Are you looking for something more exotic than generically branded groceries? Stop by one of the many markets in San Jose, California. From vintage clothing to fresh produce, you’ll find everything you need without ever having to step foot inside a convenience store.
The San Jose Flea Market
The San Jose Flea Market comes to life on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Each weekend, more than 2,000 vendors set up shop, covering over 120 acres of the city. Don’t be overwhelmed by the massive size of the market; the smiling faces of local vendors and homegrown goods still lend a small-town feel to the event.
The San Jose Flea Market, 1590 Berryessa Rd, San Jose, CA, USA, +1 408 453 1110
Downtown Farmers’ Market
You can find some of the most delicious produce in the Bay at the Downtown Farmers’ Market, a seasonal market open from May through November. The Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association carefully selects everything available at the market, where more than 30 farmers sell their produce.
Santana Row Makers Market
Nestled along the massive shopping mecca that is Santana Row, the Makers Market is one that shouldn’t be missed. This market focuses exclusively on handmade, locally made crafts, clothing, jewelry, and various other retail items. Hunt for stunning succulent gardens and marvel at custom leather luggage before purchasing some hand-stamped metal bracelets. It takes place the first Saturday of every month from 12–6 pm.
Japantown Farmers’ Market
Although this farmers market takes place in Japantown, it offers more than Asian-inspired goods. Every Sunday, rain or shine, the Japantown Farmers’ Market sets up to sell a variety of produce, prepared food, and flowers. Grab a container of locally made hummus and a bouquet of daffodils to enjoy at home, or take your finds to nearby Guadalupe River Park for a weekend picnic.
Japantown Farmers’ Market, 251–299 Jackson St, San Jose, CA, USA, +1 408 298 4303
San Pedro Square Market
San Pedro Square Market is different than your typical weekend market—it’s indoors and is open all week long. This downtown destination hosts more than 20 vendors, featuring everything from crepes and coffee to Vietnamese food and craft beer. Additionally, if you’re looking to make an evening out of your visit, the market frequently hosts entertainment events such as karaoke nights and live bands.