The city of Sunnyvale was nicknamed “la pastoria de las borregas,” or “lambs’ pasture,” by Spanish explorers in the early 1800s. For many years, fruit orchards and canneries dominated the landscape and provided the main source of income for the early residents. Today, Sunnyvale is the seventh most populous city in the Bay Area, but still maintains the feeling of a garden with eighteen award-winning parks. This city has a lot to offer, including a downtown that is home to many unique restaurants, a vibrant farmers’ market, and several family-owned shops.
Coffee & More is a family-owned cafe that has been in business since 1998. They serve fair trade and organic coffee from America’s Best Coffee Roasting Company, which is based in Oakland. In addition to coffee and espresso drinks, Coffee & More lives up to its name by serving breakfast all day. Choices include a breakfast burrito and a delicious breakfast sandwich.
Founded in 1976, The Lace Museum strives to preserve the art of lacemaking. By offering classes, displaying rotating exhibits, and hosting community events, the museum exposes the public to an art that has nearly died out. The volunteers, all lacemakers, are very knowledgeable about the history of lace. They provide lots of interesting facts about different patterns and techniques. This is the perfect place for an artistic experience that is out of the ordinary.
Leigh’s Favorite Books is independently owned and strives to be a one-stop shop for books and gifts. The shop started out selling a small collection of new and used books but has grown to carry over 40,000 titles. They expanded their children’s section to an entire store called Bookasaurus which sits next door. Leigh’s accepts used books in exchange for store credit.
Nom Burger is the place to go for delicious burgers. They serve all-natural patties that are ground in-house using local, sustainable, hormone-free beef. Their brioche buns are made from scratch multiple times a day. The menu consists of creations such as “#dateggdoe”: an all-natural beef patty, pancetta, garlic aioli, and a crispy, cheesy egg topped with bacon, green onions, pickled jalapenos, and sriracha mayo. Pairing a burger with one of their local craft beers creates an excellent dinner.
Bambu Desserts & Drinks serves Vietnamese-inspired chè, coffees, teas, and desserts. “Chè” is a Vietnamese word that refers to sweet beverages, dessert drinks, and puddings. Bambu creates these drinks using ingredients that are prepared fresh daily. All of their drinks are customizable with toppings such as basil seed, sugar cane, and longan. They also serve desserts such as mochi in a variety of flavors.
Written by Elle Mitchell
Photos by Elle Mitchell and Arabela Espinoza