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Willow Glen

1261 Lincoln Ave, Suite 217, San Jose, CA 95125-3006
+1 408-298-2100
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I enjoyed visiting willow Glen on Lincoln Ave until it became unfriendly to visitors. Lack of... read more

Reviewed 9 August 2017
Kathleen A
San Jose, California
Cute area for a nice stroll

My husband strolled the streets in this cute neighborhood. Parking was easy. We stopped at some... read more

Reviewed 16 July 2017
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
1261 Lincoln Ave, Suite 217, San Jose, CA 95125-3006
+1 408-298-2100
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Reviewed 9 August 2017

I enjoyed visiting willow Glen on Lincoln Ave until it became unfriendly to visitors. Lack of parking and reducing 2 lane travel to a single lane has made it difficult to navigate or find parking. Great for nearby by neighbors but not for visitors. There...More

Thank Kathleen A
Reviewed 16 July 2017

My husband strolled the streets in this cute neighborhood. Parking was easy. We stopped at some cute shops and had a nice lunch at Bills Cafe. Nice area if you have some time to burn.

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Reviewed 11 July 2017

this is a nice place to go! not stuffy at all and great atmosphere. Difficult to get reservation [my experience] Fresh food and chef has some imagination.

Thank Mariella C
Reviewed 10 July 2017

A delightful way to spend part of your day in the historic Willow Glen storefront gazing in street lined shops reminiscent of yesteryear. Restaurants, Boutiques, Spas, Hair Salons and Activities you will find there. Plenty of proximate parking and NO Parking Meters!

Reviewed 9 July 2017

Beautiful neighborhood with a vibrant downtown area that has not been spoiled or decimated by shopping centers. Lots of very good restaurants, in the downtown area as well. Parking can sometimes be a problem if one doesn't know where to find the lots behinds the...More

Thank cabearcat
Reviewed 30 June 2017

Willow Glen is a great neighborhood. They have a wide variety of places to eat. Willow Glen Creamery ice cream is a real treat. Parking, however, can be a challenge although there are several municipal lots.

Thank ColonelLarrySanJose
Reviewed 14 June 2017

From restaurants to a historic stone church, Willow Glen has a little bit of everything. It is one of San Jose's historic neighborhoods.

Thank GlennFrancoSimmons
Reviewed 23 May 2017

I was born an raised in Willow Glen. It has grown up, just like me. It's a family friendly atmosphere with plenty of places to eat, shop, and people watch. Saturdays you will find young families with strollers and dogs hanging out and enjoying all...More

Thank Stefani1220
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Since they changed the traffic flow it is very difficult to drive through downtown Willow Glen and parking can be very difficult on weekends. Resturants for every taste the new Purple Onion is a stop for coffee or lunch however the coffee is more expensive...More

Thank laurals2016
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Love downtown willow glen! They have lots of cute restaurants (so much variety!), shops and banks. The area is really clean and a great place to go for a walk, a date or a fun evening out. There are so many different shops there's something...More

Thank NicoleHT
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