hangouts, with a light rail station just across the street and several parking garages within a couple of blocks. If you’re looking to be inspired by an innovative and modern space with every amenity, OnePiece Work San Jose is just the place.
Book your next event or meeting at our space today!