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Downtown Palo Alto Attractions

Downtown Palo Alto is a charming, pedestrian friendly neighborhood that his home to tree-lined streets, inviting cafés and restaurants, quaint boutiques, and an exhilarating nightlife. This historic district marks the heart of Silicon Valley and is only minutes from Best Western Plus Riviera in Menlo Park.

Shopping in Downtown Palo Alto

From the latest fashion trends to home décor, there is no shortage things to shop for in downtown Palo Alto. Uncover stylish designs at Anthropologie. Find unique ways to decorate your home at Contemporary Furniture. And accessorize your wardrobe by paying a visit to De Novo Fine Contemporary Jewelry. Downtown Palo Alto also features sporting goods stores, book stores, music stores, and art galleries. 

Sip and Sup at trendy Restaurants

You'll find an amazing selection of restaurants in downtown Palo Alto. Satisfy your craving for Italian at Buca di Beppo, taste terrific Thai food at Bangkok Cuisine, or create a memorable deli sandwich at AG Ferrari Foods. For a little on the bold side, try the spices of India at Darbar Indian Cuisine or Chinese eats at Mandarin Gourmet. A few of the top coffee and dessert hot spots include Coupa Café, Da Coffee Spot, and Café Renaissance. 

Palo Alto's Nightlife scene

When the sun goes down, there plenty of things to get you moving in downtown Palo Alto. Enjoy live music at 412 Bistro and Blue Chalk Café. Imbibe an artisan cocktail, special glass of wine, or international pint of beer at Scotty's Lounge, Melt Lounge, and The Rose & Crown English Food & Ale House. Stop by the refurbished Stanford Theater to see a classic film or catch a live show at the Dragon Theatre.


  • What's the nearest airport to Palo Alto?

    Palo Alto is home to Palo Alto Airport a small, municipal airport located two miles outside of the city center. However, there are three international airports within 20 miles of Palo Alto, Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International, San Francisco International, and Metropolitan Oakland International.

  • Where is the Palo Alto Farmer's Market?

    The Downtown Palo Alto’s Farmers Market can be found in downtown on Gilman Street, between Hamilton Ave and Forest Ave, right behind the Post Office. The market is located in the parking lot at the intersection of Gilman and Hamilton and is open from 8 AM to Noon, rain or shine.


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