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Best things to do in Palo Alto

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Shopping Mall
“It's a beautiful out door shopping center, where you can enjoy food, nice gardening, and shop the latest trends. While you're there, visit Stanford University!”
187 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“This is where one of the most famous corporate headquarters: Google and its parent company Alphabet Inc. is at. It is located at 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway in Mountain View, California, United States. The original complex, with 2,000,000 square feet (190,000 m2) of office space, is the company's second largest square footage assemblage of Google buildings, after Google's 111 Eighth Avenue building in New York City, which the company bought in 2010. "Googleplex" is a portmanteau of Google and complex (meaning a complex of buildings) and a reference to googolplex, the name given to the large number 10(10100), or 10googol.”
97 locals recommend
Science Museum
“A lot of building stones to Silicon Valley, people, and places relevant to this place”
113 locals recommend
Museum
“It's used to be simply the "Stanford Museum". Next door there is the Anderson Gallery with modern art works. It's free! Parking is difficult but free after 4pm. The best time to go is on Thursday evenings, then they close at 8pm. You can have lunch at Cool Cafe.”
78 locals recommend
Amphitheater
“More on the recreational side because of their venue mostly for concerts. 4th of July with the Symphony is something everyone should see. Under the stars on a blanket, enjoying a lil picnic and fireworks to the sound of some incredible sounds”
53 locals recommend
Route
“Hike to the Stanford radio telescope. Its a nice hike with great views, but no shade so don't go on a super hot day and bring a hat and sun lotion.”
33 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
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“Excellent Tapas menu. Gets busy at lunchtime and for dinner. Indoor and outdoor seating.”
55 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Go to the famous Mountain View downtown and enjoy plenty of restaurant, bars and more. If you don't drive, you can walk to the Lightrail station (Whisman Station) and take a short ride (2 stops) to downtown Mountain View. ”
57 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“All the engineers go there to study/work for hours. There is also an upstairs section. This is off Castro Street. ”
53 locals recommend
Greek Restaurant
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“Wonderful Greek food - $15 corkage fee a big plus if you'd like to bring your own bottle of wine. This is a popular place, reservations are highly recommended.”
59 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
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“Very popular sushi restaurant downtown. Always a line so arrive early as they don't take reservations. There is also a small sushi bar inside with open seating.”
39 locals recommend
Café
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“A classic Menlo Park scene. Warning, Silicon Valley prices:) But a nice place to relax outside. Great bookstore next door.”
45 locals recommend
Cajun / Creole Restaurant
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“If you're feelin' for some southern comfort food, Nola is that place to be. ”
35 locals recommend
Movie Theatre
“Always rotating themed presentations of classic films. Check out the real Wurlitzer pipe organ they play during intermission!”
37 locals recommend
Route
“This is the place to be for a fun atmosphere, especially at night. You will find every kind of restaurant, many interesting shops and places to meet for a drink and enjoy the night life.”
31 locals recommend
University
“It's the origin of silicon valley, universe center of tech industry, best university in the world, also very beautiful campus”
193 locals recommend