A European-style experience in the heart of Silicon Valley: Santana Row

One of my favorite places to go with friends and family for lunch or dinner in the San Francisco Bay Area is Santana Row in San Jose, California. This European-style village filled with upscale shops, international dining options, courtyards, fountains, intimate public seating areas, and live music on weekends, offers an artfully designed oasis in Silicon Valley to socialize and unwind. Please enjoy a sample of the European inspired architecture, interesting doors, creative signage, and elegant street art found in this unique village setting.

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A striking grand door leads into the cozy Vintage Wine Bar.

 

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An inviting door welcomes guests to the Cocola Patisserie.

 

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A view of one of the plazas and living spaces above shops and restaurants.

 

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Fun signage at the Left Bank Parisian-style brasserie.

 

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Outdoor seating at the Left Bank Parisian-style brasserie.

 

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A grand door graces the entrance to Anthropologie, a women’s apparel and home accessories shop.

 

Faux old world doors lead to utility closets for an upscale residential complex.

 

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Mosaic lizards decorate a fountain in a small sitting area.

 

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Elegant street art decorates a building along  a side street in the heart of Santana Row.

 

 

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A variety of budget friendly restaurants and coffee shops line one of the plazas in Santana Row.

 

This post was inspired by Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors.

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature sponsored by Norm Frampton allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite doors from around the world. 

 

 

9 Comments Add yours

  1. Norm 2.0 says:

    Nice post. That first shot does have a European feel to it for sure. I like the faux old world doors best – someone did a great job on those.

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  2. I live nearby (in Mountain View) and I’ve never been here. Thanks for the tip!

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    1. Hi K.L., You are very welcome. Definitely check it out. There are great places to eat and it’s a nice place to stroll and hang out!
      Donna

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  3. cms4896 says:

    Another favorite “haunt” of mine—homesick again..!

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    1. Those were the days, my friend. Good memories.

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  4. Don’t drive down there often but it has great restaurants and some interesting photo comps.

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    1. Our favorite restaurant is Straits. The Pan-Asian food rivals Banana Leaf in Milpitas.

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