Explore California: San Pedro Square, San Jose

San-Pedro-Sq-HeaderCan you believe we visited the first week of March and it was practically like a gorgeous summers day? I mean, I guess I should get used to it given that we’re in California. But it still boggles my mind how warm it can get during the winter. I love it. Layer on the sunblock though!

San-Pedro-SquareI want more people to experience my amazing wonderful new home city of San Jose, which is why I’ve been writing continuously about our weekend staycation.




The Guy and I headed down here for a bite to eat during our San Jose staycation that I’ve been writing about for the past few weeks. He had never been inside the San Pedro Square Market building, so we took a walk inside. For those that live in the Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario Canada part — you’ll know what i mean when I say this reminded me a bit of the St. Jacob’s Market.

San-Pedro-Sq-seatingOutside, there is tons of seating and often during the summer months there’s always bands out here giving it a great vibe to just come out here and chill out with your buds for an evening.

San-Pedro-Sq-PizzaAfter touring around and trying to decide where to eat, we ended up grabbing a Capricciosa pizza (and altered it a bit) at Pizza Bocca Lupo. Do I love me some pizza man. I’m starting to get picky as to where I eat a pizza. I can’t go just anywhere. It has to be highly rated, nothing with a super thick crust either. I’m enjoying my wood fired thin crust pizzas. I substituted a few things from my order, and added chicken. Holy yum.


Oldest-San-Jose-BuildingIf you walk outside, it’s hard not to notice San Jose’s oldest building Peralta Adobe built in 1797! Man, America and their super old history — never ceases to amaze me. It was roped off since it’s not quite accessible to the public anymore. But I hear school kids get tours inside. I love that San Jose built San Pedro Square right around it. Sitting outside with that view

Bray-Butcher-BlockSo perfect to bring a bunch of friends, whether they be from out of town or just going out with a couple of buddies after work. The diverse selection of food is fantastic regardless if you want pizza, sushi, burgers, there’s a ton to choose from.

Market-Beer-CoDowntown San Jose really does have a lot to offer. You don’t always have to venture up to San Francisco to see all the attractions. Down here there’s theatres, operas, concerts, sports attractions (NHL games!) ballets, music lovers, upscale hotels, dining and nightlife destination all in the downtown core. Definitely a hot spot with the locals, fun restaurants, and easy access to the San Jose Sharks games. I’ve had coffee down in the SPQ at Bellano, which I’ve yet to document and snap pictures for you guys. I talked about their second location up in West San Jose, but I’ll have to venture to downtown again to show you the real loft vibe Bellano

San-Pedro-Sq-bloomsSan Jose is currently working on their retailers, as there isn’t too much shopping in the downtown core. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t visit — come down here for a swallie before the NHL hockey game, or simply for after work dinner with some buddies of yours. Filled with beautiful palm trees, the perfect weather for patio-time with friends.

San Jose is full of amazing history. Apparently we have the worlds largest outdoor monopoly game which is also downtown. I drove past it the other day. Maybe I’ll hop out of my car next time and take some snaps of it. But I’m going to simply ignore the fact it costs a fortune to rent and actually play the game, it’s still pretty cool that it’s even there.

There are so many great places in our new home of San Jose. Keep coming back to my good ol’ blog so I can let you in on all of the fantastic spots I go!

San Pedro Square Market
87 N San Pedro St, San Jose, CA 95110

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  1. Thanks for sharing these photos and fun places to explore. I have always wanted to just move around from state to state when I retired but injuries that will never heal are preventing me from traveling like I want to. Being able to read posts and see photos like yours is the next best thing to being there. Bring on some more. PS I love eating outdoors and when we visit restaurants I look for one that has outdoor seating.
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  2. My husband sometimes goes to San Jose for business, but we never go as a family. These are great tips so that I can convince him to take us next time. LOL! Looks like a lot of fun!

  3. San Jose sounds like a great place to visit. My husband would love the brewery and that pizza looks absolutely amazing. If we’re ever nearby we’ll have to make a stop there to visit.

  4. That looks like such a cool environment. I’d love to go there with my daughter and try out some good food at a few restaurants and explore.

  5. San Jose isn’t one of those places that I would seek out to visit because I don’t know anything about that city. However, when I read reviews on places like this, it makes me want to add it to my bucket list because it’s a serene place and not so flashy. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I love seeing this other side to California, apart from just the beaches which are so beautiful. The vibe in the square looks so chilled and cool.

  7. I would love to visit California! San Jose looks super cool! I love historical buildings, and that pueblo built in 1797 would fit right in with things that I would love to explore!

  8. Ah perfect weather and patio time with friends. That’s my kind of outing. :) I’d love to visit the area, I’ve never been to Cali.

  9. I have always wanted to go to California. This looks like a great place to go eat. The pizza looks so delicious.

  10. Wood fired pizza is also my favorite, but it’s so hard to find places around them with high quality. I have never been to San Jose before, but it looks like such a exciting but also relaxing day out.
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  11. I used to be apprehensive about visiting California in the past since I used to associate it with just earthquakes (which can happen anywhere). Now that I’m over that apprehension, I definitely want to visit California someday. It seems very diverse and has a wealth of history, which I love.
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  12. it might be the foodie in me but that pizza… Omg yummy!!! San Pedro Square looks like a great place to visit :)

  13. We have good friends in some parts of California and I hope we get to visit them someday and perhaps visit San Jose too. Or do I need to visit San Jose? I’ll just visit your blog! ;)

  14. I’m from Chicago and so jealous of the beautiful weather over there! I was in San Diego this February and it was lovely. That market in San Jose looks like an awesome spot to visit.

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