Actually, to call Silicon Valley suburbia does most cities here injustice.
A lot of towns in the Bay Area have nice, revived downtown areas, with interesting shops and restaurants.
Mountain View’s Castro Street, Sunnyvale’s Murphy’s Street and Palo Alto’s University are great examples.. They all have their own vibe and I invite you to stroll and explore all of them. Los Altos has a few streets where you sure find something for the holidays for everyone, from the Lego store to upscale gift stores. To make a festive entrance Los Altos celebrates the Festival of Lights on 11/29 at 6 p.m.
Downtown Redwood City advertises itself as the Anti Mall. A good place to discover treats and gifts.
What is your favorite downtown in the Bay Area?