Stanford Places

TripWhat's travel guide to Stanford; our list of the best things to see, including Kepler's Books, Fuki Sushi and The Old Pro.
  • The best place in Stanford: Kepler's Books

    Kepler's Books

    It's not in the same league as Powell's books in Portland, but it's one of the last independent bookstores on the peninsula. Kepler's is a frequent stop for many authors on book tours.
  • 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
  • Cielo

    110 Stanford Shopping Ctr
    High end designer labels can be found here, including Dries, Vanessa Bruno, Zucca, etc. While staff can be a little impersonal, concentrate on the beautiful fabrics and well cut clothing.
  • Stanford Linear Accelerator Center

    2575 Sand Hill Rd
    Make time to go on a free public tour of one of the world's best-known experimental particle accelerators. Managed by Stanford University's Department of Energy, it attracts researchers from all over the world who like to smash tiny bits of matter together and then record the results.
    restaurants nearby
  • Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC)

    2575 Sand Hill Road
    ), Phone: 650-926-2204 – Public Affairs Office, 650-926-3300 – SLAC Directory, [2]. M-F, 8AM-5PM A state of the art physics research faculty, SLAC is run by Stanford University [3] for the Office of Science [4] of the US Department of Energy[5]. SLAC is also home to the world's longest building. SLAC offers public and private tours of the facility. For public tours, there is a signup sheet online. For private tours contact the public affairs office.
    food nearby
  • The Dish Walk

    Stanford foothills
    A great way to start the day, a 4 mile walk around Stanford's nature preserve that is complete with gorgeous views of the Bay and the city. Called the Dish Walk because of a radio telescope dish crowning the mountain, this network of paths and trails around the Stanford foothills west of Junipero Serra Blvd. offers numerous hillside trail runs and hikes.
    eat nearby
  • 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 restaurants 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 eat nearby
  • Stanford Shopping Center

    Sand Hill Road and El Camino Real
    A large upscale mall that features Neiman-Marcus, Nordstrom's, Bloomingdale, Macy's and one hundred and forty other stores.
  • The United States Geological Survey

    345 Middlefield Road
    The USGS has a huge office in Menlo Park where you can obtain detailed maps before setting off on an expedition to a remote location.
  • Stanford University Free Lectures and Events

    for info visit events
    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 eat 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
  • The Oasis

    241 El Camino Real
    This Stanford student/fan hangout has great burgers, pitchers of beer and the etched signatures and initials from thousands of visitors over the years. It's a friendly atmosphere and a fun place to watch Stanford sports on TV.
  • 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
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