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Willow Glen

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Address: 1261 Lincoln Ave, Suite 217, San Jose, CA 95125-3006
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+1 408-298-2100
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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The Table is excellent!

The Table is a great place to eat and will definitely go back. It can get crowded so make reservations. Parking can be tricky in this area, so plan ahead. Lots of good... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Table is a great place to eat and will definitely go back. It can get crowded so make reservations. Parking can be tricky in this area, so plan ahead. Lots of good restaurants to try, cute and fun shops and the best children's bookstore - Hicklebee's - in San Jose!

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

Can't beat Willow Glen for a change from mall shopping and chain restaurants. Lots of boutiques, interesting restaurants (my favorite is Aqui - including the bar) from brunch to dinner to late nite. A few antique stores, pet shops. . . well, there's just a bunch to do in a few blocks. Worth a visit for local flavor.

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you have time and you want to wander a bit, Willow Glen will work for you. Buy a coffee at the south end of Lincoln Avenue (Starbucks) or the north end (Peet's) then wander along the main drag and check out the assorted retailers and restaurants in between. Good for couples going out to dinner. Good for teens looking... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

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 28 December 2016

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 15 December 2016 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 14 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 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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Thank Kari D
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 

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