Hidden Treasures in San Jose
From the indoors to the outdoors, from the heart of downtown San Jose to its high-tech roots, we've traveled far and wide to bring you the Silicon Valley's lesser-known destinations. Forget the main attractions; use our list for activities to do and sights to see off the city's high-tech path.
Hearts soar at the St. Joseph Cathedral
in downtown San Jose, a national historic landmark and the oldest parish in the city. You'll marvel in wonderment at the Greek architecture, Bavarian glass skylight, stained glass works, majestic paintings and murals and leave simply awe-inspired.
Address: 80 South Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113 - MAP
Phone: (408) 283-8100
Harvest farm-fresh goodness at San Jose's Blossom Hill Farmers' Market
, voted by the readers of San Jose Mercury News and other local newspapers as the "Best Place to Buy Produce". Trendy food writers keep the market in national print for its ability to produce high quality, trend setting fruits and vegetables in an explosion of varieties.
Address: 1375 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose, CA 95118 - MAP
Phone: (800) 806-3276
Thousands of annual visitors make it a little hard to keep San Jose Municipal Rose Garden
a hidden treasure. The 5 ½ acre Municipal Rose Garden is a symphony of color in constant bloom with more than 3,500 plantings, and 4,000 rose bushes. Stroll the lush rolling lawns and get ready to see the showiest blooms around.
Address: 200 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113 - MAP
Phone: (408) 535-3570
A family tradition since 1960, the San Jose Flea Market
screams family fun and unique treasures galore! Meander through row after row of colorful vendors. Let the kids ride the vintage carousel, mini-Ferris wheel, and bounce around on the inflatable slides. Munch on a corn dog or tasty outdoor BBQ on your excursion. Promise no fleas, only flea market fun!
Address: 1590 Berryessa Road, San Jose, CA 95133 - MAP
Phone: (408) 453-1110
San Jose's The Retro Dome
, formerly the tired and tuckered out Century 25 Theater, found a funky new groove as a vintage hot spot for retro film, live musical theater, live music and comedy! Catch movies from 1939 through 1999 like "Hairspray" on screen, and nostalgic musicals like "Shout" on stage.
Address: 1694 Saratoga Avenue, San Jose, CA 95129 - MAP
Phone: (408) 404-7711
Check out SLG Publishing's Art Boutiki & Gallery
in San Jose for the coolest comic books, graphic novels and toys from famous industry insiders. The store and gallery is a popular city destination and host to city wide events like the annual Zombie-O-Rama zombie walk and the San Jose Comic Festival.
Address: 577 South Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113 - MAP
Phone: (408) 971-8929