Five Things To Do In Midtown San Jose

New to San Jose? Never been to Midtown? Welcome!

With Hundreds of business calling Midtown San Jose home, there is plenty to see and do. To help you get started here are five things to do in Midtown San Jose.  

1.       Dig for Treasures on Antiques Row

Midtown San Jose is home to Antiques Row—the city’s only concentrated collection of antique stores. Plan a day trip here to spend some time finding the perfect vintage treasures. From furniture to lighting, quirky shelf-candy to Mid Century Modern furnishings,  Midtown is guaranteed to have that one-of-a-kind vintage or antique piece you’re looking for.

2.       Buy Some Art & Zines at Seeing Things Gallery

This stop in Midtown is a small but packed gallery that showcases art, photography, books and zines and offers a selection of goods for sale, including t-shirts, bags, film cameras, and local goods. Want to meet some local and big name artists? The gallery has regularly scheduled art shows and many have accompanying live musical performances by local musicians. 

3.       Shop for Vintage Clothing on W San Carlos

Avoid the trek up north and venture out to Midtown San Jose for your vintage clothing needs. From Black and Brown’s two-story location, Moon Zooom’s endless racks to Crossroads Trading Company expansive floor room, there are thousands of items for men and women looking for a unique look or a vintage piece to call their own. All three of these local gems also offer that perfect vintage or modern accessory to complete your ensemble—hand bags, jewelry,  watches and shoes. Bonus:  If you’re looking to trade or sell your old wardrobe, these shops are always looking to buy.

4.       Grab a Bite to Eat From Around the World

If all the shopping is making you hungry, then you’re in the right place. Midtown San Jose is home dozens of restaurants and has whatever you’re craving. From Mexican to Korean, Middle Eastern to Ethiopian, Midtown has what your foodie dreams are made of. Our suggestion? Don’t miss Falfel’s Drive In, a local favorite and cult favorite in San Jose. This drive in has been serving the community since 1966 and has been featured on the Food Network's Diners, Drive In and Dives. Be sure to order a banana shake … they’re legendary.

5.       Take the Vintage Neon Tour

There’s just something about neon … and Midtown San Jose is home to some of the best vintage neon signs in the world. From the massive Western Appliance to a Dancing Pig, there is plenty to see and photograph. Most of the signs are also maintained and glowing on the darkest night. So tell your friends, grab your camera, and follow our vintage neon tour for a glimpse at some rare vintage neon in the wild. And don’t forget to share! Use the hashtag #SanJoseNeon

… And One More Thing

For those looking to make things permanent, Midtown San Jose is also home to several tattoo and piercing shops, including Humble Beginnings. This tattoo shop is home to some of the most respected artists around and more than a few celebrities have walked through their doors, including Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers. If you’re looking for some ink, Midtown has you covered.