Silicon Valley may be known for its tech innovation, but locals speak to many more things to do in San Jose and beyond.

We asked five very different locals how they prefer to spend their time off in this eclectic city in the heart Silicon Valley. Here are their top to-do’s when visiting – from diving into the San Jose food scene to popping into live jazz music venues.


Like a Local: San Jose, California

Fei Deyle

Lollipuff Co-founder and CEO

“The San Jose food scene is highly competitive, but one of my favorites is the Claw Shack. They’re a Cajun restaurant, but I sense a little Asian influence as well. Try the garlic noodles and shrimp with the Shambalang sauce to see what I mean.”

Rob Katcher

tech start-up Hiku Founder and CEO

“Check out the San Pedro Square Market. It’s this little walkable area with shops and food and bars. They have live music on Fridays and Saturdays.”

Alisa Clancy

Morning Cup of Jazz on 91.1 KCSM Program Director and Host

“Pop into Cafe Stritch on 1st Street for some great local jazz. They do an open jazz jam every Sunday from 7 to 8 p.m.”


Like a Local: San Jose, California

Catherine Fallis

Planet Grape Master Sommelier

“Enoteca La Storia is a new, classic Italian wine bar in Little Italy near the SAP Center. People know the owner, Michael Guerra, as a super nice, humble guy, which is what you want to find in a wine bar.” 

Angelica Ramos-Allen

National Women’s Political Caucus of San Jose President

“I love the Falafel Drive-In. They do all kinds of Middle Eastern food and they were featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.”


Stay with Us

Hotel Valencia Santana Row

tagged in San Jose