When looking for a honeymoon destination, most people won’t look at Palo Alto, California. It’s a city known more for being home to tech giants Google and Facebook, than for romantic rendezvous. But for those wanting to take advantage of all the San Francisco Bay has to offer, Facebook’s backyard is a must.
Why You Should Go to Palo Alto, California
Home to the Bay Area’s rich and not-so-famous, Palo Alto is full of tree-lined streets and picturesque houses. The leafy charm makes it clear why the world’s tech elite have chosen to settle here. Palo Alto is accessible from San Francisco by Cal Train. There is plenty of delicious food, great shopping at Stanford Mall, and with the charm of suburban America, this city brings together the best of Silicon Valley. This makes it ideal for the couples getaway.
What you should eat in Palo Alto
If there is one thing a native Californian loves, it’s burritos. The steady influx of Mexican and Central American ex-pats has created a thriving Cal-mex food scene. Throughout the Bay, there are plenty of upscale and hole-in-the-wall restaurants to choose from. The Japanese and far-east Asian communities have also left their mark on the culinary landscape. Sushi has become another ubiquitous fixture in the Bay. Combine these two great culinary loves and you get Sushirrito. A small restaurant dishing up burrito sized sushi rolls, you won’t go hungry.
For those with a sweet tooth, Cream serves generous scoops of ice cream between two fresh-baked cookies of your choice. Get your caffeine fix at Philz Coffee, a local chain that’s a favorite of artists and programmers alike. LYFE Kitchen offers tasty local vegetarian and vegan food. Oren’s Hummus Shop brings some tasty, Middle-Eastern flair.
What you should see in Palo Alto
Spend a romantic evening in the world of Old Hollywood at The Stanford Theater. A retro movie theater that shows black-and-white movies, and still sells popcorn for a buck fifty, super romantic! Window shop under the leafy green trees of University Avenue. Leave a cute selfie (or two) on one of the Macs in the Apple store for the next happy couple. Rub elbows with the world’s intellectual elite on the Stanford University campus. Their beautiful palm-lined roads are perfect for a stroll.
Or hop over to the Stanford Linear Accelerator for a tour. Maybe you’ll get lucky and witness a scientific breakthrough in the process. Take a walk through the history that made the sleek and futuristic Iphones possible at the Computer History Museum. And see the garage where it all began at “the birthplace of Silicon Valley.” It’s quite a contrast to the vast and luxurious Google campus of the modern day.
Alex is a recent graduate from the University of California Santa Barbara, where she studied English Lit and Fine Art. She is currently traveling solo through Southeast Asia, where she has eaten her weight in noodles and mango sticky rice. When not abroad, Alex lives in San Francisco, California. Find her on Instagram at @alexidzal