- Type: Entertainment and Nightlife, Shopping
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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Where do Silicon Valley tycoons go to spend their money? To Santana Row, a chic shopping development just a short drive west of downtown San Jose. Here you'll find delectable eateries, a movie theater and designer shops. And the apartments and the Hotel Valencia built above the ground-floor businesses create an urban vibe that particularly takes off at night, when Santana Row becomes a nightlife hub. Many recent travelers claim that this is the best people-watching spot in the city. Also keep your eyes on the parking lot: Exotic sports cars like Lamborghinis and Ferraris are often spotted here.
The shops and restaurants open around 10 a.m. and close around 9 p.m., although many that cater to the late-night crowds will stay open well past then. Visitors should be aware that parking can be extremely limited at busy times, so you might have to leave your car across the street at the less-trendy Valley Fair mall. For more information about special events and specific store hours, check out Santana Row's website.