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A guide to San Pedro Square

Explore the restaurants, nightlife, shopping, and activities within San Pedro Square in Downtown San Jose, CA.

The entryway sign to San Pedro Square at night.

Venture into San Pedro Square for all the fun.

Photo via @thanephelan

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To many San Joseans, San Pedro Square is a community staple. Not only is it home to eclectic bars, a plethora of restaurants for every cuisine, and a variety of shops from local makers — but it’s also full of history from the earliest days of El Pueblo de San Jose de Guadalupe.

In this guide, we’ll break down some must-try spots + activities you have to hit when visiting this historic and colorful part of our downtown scene.

A table of food with sweet potato fries, a sushi roll, potstickers, and edamame.

Sushi Confidential offers an expansive menu for all appetites.

Photo by SJtoday staff

🍴 Eat + drink

The first restaurant to open in the square was The Old Spaghetti Factory in 1972, which took over the former site of the Ravenna Pasta Company. Since then, it has grown into a foodie’s paradise.

A mural showing San Pedro Square and its many buildings and attractions.

San Pedro Square is full of colorful art all around.

Photo via @rjayrivera_

🛍️ Shop

Move aside big department stores, the square boasts a range of shops from local makers + small businesses offering artisan and eco-friendly goods.

  • Head over to MOMENT DTSJ, a collection of four micro-retail storefronts that rotate throughout the year. At the moment, you can shop from jewelry store Boho Moon Art, dog-friendly charcuterie spot Woofboard, keycaps producer Tiny Keyboard Shop, or leafy retailer Plant Slut.
  • For sustainable goods, try The Source Zero. This is San Jose’s first zero-waste shop + soap refill store, and offers everything from organic scrunchies and handkerchiefs to biodegradable dental floss and bamboo toothbrushes.
The inside of Ashy Aromas with tables set up for candle making.

Make your own candle at Ashy Aromas.

Photo via @ashyaromas

🔎 Explore

Take the time to explore San Pedro Square’s many murals, take a craft class, or venture into San Jose’s history through the area’s oldest establishments.

  • Grab a friend for a candle-making experience at Ashy Aromas. Not only is it a shop with plenty of sweet-smelling products, but you can enjoy a glass of wine while creating your own candle or room spray.
  • The Tabard Theatre Company, located between Dr. Funk and Olla Cocina, is a venue to catch fun plays, live music, and even poetry slams. Head there before its closes its doors on Sunday, April 2.
  • Take a history tour through the Peralta Adobe House — one of the oldest Spanish California settlements. Right across the street, learn about the 1850s-era house of Thomas Fallon, one of San Jose’s earliest mayors.
The bar at San Pedro Social.

Grab a fun cocktail or have a beer from San Pedro Social’s many drafts on tap.

Photo by SJtoday staff

🌃 Nightlife

When the sun goes down, the square turns up. Hop into pubs, bars, lounges, and nightclubs all within walking distance.

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