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San Jose Playbook

Day 1

Tuesday, January 1

Arrival via SJC

Day 2

Wednesday, January 2

Sleep in and have a casual brunch at Social Policy – check out the local artwork while you’re there.

Need something to go? Try Ike’s Love and Sandwiches, a Bay Area sporting sandwich tradition. Get a sports-themed ‘wich of your choice with Dutch Crunch slathered in Ike’s Dirty Secret Sauce.

Day 3

Thursday, January 3
santana row

Head to Bill’s Café—a San Jose institution—for a hearty breakfast.

Make your way to Winchester Mystery House – one of San Jose’s most haunted spots! After the spooky guided tour, calm your spirits by walking across the street for incredible restaurants and luxury-brand shopping at Santana Row.

Go for gyro or falafel at Falafel’s Drive-In – an iconic Middle Eastern/Greek spot that has been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives! 

Try The Table for farm-to-fork food or Aqui for Cal-Mex in the Willow Glen neighborhood 

Head to Japantown for an international experience. Grab some sushi or a bowl of ramen for dinner and end the night with karaoke at Bamboo 7. 

All dressed up and nowhere to go? Try ADEGA Restaurant, San Jose’s first Michelin star serving Portuguese cuisine. Or head back to Santana Row for LB Steak or Oveja Negra.

#MillennialMile: Kick off a bar crawl in the SoFA District at The Ritz, Avery Lounge, The Continental and Café Stritch. Keep heading down First Street toward East San Fernando to hit up San Jose Bar & Grill, Tres Gringos and Paper Plane.

#LateNightEats: Soak up all those suds by heading to La Victoria’s—or “La Vic’s”—for Mexican food drenched in their famous orange sauce for a spicy kick. For something sweet head to C.R.E.A.M. or Nox Cookie Bar.

Day 4

Friday, January 4
subzero festival SoFa

Championship Campus opens today!

Get your caffeine fix – San Jose has several coffee shops and cafes with locally brewed coffee. Try Academic Coffee, Chromatic Coffee or Philz for a Bay Area-based cup of joe.

Head to the Championship Campus for loads of activities. The Campus features The Quad and Fan Central. 

Once you’ve worked up a hunger, hop on a Bird scooter and head the historic San Pedro Square.  

Get ready for AT&T Playlist Live! at Discovery Meadow.

After The Campus rush, go for Italian comfort food served by tuxedoed waiters at Original Joe’s, conquer the massive Burritozilla at Iguana’s or explore global options from Vietnamese to Cuban at SoFA Market – all walking distance from Fan Central and The Quad. 

Want to try some local brews? San Jose has several breweries that offer locally brewed beer. Check out our Craft Brew Blitz for a full beer walk.

Love Gordon Biersch brews? Schedule a tour at their brewing and bottling facility in San Jose! Email tours@gordonbiersch.com for details.

Finish the night with a different form of sports. Comedy Sportz at 3Below at Silicon Valley’s longest-running live show featuring two improv teams competing for laughs and points. Comedy Sportz runs every Friday at 8 PM and Saturday at 7 PM and midnight!

Day 5

Saturday, January 5
Japanese friendship garden photo

Get up early and head to SAP Center for Media Day. Featuring coaches and student-athletes from the two competing teams, Media Day is free and open to the public. 

Not going to Media Day? Explore more of what San Jose has to offer.

Take a field trip out to Kelley Park—home to the Japanese Friendship Gardens and Happy Hollow Zoo! 

Adjacent to Kelley Park is the Little Saigon neighborhood. The Grand Century Mall and Vietnam Town plazas boast authentic Vietnamese cuisine and fantastic shopping. 

Head back to the CFC Fan Central and The Quad for more activities. 

See the San Jose Sharks take on the Tampa Bay Lightning at SAP Center. Before the game, grab dinner in Little Italy at Paesano or Enoteca la Storia. For a taste of San Jose history, Henry’s World Famous Hi-Life is a go-to the spot for steak and BBQ. 

Don’t have Sharks tickets? The best watch parties are at The Britannia Arms, San Pedro Square Market or Floodcraft Brewing Co. at Whole Foods Market on the Alameda – mingle with locals, watch the game, grab a bite and a brew.

Day 6

Sunday, January 6
tech museum

Wake up early to run the Extra Yard 5K or cheer on the MVPs. The Quad is the finish line and will include a post-race tailgate party with live entertainment, activities with race sponsors and a post-race awards ceremony.

Not in 5K shape? San Jose has other ways to get active.

San Jose spans 200 square miles with more than 100 regional and neighborhood parks and 53 miles of county and city trails. Check out Anderson Lake County Park, Coyote Creek, Alum Rock Park and Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve.

Skate a victory lap at Championship Ice -- right next to The Quad. Have an itch to go shopping? You can take a free round-trip shuttle from 12PM to 7PM  to Santa Row from the Fairmont Hotel - directly across from The Quad.  Prefer to stay inside? The Studio in SoFA offers indoor rock climbing!

Sample local food and beverage, alongside food from regions of the New Year’s Six Bowls and the communities of the two teams completing in the big game, at The Taste of the Championship kicks off at 7PM at the Tech Museum of Innovation hosted by the CFC Foundation. 

Day 7

Monday, January 7
Levi's stadium

It’s finally Game Day! The Championship Tailgate starts at 10AM in the Levi’s Stadium Parking Lot. 

Day 8

Tuesday, January 8

Brunch Blitz: Need some comfort food after celebrating at the big game? Fill your tummy with all things yummy…

For organic dishes, try local eatery Park Station Hashery. Located in the historic Rose Garden neighborhood, Park Station Hashery prides itself on locally sourced American style meals, each made to order from scratch.

Get out of Downtown and take A Bite of Wyoming! Located in the wild open spaces of the Alum Rock neighborhood, this decades-old diner serves hearty American comfort fare. Come hungry and dig into the buffalo steak or the Bill Cody Burger with ¼ pound of Buffalo meat and add nopales (cactus) on the side. 

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