Cupertino, just west of San Jose, has a population of over 50,000 and was ranked one of the most educated small towns in the United States by Forbes magazine. Now home to Apple, Inc’s corporate headquarters and close to the Bay Area’s many other major tech companies, the city was originally established in 1955. Cupertino rapidly grew into a friendly suburb for families to settle down, with access to conveniences like Vallco Mall and landmarks like DeAnza College, which was established in 1967. With over sixty years of history, the city is worth exploring.
Bitter + Sweet features the incomparable artwork of Barista Dan—he takes latte art to the next level. When the line isn’t out the door, customers can ask for a dinosaur, zebra, elephant, or anything else, and he can probably make it. (Dan also leads his own latte artwork classes.) The coffee here is also amazing. Try their specialty, the Red Velvet Latte, for a special treat.
Halo Custom Guitars can make just about any type of guitar, in just about any style or color. These custom guitars are built-to-order, and Halo specializes in 6-, 7-, 8-, and 9-string guitars. Each one is a work of art. Stop by, see what they have to offer, and view a few instruments in progress. The staff is friendly, and the guitars are beautiful—take the pictured Seraphim 7 as an example.
Icebox Treats offers a new twist on traditional ice cream sandwiches with a soft macaroon shell on the outside and ice cream on the inside. Patrons can mix and match any flavor they see—matching by sight or flavor. For those in the mood to eat something pretty, the pictured combination features Earl Grey macaroon with ube ice cream. This unusual combination is as tasty as it is colorful. Other flavor options include: Thai ice tea, salted caramel, raspberry, pistachio, birthday cake, and more.
Paul and Eddies is the oldest, and coolest, sports bar in Cupertino. With over seventy years of history, the bar could possibly even claim that they were the first settlers of the city. Offering a great sports bar vibe with seven HGTV flatscreens, this destination features hospitable and relatable staff, pool, darts and, just for fun, some drinking games. It’s always a good time at Paul and Eddies.
The De Anza Flea Market pops up every first Saturday of the month—rain or shine. What began as a small effort by the student body of De Anza College to raise money for the school over thirty years ago has grown into a well-established event that attracts vintage enthusiasts from all over the state. Bargain hunters can find anything from leather goods, old artwork, and artifacts to furniture, resurrected accessories, clothing, and other fine goods. On a warm day, the De Anza Flea Market bustles with 15,000-20,000 patrons, but no matter the weather, a variety of vendors will open up for business.
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Written by Kristen Pfund
Photos by Kristen Pfund and Elle Mitchell