The other weekend my girlfriends and I met for brunch at the San Pedro Square Market (SPSM) located in downtown San Jose. Downtown has changed quite a bit from when I went to college there years ago – with construction taking place on every corner and new high rise buildings sprouting up left and right to house all the Silicon Valley techies. San Pedro Square is the oldest district in San Jose, located near the SAP Center; it is always bustling when the San Jose Sharks are playing in town.
Within San Pedro Square is a Public Market that is home to various food and drink vendors and local makers. There is something for everyone – from tacos to falafels, burgers to pho, a potato bar to crepes, and more. Oh, and there’s also a full bar. Did I mention my girlfriends and I met for a mimosa brunch?
I love the high ceilings and exposed wood beams, which give the market a bright airy feel.
Our breakfast from Little Chef Counter, which specializes in California-French cuisine is pictured here. You can pull up a seat at the counter and watch the chefs prepare food right in front of you. We had chicken and waffles (inside a waffle bowl), loco moco (with a crispy golden risotto cake and covered in creamy mushroom gravy) and a breakfast sandwich (served on sweet Hawaiian bread). All of our dishes were delicious!
After breakfast we walked over to Treatbot Factory for some homemade Peppermint Bark ice cream to cleanse our palettes. Fun fact: On Thursday nights they set up a microphone for a little karaoke… if you dare. Treatbot also has mobile ice cream trucks (with the karaoke machine onboard) that are sent out to the various street food events, listed here.
The SPSM bar sits in the middle of the market. And look, It’s Andrew Zimmern from the TV show Bizarre Foods! (j/k)
Brunch would not be complete without a cup of coffee. Bellano 2 (or B2) serves coffee from popular roasters, Verve in Santa Cruz and Sightglass Coffee in San Francisco and each order is meticulously hand-brewed right in front of your eyes.
We didn’t get to try all the food stalls during this visit, but I’ve already made a list for the next time I return:
1. Pizza Bocca Lupo for thin crust Neapolitan pizza.
2. Konjoe Burger Bar because I love a good burger.
3. Bray Butcher Block & Bistro for their tri-tip sandwich.
4. Little Chef Counter deserves a second visit because they have p.o.u.t.i.n.e!
In addition to food, SPSM also holds live music events. These are especially fun in the summer and make a good family outing. You can view the upcoming performances calendar here.
The next time you’re in San Jose, or need an excuse to venture out of your neighborhood, check out the San Pedro Square Market for all the amazing food and drink options. You won’t be disappointed.
San Pedro Square Market | 87 N. San Pedro St. | San Jose, Ca 95110
Photos by Zha Zha