Campbell, California is best known as the birthplace of eBay creator Pierre Omidyar. As a quieter, more low-key neighbor to major tourist cities such as San Jose, the city is home to historic attractions such as the Ainsley House and the Heritage Theatre, as well as one of the nation's most successful youth baseball leagues.
1.Downtown Campbell Farmers' Market
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Downtown Campbell Farmers' Market is one of the South Bay's top year-round urban farmer's markets, presented annually by the Urban Village Farmer's Market Association. It is held every Sunday morning from 9:00am to 1:00pm rain or shine, with the exception of the Sunday of the city's Oktoberfest celebration and Boogie Music Festival. An impressive selection of locally-grown produce is offered by regional California farmers, along with a wide variety of arts and crafts vendors and food and beverage stalls from top area restaurants and coffee shops. The event cultivates a festive, community-oriented atmosphere, encouraging residents and visitors alike to stick around after the market to do business at other partner downtown establishments. EBT and WIC are accepted at the market, with a dollar-for-dollar match program available for EBT customers.
348 Lewis Street, #4A, West Oakland, CA, 94607, Phone: 510-745-7100
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Ainsley House is a living history home museum that preserves the 1925 residence of canning entrepreneur John Colpitts Ainsley. The Tudor Cotswold cottage is an example of Arts and Crafts architecture and was donated to the city in 1990. Since 2005, the home has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as the city's most prominent historic home, open to the public Thursdays through Sundays in the afternoons for guided tours. All of the home's rooms are furnished with period-appropriate furnishings, including original items owned by the Ainsley family. Special exhibits are showcased periodically at the house, focusing on cultural and social aspects of the early 20th century.
51 N. Central Ave, Campbell, CA 95008, Phone: 408-866-2119
3.The Pruneyard Shopping Center
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The Pruneyard Shopping Center is an open-air shopping mall in Campbell, located along State Route 17. It was constructed by Fred Sahadi in the 1960s as a mixed-use development located on the site of the former Brynteson Ranch, opened to the public in 1970. Today, it is operated by Fortress Investment Group, LLC and Ellis Partners and serves as one of the region's most upscale shopping center, spanning an area of 250,000 square feet. Retailers located within the center include niche grocer Trader Joe's, home goods stores Marshalls and Books Inc., and a variety of health and beauty services. First-run films are offered with in-seat dining experiences at the Pruneyard Cinemas and Cedar Room, and luxury accommodations are offered at DoubleTree by Hilton. A wide variety of dining options are also offered, including Buca di Beppo, Rock Bottom Brewery, and farm-to-table restaurant Orchard City Kitchen.
1875 S Bascom Ave #405, Campbell, CA 95008, Phone: 408-796-3277
4.Campbell Historical Museum
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Campbell Historical Museum was originally opened to the public in 1964 by the Campbell Country Woman's Club and local activist Jeanette Watson. Since the 1980s, the museum has been located within the city's historic Firehouse No. 1 building. Today, it is operated by an independent nonprofit organization in conjunction with the historic Ainsley House living history museum and strives to preserve the region's social, cultural, and industrial history in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. A variety of permanent and temporary exhibits are showcased at the museum, focusing on topics such as the region's agricultural, food industry, and technology histories and its notable athletes and sports teams.
51 N. Central Ave, Campbell, CA 95008, Phone: 408-866-2119
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Heritage Theatre is a restored historic performance venue that was originally constructed in 1938 by the Works Project Administration as part of the Campbell Union High School facility. During the 1980s, the theater briefly served as a community center before being fully restored and renovated into a public performing arts venue for the Santa Clara Valley community. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and offers a 1,500-square-foot stage, 500-square-foot orchestra pit, and seating for up to 800 audience patrons. The venue is available for rental for productions and concerts by regional arts nonprofit organizations, schools, and private businesses.
1 W. Campbell Ave, Campbell, CA 95008, Phone: 408-866-2700
6.San José's Municipal Rose Garden
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San José's Municipal Rose Garden is a 5.5-acre public rose and botanical garden facility that is owned and operated by the City of San José. It was opened to the public in 1937 on the site of a former prune orchard with construction cooperation from the Santa Clara County Rose Society and retains many of its original design features today, including its entrance reflection pool, two-tiered fountain, arbor, and miniature rose beds. More than 4,000 plantings across 189 rose varieties are showcased throughout the garden, focusing on hybrid-tea varieties, grandifloras, and floribundas. Blooming season typically spans between April and November, with peak blooms available for viewing in May. The facility may also be rented for private special events, including weddings.
Naglee Ave and Dana Ave, San Jose, CA 95126, Phone: 408-794-7274
7.Elements Massage Campbell
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Elements Massage Campbell has been voted as Silicon Valley's best massage parlor by the readers of the San Jose Mercury News. The business is located within Kirkwood Plaza and offers top massage services for an affordable price, guaranteeing balance, bliss, recovery, and renewal with each massage. Services offered include deep tissue massages, Swedish massages, hot stone massages, and prenatal massages specifically geared toward comfort for expecting mothers. Aromatherapy services are also offered, along with trigger point massage therapy and Himalayan salt stone rejuvenation sessions. All massages are tailored to individual clients' needs, with advance appointments and walk-in sessions available seven days a week.
1604 West Campbell Avenue, Campbell, CA 95008, Phone: 408-620-4972
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Naschmarkt Restaurant is a family-owned restaurant in Campbell's historic downtown district, named in honor of Vienna's largest open-air produce market. The restaurant was opened in June of 2011 and pays tribute to Austria's rich and little-known culinary tradition, which draws influences from French, Italian, German, and Mediterranean cuisines. Unique dinner entrees on the restaurant's menu include pork jägerschnitzel, beef goulash, fisherman's stew, and kraut rouladen, a stuffed cabbage dish with three meats and butternut squash. A dessert menu highlights traditional favorites such as schokokuchen, Salzburger nockerl, and palatschinken, along with a wide selection of dessert and port wines. An extensive fine wine menu features Austrian and Napa and Willamette Valley favorites, and a beer menu imports famous options from Austria, Belgium, and Germany.
384 E Campbell Ave, Campbell, CA 95008, Phone: 408-378-0335
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Aqui Cal-Mex is a regional Santa Clara Valley restaurant chain that focuses on natural, wild, and organic menu selections with Baja, Asian, and Latin American influences. The chain was founded in 1994 by executive chef Rob Francis, the former head chef at Eulipa, and fast food entrepreneur David O'Mara, who strived to create a new type of fast-casual restaurant focused on healthy, globally-influenced experimental dishes. Today, the chain operates locations in Willow Glen, Cupertino, Blossom Valley, and Campbell, serving signature and seasonal items such as Sonoma goat cheese quesadillas, Thai chicken burritos, and free-range chicken enchiladas. A wide variety of alcoholic beverages are also served, including the chain's trademark Industrial Strength margaritas and cocktails.
201 E Campbell Ave, Campbell, CA 95008, Phone: 408-374-2784
10.Orchard City Kitchen
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Orchard City Kitchen is a chef-driven fine-dining restaurant located with Campbell's Pruneyard Shopping Center that focuses on ingredient-driven New American small plates. The restaurant is owned and operated by executive chef Jeffrey Stout, who brings Michelin-star restaurant experience to the venture alongside expert bar director Perry Hewitt. Brunch, lunch, happy hour, and dinner service are offered seven days a week, highlighting locally-sourced and farm-to-table ingredients in dishes such as spicy lobster dumplings, Korean fried chicken, and Australian wagyu. Brunch highlights include Dungeness crab Louie, ricotta pancakes, and lobster fried rice, with extensive beer, wine, coffee, and cocktail menus available throughout the day. Fixed-price family-style dinners are also available nightly for groups of 10 to 12 in the restaurant's main dining room.
1875 S Bascom Ave #190, Campbell, CA 95008, Phone: 408-340-5285
10 Best Things to Do in Campbell, California
- Downtown Campbell Farmers' Market, Photo: Courtesy of Andrey Cherkasov - Fotolia.com
- Ainsley House, Photo: Ainsley House
- The Pruneyard Shopping Center, Photo: Courtesy of bobex73 - Fotolia.com
- Campbell Historical Museum, Photo: Campbell Historical Museum
- Heritage Theatre, Photo: Courtesy of aerogondo - Fotolia.com
- San José's Municipal Rose Garden, Photo: Courtesy of Alexandr Karasev - Fotolia.com
- Elements Massage Campbell, Photo: Elements Massage Campbell
- Naschmarkt Restaurant, Photo: Naschmarkt Restaurant
- Aqui Cal-Mex, Photo: Courtesy of M.studio - Fotolia.com
- Orchard City Kitchen, Photo: Orchard City Kitchen
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