The city of Palo Alto is located in the Peninsula region of the Bay Area, just 15 miles north of San Jose and 35 miles south of San Francisco. Palo Alto has been reported as one of the most expensive cities in all of the United States and has been home to famous and memorable names, such as James Franco, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Debbi Fields of Mrs. Fields, and many more, as well as internationally known Stanford University. Named after a 1000-year-old coastal redwood tree found along the San Francisquito Creek by Stanford University founder Leland Stanford, Palo Alto was established in 1894 shortly after he established the university. Lively places for retail, bars, and restaurants include: downtown Palo Alto on and around University Avenue, Stanford Shopping Center, and Town and Country.
The macaroons at Chantal Guillon taste like they were baked fresh that morning in France using natural ingredients. Some favorite flavors offered here include: salted caramel, Italian pistachio, almond amaretto, red velvet, dark chocolate and Tahitian vanilla. Choosing just one would be difficult.
A staple in Palo Alto, this family-run bookstore has been open since 1935. Books line the walls from the floor to the ceiling with fairytale charm. Offering a carefully curated new and used selection, it’s a bookstore full of characters.
Enjoy Blue Bottle Coffee and bakery bites at HanaHaus, a brilliant cafe and community workspace at the New Varsity Theater. Rooted in the philosophy that great ideas spring from anywhere and often emerge when people come together, this is the perfect place to work, relax, and connect.
Just walking into the entryway will take your breath away. This free art museum located on the Stanford University campus is home to a unique collection of ethnographic, modern, and contemporary pieces and has the largest collection of Rodin sculptures, including The Thinker. The works of art are largely imaginative and uniquely captivating.
Fans of fresh, farm-to-table food that is organic and certified humane can confidently pull up a chair at Local Union 271. This ethical eatery supports local farms, ranches, dairies, hatcheries, bakeries, fisheries, breweries, and wineries. The quality is definitely there, which is reflected in the flavors they represent.
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Written by Kristen Pfund
Photos by Kristen Pfund and Elle Mitchell