7 Can't Miss Markets in San Jose

Posted August 25th, 2016

San Jose has a proud and vibrant culture that emphasizes artistry and hard work, so it's only natural that the city hosts so many great markets and other retail events. From local farmers who grow crops in the rich soil of the valley, to the artists who call the city home, the creative residents of the area are the reason these seven choices are some of the best markets in San Jose:

San Jose MADE

Support local businesses and designers who manufacture their own products by shopping at the free San Jose MADE. The event is held in different locations throughout the year, allowing you to pick the market that is closest to your home. Themed events are held almost every weekend and even on some weekdays throughout the year. You'll find handcrafted items, fine local wines, and all kinds of artistic offerings there.

Downtown Farmers' Market

Given the abundance of local farms, you can take your pick of farmer's markets in San Jose. They're all worth visiting since each one carries a slightly different selection of produce. The Downtown San Jose Farmer's Market is particularly popular. Every Friday, farmers and shoppers go get bundled together in the historic San Pedro Square. Pick up a beautiful bouquet of flowers, some fine gourmet bread, a salad mix that was handpicked that morning, and make some new friends at the same time.

Japantown Farmers' Market

With nearly a quarter million residents in San Jose of Asian descent, it's no wonder there are so many great restaurants, stores, and markets catering to the community. Everyone is welcome to pick up fresh Japanese ingredients like shiso, ginger, and daikon radishes, along with European delights like freshly baked brioche and Middle Eastern hummus. Japantown Farmers' Market events are held on Sunday mornings from 8:30 am to 12 pm. It can get very crowded, so be sure to get there early if you'd like to enjoy a more relaxed shopping experience.

Santana Row Makers Market

It's well worth whiling away a couple of hours at the Makers' Market at Santana Row. Only handmade products are allowed, but you'll still find plenty of luxury items and great gifts like leather handbags, scented soaps, baby toys and outfits, as well as ceramic sculptures. This free-entry event takes place on Friday, September 10th and coincides with the opening of the new Makers' Market store that has opening hours throughout the week.

West Wind Public Market

Dropping in at the West Wind Public Market is guaranteed to spice up your week—especially if it's been dull and routine! For a small entry fee (under $2) you'll get your money's worth of entertainment at this famous and fun flea market. Sellers stock clothing, electronics, home goods, fresh produce, and vintage items at bargain prices. Some visitors drop in just for delicious snacks and Mexican dishes like tamales. The flea market is held at the Capitol Drive-In from Wednesday through Sunday.

San Jose Mini Maker Faire

Encourage the whole family to get involved in creative and practical pursuits by bringing them to this engaging, interactive event. Not only does the San Jose Mini Maker Faire host plenty of sellers offering handmade gifts and goods, but the organizers also have plenty of demonstrations and exhibits lined up to keep both kids and adults fascinated for the day. The event takes place in History Park on September 4th.

Veggielution Community Farm Stand

Why not head on down to the real thing if you'd like to get hold of the best farm produce the city has to offer? The Veggielution Farm Stand specializes in providing organic vegetables and fruit harvested throughout the week and sold at prices below the market rate. The farm wants to make organic food affordable for everyone. Visit the stand every Saturday between 10 am and 2 pm to find out what's in season and sample heirloom varieties grown with care.

Have you attended another great flea market, farmer's market, or similar gathering in the area recently? Add your favorite San Jose attractions to this flea market directory so everyone can enjoy it!

By Katie Dillman