Downtown



An extensive 1980s face-lift gave formerly downtrodden downtown San Jose a spate of five-star hotels and museums, a convention center, and an arena on par with any in America. All that was needed was a bit of refinement in the go-go '90s to give it the cosmopolitan air of a world-class city. Thriving, sophisticated, and unquestionably moneyed, downtown feels like the Capital of Silicon Valley. Looking out over the Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park, The Fairmont Hotel reigns over a bevy of beautiful luxury hotels; nearby is the stately Hotel De Anza. The great number of popular bars and restaurants present a challenge to the visitor, while the galleries, coffeehouses and theaters of the SoFA (South of First Street) District give downtown a bit of SoMa/SoHo urban chic. Among the civic and architectural profile of San Jose's downtown are the HP Pavilion (home rink of the NHL's San Jose Sharks), the massive San Jose McEnery Convention Center, the Tech Museum of Innovation, Children's Discovery Museum, the San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose Center for Performing Arts, and San Jose Repertory Theater. In addition to being a cultural and entertainment magnet, San Jose is a working downtown: software giant Adobe occupies Adobe Towers, which covers a highly conspicuous block of valuable real estate; the nearby Park Center Plaza is home to a number of financial and technical enterprises. Downtown San Jose's parks add leisure and beauty to the somewhat forbidding technopolis. The Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park is the original plaza of the first Spanish pueblo and is now the site of outdoor music festivals and numerous other cultural and community events. Spacious Guadalupe River Park and Gardens is an attractive area giving breathing space to an increasingly congested city center.

Nightlife

Sabor Tapas Bar & Lounge
Morton's - The Steakhouse
Hackworth IMAX Dome
Grill on the Alley (The)
Shark and Rose
Tied House Brewery and Cafe
Club Caribe
Voodoo Lounge (The)
City Bar and Grill
Usual Nightclub (The)
Toon's
Club 369
Hedley Club in the Hotel De Anza
San Jose State Event Center Arena
Cafe Matisse
Pagoda Restaurant- Bamboo Lounge
Cafe Stretto
Papillon (Le)
Studio 8
Cinco de Mayo Festival and Parade
Discovery Meadow
Mission Ale House
San Jose Public Library
Camera 12
Club Havana Nights
Montgomery Theater
Taylor Street Bridge
San Jose Sharks
Cinequest Film Festival
City Lights Theater
Ballet San Jose
Bamboo Sushi
Nickel City
Hairspray (SJCPA)
Mccormick & Schmick's
Rodeo Club (The)
India Movie Center 6
Club Rio
Cafe Primavera
Wizard of Oz (AMTSJ)
Mac's Club
Teske's Germania
Rent
B-Hive Bar and Lounge
Zoe Nightclub
Agenda Lounge
Gordon Biersch
San Jose Center for Performing Arts
Ambassador's Lounge
Lord of the Dance
Caravan Lounge (The)
Lobby Lounge (The)
San Jose Civic Auditorium
Trial's Pub
San Jose Repertory Theater
Fairmont Express Cafe
San Jose Stage Company
Morocco's Restaurant
Improv
Theatre on San Pedro Square
Landmark Ballroom at the San José Woman's Club
Place (The)
Waves Smokehouse and Saloon
Lido Club (The)
Rooftop Garage
Wine Galleria
Fairmont Lounge
Mosaic
Disney on Ice Princess Wishes
South First Billiards
Disney on Ice - 100 Years of Magic
Polly Esther's Culture Club

Attractions

Ace Loan Office
d.p. Fong Galleries
Downtown San Jose Farmers' Market
Peralta Adobe & Fallon House Historic Site
Lord of the Dance
Rent
San Jose Center for Performing Arts
San Jose Civic Auditorium
Bark in the Park
Hairspray (SJCPA)
Discovery Meadow
Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park
Wizard of Oz (AMTSJ)
Wine Galleria
Taylor Street Bridge
MACLA/San Jose Center for Latino Arts
Waves Smokehouse and Saloon
Cafe Matisse
Tapestry Arts Festival
Tech Museum of Innovation
Saint James Park
San Jose America Festival
San Jose Gay Pride
Vietnamese Spring Festival and Parade
Cathedral Basillica of Saint Joseph
San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art
San Jose International Mariachi Festival
Grand Prix of San Jose
San Jose Jazz Festival
Music in the OTHER Park
Cinco de Mayo Festival and Parade
Guadalupe River Park & Gardens
San Jose McEnery Convention Center
Music in the Park
SoFA
Cinequest Film Festival
San Jose Museum of Art
Mel Cotton's Sporting Goods
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
The Weaver's Gifts
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
San Jose Public Library
Winter Wonderland
Knight Ridder Building
San Jose Sharks
Moshers Ltd.
San Jose State Event Center
Works/San José
Electric Light Tower
San Jose Symphony
HP Pavilion at San Jose
Diddams
Apple Store
Travel Traders Gift Shop
Aardvark Used Book Shop
Christmas in the Park
Arena Green
Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies
Black Power Sculpture-San Jose State
Luggage Center (The)
Quetzalcoatl Statue
Bank Of America
San Jose Athletic Club

Restaurants

House of Siam
Wine Galleria
South First Billiards
Caravan Lounge (The)
Rue de Paris
Iguana's Taqueria
Patty's Inn
Zanotto's Family Markets
Gordon Biersch
Inca Gardens
Rodeo Club (The)
Cafe Stretto
Peggy Sue's
Pagoda Restaurant- Bamboo Lounge
Picasso's Restaurant
Club Havana Nights
Pizza Chicago
Cinebar
B-Hive Bar and Lounge
City Bar and Grill
Place (The)
Poor House Bistro
Club 369
Club Caribe
Bamboo Sushi
Fairmont Express Cafe
Kukar's House of Pizza
Polly Esther's Culture Club
Thepthai Thai Cuisine
Tied House Brewery and Cafe
Fountain Restaurant
Zoe Bar & Grill Night Club
Sabor Tapas Bar & Lounge
Club Rio
Red Lobster
Toon's
Le Papillon
Red Lobster
Trial's Pub
Lido Club (The)
Bella Mia
Mac's Club
Usual Nightclub (The)
Blake's Steakhouse & Bar
Eulipia
Morocco's Restaurant
Improv
Grande Pizzeria
Cafe Primavera
Shark and Rose
Mongo's
Hawg's Seafood Bar
Voodoo Lounge (The)
Henry's World Famous Hi-Life
Agenda Lounge
Waves Smokehouse and Saloon
White Lotus Vegan Restaurant
Mucho's

Hotels

Hyatt San Jose
Hensley House (The)
Extended Stay Deluxe San Jose
Four Points by Sheraton San Jose Downtown

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