Collected by Nikki Graham-Brown
250 University Ave #110, Palo Alto, CA 94301, USA
Jonesing for some pomegranate-, blueberry- or grapefruit-flavored licorice? Hankering for 54 types of soda, sarsaparilla, or energy drinks? Looking for any of 48 varieties of mouthwatering chocolate bars or 18 barrels full of saltwater taffy?...
900 High St, Palo Alto, CA 94301, USA
The Peninsula Creamery, which opened for business in 1923, presents such standard American cuisine as hamburgers, french fries, and Reuben sandwiches. Though the dinners, lunches, and "breakfusts" are somewhat better than your run-of-the-mill...
440 California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306, USA
Think that Whole Foods—a “progressive” corporate behemoth—is a contradiction? Would you prefer to “shop local” and also get the kind of all-natural fruits, vegetables, granola, and other environmentally friendly, socially responsible offerings...
366 State St, Los Altos, CA 94022, USA
With the advent of iPads, Kindles, and any number of e-books being sold at super-cheap, super-plentiful online superstores, the demise of those offbeat bookstores that were just around the corner has been a depressing prospect for book lovers...
221 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301, USA
The baroque one-screen “Movie Palaces” that were common in the early part of the 20th century are almost totally a thing of the past. Apparently, beauty couldn’t conquer the bland beasts with 20+ screens. Though movie-goers no longer dress up in...
N California Ave & Ash St, Palo Alto, CA 94306, USA
Produce from local farms, famous rotisserie chickens, and gourmet crepes await visitors at this beloved Sunday market. Go into Zombierunner Coffee (disguised inside an old theater) for Palo Alto's (arguably) best latte. Izzy's Brooklyn Bagels,...
167 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301, USA
For a dining experience that emphasizes healthy eating from local, sustainable and organic sources, look no further than Lyfe Kitchen. Customers can often see sous-chefs running out from the kitchen to pick fresh herbs from their garden stationed...
Waverley St, Palo Alto, CA 94301, USA
Palo Alto’s year-round comfortable weather just begs for fun in the sun. What better way to spend time outdoors than enjoying a rousing game of lawn bowling at Palo Alto’s Lawn Bowling Green. First-time bowlers can learn this relaxing sport...
855 El Camino #104, Palo Alto, CA 94301, USA
Douce France is the quintessential French café of Palo Alto. They whip up breakfast, lunch, and baked goods from morning to evening six days of the week, making it a great dining spot any time of day. Their crepes and morning pastries are founded...
450 Serra St, Stanford, CA 94305, USA
Even at a glance, it is quite apparent why Stanford’s Memorial Church is the campus's crown jewel and favorite piece of architecture. With beautiful artwork outside and an equally breathtaking interior, I forgot I was in Palo Alto, and not staring...
171 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301, USA
With such amazing weather and extensive expanses of trails to explore, it's no wonder that Palo Alto is one of the most picture perfect areas for cycling enthusiasts. If you want to immerse yourself here, chat with one of their knowledgeable staff...
831 Villa St, Mountain View, CA 94041, USA
Known for being one of the only vintage clothing stores in the entire Peninsula, Empire Clothing is haven to thrifters and to those seeking to put together festive costumes. The $5 clothing rack of vintage tops and trousers is an open invitation...
855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94301, USA
Mayfield Bakery and Café is more than just a little 'ma and pa' coffee shop as the name might suggest. Rather, it’s a full-service restaurant with great atmosphere and affordable prices. If you are looking to stop by and enjoy a café experience,...
548 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA 94301, USA
Every town needs a classic, friendly bar, and Scotty’s Bar has that familiar and inviting atmosphere every town’s wateringhole strives to achieve. Their friendly staff pours great cocktails, and they are more than happy to acquaint their customers...
490 California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306, USA
If you're planning a visit to Palo Alto, be sure you're there for the Sunday Farmer's Market. This local favorite event promotes some of the tastiest treats from local farmers, food truck vendors, clothing stores and more. What separates this...
536 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA 94301, USA
Palo Alto remains home to many long-running family businesses, one of the eldest being Bell’s Bookstore in downtown. It is nigh-impossible to comprehend the incredible selection of literature and artistry Bell’s has managed to accumulate without...
448 California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306, USA
Founded by three friends who were born in southern Italy, Terrone is an authentically Italian, upscale pizzeria & restaurant—but don't take my word for it, they're certified with the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (yes that's a thing, and it...
3295 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306, USA
Executive Chef Tommy Charoen was born in Thailand, and brings his international experience to his work at INDO. The menu is based on Southeast Asian cuisine, and the drinks include a number of specialty cocktails, including a refreshing basil...
546 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301, USA
Tamarine Restaurant, which has several dining rooms (as well as private dining options) reflects the modern and constantly evolving cuisine of contemporary Vietnam, while the associated art gallery accomplishes the same with pigment and canvas—the...
3191 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94306, USA
While I was in Palo Alto, a friend recommended meeting at Philz Coffee right off of University Avenue—it's one of the most atypical coffee shops I have visited. They have large list of coffees from around the world and once you select your coffee...
180 El Camino Real #700, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA
This modern Chinese restaurant serves traditional Hong Kong food with a modern touch. Perfect for lunch and dinner, Yucca De Lac offers appetizers and various dim sum dishes. I recommend the Ahi Poke—a great starter. The prices are fair, with a...
261 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301, USA
Don't think of ordering hummus as a side at Oren's. Here it is the main meal. Served with fresh, homemade pita bread and topped with your choice of ingredients—including mushrooms, slow-cooked fava beans, and Moroccan spiced ground beef—this...
447 California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306, USA
Enjoy simple pleasures like nibbling a chocolate croissant or sipping wine at the authentic French bistro Pastis. Best for brunch and lunch, favorites include the croque monsieur, eggs benedict, and bread pudding french toast. With charming decor...
271 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301, USA
Stop by and treat your palate to University Café's sensational drinks. Homemade lemonades and specialty coffees are great on the go (especially when exploring University Ave.). For those with time to sit and enjoy a meal, they serve crave-able...
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