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Guidebook for Menlo Park

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Guidebook for Menlo Park

Food Scene
You can order just a coffee drink or an inexpensive lunch or dinner and sit there almost as long as you wish. There's an excellent privately-owned book store called Kepler's next door. The train station and bus stop are right there as well.
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Cafe Borrone
1010 El Camino Real
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You can order just a coffee drink or an inexpensive lunch or dinner and sit there almost as long as you wish. There's an excellent privately-owned book store called Kepler's next door. The train station and bus stop are right there as well.
Coffee drinks are very good and cost about the same everywhere. This place has exceptional French pastries, not cheap so share with a companion! Delightful atmosphere!
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Mademoiselle Colette
816 Santa Cruz Ave
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Coffee drinks are very good and cost about the same everywhere. This place has exceptional French pastries, not cheap so share with a companion! Delightful atmosphere!
Arts & Culture
It's used to be simply the "Stanford Museum". Next door there is the Anderson Gallery with modern art works. It's free! Parking is difficult but free after 4pm. The best time to go is on Thursday evenings, then they close at 8pm. You can have lunch at Cool Cafe.
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Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts
328 Lomita Dr
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It's used to be simply the "Stanford Museum". Next door there is the Anderson Gallery with modern art works. It's free! Parking is difficult but free after 4pm. The best time to go is on Thursday evenings, then they close at 8pm. You can have lunch at Cool Cafe.
This is an older house in downtown Palo Alto near Whole Foods Market which was turned into a museum where you can see how people used to live. Open only Friday, Saturday and Sundays from 11am until 4pm. Free but you can always donate money.
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The Museum of American Heritage
351 Homer Avenue
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This is an older house in downtown Palo Alto near Whole Foods Market which was turned into a museum where you can see how people used to live. Open only Friday, Saturday and Sundays from 11am until 4pm. Free but you can always donate money.
Wonderful modern art! It's on Stanford campus next door to the Cantor Arts Center and it's free! Parking can be a challenge so go on Thursday evenings any time after 4pm when parking is free. Open until 8pm.
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Anderson Collection
314 Lomita Drive
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Wonderful modern art! It's on Stanford campus next door to the Cantor Arts Center and it's free! Parking can be a challenge so go on Thursday evenings any time after 4pm when parking is free. Open until 8pm.
Parks & Nature
It's paved but is definitely a challenge.
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Stanford Dish Hiking Trailhead
Stanford Dish Hiking Trail
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It's paved but is definitely a challenge.
Shopping
You can go out to the beaches or just stroll around downtown Half Moon Bay. Sunny, non-foggy days are best. Lots of small restaurants and shops. The shops close around 5-5:30pm but the restaurants stay open til about 9pm.
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Half Moon Bay
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You can go out to the beaches or just stroll around downtown Half Moon Bay. Sunny, non-foggy days are best. Lots of small restaurants and shops. The shops close around 5-5:30pm but the restaurants stay open til about 9pm.
Leave your credit card at home. Very high-end stores but there are some nice restaurants and even a Starbucks and a McDonald's. Something for everyone! Great brunch at Terrain (next to Anthropologie).
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Stanford Shopping Center
660 Stanford Shopping Center
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Leave your credit card at home. Very high-end stores but there are some nice restaurants and even a Starbucks and a McDonald's. Something for everyone! Great brunch at Terrain (next to Anthropologie).
Menlo Park has five resale shops, all within walking distance of each other. Goodwill, The Shop, American Cancer Society. Afterwards (consignment, designer only). and EPA Shop (not walking distance). If you'd like to know of others, let me know.
Goodwill Boutique
711 Santa Cruz Ave
Menlo Park has five resale shops, all within walking distance of each other. Goodwill, The Shop, American Cancer Society. Afterwards (consignment, designer only). and EPA Shop (not walking distance). If you'd like to know of others, let me know.
Drinks & Nightlife
This is actually a restaurant but it has a nice, small, friendly bar inside and when the weather is nice you can sit outside, have a drink or meal, and people watch. Happy Hour: 3-6:30pm and after 9pm. Close: Sun-Thurs. 10pm, Fri-Sat 11pm. This is the only place which stays open late in sleepy Menlo Park, but this is why we live here. For more late-night action, go to downtown Palo Alto.
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Left Bank
635 Santa Cruz Avenue
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This is actually a restaurant but it has a nice, small, friendly bar inside and when the weather is nice you can sit outside, have a drink or meal, and people watch. Happy Hour: 3-6:30pm and after 9pm. Close: Sun-Thurs. 10pm, Fri-Sat 11pm. This is the only place which stays open late in sleepy Menlo Park, but this is why we live here. For more late-night action, go to downtown Palo Alto.
This is a hotel almost directly across the street from Stanford Shopping Center. It has a nice comfortable bar with a nice array of appetizers and a full bar. It's quiet, cozy and intimate. They are renovating so please call 659-330-2790.
Stanford Park Hotel
100 El Camino Real
This is a hotel almost directly across the street from Stanford Shopping Center. It has a nice comfortable bar with a nice array of appetizers and a full bar. It's quiet, cozy and intimate. They are renovating so please call 659-330-2790.
Everything Else
This is more of a girly place, maybe not so interesting for men. There is a lunch-room, cute little shops (Italian jeweler, art galleries, gift shops), a beautiful rose garden, but for you guys...there is a carpenter/woodsmith in the back.
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Allied Arts Guild
75 Arbor Road
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This is more of a girly place, maybe not so interesting for men. There is a lunch-room, cute little shops (Italian jeweler, art galleries, gift shops), a beautiful rose garden, but for you guys...there is a carpenter/woodsmith in the back.
Wonderful modern art! It's on Stanford campus next door to the Cantor Arts Center and it's free! Parking can be a challenge so go on Thursday evenings any time after 4pm when parking is free. Open until 8pm.
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Anderson Collection
314 Lomita Drive
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Wonderful modern art! It's on Stanford campus next door to the Cantor Arts Center and it's free! Parking can be a challenge so go on Thursday evenings any time after 4pm when parking is free. Open until 8pm.
Essentials
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Trader Joe's
720 Menlo Avenue
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