A Quick Guide to Silicon Valley

Find the best places to shop, dine and relax in Silicon Valley.

Just south of San Francisco is Silicon Valley, a vast territory known mostly for tech companies like Tesla, Apple and Google. But nestled between the multi-billion dollar companies and self-driving cars is a darling community of wonderful restaurants, relaxing sanctuaries and impressive shopping.

Shop

For eco-conscious fashion that also looks fashionable, stop by AIKEN (855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, 650.272.6810). Sporting clothing made from materials such as organic cotton, lyocel and recycled poly, plus carrying brands that are made in America, AIKEN is striving to make an impact on the way the fashion industry produces clothing all while helping the customer look and feel good. For luxury shopping, head to Stanford Shopping Center (660 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto, 650.617.8202) where you'll find more than 125 ultra-luxury brands and restaurants such as AllSaints, Burberry, Coach, Hermès, Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co.

Dine

Oak + Violet at the Park James Hotel (1400 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, 650.304.3880) offers local and seasonal dishes, such as the fall quinoa and honey crisp apple salad, olive oil poached salmon and wagyu butcher steak tartare. Michelin Star Madera at Rosewood Sand Hill (2825 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, 650.561.1540) is themed around the wood-burning kitchen and offers locally-influenced cuisine. Chef Satoshi Ikuta’s authentic ramen shop, Ramen Nagi (541 Bryant St., Palo Alto), is known for their perfect noodles alongside traditional and fusion flavors. You are also able to customize your ramen to create something you will truly love.

Relax & Rejuvenate

For a quiet sanctuary away from the frenetic pace of Silicon Valley, head to the spa at the Four Seasons Silicon Valley (2050 University Ave., East Palo Alto, 650.566.1200). Along with poolside service, unwind with one of their signature treatments including the popular Espresso Limón Slimming Wrap or the Pacific Seaweed Serenity Wrap, plus facials, nail treatments and massage. For a more scientific approach to relaxation, head to Serenity MedSpa (1720 El Camino Real, Burlingame, 650.887.7777). Try a high-tech Intraceutical Oxygen Facial, which uses pressurized oxygen to infuse a serum of hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and peptides into the skin to instantly rejuvenate the face. Perfect for jetlag!

Teresa Rodriguez
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Teresa Rodriguez is the Editor-in-Chief of Where and Epicure magazines in San Francisco. She author...