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Once you get past the grand arch of the San Pedro Square entrance, you will find yourself in the famous restaurant area of Downtown San Jose. Foodies will delight at this square which offers them a mind-boggling range of cuisines, cafe-bars and fine dining restaurants to choose from. People watching becomes a past time at cafes which offer sidewalk seating. Art galleries and theaters thrive in the downtown area and attract tourists and crowds every single day of the week.
Japantown is near Downtown San Jose in the Jackson and Taylor neighborhood. An ethnic and authentic ambiance pervades this historic neighborhood. The rich cultural heritage is reflected in its beautiful and quaint specialty stores and gift shops, which are maintained and preserved by shopkeepers and residents alike. The famous Japantown Farmers Market, financial, legal and medical resources, martial arts courses, Japanese performing arts, schools and a number of restaurants like the Kazoo Japanese Restaurant, Minato Japanese Restaurant, and Okayama Restaurant are all located here. Visit Japantown to experience a slice of Japan in the Silicon Valley.
Santana Row is an urban district, a magnet for shopping, dining, entertainment and accommodations in North San Jose. There is something for the entire family: 14 full service restaurants; twice-weekly farmers market; WiFi Internet access zones; Hotel Valencia, a world-class boutique hotel; outdoor cafes, public parks, gardens, plazas and courtyards; and a six screen CineArts complex. Developed by Federal Realty Investment Trust, Santana Row is a project that successfully combines the best elements of an urban plaza with the convenience and variety of a mall. It is a place like no other.