Palo Alto Places

TripWhat's travel guide to Palo Alto; our list of the best things to see, including Fuki Sushi, The Old Pro and Leaf & Petal.
  • Best Japanese food near Palo Alto, albeit expensive even by local standards.
    Barron Park
  • The Old Pro

    The Old Pro

    541 Ramona St
    Loud, energetic sports bar in a high traffic part of downtown Palo Alto. A frequent for Stanford students to hang out at.
    Downtown North
  • Leaf & Petal

    439 California Ave
    Excellent womenswear boutique with great service and the best selection of contemporary apparel in town. They carry emerging designer brands and have a gorgeous selection of jewelry and handbags.
    Midtown
  • Palo Alto Art Center

    1313 Newell Rd
    cityofpaloalto.org/artcenter. A nationally recognized visual arts center that offers a variety of exhibitions, classes, workshops and art education programs. Exhibitions include the best of contemporary fine art, craft, design and new art forms, with a particular emphasis on the art of the San Francisco Bay Area.
    Duveneck-Saint Francis food nearby
  • Patrick James menswear

    855 El Camino Real
    Offering traditional menswear, including cufflinks, suits, weekend wear, resort clothing, and custom-made shirts. Providing high quality suits and exceptional service.
  • St. Thomas Aquinas Church

    751 Waverley St
    Thomas Aquinas Church, 751 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Fans of the classic cult film, Harold and Maude should head to St. Thomas Aquinas Church, the oldest church in Palo Alto (built in 1902). Intimate and beautiful, with ornate wood ceiling crossbeams and gorgeous stained-glass panels, the sanctuary is the perfect place to step out of the modern world and take a moment for peaceful solitude and reflection.
    Downtown North restaurants nearby
  • Stanford University Free Lectures and Events

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    Unless you are a student at Stanford, you won't get into classes for free at this acclaimed university, but there are some events and lectures open to the public each month. Parking can be hard to come by close to the venues of events, but the university runs a free shuttle bus, called the Marguerite, that picks up passengers at several locations including the Palo Alto California Avenue Caltrain station and deposits them within easy walking distance of most event sites. The online schedule of lectures and events is updated frequently and usually lists at least five to seven upcoming free happenings.
    Jordan Jr Hgh School food nearby
  • Mango Cafe

    435 Hamilton Avenue
    Caribbean restaurant with wonderful fruit juice drinks. Order 'The Whole Island' if you're starving (jerked chicken wings, island rice, and chicken pelao).
    Crescent Park
  • Taqueria El Grullense

    3636 El Camino Real
    For the best Mexican food Palo Alto has to offer, visit the taqueria and be sure to give their salsa verde a try. Grullense has become famous for its "Super Burritos", which are tasty and very filling.
    Barron Park
  • Pizza My Heart

    220 University Ave
    Thin crust only.
    Downtown North
  • Bistro Maxine

    548 Ramona St
    Tues-Sa 8AM-10PM and Su 9AM-4PM closed Monday. $8 - $15. Located in downtown Palo Alto, Bistro Maxine is the perfect location for French bistro feel and European atmosphere. Opened in June 2006, it is the only place to offer real authentic French crêpes.
    Downtown North
  • Empire Tap Room

    651 Emerson Street
    Bright, cheery bar considering the sometimes crusty clientele. Excellent wine list and delicious calamari.
    Downtown North
  • Gordon Biersch

    640 Emerson St
    Although their brick building looks like an unassuming basic beerhouse, they offer food that attempts to be a notch above. This local Palo Alto bar is a must do, especially with the beer being produced on-site. Or sample one of their classic, German inspired microbrews or seasonal specialty beers which, by the way, is an excellent way to spend an afternoon, or a very long evening. This is the original brewery which spawned the nationwide Gordon Biersch chain.
    Downtown North
  • Crowne Plaza Cabana

    4290 El Camino Real
    Features perhaps the most sumptuous brunch buffet that you may experience, on weekends only though. Though a typical Sunday champagne brunch here is $30 (after tax and tip), the amount of food offered and the quality and freshness of food is impressive and well worth it.
  • Tamarine

    546 University Ave
    With a cool but comfortable decor, Tamarine offers consistently well prepared Vietnamese cuisine. Pair your clay pot cod with a tasty cocktail from their extensive cocktail list, and combine it with exceptional service, and you have got the makings for a perfect night out.
    Crescent Park
  • La Bodeguita del Medio

    463 S. California Avenue
    A great bar and restaurant featuring Cuban inspired cuisine. A friendly and welcoming neighborhood place with a walk-in humidor and smoking patio. There is also a great bar with over 50 sipping rums featuring Cuban inspired cuisine.
    Evergreen Park
  • Buca di Beppo

    643 Emerson St
    Family style Italian cuisine, and they do mean family style - one entree will feed multiple people. They do not accept reservations, so get there early.
    Downtown North
  • Izzy's Brooklyn Bagels

    477 S California Ave.
    M-Th 6AM-5PM, F 6AM-4PM, Sa-Su 7AM-3PM. Popular and rightly so.
    Evergreen Park
  • Pluto's

    482 University Ave
    (at Cowper), Ph: (650) 853-1556, Fax: (650) 327-9569, [13]. Some of the tastiest and healthiest sandwiches and salads to be found in the Bay Area. Anything with roasted turkey is particularly recommended.
    Crescent Park
  • Sprout

    168 University Ave
    Ph: (650) 323-7688, [15] The best fresh salads in town, great home made soup including a killer butternut squash, delicious sandwiches and small bites. A great place to have lunch during a shopping or sightseeing trip downtown.
    Downtown North
  • Chilis Grill & Bar

    2560 W El Camino Real
  • Straits Cafe

    3295 El Camino Real
    Lacking the hip ambiance of its San Jose counterpart, this chain restaurant offers safe, sanitized South East Asian cuisine. The samosas and roti prata are highly recommended and will start your meal off right.
    Ventura
  • Nola

    535 Ramona St
    Rowdy bar famous for its Hurricane cocktail.
    Downtown North
  • So Gong Dong Tofu House

    4127 El Camino Real
    Gong Dong has a bright and cheery decor which complements the tasty and healthy cuisine. Dishes include tofu soup, beef dish, and short rib dish which are all rich tasting and delicious. Servers are standing by to explain the menu and the intricacies of the cuisine.
    Charleston Meadow
  • Bistro 412

    412 Emerson St
    Bistro 412 take care of their packed crowds beautifully with some nights devoted to DJ dancing, while others showcase live music and the heavy drinks are always flowing here. With a European vibe and a chic decor with an outdoor patio, it's a fun night out and recommended for smaller parties.
    Downtown North
  • Sundance Steakhouse

    1921 El Camino Real
    A very good steakhouse with superb prime rib and a great whiskey peppercorn sauce to go with it; pricey and worth it. The clam chowder is rich and delicious. The restaurant is quiet and provides excellent ambiance for a leisurely dinner.
    Evergreen Park
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