PEZ candies may conjure up myriad images depending on one’s specific experience, but perhaps even more infamous than the candy itself is the famous pocket dispensers that the company also manufactures. If you ever wondered just how many variations of the dispenser exist, then the Burlingame California Museum of PEZ Memorabilia is a must-see stop on your next trip through the southern part of the San Francisco peninsula. With over 1,000 PEZ dispensers on display, the museum is a cross section of candy and popular culture history from the United States, as well as from around the globe.
Museum of PEZ Memorabilia, 214 California Drive, Burlingame, CA, USA, +1 650 347 2301
A contemporary art gallery located in the heart of Burlingame, Gallerie Citi showcases modern and contemporary art with exhibitions on rotation so that every visit will yield a different viewing experience. While the gallery’s main focus is on selling art and artistic products, it is still a great place to spend a few hours looking at the variety of art on display. Located just south of the main downtown area of Burlingame, this is a great stop right before a meal or a night out on the town.
Gallerie Citi, 1115 Howard Ave., Burlingame, CA, USA, +1 650 577 3799
The city of Burlingame itself is a great place to spend a day. With shops, restaurants and bars, there is no lack of entertainment or things to do to keep even the antsiest traveler busy. Food offerings such as sushi, burgers, pizza and more dot the streets on Burlingame Ave to the south and Broadway to the north. These streets provide great eating for lunch or dinner, as well as a thriving nightlife to keep you busy for quite a while. The best way to experience these areas is on foot, so finding a parking spot and walking along one of these streets is generally the best way to experience the area fully.
For more than 60 years, Preston’s Candy and Ice Cream has been a fixture of Burlingame and the surrounding area. Supplying handmade candy to locals and tourists alike, this candy shop prides itself on locally made treats and is happy to welcome visitors into their shop. If you go in the morning, you can also see the candy-making process as the freshly made treats hit the shelves for sale right out of the oven! If you are unable to visit the shop in person, you can also order candy on their website, and they will ship it right to your home. They are open every day of the week, but check their website for hours as they vary from day to day.
Preston’s Candy & Ice Cream, 1170 Broadway, Burlingame, CA, USA, +1 650 344 3254
A historical mansion built in the early 1900s, Kohl Mansion began its life as ‘The Oaks’ and was originally constructed by Frederick and Mary Elizabeth Kohl after they returned from visiting Europe. The mansion has 63 rooms, including a billiard room, organ and echo organ rooms, a china room, a scullery, two steel-lined fireproof vaults and more. Many of the stylistic choices show a very European influence as the inspiration for the mansion was inspired in part by the large villas and houses the Kohl’s had seen while in Europe. Since its origins, Kohl Mansion has passed through the hands of many owners and even been partially destroyed by an earthquake; however, today it stands as a historical landmark and a fixture of the region’s past.
Kohl Mansion, 2750 Adeline Dr, Burlingame, CA, USA, +1 650 762 1137
Anza Lagoon is a small inlet of the San Francisco Bay on the northeast part of the city. The lagoon itself is located on a small peninsula and is surrounded by several points of interest. There are several hotels nearby for those staying a few nights in Burlingame, as well as restaurants such as the Waterfront Café, Kincaid’s Burlingame, and Fire | Vine Grill & Bar. In addition to the food, there are plenty of stunning views in this part of the city. Situated on the bay, the sunrise views are amazing over the water, and several trails circle the lagoon for those looking to get out on foot and explore all this area has to offer.
By David Sanborn