Campbell is a town of 44,000 people (2020) south and west of San Jose.
Campbell is part of Silicon Valley.
- I-880 south of I-280 becomes Highway 17; the Hamilton Ave exit takes you to Campbell.
- VTA's Mountain View – Winchester Light Rail line[dead link] has a Downtown Campbell stop. Buses are also available.
- Downtown Campbell is eminently walkable, being only four blocks long.
- Campbell Ave. East of Winchester and west of Bascom. To the west, the Historic Downtown District offers a variety of small independent shops and restaurants. To the east, the Pruneyard Shopping Center offers a variety of well-known franchise chains. In between, the Los Gatos Creek Trail[dead link] extends into Campbell Park.
- 1 James Henry and Jessie Campbell House, 91 S 2nd St. Not open to the public, but is nice to eyeball as you walk or drive by.
- 2 The Ainsley House, 300 Grant St, ☏ . F–Su 11AM–3PM. A 15-room English Tudor-style house that has been restored to its 1920s appearance and decor. It is now a museum that is open to the public.
- Prunefest. Annual event, usually in May.
- Farmers' Market (along E. Campbell Ave, between Central Ave and 3rd St). Sundays 9AM–1PM. Main Street downtown is closed to traffic; free parking is available on-street and in a multistory edifice.
- 1 The Pruneyard, 1875 S Bascom Ave, ☏ . The local upscale shopping center. Has restaurants, a Trader Joe's grocery store, and a cinema.
- Pruneyard Cinemas. Eat dinner at the dine-in movie multiplex.
- Coffee Society. The stage for a cast of musically inclined bohemians, laptop-toting grad students, fast-talking dot-com biz nerds, and other colorful locals.
- Luna Mexican Kitchen. Su–Th 9AM–9PM; F Sa 9AM–10PM. Mexican food in a vegetable-forward style with traditional ingredients such as beans, corn, and nopales. Most dishes are made in-house from fresh ingredients – even the tortilla chips. Good options for people on lower-carb diets. $15–40.
- 2 Rasputin Music, 1820 S Bascom Ave, ☏ . An excellent record shop featuring hard to find new and used CDs, DVDs, clothing, etc. If for some reason you can't find it there, try Streetlight Records up Bascom Avenue to the north.
- 3 Recycled Books West, 275 E. Campbell Ave (downtown Campbell), ☏ . M–Sa 11AM–9PM, Su 10AM–5PM. This branch of San Jose's best used book store opened in 2004. The original store is still in business on the Alameda. This location has a little of everything, including several resident cats. Good sci-fi selection, but much more, too.
- 1 Stacks, 139 East Campbell Ave, ☏ . M–Th 7AM–2PM, F–Su 7AM–2:30PM. Go there for breakfast. Gluten-free options.
- 2 Royal Taj, 1350 Camden Ave, ☏ . Daily 11:30AM–3PM, 5:30–10PM. Excellent Indian food. $20.
- 3 Taco Bravo, 1950 S Bascom Ave. Mexican fast food you could build a hacienda out of - that's a compliment, by the way.
- 4 Naschmarkt, 384 E. Campbell Ave, ☏ . Su Tu–Th 5–9PM; F–Sa 5–9:30PM, closed Mondays. Named after an open-air produce market in Vienna, this upscale restaurant serves mostly Austrian and German-style food, such as bratwurst and Wiener schnitzel. Open kitchen. $65.
- 5 Orchard City Kitchen, 1875 S. Bascom Ave, Suite #190 (Pruneyard Shopping Center), ☏ . International fusion restaurant offering treats such as smoked duck breast with mustard and blackberries and lamb riblets with pumpkin seeds, chili honey, white chocolate, and hazelnuts. Opens earlier on the weekends for brunch. $25 brunch or lunch, $50 dinner.
- 1 Out of the Barrel, 1875 S. Bascom Ave, Ste #560 (in the Prunyard shopping center, hidden away between Peet's Coffee and Luna Cafe), ☏ . noon to 10PM. Pub serving excellent fresh local craft beer. Has a nice outdoor patio. Bring your own food.
- 1 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Campbell – Pruneyard Plaza, 1995 S Bascom Ave, toll-free: . A Tuscan-style retreat. Smoke-free hotel with a pool and jacuzzi, fitness center and 24 hour business center. Free Wi-Fi, continental breakfast, newspaper delivery and parking. Restaurants and grocery store nearby in the Pruneyard. Near VTA bus routes 61 and 26. Half-mile walk to the VTA Green line light rail station.
- 2 Motel 6 San Jose - Campbell, 1240 Camden Ave, ☏ , fax: .
- 3 Residence Inn San Jose Campbell, 2761 S. Bascom Ave, ☏ , fax: . Includes full kitchen. The larger upstairs suites can accommodate up to five people, including two cribs. Easy walk to an upscale grocery store and the Bascom & Curtner bus stop for VTA bus route 61, which runs from Good Samaritan Hospital through downtown San Jose. Smaller suites at ground level are wheelchair-accessible. From $175.
- 4 TownePlace Suites San Jose Campbell, 700 E. Campbell Ave, ☏ , fax: . Rooms with kitchenettes. Includes parking for two vehicles. Next door to Campbell Park, with playgrounds and basketball courts, and the Los Gatos Creek Trail for exercise. On VTA bus route 26. From $275.
- 5 Larkspur Landing Campbell, 550 West Hamilton Ave, ☏ , toll-free: , fax: , firstname.lastname@example.org. All suites have a fully equipped kitchen. You can find freshly made cookies in the lobby, a fitness center and a library. On VTA bus route 56, which runs west to the Westgate shopping malls and then north to Lockheed Martin in Sunnyvale. From $200+.
Free wi-fi may be found at the following locations:
- Orchard Valley Coffee on Campbell Ave
- Coffee Society, Pruneyard
The local community newspaper is the weekly Campbell Reporter[dead link].
The next town to the south is Los Gatos. Los Gatos boasts a larger downtown area, fancier shops, and richer residents.
Continuing south on Hwy 17, one goes over the hill and arrives in Santa Cruz.
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