Explore Eastside San Jose

Taking a trip over to The Eastside, visitors can expect to be immersed in the rich heritage and cultural diversity of San Jose. With all of the diverse traditions that shaped East San Jose, the resulting culinary diversity is especially prominent. From Vietnamese tea to wine imported from Portugal, The Eastside has a little of everything.


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Adega restaurant, located in the Little Portugal neighborhood, serves authentic Portuguese cuisine. Their specialties include seafood and wine imported from Portugal. San Jose’s first-ever Michelin star was awarded to Adega for 2017.


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Mark’s Hot Dogs has been around since 1936, and the ambiance envokes nostalgia for locals. It is a classic spot to stop for an American hot dog with a shake and fries. Customers can choose to have car service or walk up to order their food. Mark’s is a great spot for families and friends to grab lunch or dinner.


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The School of Arts and Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza was built in 1999 on the location of the first grocery store boycotts for farm workers’ rights organized by Cesar Chavez in the 1960s. Rooted in the artistic traditions of the Mexican culture, the school offers classes in visual and performing arts and is used as a venue for community events that embrace all cultures.


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Located in Vietnam Town, Tea Lyfe offers customers tea and boba drinks made with natural ingredients. The menu features nineteen varieties of specialty teas and coffee. A highlight from the menu is the Vietchata, a mix of their homemade horchata and Vietnamese iced coffee. For snacks, customers can try different flavors of waffles, as well as macarons by Machhrun that are delivered fresh weekly. Tea Lyfe has an inviting, rustic decor that makes customers want to linger to enjoy their tea.


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Jalisco Taqueria is one of the many great taco spots on The Eastside. Their flavorful tacos keep customers coming back for more. A great spot for late night taco cravings, Jalisco’s stays open until 3am Thursday through Saturday.


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Written by Brandie Alvarez
Photos by Daniel Garcia, Arabela Espinoza, and Elle Mitchell

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