Discover the Best Markets in San Jose, CA: Shop, Eat & Explore
Pack the perfect picnic basket with artisan cheese, just-baked brioche, and shiny purple blackberries. Pick up a colorful flower bouquet for your hotel room or hunt for vintage treasures in the country's biggest flea market. Sample mouthwatering Greek hummus, sweet smoked salmon, and ripe yellow peaches. Slow down and listen to the music. Bring the kids and the reusable bags. Strolling is half the fun at the best markets in San Jose, CA, where you can shop for almost anything your heart desires! Silicon Valley hosts dozens of markets every week – these are some of our favorites.
Downtown San Jose Farmers Market: Open-Air Treats & Eats
Open from early May through the end of October, this delightful outdoor market showcases the freshest fruits and vegetables from across Northern California. But produce is just the beginning; you'll also find handmade bean pies, cute little succulents, artsy greeting cards, beaded jewelry, plus baked goods and sweets. Pick up tacos or Thai food for lunch, or go vegetarian – it's easy at this bountiful market. Try the salmon jerky and fresh red pepper hummus, and wash it all down with a fruity agua fresca. Downtown San Jose Farmers Markettakes place every Friday in season from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at San Pedro Square, located between St. John and Santa Clara streets.
Vintage Treasures & Family Fun at the San Jose Flea Market
Welcome to the biggest open-air market in America. Hope you wore comfortable shoes. For 70 years the San Jose Flea Market has been the go-to shopping destination for deal hunters in the Bay Area. More like a small city instead of a market, it features more than eight miles of aisles and 2,000 vendors – plus more than 4 million visitors per year. It's open every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday year-round. You can find everything under the sun here – not just upcycled treasures but also new items, produce, and ready-to-eat food. There are also several restaurants, and music every weekend. And the San Jose Flea Market tops the list for families for its kid-friendly amusement park, which features a Ferris wheel, a vintage carousel, and a playground with inflatable slides.
An Evening Stroll at Santana Row Farmers Market & Makers Market
Enjoy a relaxing Wednesday evening stroll in the vibrant Santana Row neighborhood and shop the farmers market. This weekly event (from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. each Wednesday year-round) takes place between Olin Avenue and Olsen Drive. It features about two dozen local purveyors: organic fruits and vegetables, farmstead cheeses, salty olives, just-baked breads, and flower bouquets. Music fills the air and kids enjoy special activities each week, which range from cooking classes and craft-making to storytime and games. Be sure to stop by the Makers Market too, an indoor market with handmade gifts crafted by local artisans. Shop for unique jewelry, essential oils, candles, hats, and funky gift items. While you're cruising Santana Row, you'll have plenty of diversions to explore in addition to the markets – including incredible restaurants and a movie theatre!
International Food Bazaar: From Lemon Olives to Lamb Shawarma Wraps
Situated in San Jose's Cambrian Park neighborhood, this indoor/outdoor market and store offers gourmet treats from around the world. Family-owned since 1979, the International Food Bazaar is a feast for the senses. Pick up specialty foods from Russia, Greece, the Middle East, and Asia – or enjoy something ready-to-go from the restaurant, which has tables outside. There's a lavish olive bar plus a top-notch butchery with Halal beef, along with tasty organic produce and a well-stocked bulk section. Fresh breads are baked daily and Try new vinegars, oils, jams, smoked meats, cheeses, and vegetable spreads from around the world and pack up an international picnic basket.
Milpitas Farmers Market: Asian Vegetables, Orchids & Fantastic Location
It's less than a 10-minute drive from our hotel to this friendly farmers market, which is located by the Great Mall. Rows and rows of vendors set up their stalls year-round every Sunday (rain or shine) from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. It's known for an excellent selection of Asian vegetables, including bittermelon, bok choy, taro, and opo squash. You'll also find lovely orchids in shades of white, pink, purple, and everything in-between. Pick up a bag of kettle corn or a cup of chai and enjoy the sensory overload. Be sure to bring cash.
Fresh California Cuisine & Amazing Shopping in San Jose
Are you ready to explore all the foodie hotspots and the best markets in San Jose, CA? Stay in a convenient, central location at our upscale hotel. Situated minutes from San Jose Mineta International Airport, Sonesta San Jose Milpitas puts you right where you need to be. Corporate headquarters and tourist attractions are moments away, and our free local shuttle will give you a lift. After a day of exploring the markets in San Jose, return to a comfortable, contemporary oasis with high-tech extras and a high-end feel. Enjoy fresh dining in Sevens Bar & Restaurant, relax in the outdoor pool, and soak away your worries in the hot tub. Discover everything that this beautiful area of California has to offer. Plan your Silicon Valley getaway today!