The Alameda is a historic residential corridor that’s gone through an urban revival – it’s a great place for visitors to stop, explore and enjoy food and drink. The neighborhood’s 200-year history is evident by its historic structures and connection to the El Camino Real “the Royal Road,” which leads to Mission Santa Clara on the Santa Clara University campus. Two San Jose institutions call this neighborhood home: Greenlee’s Bakery (famous for their cinnamon bread) and Schurra’s chocolates, a local confectionary since 1912.
You’ll find plenty of options in The Alameda when it comes to unique wine and craft beer. Stop by a tasting room at J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines (free wine tastings seven days a week) and Coterie Cellars (serving $10 flights from their vineyards in Russian River Valley and the Santa Cruz Mountains), or enjoy a craft beer at Mission Creek Brewery Co. at Whole Foods Market – all three are within walking distance of each other. For the indecisive drinker, Wine Affairs is a must, serving a carefully curated menu of local wine and beer.
The food scene in The Alameda provides a flavorful blend of upscale and casual dining environments. Zona Rosa offers a twist on traditional Mexican cuisine, Tee Nee Thai Cuisine is one of San Jose’s top-rated Thai eateries, and Bluefin Sushi & Japanese Restaurant serves up delicious sushi and noodles.
Wherever you find yourself on The Alameda, its proximity makes it a perfect place to stop before a San Jose Sharks game or concert at the SAP Center. And if you’re in town for the Fourth of July, be sure to check out the Rose, White and Blue Parade, held every year. The parade is a revival of the historic Rose Carnival of 1896, later known as The Fiesta de Las Rosas Parade in the 1920s. Enjoy an old-fashioned family-style parade featuring live bands, dance groups, floats, antique cars and more.