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Palo Alto is a beautiful little slice of California life. Home to one of the world’s foremost universities, Palo Alto has small town appeal coupled with cosmopolitan culture and cuisine, and a warm climate tempered by proximity to San Francisco Bay.
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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...
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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...
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Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305, USA
One of San Francisco’s hidden architectural gems happens to be located right upon the Stanford Campus. Hanna House is a hexagonal shaped building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright that paved the way for future architectural design in many modern...
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550 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305, USA
On a clear day, there is no better way to check out the sights of the entire Peninsula than on top of Hoover Tower. At 283 feet tall, it quite literally towers above every other building in Palo Alto! The observation platform at the very top...
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4001 Sand Hill Rd, Woodside, CA 94062, USA
Stanford University conducts some of the world's most compelling research and education on biotic diversity right here at the Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve (JRBP). This Preserve is a natural laboratory for Stanford students, an education point...
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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...
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855 El Camino Real #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...
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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...
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548 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA 94301, USA
Every town needs a classic and inviting bar scene, and Scotty’s Bar has that familiar and inviting atmosphere every town’s waterhole strives to achieve. Their incredibly friendly staff always pours the perfect cocktail, and they are more than...
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431 Kipling St, Palo Alto, CA 94301, USA
Vino Locale wine bar celebrates the best of Northern California, with a wine list that features a number of labels from Sonoma, Napa, Santa Cruz, Mendocino, and more, as well as the work of local artists on the walls. Every two months, Vino Locale...
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325 Sharon Park Dr, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA
Often the term 'local artisans' conjures up images of macrame owls and decoupage jewelry boxes—but at Shady Lane you'll find goods with boutique style and designer quality. With a creative population and an increasing maker's movement, the Bay...
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655 Knight Way, Stanford, CA 94305, USA
Although most travelers would choose to see some of the typical sights in the San Francisco Bay Area, if visiting the place that begat the most Silicon Valley entrepreneurs excites you, visit the Stanford University campus. Not only is it on...
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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...