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Willow Glen

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Address: 1261 Lincoln Ave, Suite 217, San Jose, CA 95125-3006
Phone Number:
+1 408-298-2100
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description:

The tree lined streets of Downtown Willow Glen offer a small-town feel...

The tree lined streets of Downtown Willow Glen offer a small-town feel nestled in the city of San Jose — the 10th largest city in the nation. Stroll along Lincoln Avenue and find sidewalk cafes, coffee shops, boutiques, vintage shops, strollers parked outside unique kid stores, and doggie water bowls everywhere.

 

Grab breakfast, lunch, or dinner, deposit a check, book a trip, rent a costume, get your eyes or teeth checked, drop off your clothes for cleaning, or pick up your prescription. All this and more with free, convenient parking on the street and in the public parking lots, including a large number of public parking spaces located in the Bank of America lot.

Downtown Willow Glen offers more than 250 retail, dining, service and professional businesses waiting to give you that personal service that only a small business owner can provide. Annual street festivals showcase our area to the greater San Jose and Bay Area to thousands of attendees.

 

Visit us and discover San Jose's best kept secret!

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One of the BEST places to visit in San Jose!

Willow Glen has it all.....charm galore, great restaurants, fun shops and the people are all very welcoming. It's an excellent plac to take a stroll, stop for a coffee or a meal... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Willow Glen has it all.....charm galore, great restaurants, fun shops and the people are all very welcoming. It's an excellent plac to take a stroll, stop for a coffee or a meal. The people watcching cannot be beat AND it's really dog friendly so you can bring your best buddy along for the walk. Really excellent events throughout the year... More 

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Willow G, Guest Relations Manager at Willow Glen, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review. We look forward to having you here again. More 

Fremont, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to downtown Willow Glenn and afterwards drove the various neighborhood streets to see the Christmas decorations. Each street does a theme such as Christmas trees, Candy Canes, etc. Its always magical fun for the holidays. Its also free.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This is a wonderful place to spend the day! Great food and lots of choices in that arena and Susie's cakes was so tasty! They have shopping and make your pottery and candle store too. Well worth the visit and would be a great location to live too

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

This part of San Jose was its own semi-autonomous community for many years up until the 1950s or so, and it has a mixture of nice coffee shops, restaurants and banks within about a five block stretch of Lincoln Ave. There are no chain retail stores but several boutique shops. It is convenient to the Tamien Caltrain/light rail/bus station and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

There are more than a dozen restaurants on Lincoln avenue plus coffee shops, ice cream parlors, beauty salons, art galleries... and banks :) Yes, it's kind of San Jose's Wall Street. Variety of restaurants is quite impressive from sushi to healthy Mexican to Greek and French... Actually there are more restaurants and shops then famous Santana Row nearby, and much... More 

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Great shopping, wonderful boutiques and beauty parlors, plenty of restaurants, and cute clean storefronts. You can easily spend the whole day wandering around and shopping/eating/pampering yourself in Willow Glen.

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Willow G, Guest Relations Manager at Willow Glen, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of Downtown Willow Glen. We hope you will join us again soon. More 

San Jose, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

A little town that is growing up. Some say the growth is a problem, others love it. The Road Diet along Lincoln Ave has brought more seating areas to the street businesses. Spas & restaurants festoon the main drag & people throng to get a taste. Very Dog-Friendly, WG has something for nearly everyone. Come Visit!

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Willow G, Guest Relations Manager at Willow Glen, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of Downtown Willow Glen. We hope you will join us again soon. More 

Los Gatos, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Lots of friendly, small, locally-owned shops and restaurants. Not really upscale but really nice. Prices are not upscale either (a good thing) but they aren't bargain-basement either. It's not a tourist area but really geared to the local neighborhood so the prices are very fair. Several very good restaurants with moderate pricing too. La Villa Deli is a must-do for... More 

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Willow G, Guest Relations Manager at Willow Glen, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of Downtown Willow Glen. We hope you will join us again soon. More 

San Jose
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

The Table offers a more upscale menu with some unique dishes that are quite well prepared. Service is very attentive and it can get very busy during peak hours.

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Riverside, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

About 5 blocks of funky small boutique shops and diverse and ethnically diverse restaurants. A great place to people watch. The area attracts all ages. My husband and I ate lunch outside at Bill's Cafe which has a personality of its own. The food was delicious.

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Willow G, Guest Relations Manager at Willow Glen, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of Downtown Willow Glen. We hope you will join us again soon. More 

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