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Downtown San Jose, California - Things to Do

Vibrant San Jose calls its downtown district the heart of the city. Here is where commerce, culture, and history meet. Visitors during the week will note the bustling office workers heading to and from work. In the evening, savor dinner at one of dozens of eclectic restaurants. Stay for the buzzy nightlife scene full of live music, theatre, and concerts. Explore historic San Jose by taking a downtown history walk. All this and more is part of the San Jose experience.


Hours -

Explore downtown San Jose 24/7

Parking -

There are more than 24,000 parking spots in city-run and privately run lots downtown


  • Theresa Caputo Live: The Experience
  • Symphony Silicon Valley Presentations
  • Special Events at SAP Center
  • 360 Residences Wine Walk


  • Shopping
  • Dining
  • Sharks games
  • Nightlife
  • Farmers' market

Local Dining

There is just about every kind of cuisine under the sun available in downtown San Jose. This is the place to be for culinary exploration, whether its English pub food, California continental freshness, or authentic, sassy cubano. Literally dozens of restaurants can be found along Santa Clara Street, Paseo de San Antonio, San Fernando between 1st and 4th streets, and all around San Pedro Square.

San Jose Sharks

The NHL Sharks make their home at the HP Pavilion, also known as the Shark Tank. Since their founding in 1991, the Stanley Cup has been their holy grail, although they have won 6 division championships and 1 Presidents’ Trophy. Check them out on their hometown ice.


  • What’s the best way to get around San Jose?

    The free DASH Shuttle (Downtown Area Shuttle), which has stops at VTA Light Rail stations, McEnery Convention Center, and San Jose State University to the San Jose Diridon Caltrain Station is a great way to get around the city. The shuttle is available from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and runs every 5 to 15 minutes. The Light Rail and VTA buses make several stops in the downtown area. If driving from I-101, take the Julian Street exit.
  • What’s the best time to go to San Jose?

    Any time is a great time to visit this thriving neighborhood full of office buildings, shops, and restaurants. It’s a great place to come for lunch or dinner. The Historic District is particularly charming, home to a vibrant nightlife and entertainment. Every Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Farmers’ Market is a great feature on enchanting San Pedro Street, between St. John and Santa Clara streets. It runs from May through

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