Mountain View, it's more than Google campus!
Between San Jose and San Francisco, the leafy and quaint Mountain Vew lays tucked away just off US-101 and Central Expressway. It's downtown area, served by a main artery in the form of Castro St., is perfect for a leisurely weekend stroll. I like coming on Sunday, when the Farmers Market is in full swing.
Situated in the back end of the CalTrain parking lot, you can find the best of in season produce, fresh pastas, baked goods, and hummus to take home from beloved local shop Oren's.
Just around the corner from the market is Alexander's Patisserie , a chic French style bakery that serves seriously good canele and exquisite kouign aman.
Up the street another block is Books Inc., a charming little bookstore with a pretty great Travel section and cafe upstairs.
There's not one but two gelato shops right near each other, a few pubs, some great Italian pizzaria, and one of my favorites, Stein's. With an impressive beer list, great brunch menu and hot pretzels with a house made beer mustard to die for, it's no wonder it's a hugely popular local spot.
So if you're visiting the area and want to explore a quieter offshoot of San Francisco, Mountain View is an easy train ride or drive and well worth the visit.