Rise and shine at the Hotel De Anza, one of San Jose's few boutique hotels that offer a gorgeous 1920's art deco architecture and remains as one of the city's truly historic hotel properties. Check out the mural on the side of the hotel for your perfect selfie opportunity and share with your friends on Instagram. For more public art locations, view the Downtown San Jose Public Art Walk for details.
Grab a mint mojito at Philz and a pastry next door at La Lune Sucree for a quick bite to eat on Paseo de San Antonio. Walk down the Paseo toward San Jose’s SoFA District, the main hub for the city’s expressive artistic side. Spend a couple of hours exploring the many galleries and museums along the strip. Be sure to stop at Anno Domini to learn more about the city’s street art scene and, where to find murals from notable artists – opens at noon and closed on Sunday and Monday.
TIP: South 1st Fridays take place on the first Friday of each month in the SoFa District, downtown.
For the afternoon, visit San Jose's Little Saigon neighborhood for authentic Vietnamese flavors - you can browse several restaurant options inside Vietnam Town.
After lunch, venture over to History Park San Jose just minutes away to explore San Jose's deeply rooted history pre-Silicon Valley. Inside History Park sits the Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI), which is the main coalition for glass blowers in the Bay Area. Here you can register for glass blowing demos and try your hand creating your own sculpture, or just watch as masters work their craft. TIP: Check the park's website ahead of time for current museum hours. Individual museums may vary. History Park is about a 10 min drive from downtown.
For dinner go to Café Stritch for a smattering of foods including the house favorite chicken and waffles. While there, take in a performance of live jazz from various internationally known jazz musicians. Continue your musical escapade back at Hotel De Anza with a night cap and performances in their jazz lounge.
If you prefer live theater for entertainment, then you’re in luck with plenty of performing arts venues located downtown. The Center for the Performing Arts showcases a full season of Broadway San Jose from September through June, click here to see the performance schedule.