The Best of Silicon Valley: Where to Visit, Shop, and Dine

Cool Must-See Spot

Apple’s Company Store and HQ
1 Infinite Loop
Cupertino, CA 95014
With thousands of Apple stores throughout the world, the Apple Company Store in Cupertino has the honor of truly being one of a kind. This particular outpost happens to be the only store that sells items with the iconic Apple logo, including shirts, caps and accessories. And while the store does not sell computers or have the famous Genius Bar that every other store has, it does sell an “I visited the Mother-Ship” t-shirt.

Power Lunch

Buck’s Restaurant in Woodside
3062 Woodside Road Woodside, CA 94062 650. 851.8010
Known as the meeting place for Silicon Valley venture capitalists and entrepreneurs, Buck’s Restaurant in Woodside has been the setting where many of the most important decisions in the tech world have been made. The menu consists mostly of traditional American plates made with the best ingredients of the region. Buck’s Restaurant is definitely a safe bet to ensure the most successful power lunch in Silicon Valley.

Power Dinner

Michael Mina in
San Francisco
252 California St.
San Francisco, CA 94111
Last year’s Restaurant of the Year by Esquire Magazine, MICHAEL MINA reigns as one of the best restaurants in the city. The chef ’s ingenious ability to create French cuisine using the purest Japanese ingredients is one of the many reasons people keep coming back. The menu is a la carte but offers diners the unique experience of having the chef cook for the table. The menu is designed to share which makes the overall experience perfect for a power dinner.

Alexander’s Steakhouse
in Cupertino
10330 N. Wolfe Road
Cupertino, CA 95014
Since its opening in 2005, Alexander’s Steakhouse has won a wide variety of awards including a distinguished Michelin Star. Its unique cuisine is a delicate combination of the traditional American steakhouse with traces of Japanese influence. Alexander’s features Mid-west Corn-fed Certified Angus Beef dry-aged for 28 days and serves the finest imported wagyu beef to boot.

Best Place to Live

Mary & Brent Gullixson, Alain Pinel Realtors 650.888.0860,
Conveniently located just a few minutes from the greater Bay Area, Woodside is one of the most luxurious neighborhoods in the country. It is set amongst the backdrop of the Southern California countryside and isolated from the hectic city. The properties are all beautiful and elegant, with ocean and bay views and impressive scenery of the exquisite redwoods and studded hills. For more information please contact Mary or Brent Gullixson of Haute Living’s Real Estate Network.

Best Place to People Watch

University Avenue
on Palo Alto
400 Mitchell Lane Palo Alto, CA 94301
University Avenue is known for the diversity of unique locales and for the trendy shoppers that it attracts. With over six art galleries, organic lifestyle shops, restaurants, luxury boutiques and over seven jewelry stores, shoppers come to spend the day walking the avenue and enjoying a little bit of everything. The area has a special atmosphere that undoubtedly makes it an ideal place to people watch.

Best Place to Buy Watches

CH Premier in Valley Fair Mall
Valley Fair Mall
2855 Stevens Creek Blvd., Suite 1235,
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Having opened in June of last year, CH Premier in Valley Fair Mall has quickly become the first-class boutique for purchasing the most luxurious watches in the Silicon Valley area. With brands like Patek Philippe, Chopard, Hublot, and Gerard-Perregaux, CH Premier is home to the most exclusive models available and offers a wide range of expertly-crafted pieces. It also happens to be the spot where techworld executives go to get their luxury pieces from Bulgari, Panerai, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Breguet and many more high-end brands.

Best Place to Shop

Stanford Shopping Center
660 Stanford Shopping Center
Palo Alto, CA 94304
The Stanford Shopping Center is a retail haven for avid luxury shoppers because of its vast variety of stores. It has everything from boutiques such as Burberry, Ralph Lauren and Ermenegildo Zegna to famous department store Neiman Marcus and luxury home goods stores Bang & Olufsen and William Sonoma. The shopping center is exquisitely decorated with classic California elegance and majestic outdoor fountains.

Best Hotel

Four Seasons in Palo Alto
2050 University Ave.
East Palo Alto, CA 94303
It is only appropriate for the best hotel in Silicon Valley to be the perfect combination of elegance and innovation. The Four Seasons in Palo Alto lends itself to be a great tool for visitors who come to work in its impressive and state-of-the-art conference rooms while simultaneously holding up in a quiet oasis. The beautiful hotel is a true representation of the world’s technology center.

Best Happy Hour Bar

Rosewood Hotel Lounge
2825 Sand Hill Rd.
Menlo Park, CA 94025
What better way to relax after a long day in Silicon Valley than in the trendy Rosewood Hotel Madera Lounge? The lounge is one of the city’s hot spots because of its stylish ambiance. The lounge is known for its absolutely delicious drinks and quite environment; a perfect setting for an intimate, pre-dinner conversation.

Best Place to Buy Cars

Los Gatos Luxury Cars
620 Blossom Hill Rd. Los Gatos, CA 95032 877.232.5049
Los Gatos Luxury Cars is the most exclusive dealership in the region. With a complete selection of the most exclusive and luxurious cars in the world, Los Gatos sells everything from Bentley, Aston Martin, Rolls Royce, Lamborghini and many more.